What A Week! Halloween Harvests Hormonal Havoc And World Series Winning


It’s been quite a week in these parts.

Halloween, elections, the Giants winning the World Series…

I spent more time volunteering than vacuuming. The temperature hit north of eighty degrees. In November.

I was uncharacteristically crabby and slothful yesterday. I yelled at my kids, got ticked off, increased the width of my girth and made the dip in my chair seat all the deeper by not moving. All day.

My self-care routines have gone to pot this week:

I haven’t drunk a single green smoothie.

I wore no jewelry.

I ate when I wasn’t hungry.

I only T-Tapped twice.

I made a delicious banana loaf with wheat flour for a tea guest. And ate most of it myself.

And I consumed ugly amounts of chocolate and even a can of fizzy brown stuff.

If you read these pages regularly, you will know I work and work my food and exercise habits.

I do this to feel better and feel better I do.

I have more energy and less pain in my mid-forties than I had at twenty -five.

And I weigh the same give or take a couple of pounds. (Halloween week and vacations notwithstanding.)

An outcome of all these measures is hormonal regulation. No temper tantrums,  depression, soreness and lethargy.

Specifically, early waking and anxiety, occasionally panic, can be caused by low progesterone and is common among menopausal women although I’ve had this problem for years.

Eating no grains or sugar fixed that immediately.

And awakening in the early hours, as I undid my good work this week, happened just as quickly too.

I’ve written before about T-Tapp Hoedowns getting me to sleep when I stray, and sure enough they’ve helped me this week.

But when I wake up, I get up, even if it is 3:45am.

I’ve had a sauna, folded several days laundry, written this post and it’s still dark outside.

Quite an achievement but I’d prefer to keep regular hours.

So today is a new day. I’m hopping back on my wagons. My kids will be pleased. And my scales will soon groan less.

I’ll juice my lemons, put the candy in storage, slot in my T-Tapp and put on my jewelry.

I’ll feel like my old self or fake it ‘til I make it.

Excuse me, while I go chop up some greens.

Have you fallen off any of your wagons this week? Which ones? And if you haven’t, how did you do it? Please tell in the comments!

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Minnesota Mamaleh November 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

oh it’s almost impossible to *not* fall off of our wagons every once in awhile, isn’t it?! and halloween, the giants, etc don’t exactly help the cause! you’re inspiring *me* to do better though, and for that i thank you! 🙂


Alison Golden November 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Well that’s good! I like to inspire 🙂 My smoothie is half drunk and I’ve dropped off some donations, done my finances and even washed the sheets AND remade the bed. How about that! Now I’m going to take a break with a cuppa and a loaned copy of People. My life is soooooo exciting! I can’t stand it.


Cathy Presland
November 6, 2010 at 1:54 am

Hi Alison,

This sounds like normal life around my kneck of the woods so don’t beat yourself up – you are way better than most of us with eating and exercise.

Swap the green smoothies for berry ones though 😉

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Alison Golden November 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

Hey Cathy 🙂

I have a great berry smoothie recipe too, so I might well do that today.

I made a nice slow transition yesterday. Green smoothie, check. Crossed some projects off my list, check. No grains, check. No tea (caffeine for some reason makes me reckless – ever noticed that?) And I have a great day ahead of me today. 🙂


Mary E. Ulrich
November 6, 2010 at 8:14 am

I’ve given up candy–and we had no trick or treaters, so I did good there. But like you, the rest of my diet-exercise-healthy goals were shot to hell.

Good for you for claiming your control and deciding to take charge.
Me, I’ll probably just remain slothful (what a perfect image) and I’m giving myself permission to read a novel just for fun.

Love your picture above. It looks so relaxing think I’ll go take a nap.
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Alison Golden November 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm

That is a good picture. Often when I’m trawling for a picture, I’ll see the perfect one and this was one of those pics.

I find it hard to do the novel for fun. I need some help in that direction. Perhaps you could mentor me in that, I could mentor you in exercise? What do you think?


Katty December 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Christmas is nearing. Only a few days’ sleep and we are celebrating the birth of our Lord. It is something as well to moderate food intake. But I guess it is tolerable. Only thing is food triggers our defense against harmful radicals found in our environment. A lesser and excess in taking in food supplements leads to certain problems. Acne is one. I for one really believes that food intake also is connected to acne problems.
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