The Games We Play

So I finally decided that I was sick and tired of being fat and tired. I read a Facebook post by someone about a website called Diet Bet a couple of months ago and decided now was the time!

What is Diet Bet? At Diet Bet, you join either of two types of games. In the shorter game, you try to lose 4% of your body weight within 4 weeks. In the longer game, you try to lose 10% of your body weight in 6 months. You can join up to three games at a time. You basically bet on yourself to win. If you lose at least your minimum, then you win a share of the pot. Make a little money and lose weight! That’s what I call a win!

It’s helps that it’s really motivating to read how other people are doing it (or struggling). It’s a reminder to push yourself so you can post that you worked out, or you found a really great Zumba or dance fitness routine, or pictures of your healthier food choices. 

I’m in the following games:

Dance Fitness with Jessica – $9540 pot as of 1/31/2016

SHAPE Magazine Slim Down – $30,870 pot as of 1/31/2016

Shaun T’s Commit to You Challenge – $85,770 pot as of 1/31/2016! Crazy!
So the point is, obviously, to win, but even if you don’t meet your goal, at least you hopefully end up with better health habits than when you started. So you still win, you just don’t win money!

Anyone else trying to get (back) in shape? Tell me how you’re doing it in the comments below!

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Peeking In

After a long absence trying to rearrange my life, I’m back for a quick update. We’ve made a lot of changes and can’t wait to make further progress on our journey toward a better life. 

Things We’ve Recently Changed 

We’ve become mostly vegan at home. We’re only eating meat, cheese or eggs basically if they’re free. I’m doing this mostly for health and animal welfare reasons. Please check out nutritionists.org by Dr. Greger for excellent videos and articles about nutrition. Dr. Greger reads every nutrition publication in the English language and then puts out educational videos and articles regarding the published studies. All of his information is free. 

We’re getting up much earlier. Sweet Baby is getting up mostly at 6:30-7:00 and I’ve been getting up mostly at 6:00-6:30. I hate to admit that we used to get up much later than that. While these times are improvements, we’re trying to get to where I’m getting up at 5:00 and Sweet Baby is getting up at 6:30. I’m having a hard time figuring out meals that Sweet Baby likes (repeatedly), that aren’t junky, that are quick to prepare and are vegan but without tofu or tomatoes. We don’t eat much tofu because of thyroid concerns and Sweet Baby is allergic to tomatoes. Darn allergy’s making it hard to find recipes. I would try to cook ahead when I’m off work, but we usually travel on the weekends. 

Another thing we’re working on hard is our oral health. Sweet Baby has to get her first crown after a piece broke off a molar and decay got onto the root. We’re opting to do a root canal, then we’ll go to our regular fantastic dentist, Dr. Kim Baer at Natural Dentist Associates in Rockville, MD to get an ozone treatment to kill any bacteria left in the tooth, then a permanent filling and a crown over that. I realize that root canals are somewhat controversial, but x-Rays showed that Sweet Baby is missing her adult molar in front of the broken one so we’ve opted for trying to keep that tooth as long as possible. 

For our improved dental health, we’re doing the following things:

  • Oil pulling with coconut oil twice a day
  • Using xylitol in water to rinse our teeth after each meal. Xylitol has been shown to help reduce tooth default as well as build stronger bones. 
  • Brushing our teeth with Livionex tooth gel several times a day. Livionex works by disrupting the plaque biofilm, greatly reducing the amount of bacteria on your teeth, thereby reducing the corrosive acids produced by those bacteria. 
  • Applying MI Paste to our teeth three times a day after brushing. MI Paste supplies calcium and phosphorus to the surface of the teeth to help rebuild tooth structure. 

We’re (mostly me) working on incorporating more exercise and targeted relaxation. My daily routine includes the following:

  • Guided meditation (20 minutes)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) meridian tapping (15 minutes plus while on rebounder)
  • Yoga (10 minutes)
  • Tai chi (10-20 minutes)
  • Qigong (10-20 minutes)
  • Rebounder/mini-trampoline (10 minutes)
  • Treadmill 5 days/week; weight lifting 2 days/week (30 minutes)

Lastly (?), I’m adding in specific teas everyday. Those will include at least green tea, ginger and licorice root. I’ll do another post about which teas and why because I want to add more detail. 

How are you making your life better?

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Full House! ER, Barn!

The stalls that I have almost finished in the shed-turned-barn are intended for does and kids to be in away from the weather. Unfortunately, I was not prepared for a whole week of sub-zero temperatures!

I had to put all of the girls, with the babies, in one stall and put all of the boys in the other. It’s a little crowded!

Girls and babies!

Boys!

Thankfully, I think tomorrow will be the last day. Saturday we should be able to at least put the boys back out so we can spread the girls out some. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to clean the stalls on Sunday after the rain hopefully melts enough of the snow that I can pull the cart to the muck pile.

Does anyone have good ideas for dealing with stalls when there’s too much snow out for your cart to move?

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Small Kitchen Idea

I had the kitchen table set up so that we could get to all of the chairs all the time. That meant that there was plenty of space to get to the windows, usually a good thing. However, not so good when you have multiple noses and multiple paws trying to look out the windows. Enter the solution.

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Now the dogs can’t get to the two front windows. The curtains are cleaner from not being messed with, and there’s much more space in the kitchen. Easy enough to pull the table out when we have guests and unnecessary when we don’t. Plus, putting the fruit on the table freed up the baker’s rack for starting sprouts and seeds.

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How do you keep the dogs off the curtains?

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Charging Counter Cleaned Up

I have got to remember to take before pictures! Anywho, I finally got one counter cleaned off and organized. The only thing I need for it is a power strip to plug the chargers into.

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Clean (yes, that’s the original wallpaper; paint coming later).

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Organized. Now to just keep it that way…

What have you done today to make your world a little better?

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