A family find: A WWII-era Letter Between Brothers in the US Navy:

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A little family history:  Being the youngest of my siblings, I have no memories of either of my uncles Gerard and Barney Baker. The author of the letter below, Barney, died as a somewhat-young man, but my mother idolized her older brother and spoke of him often, so I’ve always considered it a great loss that I never got to know this man whom my mother, and others, spoke so highly of.  All I have are some old family photos that include him, and a couple of stories, but now this letter gives me a little insight to his personality, and the way he tries to support and uplift his younger brother with advice, while still not being too easy on him, speaks volumes to me about the kind of man he was. Words my mother used to describe him with were “reliable, likable, easy-going with a great sense of humor” and in a home with an absentee father my mother looked up to Barney as more of a father-figure than an older brother. Born in 1924, my ever-anxious mother was especially sensitive to the stigma of that time period of not having a father in the household, and Barney was her rock. Barney always made everything okay. Their mother, my grandmother, depended on him a little too much. There is a funny story told by my family that on the day of his marriage to Marie, his mother called him and in drama-queen fashion threatened to jump out the window if he got married, and Marie, listening in the background, said “tell her to go ahead–she’s on the first floor” — or something to that effect. Marie was a no-nonsense sort of woman with a wicked dry sense of humor. Grandma lived, Barney and Marie did marry,  and had 4 sons — cousins I’ve had little contact with over the years and mostly see on Facebook now, but the familial bond is still there and I will be contacting them to see whom I should send the original letter to. I’m sure one of them would want it, and there are also grandchildren and great-grandchildren now and I’m sure one of them would like to be the keeper of the family history.

About the letter:  My sister Peggy Facetimed me yesterday to tell me that she had found a few boxes of personal items left to me after my Aunt Eleanor O’Connor (mother’s sister) died.  A few days after Eleanor passed away my sister and I started cleaning out Eleanor’s house and Peggy had forgotten that these boxes were stored in an unused closet in her house. As she started going through one of the boxes she came across this typed letter from my uncle (my mother and Eleanor’s brother) Barney Baker to younger brother, Gerard Baker, dated August 27, 1944, written while aboard the USS Princeton while in port.  Just 82 days after this letter was written the USS Princeton was lost in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Uncle Barney survived the battle, but not before spending a bit of time in the water awaiting rescue, but that story will be in another blog post.
Below is a transcript I just made of the letter.  The photos of the original letter are below the transcript.

The Letter:

(Handwritten, upper left corner):
Princeton Down Nov. 1, ’44

In Port
Sunday 27 August 1944

Dear Gerard:

Received your letter of July 18th the other day and was glad to hear from you.  At the moment you have me and a number of my shipmates beautifully confused.  In your letter you say that you’ve finally got a ship.  A letter from Mom dated August 14th informs me that she had a phone call from you from Norfolk. Now, salty, just what is the score?  How about letting me in on the know – I’d appreciate it.  Until you get settled in one place I’m going to address all your letters ℅ Mom and let her forward them to you.

So you don’t know what to strike for now– well, for once you’ve got me.  It’s hard for me to tell you just what to strike for.  I don’t know what you can do.  Signalman sounds like a good bet but then you might find it monotonous after a while. If you were aboard the Peerless “P” I’d have you in the “S” Division and have you rated 3rd Class in less time than it takes to skin a cat.  When I got through with you you’d be a darn good Commissary Storekeeper.  I’ve got three strikers and a 3rd class working for me and not one of them is worth a nickel.  I tell them to do something and an hour later I find that they fouled the job up and I have to do it myself anyway.  You, I’m sure, could at least follow a few simple instructions.

We’re still in port enjoying a good rest. We’re being provided with plenty of recreation.  A section of the hangar deck was marked off and a pair of baskets rigged up — so now we can have basketball games every day.  We also have Volley Ball games daily and swimming is permitted over the side.  There are several trips a day to the beach but I’m not too interested in the beach because there’s nothing to do over there but walk, swim or sleep.  You can do all of that on the ship without going over to beat up an old Island.

We now have a boxing team and it is quite a good team.  Our team has competed with the teams from 3 other ships and we have won all three matches.  The boys are trained by an ex Golden Glover whose name is Buddy O’Dell.  He deserves a lot of credit because he has done a fine job – there are four fellows on the team who never had boxing gloves on before they joined the Navy.  They couldn’t fight before, but you should see them now.  There was one fight about a week ago that no one who saw it will ever forget for a long time to come.  One of our boys, a fellow named Shaefer, was matched with a fellow from another ship.  It was a three round bout and Shaefer had the other fellow hanging on for dear life from the opening bell, but just before the end of the round the other fellow took a wild swing – a hay maker right from the deck — and surprised himself and everyone else by connecting with it.  That roundhouse caught Shaefer right on the eye.  The round ended in Shaefer’s favor but in the rest period between rounds Shaefer’s eye went up like a balloon in spite of all the work his seconds did on it.  The Captain wanted to stop the fight because Shaefer’s eye really looked bad.  Shaefer begged to be allowed to continue the fight and was granted permission.  All through the second his opponent kept popping away at that bad eye and Shaefer lost the second round on points because he spent most of the round trying to protect his eye.  When the third round started the fight was all even and the third was to be the deciding round.  Both boys went to work with a vengeance and they stood toe to toe slugging for all they were worth and even though Shaefer had a bad eye he more than held his own against the other fellow and the round & fight ended in a draw.  Shaefer got an ovation he, or anyone present, will ever forget.  The Captain made a speech — he had his arm draped around Shaefer’s shoulder and said Shaefer had shown him the finest display of sheer guts he had ever seen.  Yes sir, it was quite a scrap.  There will probably be a writeup in the next issue of “Tiger Rag” and as soon as it comes out I’ll send you a copy.

Three of the ships have sent their orchestras over to entertain us and believe me those fellows can play.  One swing band was so good that we almost wrecked the ship.  A lot of the fellows in the bands were professionals before the war.  They came from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and all the other named bands.  One ship has Tommy Dorsey’s arranger aboard and does that outfit have a band.  Jerry would like to be in that outfit I’ll bet.  We’re getting up a band of our own and the boys haven’t shown much promise.  Seven musicians (?) have been located aboard.  We call them the Princeton’s Putrid Seven.  Maybe they’ll improve — they had better or they’ll be tossed off the fan-tail some night.

That’s all for now, salty.  Keep your chin up and don’t get discouraged.  All rates are closed now and it might be a while before they open up again.  So work hard and someone is sure to notice you and when the rates open up again you’ll be the first guy to get rated.  If, on the other hand you get a reputation for always hiding when there’s work to be done you’ll be a seaman as long as you’re in the Navy.  I know, because I’ve seen seaman on my working parties who have been in the Navy longer than I have.  And from the way they try to chisel I can see why they’re still seaman.  So let’s get on the ball, salty.  Admiral Nimitz didn’t get to be an Admiral in the day, a month or a year, so don’t get the idea you’re going to run the Navy in a short time.  Get some time in, you boot.  All the best to you from Barnacle Barney and his shipmates.

Your sea weary brother,
Barney

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Pictured below is Barney in later years, with wife Marie and sons, and I believe that’s my sister Peggy in the front. This photo was most likely taken by my father, the “Jerry” mentioned in the letter, because he was the photographer in the family at that time — a beloved hobby he stuck with his entire life. He also continued to listen to big-band swing music his entire life.

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Also found in the box was this photo that Peggy and I have never seen before. On the couch starting on the far left is Marie, my grandmother Maggie (who threatened to jump out the window) and my mother Estelle holding Peggy on her lap. In the front left is Barney, and my dad Jerry King (mentioned in the letter) and my brother Jimmy (James King). I’m not sure which of the small boys is whom, except that has to be my cousin Jim Baker as a baby in his mother’s arms. I’m not sure whose house this was taken in, but it was most likely Brooklyn, NY.

Update from Jim Baker The picture on the sofa was likely Grandma Baker’s apartment.
Baby me in Marie’s lap. Tommy Baker next to us. Larry Baker with his finger in his mouth. Billy Baker sitting in front of Marie, sporting a dashing bow tie. “Bow ties are cool.”

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My Re-vamped Website Blog

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My old website is now being hosted on Pattern by Etsy, but the content and blog are new, so it’s like a new website:

https://beadyeyedbeth.com/blog

The site also has a photo gallery an Shop page that all my Etsy items can be purchased from. Cool beans.

This will continue to be my personal blog page, and the above blog will be more about the jewelry I make.

Random Thought Process #1

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This morning’s random thought process is for those of you who feel like using up a couple of minutes of your lives that you’ll never, ever, get back: I think it’s time that I learned how to sew. You know…with a sewing machine? I haven’t used one since eighth-grade home economics class. It did not go well, and therefore I did not enjoy it. I was intimidated by the sewing machine. At that time the bobbin, and the mechanics of threading the machine boggled my 14-year-old mind and I ended up hating it. Also, putting my fingers so close to a needle going up and down scared me. Several decades have passed, I’ve gotten over my fear of needles, so I think I can handle it now. After all, a person who is able to repair computers and electronics, replace the speakers and glass of her own iPad, and do hand-beaded embroidery should be able to figure out how to thread and use a sewing machine, wouldn’t you think? I CAN DO IT! I think.

Ed knows how to sew. He used to make furniture slipcovers for his father’s business back in the day. I’ve seen him sew tarps and canvas covers. He also owns a sewing machine. However, Ed is not the most patient person in the world, so I don’t think he should be the one to teach me. There would be exasperated expressions, followed by angry words, followed by tears and possibly a door slamming. I would end up hating it all over again. YouTube video tutorials it is! That is, as soon as I do the other half-a-million things I need to get done in the next couple of days. But, by then I’ll be going to Aiken. Maybe sometime the middle of next week?

Now my brain is tired. It’s too early in the day for me to be wearing out my brain. Maybe I’ll make coffee. No, I shouldn’t have coffee when I’m trying to diet, because I only drink it when it’s loaded up with sugar and creamer. But, carrot juice is not going to cut it this morning. Coffee it is!

There. Your time has officially been wasted, along with mine. We’ve just bonded over our mutually wasted time. You’re welcome. Now I feel that we’re close enough that I can ask you bring me a large coffee with extra cream and extra sugar. And a buttered sesame bagel. If I’m going off my diet I’m doing it right! In return I’ll make you a quilt. Someday.

ATTENTION Democrats! Republicans! and Libertarians alike! 

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Are you sick of all the hateful bashing on social media? Have you been sucked into a debate by a so-called “friend’s” angry venting? Are you questioning the sanity of some of your Facebook friends? Well then, before you start hitting that “unfriend” button I have something here to re-unify us all – Funny Cat Videos! Why? Because cat’s don’t judge. Okay, maybe cats DO judge, but they can’t talk so WHO CARES? Also, cats will love you unconditionally (but, only if you feed them). Cats will also HATE you simply because you don’t smell right, much the same way we humans do, so put on some deodorant for gawd’s sake.
You say you don’t like cats? Well, that’s just UN-American! Yes, I just judged you, just like a cat would.
So, I present you with today’s unifying funny cat video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH3OYtsH7YA

My iPad Art – “Magic is Desire Made Real” – A Discovery of Witches

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After playing around and learning the Procreate app on my iPadPro I wanted to make my first real attempt at illustration using the app be a quote from one of my favorite books “A Discovery of Witches.” It’s the first book in the All Souls Trilogy by author Deborah Harkness. I highly recommend it.

I listened to the audible audiobook of same while creating this in my free time over a period of 10 days. My hope is that other fans of the trilogy will get a kick out of it. If you like it and decide to share it all I ask is that you give me credit and do not alter it in any way, including not removing my signature.

If I’m feeling brave enough I may share the Procreate time lapse video of me creating this. I can’t tell you how many times I made changes, and getting the word “Desire” how I wanted it about gave me fits.  It’s all hand-drawn/hand-lettered.

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A Party?  Where can I hide? An introvert’s struggle.

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I’m an introvert who can fake being extroverted somewhat well for the sake of the person who invited me to said social gathering. I’ll go to your party, and I will make an attempt at small talk with people I don’t know and hate every minute of it. I’ll smile and be pleasant all the while wishing I was home in my pajamas doing anything else. After 45 minutes I’ll be completely mentally exhausted and drained by all the activity and human interaction. If you have a dog I’ll go sit by it. If you have a small child I will sit on the floor and play with it. I’ll step outside often for “fresh air”, and I will try to resist the urge to find a dark corner to sit in until it’s a socially acceptable time for me to leave.

The only time I am truly comfortable at a party is when I know every single person there, and they know me fairly well. Then, I actually enjoy myself. Smaller groups of people are always better. BUT…I have found that as I have grown older, the social anxiety I feel before an event is now much less than when I was younger. I attribute this to becoming less worried about what people think about me, because over the years I found that as human beings go I’m a pretty decent and likable person, and I no longer consider anyone to be my superior. I admire great talent, I admire intelligence, but I’m no longer intimidated by it. Wealth does not impress me. Decent and interesting people do impress me. I avoid people who want to talk politics and religion, because that just isn’t my thing. I also no longer feel obligated to stay in a place where I’m completely uncomfortable. I don’t need an excuse. If I don’t like it I leave. Age is empowering.

I’m intelligent, a quick learner, and I have a natural talent for many things, but because I’m an introvert I spent many years working at home as a (self-taught) medical transcriptionist. It was as close to being my own boss as I could get at the time. I know I could’ve had a career where I would have been promoted to the top quickly, done very well for myself, and made a lot of money if not for my social anxiety and general hatred of office politics. I have a hard time working under people who are less knowledgable and worse at their job than I would be at their job. In the distant past I’ve worked in offices and hospitals, and I’ve worked with the public, and I found that I’m happiest when I am in charge, or working alone. These days I’ve retired from medical transcription, and I make somewhat of a living out of my hobby of making coin rings and jewelry. I have my own cozy cabin workshop, work at my own pace, and nobody tells me what to do…pretty much perfect, except for the “almost” making a living part, but I’m working on that.

Day 81 -40 Pounds

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That’s -40 pounds in 2 months and 21 days.

Here’s what’s happened since my last blog post:

A week after my second followup appointment at the wellness center I once again tried going up to the full dose of phentermine, because the weight loss seemed to have stalled.  I stayed on the full dose for 3 weeks until my third followup appointment last week. I told the doctor I was only sleeping 3-4 hours a night and felt better on the half dose, so he said to go back down to the half dose. Done, and that’s where I’ll stay. Also, last month he upped my dose of thyroid replacement because my blood test still showed a low TSH.

My diet is basically the same, only now eating less soups and animal protein (maybe once a week) and I’m now finding new ways to be creative with flavor. I’ve been scouring YouTube for raw vegan recipes that are not too involved and still keep the food as close to it’s natural state as possible. I’m finding great dip, sauce and food combination ideas from YouTube user TannyRaw — a long-time raw vegan who is very upbeat and personable. I find her videos to be fun and very informative, and she addresses some of the issues I’ve been having while transitioning on this mostly raw diet. It’s still not terribly difficult for me to do because I’m very determined and committed, but having a different flavor and texture once in a while is very satisfying. I’m very lucky that I don’t work outside the home, rarely, if ever, have visitors and live with a very understanding and supportive man. I don’t know how well I could have done this if I worked in an office or had friends constantly coming over or inviting me to lunch. It would have been a lot more difficult psychologically for sure. Sometimes it pays to be a hermit. 🙂

I’m still logging my daily food on MyFitnessPal, but that’s only so I can look back on it and see what worked and what didn’t for my weight-loss. It’s not really raw-vegan friendly, and every day it tells me I need more calories and I tell it to shut up. I feel great and energized enough for the small amount of energy I expend each day.  As I DO more I’ll EAT more. I do definitely need to get back into the habit of logging my food AS I eat, instead of trying to remember it all at the end of the day like I’ve been doing this last month. Not good. I’m probably forgetting things.

I upped my physical activity last month with nearly daily weight-resistance exercises using dumbbells and ankle weights, alternating upper body and lower body each day so the muscles can rest and repair. Then I dragged out my old Gazelle to get some cardio until I can clean out the room with my treadmill. Then…the pollen showed up.  Lots and lots of pollen.  I have terrible  pollen allergies and for the last week have been coughing, sneezing, mucousy and have fatigue. I’ve just felt too terrible and tired to work out.  However, today I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel and plan to work out some tonight.

I’m finding I prefer shopping at Whole Foods over Earth Fare. Whole Foods has a much larger variety of organic produce, and it’s fresher. I still shop at Earth Fare because it’s closer to home, but really look forward to visiting Whole Foods after my wellness center followups each month. I wish they’d open one up closer to my home.

I need to write down a schedule for local farmer’s markets so I remember to go check them out.

If data motivates you the way it does me I highly recommend an app called “Monitor Your Weight.”  It calculates time to your target weight, BMI, body fat percentage, average daily and weekly weight loss and SO much more. I love it.

Positive changes I’ve noticed:
My tee shirts are hanging even more loosely at my shrinking belly area.
I can now fit into an old pair of skinny jeans from 8 years ago.
My cheekbones are becoming more visible.
My lower back pain is mostly gone unless I twist a certain way.
No joint pain.
My left knee pain is 95% gone, but I still baby it a bit so as not to re-injure it
I’m almost at my half-way point and still more than a week ahead of my July 4th deadline for being at my goal weight.

 

Day 37 -26.5 Pounds – My Diet Plan in an email to my brother

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My brother saw my Facebook progress post and emailed me asking what I was doing to lose weight. My answer was lengthy, and since I took such a long time to type it I figured I would share it here. Eventually, someone else will ask and I can just refer them to this:

Note:  This lifestyle change is not for the faint of heart and most people who want to know, when they hear what I’m doing, come up with a million excuses as to why they can’t do what I’m doing. It’s all BS, of course, as most people just want to be able lose weight with a minimum of discomfort and inconvenience. I can’t afford to do that anymore…

Hi!  Thanks. The diet is my own, from years of learning what works for me and what doesn’t.  The only diet advice the doctor at the wellness center gave me was “protein, protein, protein”, but I really limit animal protein to one meal a day. The doctor put me on a medication called “phentermine”, it’s similar in nature to amphetamine and not right for everyone, especially if you have an addictive personality or heart problems. He started me on a half dose for a week, then full dose. After two weeks of the full dose I was not happy at all — the weight loss had SLOWED DOWN and I was having some weird symptoms of lethargy, mind fogginess and insomnia. At my 3-week followup I told him this and requested going back on the half dose, which I did. The phentermine is great for appetite suppression, eliminating cravings and boosting metabolism, BUT it causes constipation and dry mouth. I found 3-4 prunes every morning really helps, and LOTS of water. I hope to be off it soon. You DON’T need phentermine to see results similar to mine if you follow my diet.

As for my diet, it’s a variation of a raw vegan diet I did a few years ago, but now with some animal protein added, and occasional soup. At that time I lost a lot of weight with going 100% raw vegan in a short time, but it was unrealistic and hard for me to maintain while living with Ed, who is a big meat eater. So, rather than self-sabotage I now eat ONE cooked animal protein a day:  2 eggs fried in grape seed oil, OR baked chicken breast (3-4 ounces), OR grilled steak (3-4) ounces. For a larger woman or a man they’d need more to feel satisfied, maybe 6 ounces.  I eat mostly raw vegan the rest of the time, but will occasionally make a cooked bean or lentil and vegetable soup when I feel I need something hot.

SALADS — one per day when possible — (NO CROUTONS, NO CHEESE, NO OIL, NO NUTS) JUST the leafy greens and veggies. Make the salad HUGE so you fill up on all those nutrient-dense veggies. I like to follow a lot of Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s (Eat to Live – see video links below) principals — “Make the SALAD THE MEAL.”  IF I use dressing it’s a always on the side, with just the tines of the fork dipped in, and never more than 2 TEAspoons.

Fresh organic fruit – at least 2 pieces a day, or a cup of berries will count as one fruit.  I like bananas, apples, oranges, mangos, pineapple cut in chunks, and all berries. If you like berries it is extremely important to get organic ONLY, as they are the most loaded with pesticides of any fruit – especially strawberries. If someone offers me nonorganic berries or I don’t know the source I won’t even put them in my mouth.

JUICES and SMOOTHIES – I don’t used any prepackage crap. ALL natural organic ingredients.  ONE fruit (which will count towards my daily 2 fruits) and about 3/4 cup of carrot juice OR cucumber juice, and often I’ll pour the juice in a big-speed blender (I have a Vitamix) and add a few leaves of Kale or chard or baby spinach and whip it all on HIGH until you can no longer see bits of the leaves – about a minute. IF I add kale or chard to a smoothie I also include a squeeze of FRESH lemon, as this counteracts the bitter “green or grassy” taste. Occasionally I will add a tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseeds for fiber and the nutrients they provide.  If you want it a little sweet add ONE date or a small squirt of agave nectar. Stay away all processed sugar and honey – it’s too high on the glycemic index.

Even if you simply replace one of your regular meals a day with a green juice or smoothie you will start to see weight loss and other amazing benefits — Like skin issues clearing up, scalp itching going away, mind fog clearing — you will have amazing mental clarity after just a week or two.  

If you want more aggressive weight loss and benefits do 2 or 3 juices a day and eat only salads, but use a large variety of greens and veggies to make sure you’re getting all your nutrients.  Veggies have protein, and don’t let anyone tell you you have to eat meat or soy. You see how big and muscular cows get eating grass? Gorillas? Yes, it may cause diarrhea if you body is used to a shit diet, but it will go away after a few days. You also may get headaches/lethargy and feel like crap as the toxins leave your body, so start it when you know you have a couple of days off, like a Friday.

The first time I went cold turkey with a raw vegan and juicing diet I felt AWFUL for the first 3 days, but I knew this might happen so I toughed it out. When I woke up on day 4 it was like a miracle! My mind was SO clear, I had tons of energy and my mood was absolutely euphoric. 

What I’ve eliminated:

ALL packaged and processed foods.

ALL wheat and rice products.  No bread, pasta, rice, cakes, crackers.

ALL SUGAR

ALL ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS 

ALL HARMFUL FAT/OIL/BUTTER – I only use a tiny bit of coconut or grape seed oil when frying eggs.

FATTY MEATS

PROCESSED MEATS — COLDCUTS AND PEPPERONI

CHEESE/MILK – BASICALLY ALL DAIRY

NO ALCOHOL – I don’t drink all that often anyway, so this was an easy elimination. PLUS I can’t have any while on phentermine.

NO CAFFEINE – EVEN IN TEA

SALT — throw out your salt shaker.

STOP USING YOUR MICROWAVE – it damages food and nutrients at the cellular level.

Tips:

KEEP A DAILY FOOD JOURNAL – it’s really important and an eye-opener.  I use the MyFitnessPal app. Some days are better than other’s, but I’m not giving up.

My ONLY drink is water, and lots of it. NO diet soda.

The only nuts I eat are in the occasional Larabar I have.

Sometimes I’ll have a small handful of raw, shelled sunflower seeds (1 tablespoon)

Start grocery shopping at your nearest healthy supermarket (whole foods, earth fare, and anywhere they have lots of organic produce and a bulk dry goods section).  Yes, healthy food costs more, but you’ll be eating LESS food so it does average out. Put your money on the plate, and not in the doctor’s bank account. Find a local farmers market for less costly produce.

I consider this a total lifestyle change, and not a temporary diet. I got a good scare when my blood work came back. I’m 52 years old and now at high risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes and have done a LOT of damage to myself eating a crap diet. My cholesterol was sky high, my thyroid TSH was very low, my Vitamin D was almost nonexistent. So I’m now on daily thyroid replacement, vitamin D weekly and daily fish oil. I’m taking this very seriously and I’m not playing around anymore. I don’t feel deprived. I feel like I’m finally being a grown-up and taking care of the only body I have.

I highly recommend two videos:

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (the first movie, not part 2 unless you want to watch it after) – available on Netflix and possibly YouTube. (I learned about Dr. Fuhrman on this video).  “Joe” does an extreme juice-fast diet, which is not for everyone, but even for a few days it is a good reboot for your body. You will learn a lot with this movie and it’s HIGHLY motivating. I watch it every couple of months to renew my motivation.

and Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s videos, especially THIS one in two parts as a good starting point:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6scxSbXnrWk — Part 1 is 14 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udWzXvh6JbM — Part 2 is 14 minutes

These two videos alone may well change your life. There is a LOT of information here.

If you want to give people the quickest help just refer them to those 2 videos.

I really hope this helps. It’s amazing the changes that take place with your body, mental processes and mood when you start feeding it what it really needs.

Beth

Wellness and Weight-loss Adventure Day 34

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After Face-Timing with my sister Barbara two days ago I realized I was not drinking nearly enough water. I THOUGHT I was, but it was only a few sips here and there. I was feeling lethargic and foggy-brained and she suggested I CHUG several full glasses of water throughout the day. WOW! What a difference. Barbara is a nurse and is very health and nutrition conscious and saavy. Her advice is usually good advice.

So, since my last post I’ve lost another 9 pounds (but I’m also counting the 3 pounds I lost in the two weeks before officially starting my diet, so that’s why the myfitnesspal app photo above says -24 pounds). I’ve gotten a bit lazy about eating salads and juicing since the grandkids were here over the weekend, but I’m going to get back to that today.

My brother wrote me an email asking what I was doing to lose weight, so yesterday morning I spent over an hour outlining everything in an email reply. He was shocked at the lengthy reply, and said he would take the time to read it all soon, and pass it on to the women in his family. I hope my successes inspire them.

Today I need to make a shopping trip to Earth Fare in Summerville. It’s about a 15-minute trip on a very busy road and I usually dread going, but I need to get over that. I want to stock up on some white kernel popcorn, Larabars, prunes and organic berries. Supposedly, there is a new Whole Foods that is going to be opening up this year a bit closer to home than the one in Mt. Pleasant, and I’m hoping it’s a LOT closer.

Every now and then I feel the need for a hot plate of good food, so last night I made a pork roast with potatoes, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in my new pressure cooker. I ate two thin-ish slices of the roast and a large serving-spoon portion of the veggies. It was enough. The tomatoes weren’t as sweet as I was hoping. Next time I’ll use carrots instead. First I browned the roast in a little grape seed oil in the pressure cooker, added a cup of water and a half cup of red wine, a ton of chopped garlic, the potatoes, tomatoes and mushrooms and set the cooker for 25 minutes. The 3-pound roast was throughly cooked and tender, but the potatoes were falling apart, and the flavor was great. Next time I’ll cook for only 20 minutes. Ed loved it.

I think I’m finally adjusting to the thyroid medication. I’m feeling a bit less loopy and tired, but that could also be the benefits of the increased water intake. I was probably dehydrated all along.

Postive changes I’ve noticed to date:
I HAVE A NECK! AND JUST ONE CHIN!
My waist is becoming visible again.
Ed says my butt is shrinking.
My stretchy pants are having trouble staying up.
My tee shirts are hanging loose at my shrinking belly area.
My cheekbones are becoming more visible.

Medications are unchanged since my last post, and I started the monthly Progesterone on the 1st.

I made 4 NYC token rings and a quarter pendant in my workshop yesterday:

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