April 18th

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Caught In the Act


My journey through Ace Your Health – the Five of Hearts.

Reader, I have a confession to make. I have been cheating. At first it was small slip ups; dalliances I could easily brush off and say I won’t do it again. But the bad-girl bug had gotten me and it was hard to stop. Before I knew it my foray to the other side had become a little more daring. A little more of breaking the rules. I felt bad, really bad and I kept telling myself, once more won’t hurt.

And then came the one that is a deal breaker. The one that tips the tides and suddenly the relationship is broken. And it happened this weekend.

I still feel terrible. I still feel guilt. I feel like I let everyone down. It’s hard to look my children in the eye. To talk with my husband. To feel comfortable in my own skin.  I am sorry. It just happened.

I simply cannot believe I used paper plates and tossed them into the garbage. And then, I didn’t compost a single leftover item from dinner. What was I thinking? How could I do this to Mother Earth, to me and to the example I am trying to set for my children?

What did you think I was talking about?

Really, I try not to take myself too seriously. I know what a goof I can be. But I do take my “be nice to the environment” seriously. I do believe that one should do as much as one can to be nice to the planet. That is why I love my garden, have embraced composting and try to walk/cycle/bus as much as possible. It is why I try to eat organic or locally grown. So when I cheat, I feel horrid. Real horrid. And to make matters worse – I was totally busted by my kids. They yelled at me for not using “real” plates. Oy.

Folks you may be asking yourself, what is the big deal here Heather. A little lax on the recycling does not make you an evil person. Well, here’s the deal. I am not a do-it-halfway-person. I am an into-it kinda gal. Which is why when I had one cigarette, I had a pack (I no longer smoke). Why when I make a garden, it is beyond the herbs.

So here is my fear. I blew it on composting and recycling, will I blow my eating-it-right? Its summer you know, and that is when my temptations are at their peak. Hamburgers and hot dog season. And you know what that means – ketchup, bbq sauce, horseradish mayo, honey mustard. It is condiment season. And I love my condiments.

It is almost like Theresa Albert wrote this book for me. Wrote it knowing where my weak spots rear their ugly heads. She wrote it, and I follow it. So with you are my judge and my keep-it-real watchdog, I will try to sail through summer without losing any of the hard earned ground I have won.

And by the way, I have made a wonderful pasta sauce for dinner today. Used ripe tomatoes I bought at the farmer’s market. Some bone marrow for flavour. And fresh herbs from my garden. Yum.



Heather Lochner is a mother to two wonderful and energetic children and a freelance writer. Together with her children, husband and dog, she has recently relocated to Toronto after spending 15 years on the West Coast – many of which were spent living aboard her sailboat. Heather loves to exercise but always finds a reason to sit on the couch. While she knows carrots, whole wheat pasta and lean meat are good to eat, Heather loves to munch on a burger, chicken wings and poutine. Heather loves to cook, but is notorious for ruining every batch of chocolate chip cookies. She looks forward to seeing what’s in the cards during this Ace journey....www.heatherlochner.com


4 Responses

    June 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Oh Heather…each day is a new day. Relax and Enjoy the joys of your garden herbs and all the other goodies you will be growing. Paper plates can be recycled…Love and Miss you stax!

    June 21, 2011 at 8:36 am Reply

    I find myself driving in the fast lane often and all I can see is the cars ahead of me that I wish to catch up to. It helps to look back once in a while and see all that I have passed. You are doing an amazing job, stumble or trip, you get back up! xo

    June 21, 2011 at 9:00 am Reply

    We have all done things we regret… the best is to recognize these dalliances…. try our best to do better next time… life goes on. I am sure you have more than made up for your indiscretion!

    June 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm Reply

    You must be doing something right if your kids give you heck for not using real plates! Keep up the good work.

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