Transformation Day 2012: Update for 01/09/12

public domain image of a butterflyWith week 24 of my Transformation Day 2012 challenge behind me, I feel like I’m back on track.  Things aren’t perfect, but things are peaceful again.  A girl can’t argue with that, right?

Last week, I dropped 3.4 pounds of the 7 that I’d gained while on vacation in Florida.  That puts me at 254 pounds which means I’ve lost 23.8 pounds in 24 weeks.  (If you haven’t yet figured it out with me, my weight is all over the place, even when I’m doing well.) While it’s certainly a step in the right direction, I still feel like I’m retaining a lot of water; I even had swollen feet and legs two different times last week.  I hadn’t experienced that (that I can recall) since going on blood pressure meds back in October.

I’m excited about a little brain child I hatched last week.  I’m going to plant some salad green indoors, probably this week, and I’m hoping that it’ll work out.  I have a HUGE window in my family room with lots of great southern exposure, so I’m going to see if plants will actually grow there without grow lights.  If that works, I know where I’ll be starting plants for my garden this year! (I’ll document the project on my blog, of course!)

I don’t know if you folks have noticed — Lord knows I talk about it a good deal — but food is getting more expensive by the week, it seems.  I’ve heard several folks suggest that it has more to do with inflation and less to do with commodities prices.  Regardless of the cause, it’s hard to get healthy when “healthy” food doesn’t usually have big lobbyists behind it.  I’m not saying I like lobbyists, you understand, but I do realize that they’re a big part of the reason why our food “pyramid” or “plate” or whatever garbage we have right now is based on “healthy whole grains”.  The grain and sugar folks run the USDA and FDA because they all have a lot more to loose than a tomato or pepper or salad greens growers.

As I often say, what we eat is a survival topic.  Getting ourselves and our families healthy is a survival topic.  I know I seem more focused on this aspect of our preparedness right now, but if I can’t get healthy, we’ll be seeing our own SHTF scenario.  Getting healthy and working on food storage, food production, and the like,are probably the two most important aspects of prepping as far as I’m concerned.  After all, if we don’t live to help our families, what good are all the bullets and Band-Aids? Inheritance, perhaps?

It’s the first part of the year when everyone is focusing on their New Year’s resolutions.  I hope that I can inspire folks to think seriously about where they want to go in 2012 and then make a difference today! If you’re not trying to go forward, you’re falling behind! What you do for you and your family matters; you just have to DO IT! One foot in front of the other, right?

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