Today, I'm guest blogging at "It's All Connected"
My subject matter is very popcorn, because it's about popcorn!

It's not the actual popcorn, it's the method used to make it delicious and healthy!
The reason it's a relevant subject to guest post over at Maureen's Blog is
that her most recent posting "Hope For Alzheimer's Disease?"
includes not only her poignant tale of 22 days of lucidity near the end
of her mother's illness a few years ago, but also information
about a breakthrough book regarding coconut ketones, written by Dr. Mary T. Newport,  that actually does relate to my new method of making popcorn....quite coincidentally....
Please take the time to read Maureen's story "Hope for Alzheimer' Disease?"
because almost everybody knows or knows of someone in their lives with Alzheimers and if this can help just one person, Maureen & I will be thrilled.
And, don't forget to read how my Popcorn relates!
Last night, Maureen was over and I made her our latest discovery....
Popcorn made with Maison Orphee Organic Coconut Oil!
The reason this popcorn is so darned great with the Coconut Oil,
is because you pop it in the oil....
I use the stovetop method for popping - the same one I grew up using....
but with this oil, NO BUTTER IS REQUIRED!
It is soooo delicious, you just need to sprinkle some salt on and it
has this wondrous buttery flavour with only a hint of coconut to it.
In fact, if you didn't tell someone what the flavour was, they probably would be hard-pressed
to figure out what that budding flavour on their tongue was!
You can buy this "Maison Orphee"
cold pressed Virgin Coconut Oil at a Health Food store or a kitchen store as I did.
I got mine at The Cook's Cupboard in Southampton that I blogged about earlier this month.

While I was there speaking with the owner, she told me
that women actually do need butter and oils like coconut oil because it enables us to process
vitamins and minerals in our bodies better!

I'm all for helping my body function better!
Get the popcorn out!  Yay!
            Okay...I'm not going to harp on about this healthy-eating, weight loss gig on every blog!  Don't worry!  I just want to say a few things....  hahahahaha!  As if!   I'm super pumped about this weight-loss adventure I'm going on because I've made it virtually impossible for myself to fail.   If I blunder, that's okay....everyone does that, but if I don't try really hard to reach the goal weight I'm going for and show some progress, I'm going to look like a total idiot going on about it on my blog!  Isn't that great!?    Like...what's so different about that you say?  Don't say it!  I actually prefer to eat healthy - I really do!  Why is it that we sometimes get caught in this rut and start eating fat foods again...a little bacon & eggs, instead of turkey bacon and one egg.....a double helping of meat?  A little more butter on your potatoes than you know you should be having?  Cheesy appetizers?  I better stop....I'm salivating!  Haha!

            We all know what we should and shouldn't be eating right?  I think Weight Watchers just gives you a basis.  I've been on and off Weight Watchers for so long that I can randomly tell you how many points a certain food is when it comes up in conversation, but the reason I keep going back to it is because it works.  It's my fault for gaining back the weight.  It's almost like someone who takes meds for a mental soon as they feel better, they go off their meds....that's soon as I feel slim enough, I go off my diet.  And really?
If I stayed on it, I'd continue to feel better and better.

        Another aspect of any weight loss program is the exercise portion, of course.  Here's where I have a wee bit of trouble due to chronic back pain from scoliosis and injury, however....don't feel too sorry for me.  We have an indoor swimming pool!  What is up with that?  When I was a kid and we had a 24' round pool outside, the same thing happened (and I didn't need a diet then) where you use the pool like a maniac for a month or two and then....nothing.  It seems everyone I know with a pool is like that and it doesn't matter if it's inside or out!  Currently, I'm unable to use the pool because our skylight shattered - the outside pane only - but the repairman said to put a large tarp under it and wait for the new glass to come in.  Apparently the inside pane could shatter at any moment.   So, that's what we're doing and now I want my pool back!  It's been out of commission for almost two months!  

        Due to the above issue, I'm going to grab my trusty cane tonight and go out for a short walk with my husband and the dogs after dinner.   Baby steps!  You have to start small and build up.   I'm not sure how long I'll last without the pool, because that is the best exercise when you have body ailments because the resistance in the water and the buoyancy help you to do exercises you normally couldn't do on land.  Sometimes it's painful getting out or the next day, but then you know to take it back a notch.  I'll for sure do a blog sometime on the pool water aerobics that I do with my friends.

        Well, my plan is to be svelte when I turn 50 next year and if I can't be shamed into it on this's never going to happen!  Then I'll have to blog about how I just don't care and everyone should just be who they are! 

        Too funny!