The Long Winter

February 14, 2012

Seriously, I am ready for summer.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Please bring me some chocolate. Also, my back is killing me. Please send me a gift card for a massage. Post haste.

Guess what arrived in the mail yesterday?!?!?!?!

You guys do not even know how happy I was to receive these books. I don’t know where our old copies went (my mom probably got rid of them in an organizing spree), and it’s been so long since I’ve read these books. Can faces light up? Because if so, mine did when I opened this package. (Also, I had just worked out, so post-work-out sweat combined with a lit-up face was probably frightening. I’m glad no one was around.) I am literally smiling right now just looking at the covers. I think I used to love the Little Town on the Prairie cover the most because I liked their dresses. And that tiny kitten blind old Mary is holding. Sorry if I don’t blog for the next few days — I will be hanging out with Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie and little Grace. Don’t bother me.

So I’m trying to get back in shape and it is rough. By this I mean that it is very difficult to have to look at my arms in the mirror while I do kickboxing punches. My diet is actually already pretty healthy, but I’m wondering if certain ways of eating have worked well for you guys — not necessarily for weight loss but for feeling energetic and healthy. Paleo, gluten-free, high-protein, all-natural, vegan — there are so many ways of eating out there, and lots of opinions. Do you follow any type of eating plan?

I was reading Our Father Abraham yesterday, and I was reminded that to the Hebrew mind, everything is spiritual. The Jewish mind — the mind of the Bible — recognizes that God is involved in all areas of life. There is no separation of secular and sacred because there is a recognition that God is involved at church, at work, in our eating, in our sleeping. That is why in the Scripture we see David praise God for his protection and love, and also why we must accept that Job praises God even after his life fell apart. God is in control. And he is at work and he is good no matter what is going on.

OK, I am going to go read about some prairie adventures, you guys. Hopefully Pa will keep the wolves at bay with some cheerful fiddle tunes!


8 Responses to “The Long Winter”

  1. laura said

    Oh, Little House. In 1st grade I had an hour long bus ride to school, so I just did what any normal first grader does and sat and read all the Little House on the Prairie books! It helped that there was a Laura in the story. πŸ˜‰

    I’ve been lately trying to cut out (not completely, though) sugar. I gave up all types of sugar for a weekend last fall, and it was difficult, and I was grumpy, but I would say worth it!

  2. denisemorris said

    Laura — I love that your read them on the way to school. We would’ve been friends. Yeah, sugar is a good idea. Some of the blogs I read don’t eat any sugar — they only sweeten things with molasses.

  3. Jenny G said

    My 4th graders are VERY into her books right now! πŸ™‚

    My hubby is currently a pescatarian, been so for well over a year now. He loves it! He says he feel so much healthier. You can buy a LOT of soy substitutes for ordinary dishes. Also he cut out all pop and coffee. He drinks water and iced tea… the occasional smoothie for breakfast (but no dairy milk, we use almond now).

    He also uses to help track his calorie intake and his exercise. since doing both of those he has lost almost 80lbs. (For exercise he walks our 3 dogs, uses the exercise bike, sometimes plays Just Dance 3 with me, and recently started Aikido) I’ve started using it too. Since Sept. I’ve lost 20lbs. although I’m not good at using it regularly.

    Pinterest has help me a TON too! With all of the great recipes I have found that I can make vegetarian it adds a little variety to our table.

    PS there is a GREAT blog by Chocolate Covered Katie. She does vegan desserts. SOOOOOO AMAZING! (I follow her on pinterest too!)

  4. denisemorris said

    Thanks, Jenny! I like myfitnesspal — it feels nice to keep track of things and to add in my exercise! And yes, Pinterest is so great for recipes — I love it. I will definitely check out that blog!

  5. Lydia said

    I probably should have a plan. My basic attitude is everything is good for you in moderation so as long as your no over-indulging in any one type of food, variety is the spice of life. And anyways, I had a smoothie one day (not sure exactly what was in it) for breakfast and I found this to be one of the only days I was actually able to make it to lunch time without my stomach growling like a lion 2 hours before lunch. I think its because it has protien in it. I hear protein is good for energy…and I certainly felt better that day than any other day of skipping breakfast or eating cereal…so now I have to get a decent blender so I can make my own smoothies…=)
    That’s all I got. Totally not useful but never the less…I hope you become a smoothie junkie. I think they are a delicious treat and good for you depending on what you put in them… =)

  6. denisemorris said

    Lydia, thanks! I used to make protein smoothies for breakfast a lot, but I haven’t done that in awhile. Maybe I’ll start up again!

  7. I have a home-made protein smoothie for breakfast each morning, too! I’ve had to radically change my diet as part of my ‘getting well from M.E.’ regime, and it includes: completely non-wheat, and almost non-gluten (I can have rye and spelt); almost non-dairy (I can have butter and fresh natural yoghurt, but not straight milk, or cheese – something to do with the wrong kind of protein); and NO SUGAR! I mean, at ALL! Even my consumption of fruit is severely limited at the moment, because my body just can’t cope with it. (And you’d be surprised how often naughty manufacturers sneak unnecessary sugar into foods, thinking we won’t notice…) Boy, was that hard to start with! But now my taste-buds have adapted and I taste a lot more in other kinds of foods so I don’t mind. And my mother is eating like this too – and company definitely helps πŸ˜‰

  8. you’ll be glad to know that a major early part of our homeschool is starting to read the LH series. savannah turns 5 soon and so that’s going to be one of our first steps toward a more structured education πŸ™‚ fun eh?
    if you haven’t read the Maker’s Diet by jordan rubin, you SHOULD. it may not be the solution you’re looking for, but it’s full of great jewish insights πŸ™‚
    my ideal food plan i like to think of as “real food”.
    and that’s my two cents.

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