The Eat from the Pantry Challenge has been going well. We haven't bought anything at the grocery store since December. I had a massive I don't know what to cook/I don't want to cook moment tonight because I am just exhausted, but my son stepped up and listed ideas and then helped me do everything but chop the onion to get dinner on the table. He's been so good about that. He really wants us to get that grass fed side of beef. He's also been really encouraging when I want to eat gluten, by talking me out of it. I'm going to hold out as long as I can before I buy some fresh produce and milk. The challenge allows for that, just to keep any spending to a minimum. We still have both. I'll be baking gluten free bread tomorrow.
I've lost a total of 10.8 pounds since the start of my diet the day after Christmas. I'm happy with that and I'm past the point of wanting to cheat on my diet. My diet does allow for gluten, but my personal goal is to stay off it for the month, then possibly the year. It'll be a step by step, moment by moment journey. I hope I can hang with the diet for the whole year, even if I don't stay off gluten. I'm usually pretty gung ho for a while, but then life happens.
I'd like to stay away from eating out this year, too. I feel better after not having eaten take out at all this year. I know if we have to travel to Seattle and back for medical reasons there will have to be a meal somewhere, but MIL says she will pay for all travel costs related to DD's medical stuff and that includes food and lodging. She's also paying the Virginia Mason bill for surgery for us when it comes, too. So that will be DD's deductible and her out of pocket max and then we won't have to pay for any medical stuff for DD for the rest of the year.
Things are doing better here. My little grand niece has been home from the hospital for 2 days and is doing a lot better. Still waiting on the test results, though. My sister and her husband came for a visit today (they are the grandparents of my grand niece). I stayed six feet away from both of them and talked for a little while. They were just dropping off their son, who lives here, and then BIL has a doctor's appointment down this way on Thursday.
DD had her Covid test today and goes in for her liver tumor to be removed on Thursday. I am not going down, just DH. They won't let us in to see her at all and the last car trip I had to Seattle put me out of commission for weeks. It's what led to the pulled muscle. I can't just sit in the car for several hours and wait until the hotel room is ready. It hurts too much. And since I won't drive in Seattle traffic due to the lunatics (seriously, Orange County is sane compared to Seattle drivers), DH it is. And she is honestly a Daddy's girl.
They are keeping her for 24 hours observation due to the secondary adrenal insufficiency, but it is a laproscopic surgery, unless something makes it not be, in which case it will become a 3 day stay. I hope it is the former, because her anxiety levels will be very high not seeing one of us for 3 days. She hasn't had a panic attack in a long time, they were mostly related to cortisol crashes, but this is the sort of thing that might bring one on.
I start physical therapy again on Friday. I don't want to, because it didn't help last time and I am worse off now, but they won't do an MRI until I've done it. I know there is something going on with my left hip that is beyond degenerative rheumatoid arthritis. I think there might be a detached or torn ligament. So I'll go, I'll do the exercises, and I will hope against hope that they will work.
I am working on getting the kitchen organized and more disability friendly. We got some new shelves put up and the best part of that is I have the recycle bins at a level where I don't have to bend down to put stuff in them. They are at belly-height for me, so I can just pull the bin out and put something in it. Because of the damge to the L-4 and L-5 vertebrae, it was pretty hard to bend to the floor and they were under something so I couldn't just drop them straight down. DD is pleased with that, too. These are just our inside bins that we fill and then take out to dump in the bins that go curbside. We recycle more than anyone else on our block. We also only put out a garbage can every other week and every other house puts out one every week. It cuts our bill significantly.
Well, that's it for tonight.
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I understand your frustration on fixing stuff -- I feel like I fix the same things over and over. But good job as far as eating from the pantry and staying away from gluten. Your weight loss is great!