Homelessness and weight loss

I think when all else fails try being homeless for a month and you’ll be suprized how well you feel and how much weight you’ve lost afterwards, that is unless you don’t gorge yourself on all the free food people bring you.

I was scared at first, and when my brother in law and sister came to get me when I was sleeping under a bridge in Ft. Worth, I jumped at the chance to go with them. When I stepped on the scales at my sisters I’d gone from about 247-250 to 224….that’s more than 20 pounds in only 2 weeks. It wasn’t because I was starving because believe me, there are enough generous people in the world even in these last days who help us, and they will be rewarded for it too. I eat better homeless than I ever did at my moms or even by myself or married. I lost weight because I ate moderately and I got a lot more exercise. In addition, you know it works because I’m an older adult….I’m 51.

People say or ask, “but isn’t that dangerous?” Yes and No. There is safety in crowds so you don’t go to some secluded place and don’t get drunk or high so you have all your mental ability there and don’t engage in anything sexual because in some areas aides is 50%….like down town Ft. Worth. I’ve been told more than once to stay away from the men down town because they have no real interest in any of the women down there and most of them change women like they change underwear so if you want to stay alive don’t have sex with them, don’t go anywhere with them. If they want to take a walk say no unless its to some public place and you wont be alone with them.

This last time I was homeless I lost another 20 pounds and went from 228-230 to 208….that was from the summer of 2017 till Feburary of 2017 I came down another 20 lbs. We walk everywhere when homeless….to the store to the restaurant to church to the bus station. Just to the bus station to catch the train is close to a mile. If I were in Ft. Worth and I wanted to go to the library your looking at 2 miles. My favorite coffee shop is about 2 miles so your looking at least five miles a day walking.

People condemn you for not living in a house made out of bricks and wood and cement foundation. But the Indians lived in tent like structures….the ones up north lives in houses made out of ice. People today put us in bondage and insist we must live in dwellings and pay high rent just like them. Outside the AC or heat is free. Once you buy a tent you don’t have to keep paying taxes year after year. All you need is a pick up truck (maybe) or if your really adventurous a backpack with a sleeping bag. Just think of what it was like 100+ years ago….people were not afraid to do these things. People traveled on horse back and didn’t have to pay car insurance and people weren’t suing you for everything….for stepping on their toe. ( I can’t wait to leave this world!) You could go right up to a stream and drink out of the water….like you were a dear or a bear….you could catch salmon out of a river without having to have a fishing license. And many people lived just like the homeless do now, and they didn’t drug them like they are today.
I can’t wait till the world ends!

I’ve found something that really works. I really don’t want to go back to apartment living. Someday I would like to learn to build my own tent like the Indians did and have a fire in the center and want to live in a world that’s free. The world will be owned by God and if people don’t treat each other right then they will be removed or put to death. I’d like to set mine right by a stream and catch Salmon every morning like my Cherokee family (the fishers) used to do (on Grandma’s side).

Well, besides being a cute granny with cute toes and long pretty hair, I’m also in shape. People younger than me like in their 30’s or 40’s can’t keep up, have to sit down, catch their breath, rest, or they don’t want to keep going….they quit. Me? five miles a day is nothing.

In addition, I’ve been off all my diabetic medicine since 2015 and I haven’t dropped dead like the doctors said I would and my family. Every day at my moms shed insist I check my blood sugar. I got tired of checking it. At the doctors after eating a whole hand full of candy they insisted they check my blood sugar. I told them it didn’t need to be checked its elevated because I just ate a bunch of candy corn. They checked it anyway. Then said, “Your diabetic we’re putting you on insulin and one other medicine.” I said, “I told you I just ate a bunch of candy don’t you people listen?” No. they don’t. Everyone now days wants you diabetic and on psyc meds. It’s the truth! They want you to need them. Anyway, I just don’t worry about it, do my walking, eat what I want. Once you loose the weight you can go off most, if not all your diabetic meds.


Try being homeless for two weeks: a sure reduction in weight…guaranteed loss of 20 pounds+…if you apply.

I needed to loose weight anyway and homelessness is the perfect solution if your as desperate as me to loose weight (although that’s not why I became homeless).  I became homeless because I didn’t want to continue to live for things:  money, furniture, cars, relationships with men other than Yeshua ….AND I just wanted to pay off some bills that I couldn’t afford to pay off while paying the high price of rent and utilities in Denton.  So….it’s all advantageous for me as long as I don’t get distracted from the reason I was put in this century and not put on the earth 200 yrs. ago .

Losing weight is another goal that has been on my list of must do goals in order to keep in tip top shape.  When your homeless you eat less….a lot less because there is no tv for one and for two you have to walk a lot if your going to do anything but bum around you’ll be on your feet walking to the library, the shops, the train station, then back to where you eat and sleep…so your looking at 5-10 miles/day without a car.  With a car will be a lot less, of course.

I’ve lost an additional 20+ lbs. (I don’t know for sure until I weigh) and about 2-3 dress sizes and I’ve been homeless at first in my car and now without for going on 2 mos.  I have to loose an additional 35 and I will prob. be at my ideal weight for my age which is about 165 lbs.  I’ve been working on this weight reduction since I had my last baby about 13 years ago….maybe , perhaps, in prep. for my next child….but honestly do I want to put my body through that again?  No.  I’m actually more fond of the idea of adopting.  Women of the Bible I don’t think had as many children as I have.  Usually they had one or two and at the most three because men back then had more than one wife so others could share in the childbearing….I think six is sufficient….so hopefully someday maybe find a man who doesn’t want any or any more or IDK God has someone for me.

Actually to put this in better perspective I’ve gone from a size 2X to a size Large/Med. over the past year and 1/2  That’s about 45 lbs. of weight loss in about 18 mos.  I don’t believe in rapid weight loss….I believe in gradual weight loss.  Starving is not good.  Excessive exercise is not good.  You need a balance and you don’t need to be in a hurry.  People who rush things and go on fad diets end up gaining all the weight back or binging.  My main goal for weight loss is health.  I have a friend who lost all her weight while homeless (she was about 65 overweight)  and her diabetes went away.  Having children at my age *is* possible, but I don’t like the roller coaster ride it puts you on….gain 60…lose 20…..gain another 50….loose 20.  And it’s easier to gain than to loose.  so, no more babies unless God wants…but hey….there are lots of children out there who need loving parents….lonely children who need and want someone like me maybe.

I can do it. You can do it.

The Bible says life and death is in the power of the tongue.  This goes true for everything in your life, including loosing weight and gaining your health back.  Have you ever heard of the quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t your right.”?  Well that’s true.

A few years ago I was a member of a group that had to do with size acceptance.  It is true that beauty is what’s on the inside, but it was difficult to be around people who had such bad attitudes about taking care of yourself.  I realize that some people have eating disorders and stress over every inch they loose or gain, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is people who don’t care if they are dangerously overweight and they don’t care and don’t want to try and change their lifestyle one iota even if it means to save their lives.  One woman even stated that since she knew she would gain the weight back she wasn’t even going to try.

Well, after becoming diabetic myself after years of being 125 lb. overweight I realized I needed to make some changes.  My first change was to leave that group.  My second change was I changed my lifestyle and all I had to do was go to beauty school.  Just being up on my feet doing something all day helped a lot.  I lost 30 lbs.the first few months!

Lately changing my eating habits and controlling my portion sizes has caused me to drop another 20 lbs!  I’ve gained a few back but I’m going to start over with a new attitude and I* will* loose the weight.

“Old habits die slowly” is an old outdated mindset.  To replace old habits here are three steps:

  1. Decide what you want to do and the results you want.  Be specific.
  2. Develop actions that would accomplish what you desire.
  3. Examine your actions to see if you are holding back or not, or if you need to make any changes.

Here are my three steps:

  1. I want to loose my next twenty pounds in about four months.
  2. I will include at least thirty minutes of exercise in my day, every day.  I will use portion control and be careful about the deserts.  I will start walking tomorrow.  I will buy a DVD player for my exercise dvds to go in the living room where I have a little more room to work out.  I will get plenty of sleep so I will be able to do this.  I will buy the food I need to make the portion control recipes in my book.
  3. Actions seem good so I’m good to go!



Getting past the winter setback….an update and goals for the New year

Well, to be honest with you I’ve majorly slacked off last month.  First, the cooler weather discouraged me, even after bringing everything indoors, buying the exercise dvd’s etc…and then the holidays hit and Lord help! lol….and when I’m at someone else’s house for a vacation-I really loose interest .

But I am in no case discouraged.  We have a new year, and in a few short months (3) I will have been exercising for a year!  So my goal is to finish out the year with NO MORE setbacks.  Time to jump back in and get to work!  So it has been raining all morning but tonight at seven I will do exercise bike, maybe tapes, push ups, squats, arm bands.  Yes!  I WILL do this tonight at 7:00pm.   The days it is not cold and raining I will do my 2 mile walk and finish up with stretching and yoga , my favorite cool down.

Despite not exercising last night, I had a really good blood sugar this morning. It was only 120.  So I’m pleased about that.  But generally when I don’t exercise at night I have a sorry blood sugar in the morning.  So a little exercise goes a long way.

This year I’m also going to challenge myself.  Maybe walk longer or ride my bike for 20 min. longer during an inside work out.  I would consider myself healthier since I decided to start exercising last April-so don’t be discouraged if it seems like your not making progress.  Even loosing 5 pounds *is* progress.

Setting new goals is a good idea.  My goals are to loose 20 more pounds and exercise in some way every day, some times twice a day.  Also, cut back on my calories.  With my craft business my goal is to start taking my art to shows and events (hello Bonham trade days, the fairgrounds, etc…).  With my home I want to get another shed built outside that we will turn into an art studio,  and get kitchen cabinets built and bookshelves. (I’ll provide the money and husband and I will do the work.) What are some of your goals?


staying motivated/change it up a bit

Hello people. With winter ahead of us and cooler weather/cold fronts it is hard to stay motivated and stay on track. My usual exercise is a two mile walk followed with a cool down of stretching and yoga. But today or this morning I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a walk. When that happens it is better to change it up a bit.

I bought two new workout DVD’s last month and brought the stationary bike into the house. The other day I did what my husband calls “around the world”. It is a series of different types of exercises that became an inside cardio workout. Instead of lifting heavy weight you choose about three or four light weight exercises and do three-four sets of each. My routine went like this: one mile on stationary bike, twenty pushups (can do these on the knees), about twenty stretchy band exercises (I did bicep curls with my arms stretched out to the sides), and then I did about twenty squats using the doorknob for balance. I did about three sets of these. My husband reccamends four sets. Squats are real good for working out the butt and thighs. I try and follow up a workout with some gentle stretching and a little bit of yoga to cool down.

Yesterday I did my walk. But sometimes I don’t feel like walking. Like today so I used one of my new work out DVD’s by Denise Austin. She is such a charismatic, inspirational person. I just love her book, Fit and Fabulous after Fourty-and she has a slew of workout DVD’s on amazon-some very inexpensive.

I have made 7:00 pm my workout time in doors because I’m done with supper and I can work on bringing my blood sugar down so I won’t have to use so much insulin. Tonight I worked out with Denise’s bootcamp DVD and let me tell you it kicked my rear! A good investment. I highly reccamend spending some moola on some basic equipment to help you work out.


These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells
These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells

You can do it! If you keep working at it you can reach your goals!

combining blogs

I have tossed around the idea of combining my own blogs into one so all the traffic would be directed into one place.  The hard part would be which blog to direct all the traffic to.  Anyone have any input/suggestions on this?

Easy Spanish tortilla and life on the farm

IMG_20141123_131938IMG_20141123_131655First I’m going to show you where I live and then we’ll get to the tortilla.

This is our little cabin in the country and some of the scenary and animals.

My husband and our cat big tiger and our snouzer we affectionately call little guy and our mamma cat I call loveables.


She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.
She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.

A few more pics around the house..

Our workout equipment.
Our workout equipment.
Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.
Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.
Little guy
Little guy

More pics around the house….

Big tiger stretched out on the sofa.  He is already bigger than his mamma and he's only four months!
Big tiger stretched out on the sofa. He is already bigger than his mamma and he’s only four months!
Here's my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.
Here’s my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.

I’m a bit unorganized and messy. I probably clean out my corner once or twice a week but it always messes back up the next day…like it has a mind of its own.lol

And here is me, the new found health guru and fiber fanatic….

Me , the not so quiet quietwoman
Me , the not so quiet quietwoman

Well, this is enough for now. I’m about to run out of juice on my notebook so I will continue with the tortilla next post. Have a blast today!!!