Good morning! Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway for an Our Hen House tote bag. I loved all of your responses to my question about your favorite animal. Some of the more unique ones mentioned included mules, stubby squid (!), red foxes, bats, bees, polar bears, sloths, hedgehogs, alpacas, and humans. I enjoyed the reminder that humans need and deserve compassion, too.
The random number generator selected comment #25 from Crissie who said:
“For the record (and the contest of course) the animal I have been most fascinated with my entire life is the penguin. I love them all, but there’s something about penguins that gets me all mushy inside.”
If you didn’t win, you can still get one of these awesome bags on the Our Hen House website here with a tax-deductible gift of $50 or more.
Since today is Wednesday, I’m posting pictures of everything I ate yesterday. Breakfast started with some collard greens:
These beauties got blended into my green smoothie with a secret ingredient: ginger.
After the first blend, I still had some room so I added some spinach as well:
This baby was green, but the mango, pomegranate and frozen pineapples made it sweet:
After that breakfast of champions, I went hiking and tired myself out (more on that later). Lunch was a salad with edamame and some unpictured add-ons like a corn tortilla and an apple:
I somehow managed to miss taking a photo of our group, but I did get a close-up of my kale salad which I loved. It also had tempeh, avocado and mango:
That’s shredded coconut on top which I presume is meant to look like shredded cheese. I got a side of soup (Hot & Spicy) which was way too salty for my taste.
By the time I got home, I was soooo tired from that morning hike plus I was still hungry so I ate 4 mandarin oranges and 2 dates filled with almond butter (unpictured). I also developed a headache which I’m blaming on the unseasonably warm weather we had yesterday. Hiking + sun + heat is a bad idea, turns out.
I woke up feeling pretty much back to normal, though. As I swiftly approach the 3-month anniversary of my thyroid cancer surgery, I thought I’d give you a little update on how I’m feeling. I’ve had my ups and downs in recent weeks. My first blood test about six weeks after surgery showed that my thyroid levels were way too low. I increased my medication but my energy levels continued to go downhill really fast. I finally hit the breaking point about two weeks ago and talked to my doctor about adding on a second medication that has more immediate results. I’m doing better overall, but I am still in the adjustment phase and expect I will be for several more months. My strategy is to just keep doing what I’m doing as far as my eating habits and exercise.
My scar is looking better. I posted this picture on my Facebook page, but here it is again. The biggest change is that it is starting to flatten out a bit:
My attitude is positive, but I do get frustrated, scared and upset when I don’t feel like myself. I keep reminding myself that it will get better, though. To wrap up this post on a positive note, I wanted to share a quote that someone on Facebook shared with me:
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~Khalil Gibran
Isn’t that just the most beautiful, hopeful statement? Just reading that makes me feel better. Until Friday, have a happy, healthy rest of your week. I have an exciting announcement about the future of Healthy Vegan Fridays that I can’t wait to share with you!