Gratitudes Oct 31

  1. I have the day off when needed, like today
  2. Great decorations for classroom already up – surprising the kids
  3. i can breath. not perfectly because have a little something and coughing but fine
  4. will get meds if need
  5. nurse said maybe can bring it up give it few days
  6. principal did something nice for me yesterday
  7. good sub today
  8. middle of day easier to drive all the way to oral surgeon than after a day of work. no choice, but glad it happened this way
  9. chopin this am already
  10. will take HOT short shower
  11. jo visited just to visit last night
  12. A.
  13. lots of chatting with him this morning
  14. not rushed yay
  15. most mornings take my time. get up VERY early so HAVE time now. is better than rushing
  16. meditation
  17. S’s smile (student) yesterday
  18. my prayers in the car
  19. chatting with L right now
  20. Jo came by and gave me great hug
  21. unfortunately, wanted more. i said i need more than to just be a concubine. i am grateful for all 3 things (20 and both in 21)
  22. great soup I just had and sandwich too. nutrition.Be back later. And am back
  23. Wow! It wasn’t the dental implant that had fallen out; it was only the abutment!
  24. Still, he had to do oral surgery on me. But I’ll be okay.
  25. And – *I* didn’t have to pay a thousand dollars. In fact, THEY owe ME about TWO thousand! They will mail it asap. Yay! I can put 1000 for the other dentist who will put the tooth – that’s what it costs.
  26. And – I can put 1000 to my credit card yay!
  27. safe ride up
  28. and back
  29. decided not see mother. feel funny about it. but – need to take CARE of self Coughing less when still. and doctors say sleep a lot
  30. talked with L LONG close time on phone
  31. and D too yay
  32. and P feels better and WILL have halloween! I’m so grateful on his behalf.
  33. and on behalf of his bestie, also 12, who hurt foot and needs “buddy” to go with him!
  34. did this meditation this morning. and LOVED it – do not like the storm part but just changed that:
  35. i will sleep. a lot. and very early i’ll go in.
  36. all is well in my world; i just ahve to remember it

Great Healthy Soup I Made

I made this and am eating it right now. Even had some yesterday for breakfast! It is plain and simple and I am loving it!

oil (measure 2 T)
garlic (3 cloves and 1 little one)
onion 1/2 large
carrots – baby – 6?
celery – 5 stalks with tops?
soften with lid then few minutes without lid so onion sort of starts to brown
add 1 quart Field Day veg broth
black pep
1 box frozen spinach, thawed in microwave and squeezed dry
red lentils – 1 1/2 cups? 2 cups?

You know, cook til starts to boil, then simmer with lid askew for like a couple of hours, stirring every 15 minutes.

“Fat-Fighting Minestrone Soup” from a magazine

I will try it.
PS It’s not so much fat-fighting, imo, as eating any healthy soup helps with not overeating…

Seems good except of course I’ll most likely sub vegan parm for reg parm and I will use vegan broth of course

They say 2 1/2 cups is a serving (I’d have thought less)
They also list the benefits of kidney beans, chickpeas. semoline pasta, cooked tomatoes, green beans, and parm, onions, spinach, and black pep

2 onions, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
4 cups vegan broth unchicken type (Imagine) or reg. (Field Day)
3 cups water
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/4″ pieces
1 cup cooked small pasta, such as small farfalle or elbows
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
5 Tb grated Parm or vegan parm

Combine onions, carrots, celery, broth, water, tomatoes with their juice, oregano, salt and pepper in large pot; boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until carrots soften, 15 minutes.

Stir in green beans; cook, covered, until tender, about 8 minutes.
Add pasta, chickpeas, beans and spinach; stir until heated through, about 3 minutes. Makes 5 servings.

Enjoy each one topped with 1 Tbs of the vegan Parmesan




Affirmations Oct 31

I am beautiful and everybody loves me.

Every experience I have is perfect.

I am in perfect health.

Love is powerful. Your love and my love.

Life supports me in every possible way!

Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.

Reading Oct 31

For Today:

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose. Mary Wollstonecraft

I came to OA because I wanted to get well more than I wanted to eat. That is the steeady purpose that directs my life today. i place freedom from compulsive o ereating before everything else because I do not want to return to the life I had without it. Before OA, the only tranquility I knew was to anesthetize myself with food, an indulgence for which I paid dearly the rest of the time. Nothing could save me from the mental and emotional anguish and confusion of being fat, feeling guilty and hating myself for lack of control.
Today I am not confused about who I am and what I am doing. i am a compulsive overeater, relieved by the grace of God from the obsession, and recovering in this place I call home.

For today: Staying aware of my purpose in living by the OA program is my true source of peace of mind. Therefore it is my nuber one priority, and nothing -no food, no circumstance, no person – can tempt me to give it up.

My takeaway: My new life years before and since oa is better and i want more of it. plus, i WANT to eat real foods now!


Gratitudes Oct 30

I am so grateful:

  1. this day
  2. i am not sick (yesterday felt like getting sick, and lots of chest coughs)
  3. i am at peace in my little house here this morning. and really, every morning
  4. at ww yesterday they asked who gets a good night’s sleep and only like 3 hands went up, including mine. people were commenting all over the place that they don’t. i’m so lucky that i do!
  5. Omg this breakfast I’m having right now. Yum healthy nutritious low enough points and delicious!
  6. Shakeo with nuts, nut butter, and a banana for lunch
  7. My eyesight
  8. My car
  9. with gas in it
  10. should be nice drive to work despite rain and flooding. lucky
  11. coffee in the mornings
  12. babies – 2 – at ww yesterday made me smile
  13. doing 5 gratitudes in bed every night – have missed 1 i think, but otherwise every night
  14. my interesting dreams!
  15. realizing there’s more to life than safety and comfort  – and
  16. having fun friday night
  17. friends
  18. my compassion
  19. animals
  20. “my” birds
  21. trees
  22. “my” trees
  23. every dog i’ve ever had
  24. my dishes. yes really. just got them this summer. already lost one and chipped two. but love having them
  25. and the cups have saucers
  26. my flatware too. also from this summer
  27. same for my glasses. finally found glasses i liked that are strong enough and cheap enough lol
  28. and the pitcher too. wanted a glass pitcher. couldn’t find. then found 🙂
  29. my soup came out great and so did my loaf:) threw together new ways figuring out as i went
  30. enough money for groceries this week phew
  31. did not lose food from the blackout yesterday phew!
  32. my breath. it’s so deep this morning. like feels like is down to my waist! SO grateful for it!
  33. i am NOT a victim!
  34. I would not be with any old somebody or even some specific somebodys just to be with someone even though not good for me
  35. i am inspired
  36. i am inspirational
  37. my compassion and the compassion of others
  38. my honestly and the honesty of others
  39. meditation
  40. mindfulness
  41. my “mindfulness corner” in the classroom
  42. and that some kids use it!
  43. when they feel they need chill, they go over, turn over the timer (5 minutes) and color. i LOVE that. maybe 3 kids, one twice so far? glad!
  44. that they are innocent hearts
  45. that i know it
  46. that i can read
  47. that they can too:)
  48. reading in bed at night
  49. i am so tired and just want to hang out today. but i am looking forward to the script – and the pre-halloween things…
  50. m has a thing for me for tomorrow so i can be there for the kids in the parade (like a hat thing)
  51. my tvs
  52. my couches
  53. that i did go out friday night, ’cause there’s more to life than comfort and safety – and i did have fun
  54. will have more fun too
  55. lots!
  56. my Higher Power
  57. that I’ve been with since Feb ’16. SO grateful
  58. my morning prayers
  59. my washer
  60. my dryer
  61. my jammies. really
  62. i KNOW – there IS a theme of peace and comfort. but i’m just SO grateful for peace and comfort. didn’t have either for most years of my life. really. am SO grateful to have them now. Peace
  63. and comfort
  64. and a pretty home that is in order
  65. and no one else’s crazies control it
  66. or me. Thank You, Universe, Higher Power, self, friends and loved ones
  67. cousins
  68. Jo
  69. that i had the repairs done, especially with all this rain!
  70. garbage pick-up
  71. cleaning lady
  72. coloring a little on Sat
  73. that i NEED some chill time – have  not had any but twice since mid-june! but AM taking now. no guilt. will chill later today, for example
  74. Ji LOVES the blanket i made her. was SO excited. said, “this is the coziest blanket EVER!” and “I will be cozy with it forEVER!” i am SO glad!
  75. and her example about chilling – 13 years old – diagnosed this and that and autistic etc but now speaks, does well in school, ***has friends,*** and chills all she wants! God bless her. And thank her. I learn so much from her.
  76. my gratitudes FAR outweigh my problems!
  77. i can park in the driveway now yay (especially in this weather yay)
  78. that I have changed so much!
  79. my stove
  80. that i use it! (there were YEARS when i didn’t use the other one – couldn’t – was so sad… better now!
  81. my “routines
  82. and that they are not obsessive
  83. EJ. I never forget the amount of support I’ve gotten from EJ
  84. beachbody community. i want them in my life and am so glad they are here
  85. i do pay my bills
  86. i will laugh today
  87. i will see that my students laugh too
  88. books
  89. my Nook
  90. my iPad mini
  91. this laptop!
  92. my iPhone
  93. texting
  94. emails (sometimes lol)
  95. Warrior Goddess training
  96. Thich Nhat Hanh
  97. J
  98. Ji
  99. Jo
  100. A
  101. L
  102. St
  103. Tr
  104. MT
  105. AM
  106. M
  107. D
  108. P

Reading Oct 30


Never since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it. . . . “So long as we don’t argue these matters privately, it’s a cinch we never shall publicly.”


Do I remember that I have a right to my opinion but that others don’t have to share it? That’s the spirit of “Live and Let Live.” The Serenity Prayer reminds me, with God’s help, to “Accept the things I cannot change.” Am I still trying to change others? When it comes to “Courage to change the things I can,” do I remember that my opinions are mine, and yours are yours? Am I still afraid to be me? When it comes to “Wisdom to know the difference,” do I remember that my opinions come from my experience? If I have a know-it-all attitude, aren’t I being deliberately controversial?

My takeaway: Live and let live.
Live. Live.
AND let live.

Affirmations Oct 30

I want — it’s an excellent way to attract happiness in my life.

I take in and give out nourishment in perfect balance.

Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal and filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.
Life is eternal adn filled with joy. I look forward to every moment.