Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Madness Of OCD And Politics

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Since I cannot seem to Calm the Madness of my OCD, having no Blog Background and a pure White Space around my Posts was getting to me!  *LOL*   Sure, mebbe you didn't even notice, but I couldn't even focus on the content of my Blog for all that Blankness and Starkness behind it!  *Arghh!*  Scouring the Web did nothing to alleviate my fixation, since everything out there now isn't user Friendly for us Tech Challenged individuals... or was so lame I couldn't, wouldn't, go there either... knowing that a lame Background would bother me more than none at all!  *Shudder*




So I settled on Black, I can handle Blackness, isn't that Weird?   Or perhaps not, you know I went over to the Dark Side a long, long time ago and Black is just a soothing non-color to me, White agitates me, don't ask me Why, I dunno?  Perhaps because it seems so Sterile and overly Sanitized, those kinds of environments just creep me out more than an actual creepy environment ever would!  *LOL*   If I walk into a Space that looks like you couldn't or shouldn't touch anything lest you contaminate it, I hardly know where to even BE and thus it's not at all Welcoming!?!  *Ha ha ha*




Lately I've needed to be more Present in my Moments, I'm trying out a Dietary Lifestyle Change to Control the dreaded Diabetes and tho' early, it seems to be working exceedingly well!  I don't want to Celebrate prematurely tho' and I'm still getting teased by the Young Prince that for the six weeks of exclusions of certain groups of foods, he says that's going Vegan and warns in humor that I will no longer have any upper body strength.  *Bwahahahaha!*   Yeah, but my numbers are in Normal Range and thus I didn't have to even take my Insulin Shots... so if I lose weight too, I just don't Care, I'll have you lift shit for me, how's that Kiddo?!?  *Winks*




I don't Plan to go Vegan, and I ain't gonna lie, giving up Dairy and Meats could be a particular challenge even for a mere six weeks.  But the giving up of Junk Foods, Fast Foods and Processed Foods isn't a sacrifice at all, I don't like most of them so don't consume much of them anyway.   Eating all of the Fresh Raw and Cooked Veggies, Beans, Legumes and Fruits I can handle has kept me full and satiated.  Limiting dense Veggies, Nuts and Grains also is doable since they're not completely forbidden, just moderated.   Eventually, after six weeks I can re-introduce Dairy and Meats in moderation as well, if I want to, perhaps I won't want to if I have no cravings by then, we'll see?




I thought the hard part for me would be making meals for everyone else and smelling the forbidden eliminated food groups, but it hasn't been difficult at all. *Whew!*   The Man made sure he ate his Bacon and Eggs before I even woke up, funny, since the aroma permeated the house hours afterwards, so it's not AS IF I didn't know what I wasn't having... but it was a Sweet gesture all the same!  *LOL*  He said if I lose a lot of weight and no longer have Diabetes, he's going to do this with me.  He was recently diagnosed with Diabetes so is trying to ward off Insulin Shots, he's not that keen on just Med regimen to try to Control it either, so would prefer a Dietary change do the trick too.




I'm just sick to death with giving myself the shots... and having the Meds and shots make no real impact on the numbers anyway, there's been no stabilizing in spite of various changes the Docs have made in the past few years, it's still out of Control and that's discouraging.  So I ain't got nothing to lose by Dietary Change experimentation to see if Lifestyle Changes of more Meditation and more Fresh Whole Foods will Heal thyself?!?   I actually like Fresh Whole Foods, it's just that in the far West Valley they seem to think Westsiders aren't as Health Conscious as Eastsiders so almost all the Whole Food Type Grocery Chains are on the other side of the Valley.  But there are a couple Westside Sprouts Markets that don't require an epic road trip from the boonies of Rural Subdivision Hell and I'll become a Regular.





And that's not to say I can't get Produce from the regular Grocery Chains, I can, but selection is Key since boredom would be the one thing that would make me fall off the wagon so to speak.  Variety for me is the Spice of Life and I'm going to try every damn Fruit, Veggie, Herb and Super Food I can lay my hands on during this period of experimentation.   I ate a Salad the other day that I swear had about a dozen ingredients or more in it... delish!!!   Soups too, I'm going to go berserk with trying out new Soups since those are an unlimited on this Plan as well.   So anyway, you might be Wondering why the Laser Focus all of a sudden, right?  Well, of late I've had contemporaries dropping like Flies... either succumbing to the Grim Reaper or ending up in Hospital even if they seemed Healthy on the surface... the privilege of growing Old has it's particular challenges to be sure.




So a close Friend and I have decided we're going to Partner Up on keeping each other accountable and fighting against the breakdown of the Aging Mind and Body.   We spent an entire day together at the Zoo, it was 109 degrees and all the Grandkids wimped out on us and tapped out of going along.  We brought Umbrellas and hydration, had the time of our lives and probably walked miles admiring the Animals and Marine Life, solving the problems of the Universe, which is our Custom when we're together.  *Winks*  Don't worry, that Zoo has tons of indoor exhibits to Cool off in and is an older location with huge Mature Shade Trees everywhere, so it's not like we were insane and wandering around the Desert like Elderly Lost Nomads!  *LOL*  We concurred that the younger Generations are less hardy and would have dropped like Flies, so it's a good thing they weren't in tow, they probably couldn't hang?!?




She and I are on polar opposites about Politics and Religion so those are usually the topics we just don't tackle during our talks and walks.   *LOL*  But it does show you that you can have close Friends who don't have to agree with every damned important topic, she and I for years have been Golden about respectfully agreeing to disagree.   The one thing from time to time that has been Helpful is hearing each other out, without debate, just to try to understand the opposing viewpoint about something important.   In these volatile crazy times that are so damned impossible to really understand or remotely fathom, I've tried my best to see any logic or reason at all in an opposing viewpoint.  I can't say that hearing folks out has changed my stance one iota... nor theirs for that matter... so we'll have to continue to just agree to disagree I guess.




I was gonna do a Post with an infusion of some recent Politics, but as controversial as it is for me, in a very Negative way the direction things are going, I'd rather quietly contemplate the Madness unfolding and Meditate upon it all.   I've got enough of my own Madness to Deal with so I suppose open discussions that could go too deep down a scary Rabbit Hole aren't anything I want to expose myself to right now.  Just Witnessing the Political Madness has been more than enough, I almost cannot watch a News Channel lately, too grim, too insane, too perplexing for me to have commentary on actually, I have no Words!!!  It's like being at some Mad Tea Party where the Players are so far off their Rockers now, even I can't relate to that level of utter Madness and surreal chain of Events constantly unfolding in Real Time at THAT Table!  I'd much rather lose myself in MY Wonderland of Madness Thank You!



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Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

7 comments:

  1. I am glad to read that you are doing better with your diabetes. It is so hard to change our lifestyles, but sometimes there is no choice.

    We live in the strangest of times and it is difficult to navigate long term friendships when their is such a political divide. How did we get here and will we ever get back to being the country we once were. It is not looking good.

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    1. I agree my Friend that the Divide seems to widen daily and we've become a very disunited States of American unfortunately. A Nation divided within itself will have a difficult time standing. I have navigated some Friendships successfully where there is little common ground, it can be done if you cherish the individual enough to agree to disagree respectfully, but it has to be mutual.

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  2. I like the black background! Good luck with the diet. Please let us know how it's going!

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    1. Oh I will keep everyone posted on the dietary Plan in progress. I too find I'm liking this dark background, makes the imagery pop.

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  3. Glad you are finding some relief in changing the diet. Hopefully it will be longlasting. As far as politics, I'm actually glad my parents have passed away---for the current situation would have sent them both into strokes or coronaries. "Ask not what your country can do for you...." seems so "long ago and so faraway"...another quote from some song. This is a hard time for those who know it, and for those who think this chaotic status quo is just hunky dory---because the ramifications will be felt by our children ----for decades or worse. And so it goes, and we limit our 'news' cycle to once in the morning and once in the evening. But, I do look at a few European sources, just to find out---if we still have allies or not? And so it goes...

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  4. Glad you are finding some relief in changing the diet. Hopefully it will be longlasting. As far as politics, I'm actually glad my parents have passed away---for the current situation would have sent them both into strokes or coronaries. "Ask not what your country can do for you...." seems so "long ago and so faraway"...another quote from some song. This is a hard time for those who know it, and for those who think this chaotic status quo is just hunky dory---because the ramifications will be felt by our children ----for decades or worse. And so it goes, and we limit our 'news' cycle to once in the morning and once in the evening. But, I do look at a few European sources, just to find out---if we still have allies or not? And so it goes... Ps...the black works...a bit stark, but your photos show up fab!

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  5. All the backgrounds were so stark, nothing like what Shabby Blogs used to offer in the way of cool Artistic ones... oh well, it's Free. Yes, wondering whether we still have allies or not is the million dollar question!? I have Family in Europe and in Mexico, all of them are watching this shit show and wondering how there can be such 'support' for any of it? I have to wonder the same thing, it's beyond my comprehension so I just have no words.

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