First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who sent me well wishes and prayers. This has been a really difficult week. Today I was off work because of health issues of my own (looks like I'll be joining the hysterectomy crowd soon), so I went to see Dad in the morning. I found out that he has not been out of bed, nor has he eaten in 2 days. I was there on Monday, but he was in bed asleep. He is sleeping most of the day now. It won't be long. I spent most of the day with him, and he was awake off and on. He is not able to talk much, but does give an occasional "yes" or nod. We will miss him greatly when he is gone.
Today I got a few books in the mail. First of all, The Collection. Last year I wrote a review on this book and offered a give-away. Well, like a dummy, I forgot all about it and never gave the book away. Well, today I got another copy in the mail from the publisher with a letter from the author asking me to let people know that the book is now available in paperback. It really is a good book, and for anyone who likes fashion or sewing, it's an eye-opener. Well, at least it was to me. So, here I go again; if you would like to put your name in a drawing for this book, please leave a message on my blog or email me, and I will put your name in a drawing. I will pull the name out on Sunday and post the winner - and if I don't, BUG ME UNTIL I DO! And, even if you don't win the book, I'd encourage you to buy a copy or see if they have it at your local library. It is a quick read and fun.
I had also ordered two other books from Amazon, and they arrived today. I had watched the Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo, and even though I didn't like the previews and thought "what a waste of time that would be" I ended up watching about 6 episodes in a row one day! I had seen the book along with Nina Garcia's book in my local Borders, but I can usually get them cheaper on Amazon, so I ordered them. Now, I'm just wondering, how many of those hundred essentials do I even come close to having? We'll find out as I read the book :-)
OK, back to the split pants. Well, I would think I would be losing weight, because I have totally changed my eating habits. I have a number of health issues that could really become serious if I'm not careful. I have decided to try to combat these things by totally changing my diet. The plan is outlined in a book called The Ultimate Ph Solution. The premise is to keep your body chemistry in an alkaline state since diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many others cannot survive in an alkaline environment. I already know 2 people who have beat cancer using this nutritional plan. Basically it is a vegetarian diet which also excludes dairy, wheat, sugar, and anything fried, processed, or over-cooked. When I first started reading about it, I was like, what's left?" since my diet was less than optimal (which my daughter was already protesting that all I have is "healthy" food in the house before I began this.) I have been following the plan for over 2 weeks now, and I have noticed more energy, less stomach problems, and feeling better overall. I am still learning what to eat, but the good thing is that 70-80% of your intake must be alkaline foods. The other 20-30 can be otherwise. So, nothing is totally ruled out, although healthy alternatives are encouraged. I thought coffee would be the hardest to give up, since I hit Starbucks several times a week, but I've been OK with that.
BUT, today was a difficult day and I went to Starbucks and had a latte and a cookie! Other than that, though, I've been really good, and will continue to do so. It's kind of a challenge, but I know I need to do it. I will be sharing my journey with you from time to time.