Friday, February 1, 2019

January Wrap-Up

January has been a pretty stellar month!

  • I completely kicked the B & R cappuccino blast habit--I didn't have a single one all month!
  • Even though I didn't have a job this month I was able to pay all of my bills this month.  Yeah!
  • I did have a couple of Starbucks drinks this month ($15 spent) but it gave me two free Starbucks drinks that are still on the app which I haven't used yet.
  • I dropped my blood pressure from 194/100 to 133/81 without medication!
  • I am about 90% WFPB vegan these days (there were a few non-vegan days when the SIL was here).
  • I walked 21 miles this month.
  • I attended two days of CERT training and got a huge bag of free emergency gear.
  • We attended a presentation on robbery/burglary prevention and got free entry to the Mob Museum.
  • We had several other new experiences (BMX Nationals, Worlds largest Chevron, a health fair) this month.
  • I've switched out the drama and downer of perusing Reddit every evening to reading and watching videos on the law of attraction and positive thinking!


  1. Hi COL, this is Chris who comments on Sluggy's blog sometimes. I wanted to let you know that I visit your blog regularly and appreciate what you write. I also check out some of the articles you link to, if they are something that interests me. We live in the Midwest, but my hubby and I visited Las Vegas a few years ago, so some of the things you write about, I know what they are. I am so happy for you that you were able to pay all your bills last month. Good luck on your job search.

  2. Great work. I particularly need to do something like your last bullet.

    1. There are so many great videos on YouTube on law of attraction--very inspiring!

  3. Would love to know how you were able to lower your blood pressure without medication and how long it took you to do this. I have high blood pressure also and do not want to take medication. I enjoy your blog. First time commenter. Thanks, Donna

    1. Hi Donna, It was actually pretty simple, I make it a point to walk every day even if it is just 30 minutes, and I pay attention to how much sodium is in everything and only eat low or no sodium food. No sodium foods are fruit (fresh or frozen, not canned), vegetables (fresh or frozen, not canned), beans (cooked from dry, not canned), grains (cooked from dry). The RDA for sodium is 2300mg per day but I found that canned spaghetti sauce has 500+mg in one serving! Bread can have 230mg in one slice and salad dressing can have 150mg in one tablespoon! Mostly everything processed has a ton of sodium and restaurant food is the same (I like buffets so I can choose only unprocessed things). Before I started paying attention to how much salt was in the food I ate I would guess I was eating 5000mg a day or something like that! I try to keep my total sodium per day under 1000mg total and the first few days when I started this I went full on nutritarian which is zero sodium, now I'm less strict but still try to cut back on salt and personally have went 95% vegan. Although meat and dairy doesn't have sodium in it, studies still show that a vegan diet has a big impact on lowering blood pressure. Good luck!

    2. Thank you so much for your detailed response! You have inspired me!