September Challenge

I’m pretty sure my fall clothes will not fit. Like most of the country I ate my way through quarantine. By the time my clothes stopped fitting it was summer and I bought some loose flow-y dresses. But now my kids are going back to school (yea!) and I will have to start wearing real clothes.

It isn’t just my waistline that concerns me either. I need to get my health in check. I have inherited high cholesterol from my mother. She was never overweight, I’m not overweight (yet), but my doctor is concerned about my cholesterol and there is no way I’m going to start taking cholesterol medicine at the age of 40. I really never want to be at a point in my life where I take daily medication.

So, it is a new month, a new school year and a great time to get serious about my diet and exercise. I’m starting T-Tapp again. It has always worked for me, if I DO it. My plan is to do the 55 minute T-Tapp workout 5 days a week for 2 weeks. If I can fit into my jeans I will drop down to the 20 minute workout.

Also, back to Green Thickies every morning. And possibly for lunch as well. I love smoothies for breakfast, but having another one for lunch may be more than I can do. Hopefully it will be soup weather soon and I can fill up on veggies that way.

Good plan. Now to start it and stick to it! First up; green thickie recipe.

Mango Ginger Green Thickie –

2 servings

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (Zint)
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 half cucumber, chopped
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 banana

Blend ingredients through the coconut until seeds and dates are blended. Add rest of ingredients and blend until smooth. 

 

Well, that should be a good starting recipe. Now I just have to add exercise and more healthy meals and I will be set!

Should I take a before photo? Maybe just for my personal file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some DAM Ideas

The morning after a migraine is difficult. The pain is dramatically less, but still present. The confusion and body aches are at a peak. Why am I trying to write anything after my migraine last night? Well, I want to have a resource, a protocol, or at least some ideas for coping the “day after migraine”.

1. Make a pot of herbal tea. Something that sounds good like vanilla rooibos, African Nectar or peppermint.

2. Have something to eat. Low or no sugar is best and have protein. Poached eggs and toast. Scrambled egg breakfast sandwich. Mama always wanted dairy, like cottage cheese. 

3. Don’t strain your eyes. Don’t write a blog post. Refrain from social media, reading, knitting. Aunt Sandi recommends laundry, gardening (with a hat and sunglasses), dusting, baking/cooking something you don’t need a recipe for. If you don’t want to move get an audio book. Take breaks!

4. Don’t sabotage yourself. Yes, things need to be done, but stressing out over it will just lead to another migraine. Accept help. Ask for help. Prioritize!