Necessity IS the mother of invention! Here’s my solution to getting my morning java after my coffee maker died.
What is the LAST thing you’d like to happen in the morning?
For me, it’s to have my coffee maker die without expelling even ONE drop of my much needed vice. OMG, what to do, what to do? I jumped in my car and drove up to the nearest grocery store that happens to have a ubiquitous Starbucks nestled inside. It will take two days to get a new coffee maker as I do all of my appliance shopping via Amazon, and that means I am facing TWO, COUNT ‘EM TWO mornings where I either have to don clothing at a ridiculous hour of the day in order to frequent said Starbucks, OR come up with a new way.
I thought it through and came up with the photo above. Boil water on the stove, place my freshly ground coffee beans in my strainer over a glass measuring cup and drip the water through by hand! Pain in the you know what, but guess what? It freaking works! I was so proud of myself.
I didn’t give up, I found a way.
Life is Change
Lately I’ve been pondering change and what’s up with my life. Even though each day seems the same as the day before, and when folks ask Mark and me what’s new, we usually reply, ‘Same old, same old.”, the truth is that life has marched on bringing new adventures and circumstance.
I’ve been working more and more on my voice acting and writing. Mark and I have been going out with friends and planning to travel. When I look at my life I see I am blessed to have accomplished the goal I set out to do with Compulsive Overeating Diary. I AM living a life free of fear of food where relationships are more important than my compulsions.
I feel stable, usually brave, and able to face my life. Less and less do I think about what I eat, or why, or what I weigh. As I wrote in my last blog entry, even when I’m not eating due to hunger, I am able to mindfully think about what’s under the desire to eat, and can now, thankfully, find that out in a few bites vs. an entire bag of chips. If you read this poetic moment you will understand I am far from perfect in my eating, but I’m fine with it.
For those who are curious, I don’t follow any diet plan or restriction. However, I find myself going more and more down the veggie path. I eat primarily a vegan diet because that’s what feels good to my body and to my heart (and keeps my voice in good shape). I won’t say I AM a vegan, because from time to time I eat differently. This is how it shook out for me. I look at eating very differently than I did at the start of the show. The principles of Intuitive Eating truly taught me to listen to my body. To pay attention to how it feels. Applying some of those principles also taught me to pay attention to my life and how that feels.
Time to Say Good-Bye
And right now I realize that the run of Compulsive Overeating Diary podcast is almost over. I have moved on in my own life where I need more time and energy for my voice acting and for adventures Mark and I plan to have together. I feel good that I accomplished my goal, even though it didn’t include losing much physical weight. I might make a new show some day to feature stories and creative pursuits, but right now, I’m happy hanging up the podcast shingle.
What’s the Plan?
In the next week or so, I’ll record Day 119 to announce this to the listeners who don’t read the blog. I’ll also let you know that you can send in audio good-byes or participate in any of the features that you’d like. Then sometime in August I’ll use whatever I receive and record day 120 as the last episode.
I’ll also keep the blog live and write in it from time to time. If any big news happens, or if it strikes my fancy, I may also release bonus shows too. But right now, no other episodes past 120 are planned. The old episodes will remain live for at least a year. Then I’ll determine if enough new BCs are downloading them to make it worth the expense of keeping them.
Please feel free to comment as you like or to reach out to me, because even though the podcast is wrapping up, I will still always, really, really care.