Rowanfair's Journal, 25 February 2013

177 on the scale this morning. OMG, please let this loss stay around!!!

I made a nice veggie casserole yesterday with just the stuff I had around the house - zucchini, mushrooms & spinach - baked in an egg & cream sauce. It turned out really well and I like having something I can just re-heat. I have so gotten out of the habit of cooking.

As I am starting to come out of it - either because I am now taking thyroid hormones or just because it has run its course - I realize that I have been fairly depressed for the last ten months since I got laid off. I didn't *feel* depressed and it was most likely situational rather than brain chemistry-related. But I haven't been cooking or doing much beyond maintenance. Now, partly, that is the feeling of "I can't go out I don't have an income". And partly it is my tennis elbow makes it harder to drive or walk. But that doesn't mean I couldn't go sit in a park or go out geocaching or something. I'm practically agoraphobic at this point.

Or, as my friend Caroline says to say, "I *was* like that but I'm not going forward." Henceforth I shall sally forth into the world and engage. And hopefully a job will come along really soon that could use my mad skillz.

Diet Calendar Entry for 25 February 2013:
1015 kcal Fat: 69.70g | Prot: 85.04g | Carb: 12.26g.   Breakfast: eggs, bratwurst, cheddar, tomato. Lunch: Spinach & Veg Casserole, steak. Dinner: Smoked salmon. Snacks/Other: babybel. more...


Hi, Rowan, thanks for posting on my journal. I was looking at your bio and you mentioned "safe starches" causing problems...what safe starches were they? Trying to figure out what to avoid myself... Sorry to hear that you have lost your job. It's such a bad time economically, my husband hasn't been able to find anything either. Maybe taking some courses at a school could help you re-engage. And they're fun, too! 
25 Feb 13 by member: Hope4Health
The "safe starches" are a concept I got from a book called _The Perfect Health Diet_ (also see blog by that name). They advocate a moderate carb diet and allow root vegetables (which makes sense to me) and rice (which makes no sense at all). Since Primal/Paleo allows some root vegetables I added sweet potatoes and stopped saying "no onions" and "no carrots". I wasn't logging my food - partly depression and partly trying out whether I could maintain. So I'm not totally sure what got me - starches (of which I didn't eat that many really) or volume (did I get worse at portion control without noticing?) was the culprit. Taking classes is a good idea. I did take a watercolour class for awhile but it didn't really grab me. But it was nice to get out and paint. I had been volunteering but the major surgery in November sort of halted that for the moment. I'm all better and need to get back to it.  
25 Feb 13 by member: Rowanfair
I took a lot of drawing classes and I loved them. It really trains you to notice more. Art is a great soul restorer. 
25 Feb 13 by member: Hope4Health
I paint, but not so much lately. I am hesitant to get out my paints because it is hard to not make a mess. My husband is super neat and I just am not. Maybe if I get a new tackle box or something. 
25 Feb 13 by member: Rowanfair


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