Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 1st, 2020 Undeniably Powerful

March 1st, 2020 Undeniably Powerful

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, I've had a few exercise sessions-one at the RecPlex plus walking and body-weight strength exercises at home, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I've been doing fairly well of late. I've been resting better on the days when I honor certain boundaries I've created concerning my coffee consumption. I love my coffee...a, a lot lot, but with that love has come a good measure of denial about how it affects my sleep. It took switching to a more powerful coffee for me to be jolted out of that denial. Cafe Bustelo is amazing coffee. I discovered it quite by accident simply because it was a bargain at $2.88 for a 10oz brick. I wasn't expecting the incredible flavor and caffeine concentration. I was simply willing to try out a bargain coffee in an effort to save money. I've learned so much more about coffee and coffee culture since discovering Cafe Bustelo. Cuban coffee is espresso ground--and Cubans love their coffee, however, they drink it in small shot glasses--not big coffee mugs like I'm accustomed. My point is: It took switching to this new coffee to honestly acknowledge how caffeine truly affects my body and my brain. If it means more restful sleep--fantastic!

My personal coffee denial dynamic on a purely structural level mirrors anything in my life that I cling onto (or once held onto) with a death grip. It often takes something undeniably powerful to realign us back into a place where we can see and understand things more clearly. What needs are being met or over-met by the thing? How can I better support my needs in a positive way? What wonderful things am I missing out on because of my reluctance to let whatever it is, go? Deep thoughts, I know. Important questions that ultimately challenge the spiritual, emotional, and mental dynamics of this here path we're on.

Mom is still up and down, better--then not so much...okay, then less than okay. Despite her not being 100% yesterday, I got her out and about in a very adventurous way. We planned dinner out followed by the Johnny Rodriguez concert at the theatre. Mom was a big fan of his music in the 70's and early 80's, so I knew this might be something she would enjoy. She had some brain fog going on--more than she's had lately--and it really took away some of her enjoyment of the night--but overall, I'm glad we did it. When she's exceptionally fragile like this she becomes even more of a fall risk. We used her wheelchair 100% for this outing. A challenge that came up was the after-dinner/pre-concert restroom break. I hadn't thought this through. At the nursing home, she has two people to help her. Suddenly, it was just the two of us. We handled it. A restaurant employee made sure the restroom was clear, then stood guard of the door. Mom wasn't real thrilled with this necessary care--but hey, it was just that: Necessary. The only other issue--and it's a minor one, was how her brain fog wasn't allowing her to fully focus on the show or realize 100% what it was. She did recognize the music but afterward, she said: "they sang his songs really well." I was like, "mom, that wasn't a tribute act, that was Johnny Rodriguez--that was him singing his songs." 

We had a great time despite the challenges and that's all that matters.

In other news, I was interviewed by the podcast Less On My Plate with comedian Mike Speirs on Friday afternoon. Mike is a stand-up comic who's in the middle of his own incredible transformation. The episode will be out soon--maybe Thursday, perhaps the following Thursday, but soon. We had a good talk about my experience in the world of stand-up as a 500-pound comic, this blog, and about weight loss from a non-diet mentality. It was a good talk. 

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