Weigh-in #2 & Health Update

I missed a weigh in. It’s been 23 days since the last one. Oops. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Starting Weight (3/18/16): 238.2

Last Weigh-in (6/6/16): 225.4
This Weigh-in (6/26/16): 223.6

Pounds lost from last weigh-in:
1.8
Total pounds lost:
14.6

Total inches lost:
12″

I had been slacking on my Whole 30. I wasn’t doing terrible, but I wasn’t following it correctly. I’ve definitely learned my lesson. Anytime I had gluten, dairy, or sugar, I got an upset stomach and had a food hangover the next day. Rice and legumes made me incredibly sleepy.

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Another thing I noticed was when I was strictly following Whole 30, I had really bad insomnia. Like going to sleep at 4am every night insomnia. When I when off, i was able to go to sleep earlier because I was so tired. My mom said it was all the carbs I was eating. Now that I’m back on Whole 30, I’m of course having trouble sleeping again. I’m going to try and eat a bunch of carbs (potatoes) before bed to see how that works.

Because of my bad sleeping patterns, I’ve slacked on my exercising. I’m going to change that this week. I want to start walking again and add in weights. I will keep you updated on how that goes.

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Summer Solstice

I hadn’t really planned on doing anything big for the Summer Solstice (Litha). It’s one of my favorite Sabbats, but I just didn’t haven’t had time or motivation to plan an elaborate like I usually do. There was a public ritual in Orlando with the Pagan group I usually meet with, but with recent events i didn’t feel comfortable going.

The day before the Solstice though, my mom asked what we were doing to celebrate. She’s not Pagan, but shows interest when I tell her a Sabbat is coming up. Since she showed interest I decided to plan something. I decided to cook a nice Solstice dinner and then we wanted to have a bonfire. But before I made dinner I cleaned house and paid some bills. Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Thought Litha would be an appropriate time to do so.

In addition to my mom, my nephew and my sister and her boyfriend attended. Half way through dinner my brother and his girlfriend stopped by to pick up my nephew. They stayed for a bit to eat dinner too.

For dinner we had diet complaint food. Chicken salad with various fruit and veggie toppings: Strawberries, apples, avocado, carrots, cucumbers, and sweet peppers. I even made compliant ranch dressing (not pictured). We also had a cooked veggie mix (zucchini, squash, and green beans), garlic roasted potatoes, and mixed berry water. For dessert I made baked sweet sweet potatoes, apples and strawberries diced up and sprinkled with cinnamon. Pictures of dinner:

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My brother, his girlfriend , and my nephew didn’t stay long. After dinner we had a bonfire and read aloud our favorite Edward Gorey stories: The Hapless child, Gashly Crumb Tinies, and The Doubtful Guest. Not very :Litha related, but we had a good time.

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After we read some stories and had s’mores, we decided to go in since the mosquitoes were eating us alive. Everyone started to do their own thing so I decided to take this time to do a private ritual. I just did it in my room where I’d be undisturbed. I didn’t take any pictures because it was a private one and I didn’t want to bring my phone into the circle. I will tell you I decided to do something for the 49 victims, as well as the other deaths in Orlando (the Voice singer Christina Grimmie and the two year old taken by the alligator; Lane Graves. I also did something for the actor Anton Yelchin, who had been one of my favorites). During the ritual I also wrote down some goals I wanted to accomplish in the next 6 weeks (until the next Sabbat).

After the ritual, I set out my crystals and water I wanted to make into moon water under the full moon to charge.

Well that was my Summer Solstice. I turned out to be a rather nice one. I’m glad my family wanted to join me. How was yours?

Witch Craft Wednesday: Four Elements Seashell Altar Decorations

I’ve collected a lot of seashells from trips to the beach over the past few months. The other day I put some of them to use. I decided to make decorations for my altar representing the four elements. I work with the elements a lot during spells and rituals and wanted to make some physical markers. These little ones I actually made for a a travel altar for a sea witch:

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For my own altar, I made more detailed ones:

For air I painted a feather.

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For fire, I think that one is obvious.

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For water I tried to make it look like a wave crashing. I hope that’s what it looks like.

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For earth I picked daisies because they were easiest to paint on top of the ridges.

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I’ve also decided to go back and make one for Spirit. I always forget Spirit, wanted to start working with it more since it’s a part of me.

For the paint I used acrylics. If you make your own, just be wary of the ridges on the top of the shells. They are a bit tricky to paint on. If you make your own I’d love to see them!

 

Pray for Orlando

Every morning when I wake up, I check Facebook on my phone to may sure a client hasn’t messaged me. Yesterday when I checked Facebook, I couldn’t believe what I saw. Everyone was talking about the shooting in Pulse, an Orlando gay club. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. Not only was it a gay bar, it was an hour from where I live. It hit close to home, literally. You always hear about these kinds of things happening on the news, but you never think it could actually happen an hour from your home.

Here are some facts about what happened:

Omar Mateen acted alone in shooting over 100 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida at 2am Sunday morning
Omar had a 3 hour standoff with police, and was eventually shot dead
50 (and counting)were killed, 53 were injured
this is the worst mass shooting America has seen
this is the worst act of terrorism since 9/11
police say Omar was organized and well prepared
he was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and an unspecified “device”

If you live in or around the Orlando area, here’s what you can do to help:

blood banks in Orlando are at capacity – if you wish to donate, schedule an appointment for later this week
when the blood banks are no longer full, they will need O-, O+, and AB plasma
donors must be over the age of 16, healthy, and weigh over 100 pounds
oneblood has not lifted its ban on lgbt+ men giving blood
oneblood is in need of water, juice, snacks, and fruit for those donating (drop them off here)
here is a check-in page to help people locate friends and family
-family hotline: 407-246-4357
-for emergency blood donations:

Orlando West Michigan Donor Center
345 W Michigan Street, Ste. 106, Orlando, FL 32806

Orlando Main Donor Center
8669 Commodity Circle,  Orlando, FL 32819

Oviedo Donor Center
1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo, FL 32765

-bloodmobile locations:

Asbury United Methodist Church
220 West Horatio Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Metro Church
1491 East State Rd. 434
Winter Springs, FL 32708

-there is a gofundme now set up for the victims and their families
-you can donate to Orlando hospitals here
-The Center is an lgbt+ organization and is accepting donations here
-Orlando Youth Alliance is and lgbt+ organization and is accepting donationshere
how to contact representatives about gun control

If you need to talk:

The Trevor Project: always open, for lgbt+ youth. call them at 1-866-488-7386.
Trans Lifeline: for transgender people. call them at US: (877) 565-8860 or  Canada: (877) 330-6366
Scarleteen: text them at (206) 866-2279
-The Zebra Coalition hotline at (407) 228-1446 to speak to a counselor.
-The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida will be staffing counselors all day at their location: 946 N. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32804.

My e-mail is always open too if you need to talk: Claytonm22@hotmail.com

Here are some supportive pictures if you’d like to change your FB profile picture:

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Yesterday I lit some healing crystals and set out some stones to say prayers for everyone affected.

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If you ever need to talk, please to hesitate to comment on here or email (listed above).

Weekly Review + This Week’s Goals

Review for 6/6/16-6/12/16

Health– Well I didn’t get as far as I wanted to with my health goals this week. I only did strength training one day, I didn’t walk at all, and I still couldn’t get to sleep before 4am. I also had too many “reintroduction” days. I at least I know for sure which foods I can and can’t have now.

I did however get blood work done at my doctor’s. I don’t go back for a review until July 5th.

Spirituality-I still didn’t meditate. It’s hard for me to actually mediate on little to no sleep.

Work-I worked as many hours as I could and did some much needed advertising.

Art-I finished painting all but one of my mini altar sets. Now all I have to do is make the pouches and they’ll be ready to list on Etsy.

Goals for 6/13/16-6/19

Health– Work on the goals I didn’t accomplish last week.
1. Strength training 3 days a week.
2. Walk 3 days a week.
3. Get to bed before 12am.
4. No reintroduction days. They just make me sick.

Spirituality-Actually meditate instead of just talking about it.

Work:
1. More advertising.
2. Add complimentary water and beverages.

Art– Pouches for the altar kits and get them listed.

Blog-Now that it’s kind of slowing down at work, I want to start writing more articles/posts pertaining to Paganism and Witchcraft. I feel like I don’t have enough in here. I want to write them geared more towards beginners like myself. It’ll help me learn too. I’ll be posting which topics I plan to cover later this week.

Witch Crafts: Beach in a Bowl

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This craft is perfect for sea witches that  are land locked or far from the ocean. Or for any witch that wants the “beach” on their altar. Mine kind of looks like an altar for Aphrodite, so you could do that too. You can tweak it how you want, this is just to show you one way of doing it. Let’s get started!

Supplies:
-Sand (beach or white)
-Water
-Salt (sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, or table.)
-Mortar and pestle (for crushing sea salt or HPS)
-Glass bowl
-Empty glass votive or shot glass
-Large plastic bowl (to catch any stray sand. Gets kind of messy).
-Funnel
-Tiny shells (real or fake), gemstones, or other little trinkets you want to use.

*A note about the sand: If you use sand you’ve collected from the beach, first lay it out on a large pan to dry out. Make sure it is thoroughly dry before using it or it will stink and get moldy. Also, be sure to clean out your shells if you use real ones.

1. First, put your glass votive or shot glass into your glass bowl. Then put both into tour plastic bowl.

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2. Grab your funnel and your sand. You may want to put the sand in a cup or jar to make it easier to pour into the funnel.   Place the funnel inside the bowl, but outside of the votive. You’re going to pour the sand all the way around the votive. Gently pour the sand in. Full it to just a little bit below the lip of the votive. That way the sand won’t flow over. Once you get all the sand in, gently shift it so that the sand lays out flat.

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3. If you’re using sea salt or HPS, now is when you’d crush it in the mortar and pestle. I used sea salt to give it more of an ocean feel. But if all you have is table salt, that’s fine too.

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4. Once you’re done crushing the salt, pour it into the votive.

5. Next, gently pour in the water. Again, just full it up to a little below the lip so it doesn’t spill out over the edge.

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6. Lastly, add your shells, stones, or trinkets. I added shells, an amethyst, and a goddess figure. It turned out looking like an altar for Aphrodite. Which I love, because I’ve been really drawn to her lately.

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You can altar yours to fit your tastes. You can also make it as big or small as your want. I wanted mine to fit on my altar.

Post any questions you may have below in the comments. I’d be happy to answer them. I’d also love to see variations.

Weigh in #1

I realized I haven’t been tracking my weigh ins. On here at least. I’ve decided to only weigh every ten days. I’m trying to not obsess over the loosing weight part, and focusing more on the getting my Hashimotos under control. I did eat ice cream cake at my sister’s birthday last night. But I only had a small piece. I’m not going to beat myself up over it either because it was one little piece and I’ve been doing so well. Plus, I went right back top resorting healthy today. I feel I’m allowed a little chocolate at least I’ve every 49 days haha. Anyways, today is day 50! It’s been rough, but definitely worth it. And I still have so much further to go. I also try to set small goals at a time. My current goal is to lose 20 lbs. Here’s my progress so far (starting with my weight on day 1, to my current weight on day 50):

Starting weight: 238.2
Current weight:  225.4

Total loss: 12.8

I’m half way to my 1st goal!

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