This Sunday in Seward, Nebraska!

What to do on a Sunday afternoon? If you’re from around my area, near Lincoln, and you’re a fan of supporting Nebraska artists, or one who loves to read and enjoys poetry, I’d suggest you venture out on February 19th to Seward, Nebraska.

Like so many small Nebraska towns, Seward has so much to offer. There’s a Mexican Restaurant on South Highway 15 as well as a Chinese place downtown, and a little cafe downtown, too. Great little shops, a heck of a library, and two places in particular I encourage you to visit: Chapter Books & Gifts and Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room. These are both on Seward Street North of the court-house on the city square. Charming shops, both of them, and they’re both run by great ladies who care about their communities and about Nebraska. Seward is very fortunate to have both of these shops, and their owners, Carla Ketner of Chapter Books and Jeanne Wiemer of Red Path Gallery.

Last summer I had the pleasure of stopping by Red Path Gallery just to check it out. I visited with the owner and we got to talking about Nebraska writers and the Nebraska Writers Guild. Jeanne told me she’d been thinking about having Nebraska authors do readings there at Red Path. I told her I knew a number of Nebraska authors, specifically Guild members, who would make great speakers for her venue. An idea was born.

Good ideas have a way of rolling down hill and collecting speed. Carla of Chapter Books down the block visited with Jeanne and volunteered to help sponsor these events. So what we have now is a book store, an art gallery, and a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, providing a monthly event to bring people out to the small town of Seward for a Sunday afternoon.

This Sunday, Red Path will feature Charlene Neely and Laura Madeline Wiseman, wonderful poets. Every third Sunday of the month will feature a different Nebraska Writers Guild author from screen writers, to biblical enactments, to young adult novelists, writing professors talking about the art of writing, romance novelists… truly, the Nebraska Writers Guild has a wealth of talent to share!

The poster at the top of this post tells you what you need to know. Come on out! Support small towns. Support small business. Support Nebraska artists and authors. Support Nebraska! But most of all, enjoy yourselves. Both events are free to attend. I’ll be there and I hope to see you this coming Sunday in Seward! It’ll be a great day in small town Nebraska!

Nutrisystem Update

Well, it’s my third week on the Nutrisystem plan. I have positives and negatives to report.

The positives first.

The first week’s Turbo Plan is great. It prepares you to eat less and it removed the need to plan and buy foods or think about meals. It gives you a start, and that’s often one of the hardest parts for me. Plus, you see some immediate results, and that gives you hope.

The second week I almost had myself convinced the food wasn’t bad and I could do this for months and months. By the end of the second week, I’d lost ten pounds (not a true ten though, and you’ll see why later.) I have a very long way to go, but I already feel quite a bit better and have more energy. I’m very hopeful I can learn new eating habits. I like the six small meals lifestyle. I’m getting used to small portions. I think I can become a grazer, rather than a big meal twice-a-day kind of person.

Now, here are the negatives.

Last week I caught a stomach bug (I’m still not feeling quite right) and didn’t eat at all for one day because I just couldn’t (lost 2 pounds that day, but it wasn’t a real 2 pounds and didn’t stay off.) The second day of the bug, I tried some food, but didn’t keep it down, so again avoided eating. The third day I began observing the regular schedule Nutrisystem provides, but nothing tasted good. And by that, I mean, it all tasted absolutely horrible.

I remember when I was a little kid, my mother made a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It was so good, I ate too much of it then became sick and threw up the cake. I still can’t eat carrot cake and can’t stand cream cheese frosting. Just looking at it rolls my stomach. So, when you get sick, you tend to remember the taste of the last thing you ate, and you just don’t want that food again.

Because Nutrisystem food all tastes kind of the same… like there’s some kind of process or protein they put in it and it all has a specific after-taste, now I just can’t enjoy the food. Truthfully, I can just barely stand to eat it. Not that it could have been classified as enjoyable to begin with. Oh no. Not tasty at all. But, I was on board with learning a mind-set of food being fuel, not fun. Yet. Here I am, three weeks in, and I can hardly even stand to eat the food. So, I’ll finish up what I have… begrudgingly… and I ordered some ala carte items because I enjoyed the Nutricrush bars and the turbo shakes, and I’m going to try to learn to eat regular food in the way Nutrisystem sets up a daily schedule. I plan to keep doing small portions, and eating specific things six times a day—protein mid-morning and mid-afternoon, a carb mid-afternoon, lots of water, etc.

Fingers crossed. I didn’t think I’d go off the plan after a month, but the food is just so darn horrible. I can’t recommend the food at all. But, I like the tracking system, and I like the way the meals are structured, and I have a far better understanding of protein, carbs, and portions.

I’ll keep you posted. I clearly need to change my relationship with food. There’s a lot in the world to do and see and enjoy, and food should be what fuels me to do those things. It shouldn’t be my main source of entertainment.