Bouncing on my trampoline,
I remember running on dirt (under
trees and clouds and sun), the wind singing in my
skull, my feet
drumming to the song. I know I shouldn’t dwell on what was, but embrace
what is. I just can’t help it. I love the feels brewed by bare feet on canvas, by flesh
and bones and spirit on the
move. Still, I miss running on dirt.
(I miss running on sand, too).
- for Poets and Storytellers United--Weekly
Scribblings #89: Keeping It Real. If you aren’t interested in my Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting Challenge, do feel free to skip
the rest. Also linked to Writers’ Pantry #90: Why Do You Write and Share?
31 Weeks of Pseudo-Intermittent
Fasting: What Actually Happened
Wed, Sep 1st – Tue, Apr 5th
(close to the end of week 4)
Some weeks ago, I said that the
“Do Research, Come Up with a (realistic) Goal/Plan, Collect Battle Gear”
of my Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting Challenge would last a week. Well, it lasted three.
But that’s all right. This was the time to figure out what I wanted out of
and gather the information/tools I would need to get me there. Here are the
results of my search and some thought:
1. I was 165 lbs. when I started this
challenge. According to professionals, who are supposed to know this stuff, the ideal weight for a 5’ 3” 44-years-stunning woman is 120 lbs. Since
the last time I was 120 lbs. happened to be during a particularly terrible Crohn’s
flare that left me resembling a lively cadaver, I shan’t be following that bit
of instruction. Instead, I aim to weight about 131 lbs. Why? Because that is a very
pretty number, which allows me
and my vanity to look wonderfully hot in
my favorite jeans.
2. I can do cardio every single day (hooray!). I should limit calisthenics
and strength to every other day. And I must be mindful of my
left arm and right shoulder.
3. To lose one pound a week, I’m supposed
to consume about 1,400 calories. Most days my caloric intake doesn’t go over
1,200 calories. But every once in a while, I delight in a huge treat that can take
my count to 1,700… which balances things out.
4. Instead of having bone broth for
dinner every night, as I initially planned, I’ve been replacing one of my meals
with bone broth or complementing two meals with a cup of bone broth. It’s been
working like a charm.
5. The challenge is much less challenging than I thought it would be. I suspect that I will lose the extra 30-something pounds, I have been carrying around, a lot sooner than I thought. Also, having bone broth every day does such wonders for my tummy that I know the magic brew will remain part of my diet after the challenge is done.