Apr 12, 2014

Oops…Here I am.

Well it’s a been awhile. It was actually an intentional absence.  I had started to write a few posts but I was in such a negative frame of mind that even when I read what I had written, it was embarrassingly pitiful and whingy…so I hit delete.

I have been job hunting and also exploring going back to school. There has been a lot of soul searching and many decisions made then changed then made again. I’ve never been in the position of not knowing what the best next step is. I still haven’t decided but I think I have a plan and until I know if it will work out one way or the other, I don’t want to mention it…so bear with me!!!

Finally, the Hamilton weather seems to have turned the corner into Spring.  Walking has been lovely and although everything is gray and brown, I am waking up to birds singing instead of snow plows and there are little peeks of green here and there.

I am still going to the diabetic clinic every two weeks. I’ll report next week where I’m at. I had a meltdown moment with one of the doctors a few weeks ago that was not pretty and not good for my emotional state of mind or anything else!  It took me a few days to get over it, I will admit.

I have been off all sugar and grains for 4 weeks now and am feeling good.  I can’t say it’s Paleo as I do eat some dairy in my whey protein shakes and sour cream or cheese as a garnish for chili or other meals.  But mostly I eat meat, vegetables (all kinds), legumes and fruits.  I am actually waking up full of energy instead of feeling hungover. I’ve tried to do this before and not had much success, I am not sure what has clicked this time around, but except for when I did Whole30, I have never stuck to it more than a week a time and thankfully, I didn’t binge when I went off, but those foods would slowly creep back in.  To give you an idea of my perseverance, I won a contest through my BookCrossing friends that was called “Chicklit and Chocolate” and the winner (me) received a book and a bar of chocolate from the participants. Eight packages from all over the world arrived with a fun novel and a huge bar of chocolate. Swiss and Belgium chocolate and my beloved English Dairy Milk bar!!! I left them in the freezer and eventually, Liam and his friends ate them.  I don’t think it was hard not to eat them, I just told myself that chocolate wasn’t going to make me healthy and it seemed ok, they were also out of sight so that probably helped.

I also started a local meet up group for BookCrossing. A few of us get together once a month to talk and swap books. It’s been a lot of fun and slowly our little group has grown.  I know some of my followers live in my city, so if you’re a reader and want to meet new people and some new authors, you are more than welcome to join us and bring a friend as well.  Being a BookCrossing member is not necessary but we hope you’ll become a convert ;)  Feel free to email me or leave me a message here if you’d like more information, or join our FaceBook Group at Hamilton BookCrossing.

March 30 I did the Around the Bay 5K (walking) with my friend Melissa. I woke up to snow that morning on our Mountain but when we got downtown there was no snow thankfully, and soon enough, the sun came out and we had lovely blue skies and sunshine for our walk. A bit of a recap at My Events blog. Here’s me, red face and medal!



  1. Glad to see you back ! I'm also doing a modified Paleo and it really seems to agree with me. Congrats on your 5K !!! You inspire me :) ~Kathy

  2. There you are! Nice on the sort of paleo...I am doing the same and using dairy as my "bridge" food. Have you ever tried Giddy Yoyo chocolate? It is dairy free, gluten free, soy free etc. and it is delicious. You can get it at Goodness Me...and a couple of squares are very satisfying.

  3. Way to go with the Walk Around the Bay. You are always active, no matter what's going on. I hope you find some answers regarding your next step...school or work.

  4. Well done on the restraint in not eating the chocolate.
    I would have caved in an eaten them I am sure.
    Happy Easter Chick... and I hope you can resist all the chocolate eggs.