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🙏🏼 Gratitude 🙏🏼

Today is Thursday November 26, 2020. Happy Thanksgiving! Although I will not be with my family this year, we will do the next best thing in the age of technology....... a Zoom meeting when it is feast time! I am even going to make stuffing and chicken to eat when they sit down to eat. Fast forward.... It is now 8:30 pm and the day is done. I did make stuffing and the plan was to eat when my family ate, but it was too hard for me to hear them and vice versa because I called in on my cell phone. So...... I got passed around the table so I could see and speak to everyone, one at a time. Since my dad is 82 years old, my brother, my sister in law and my niece had Covid tests a few days ago (as always before they go to visit with my dad). They were also separated at a completely different table. What a scary world we are living in right now. As heart broken as I am that I could not spend today with my dad, I know I did the right thing for him.

Last night was a challenging one for me. It started in the evening as I ate my dinner way too fast. My side dish was quinoa. If you have ever eaten quinoa, then you are aware of how it expands in your tummy and if you are not careful, and do not pay attention to how much you are eating, it will cause you to feel bloated and sick afterwards. After eating way too much, I topped it off with cookies for desert, knowing that I was already beyond full. Within 10 minutes of eating cookies, my stomach started to bloat up and I suddenly felt very fatigued (so much fun). The problem is that when I do eat too quickly, I oftentimes do not realize how full I am until my body reacts! The best thing to do in this situation is to go for a nice long walk, so that I can digest my food before I go to bed. But alas, the sun sets by 5 pm and it is pitch black by 5:30 pm. I did not sit down to eat dinner until about 6 pm. By the time I was finished it was close to 7 pm. I stayed upright for as long as possible until I took my last set of meds. That was at 7:50 pm. At this point, I was ready to go and watch tv in bed (propped up on pillows). My tummy had settled down and I felt much better. However, I woke up in the middle of the night on the verge of throwing up. I was able to drink some water and stay up for a bit until that feeling was gone. This is not the first time this has happened to me. The trigger is always being too full after dinner. I have a very quick metabolism, but I am discovering that I am not digesting my dinner quick enough if I over eat. Here is where my mindfulness is coming into play yet again. My body is clearly trying to get my attention and this time I have listened. It may seem to you like I am not really taking my eating habits seriously. I truly am but like they say "Rome wasn't built in a day". I am a work in progress! To be continued.... Bless and Good Night....

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