Since our last edition, I've maintained the integrity of my food plan boundaries, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met or exceeded my daily water goal, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.
My visit with mom last night included some good conversations about my little brother Shane. He was born on Valentine's Day in 1977. We always remember Shane, especially on that day. He passed away almost nineteen years ago at the age of twenty-four. He would have turned forty-three yesterday. Our love for Shane is always peppered with sadness but we did our best to recall the fun times we shared instead of focusing on the time we didn't get with him. In many ways, quite honestly, I don't think the two of us are finished grieving his loss even almost two decades later. For me, my dependence on food over the years as an "escape hatch" from dealing with real and raw emotions kept me from fully processing and grieving.
Shane's birthday cakes were always in the shape of a heart. I'm sure anyone who shares a Valentine's birthday can relate. Considering how much Shane loved life and people, it was the perfect birthday for him. He was always full of love.
We both had our hands in the frosting! This picture takes me back in a wonderful way. The craziest thing for me is realizing mom was only thirty-two years old when this picture was snapped! Today, at forty-eight, I look at thirty-two-year-olds like they're kids!
Of course, I was posing with a box of Little Debbie Snack Cakes. My grandmother and Amber in the background--and Shane, mom, and me--all of us at a restaurant. I'm still not sure why the snack cakes were brought along.
You can tell mom had a decent night of rest simply by looking at this picture. It's night and day different when she hasn't. The roses cheered her up quickly. I'm so grateful her care plan is helping keep her stable. She's really wanting to have an outing tomorrow. We tried last week and she just wasn't in any condition to get out and about. We will see how it is tomorrow!
In the meantime, my morning foundational routine is complete. I'm about to prepare and enjoy my breakfast--then it'll be time to run some errands before heading toward a location broadcast at a car dealership early this afternoon.
I'm feeling grateful and blessed this morning.
View this post on Instagram#whatsforbreakfast 4 egg whites & 1 whole egg, blended well and microwave poached in a bowl, hence the shape. Sprouted grain Ezekiel toast topped with 85g avocado, mashed and seasoned simply with salt & pepper. 216g cantaloupe & 206g fresh strawberries. #dailypractice #foodplan #weighandmeasure #lovethepersonalfoodplan 493 cal.
View this post on InstagramValentines Evening #whatsfordinner 5oz 96% lean ground beef on toasted sprouted grain Ezekiel with 20g mustard and 56g dill pickle chips. 253g sliced red potato pan prepared with 105g red onion, 7.1oz sliced baby portobello mushrooms, and approximately 4 seconds olive oil cooking spray. #foodplan #dailypractice #weighandmeasure 652 cal.
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