After throwing myself into a couple What I Wore Sunday posts early in the fall, temperatures dipped below fifty, meaning I couldn’t go outside and take nice pictures without being too dang cold or bundled up. And since the interior of my house might be, too, um “keeping it real”, I ditched the fashion shots for awhile.
But yesterday was the tomorrow Annie promised cause it was warm and sunny! I love you tomorrow! (Or yesterday.) Which prompted a spontaneous decision to go to the playground after Mass.
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Christmas gift
Tights: Christmas gift
Boots: Christmas gift
Scarf: Birthday gift
Hat and Glasses: Target
There were actually other women at the park snapping fashion photos! I considered walking over and asking if they blogged, where, etc., but I noticed they were dressed very fashionably with matching bags and shoes and hair and makeup vs what was clean from the bottom of their closet. So I wimped out. But I was also very busy keeping Fulton and Teddy from driving into numerous water hazards.
As for the capsule wardrobe, I’m still at it. I added in some sweaters and took out some older skirts and t-shirts for winter around the beginning of January. The best part is, in general, I usually dress nicer; no more frumpy sweatshirts, gauchos and Ugg boot days. But I didn’t sacrifice comfort at all. Even my nicest church clothing is comfortable enough for every day. The only downer is a wear a ton of black and grey now. It’s easier to only have a few colors to work with, but I’m wondering how this palate is going to take me into spring and summer. I can’t look like a widow year round.
So outwardly, I’m feeling pretty good. Especially with the fresh jolt of Vitamin D. But with Lent coming up, I’m starting to thing about the internal and for me, as I mentioned in my New Year’s resolution post, I’m going to complete a Whole30 as my “fasting” component this year.
Looking at that picture of me, would you guess that I am severely hypertensive? I also have kidney disease. So while I’m at my best weight ever, and have a great self image for probably the first time in my life, my insides are actually a mess.
I gave up gluten three years ago this Lent and stopped getting migraines and lower GI issues, but my blood pressure remained at 160 over 90+ without medication. Even when I was running religiously for my 5Ks, those numbers would not waiver without the help of meds (medication that cannot be taken safety during pregnancy BTW. Teddy was born six weeks early because even on bed-rest and with tons of safer meds, my BP kept going up.) My kidney function is still really good and I only visit a specialist once a year to keep tabs on it. And my cholesterol? Not great, and my doctors would be happy to write me a Lipator script. I worry about my long term health; a kidney flare up, medicine side effects, needing increasing doses, etc.
There is a long history of heart disease in my family and frankly, I don’t want to spend my life on drugs. I want tackle this beast head on. So this Whole30 is not about going on a diet, but hopefully finding a way to deal with my blood pressure. If it doesn’t help, it didn’t cost me anything and I’ll hopefully still walk away from the experience feeling better, and if it does help my BP, I’m fully prepared to make permanent dietary changes to keep things where they should be.
I really don’t think I could’ve given up gluten successfully had it not been Lent. I hate fasting so. much. but taking on a restrictive diet is doable when I can combine it with other spiritual practices. It also helps that we keep no junk food in the house during Lent.
I understand many of my readers don’t give a whoot about the Whole30, so if you’re interested in joining me, I’d like to set up a private Facebook group where we can work through it together. Then I can keep things business as usual around here with only the occasional “EGGS AGAIN?” remark. Leave a comment below, email me a kellymantoan (at) gmail (dot) com or write on my Facebook wall if you’re interested in joining along.
Didn’t expect that side trip did you? How did I even work a discussion on my blood pressure into a fashion post? Better swing back to Fine Linen and Purple for more lovely ladies who won’t bore you with their health history.