.....do not always get me down, although I admit to feeling a bit waterlogged right now! It's been raining since Friday, and I'm pretty sure there is more to come. I'm not crazy about the grey skies - I like my sunshine! - but the rain is good for the green stuff. The trees are all looking happy and my little garden is actually growing too!
Wait, did I not tell you about my garden? I haz a garden! :-) Well, okay, I haz a little raised bed with a few veggies in it, but for me that's a garden, so I'm happy. Even though I was raised by gardeners extraordinaire, who planted enough to feed the whole county and somehow never had a "bad year", I've not had the best luck with growing things. I gave up on house plants for years because I killed them so fast, it was embarrassing. My few attempts at gardens were.....well, let's just say they did not end well. But since I've been following the Paleo diet and eating lots more veggies (more on that in a bit!), I decided it was time to give gardening another try.
Our property here is pretty much all sand and pine needles, so I was fairly sure we'd need to do something to improve the soil - and our chances of growing anything but cactus and more pine trees. (Seriously, slash pines are everywhere down here! People worry about zombies, but sheesh, if pines became sentient we'd be in deep doodie!) After some research and consultation, I asked Jon to build me a raised bed so I could experiment. I wanted to keep things small-scale this year, given my abysmal track record with gardening, and a raised bed seemed like our best bet overall. So Mr. Wonderful complied, and I planted, and voila!
As I said, it's very - very - small-scale this year. I have squash, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, and some dill and spearmint started, and that's it. I love fresh tomatoes, so I have three or four varieties of those, and I've been going through the broccoli like crazy, so I'm hoping it takes off for me. It would be nice to have enough to freeze for next winter. My mom would laugh herself sick if she saw it, but that's okay.....baby steps!
Now, back to my diet - it is going very, very well. By my scale, I'm down 18 lbs since mid-January, which makes me super happy. I've been able to wear clothes that I couldn't last spring and summer, and I just feel so much better. My blood pressure is back to being perfect, instead of borderline high. Really, this is more than just a weight-loss plan for me.....it's a lifestyle change. I'm eating healthier than I ever have, and it's something that is absolutely sustainable, unlike so many of the other things I've tried. I could be stricter and be losing more/faster, but I'm really content with my current rate of loss and how I feel overall. My back is also improving slowly (gee, ya think getting some weight off could be helping there too?) and I plan to start a modest exercise plan soon as well. Pretty cool, huh?
So that's the latest for me! Hope everyone out there is doing well too!