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I am still on a work out restriction – for a huge reason.
My lung issue has been cleared (no problems!) but I am going through coronary testing as I have the same freak thing as my Mom’s family. They are trying to figure out how bad it is and if I need the same surgery…once I have the answers, I can move on from there. So far I have been cleared for walking (not too fast), yoga and that is it…which is a big challenge, to loose weight when you can’t really work out. Most of what I have done so far has been from walking.
My first big thing was finally finding the right pair of shoes!
My arthritis is also in my feet so it can hurt to walk very far. The Sketcher’s Shape Ups take the stress off the heel and make it easy to walk! I can now walk the kiddo to school and keep going around the block, which is exactly one mile long when before, I could barely walk up to the school. If you have feet issues, check these out:
Make sure you follow the instructions and do NOT wear them for the entire day until you are used to them — you will have shin splints and more, LOL! You WILL feel the muscles they target — which is a good thing. It’s kind of like Isometric exercises when you wear them.
Donate a non-perishable food items and get a holiday membership for FREE!
I am glad I doubled checked with a phone call – before just sharing this with you…as the card has NO asterisk or small print to let anyone know that getting the “Holidays Free” means you get the month of December free WHEN you sign up for a membership.
It tends to cost a little more to buy the organic version of an item than buying the “non – organic” version.
What does “Organic” mean?
“Organic” is a designation used by the USDA National Organic Program to certify food that is produced without synthetic chemicals or fertilizers, genetic engineering, radiation or sewage sludge. (I know – EWW!)
It helps to know WHEN to buy Organic items and when you really don’t need to.
Not everyone knows about the “dirty dozen” items that are usually high in pesticides – the items you want to avoid as they tend to increase your chances of certain kinds of cancers and other diseases. It’s ironic as you eat more fresh produce to PREVENT that from happening and the stuff they use to help grow it defeats that purpose! These are the items you want to eat the organic versions of — as some of them can have up to 47 different pesticides on them, some as many as 65!
•sweet bell peppers
•spinach, kale and collard greens
All the produce on “The Clean 15” bore little to no traces of pesticides, and is safe to consume in non-organic form. This list includes:
What is the difference in the lists?
Some items have a protection defense because of the outer layer of skin. Not the same for strawberries and berries…you simply can’t wash those items and remove all the pesticides. You can reduce the amount that is on there to lower your exposure.
I hope this helps you figure out where to focus your precious grocery budget when you are considering what to buy…we are lucky in Wisconsin with so many great CSA farms! Locally grown, fresh, Organic produce that can cover most items on the Dirty Dozen list while you directly support your local economy. What a win-win situation!
We have had fun picking cherries off our tree, strawberries at the Jen-Ehr farm, apples at Zickert’s orchard, and enjoying greens from our own garden….making family memories as we went along. It is easier than you think to do.
I have had a long few weeks: A routine mammogram that came back with a problem, another – more localized mammogram, an ultrasound and a biopsy. The end result, a small lump with no cancer.
As hard as that is to deal with, and rationalize, and wait…that wasn’t the bad part for me.
My Grandmother died of breast cancer, many years before I was born, when my mother was just four years old.
Guess how old Ms Sarah is?
The thoughts racing through my head of a sweet little girl not having her momma anymore and her life totally turning upside down…(my mom) and then, thinking “what if” history was going to repeat itself again in our family…..
I didn’t sleep much for the last few weeks – or talk to my mom. (sigh).
I would think “I want my Mommy…” and realize that she never had that option as she grew up, to just pick up the phone and ask what ingredient was missing in the recipe she was making, or how to get a certain stain out…or to talk about the big stuff.
I also didn’t want to “worry” my Mom as she had been through this on the other end…which I know is silly, but she has been through enough in her life to not add more to it.
My words to you:
If you are over 40 and haven’t gotten at least a baseline mammogram yet – make the call NOW. Things have come a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG way in the 60 years since my grandmother died – with all of the technology and medicine available. Don’t put it off and make someone else wish that they could still talk to their Mommy.
When I was a “tween”, going through puberty, I first learned of these hereditary headaches in my family. Hormones seemed to be the big driver for them, but a diet rich in nitrates or a lack or consistent sleep both added to their frequency and intensity.
Then they went away (yippee!)
Fast forward 25 or so years to when I was starting all that fertility work so we could have a baby. Yup, increased stress levels, massive hormone injections, etc brought them back.
There doesn’t seem to be a real pattern now…weather, stress, sleep, can start me off. I really watch what I put into my body – so no more nitrates or wine.
I had a doozy this week –
After trying my “protocol”, I went in for a morphine shot. Back home to try to sleep it out. It didn’t work. So, into the big clinic for the IV therapy yesterday.
It’s really quite interesting They start with magnesium and then this stuff that is basically epilepsy medicine – it helps calm all the nerve action in the brain down. They have a few other bags to add on and, if none of that works, they do nerve blocking injections to the back of the head.
Yes, I have been through it all before.
Yesterday, they couldn’t get a vein. They blew out two and then I said that I was done…
I drank a ton of fluids and got a lot of rest at my Mom’s while they watched Sarah.
The tightwad in me finds it hard to believe that I spent $30 ($15 office visit co-pay) over two days so I could continue to feel crummy. Then, I just remember, they have a license to practice medicine. The license doesn’t say that they master it — just that they can practice it.
When the Doc said yesterday that she wasn’t satisfied yet, that I was still in pain and she had to come up with something else — THAT is when I knew it was time to go. (Even if it was AMA)
Have you ever been practiced on?
I don’t have just a cold, I had a sinus infection that turned into pneumonia…
Yes, I did it right, LOL!
There is one thing to be thankful for: I didn’t overbook myself for the holidays!
I am not a snack helper at the school…I had only one holiday type event planned for each week, I have a cookie party instead of making a bajillion different kinds of cookies, and everything is already wrapped and under our tree!
This makes it easier to be home, under a blanket on the recliner and drinking a lot of fluids. This makes it easier to deal with 10+ inches of fresh snow. This makes it easier to not go out in the incredibly chilly weather we will get after that!
It does pay to simplify the holiday and be proactive…it lets you be stress free if something like pneumonia sneaks up on you.
Saturday is the “Polar Express” program — I will venture out, bundled up with Ms Sarah and hopefully, get some great pictures of her with Santa.
(Then, back to my recliner…)
Have a wonderful, festive and healthy weekend!
I got a GREAT question from someone who read one post on my blog this week – here is what my AWESOME bud said:
Ok girl, you know I love you but I have to say this…..
When I was doing this couponing thing I found that I was buying all junk and going to your blog you don’t have to much healthy stuff either from your last shopping spree. Not that I eat healthy all the time because I don’t but what I do know is that by having all the “junk” in the house, I ate it all. I had to stop.
Cleaning supplies and things like that are what I like to save money on. You cant find to many coupons for veggies, fish, chicken and things like that and that is what I need to force myself to eat.
Here was my reply:
Of course I love you!
You can’t go off of my one day – I work a stock pile system
Two weeks ago I got 10 bricks of assorted cheeses and 22 bottles of fruit/veggie juice…kind of a strange weekly list!
You CAN find coupons for veggies – Frozen all the time and occasionally fresh with “meal deals” or just outright like I got free avacados that day…and there are coupons out there for meat (Brakebush chicken, or what they call catalina’s – print outs from your register good for $X off your next order, etc that has ground beef, etc.)
I have to bake cookies for a school related event, that is why I have 10 packs of the Nestle’s ready-to-bake on that transaction – I can’t make 400 cookies for $5… Campbell’s Select soups are pretty healthy, and 8 boxes of cereal are already in the food pantry box for church – I kept the corn flakes and raisin bran! My kid brother likes sweets but lives alone – those Sweet Moments are for him…we will surprise him when we go out to lunch on Saturday.
Dear Hubby is my problem.
I drink soymilk – he refuses to.
I like whole grain wheat bread (think brownberry) and he likes white bread.
He likes canned crap for his lunchpail at work when he is working certain stations that he can just heat and eat.
Usually I take more time on my blog post to say what goes where — I was just lazy that day and didn’t fill in all of the blanks
Those of you that have been following along see what I do – and how I work the raw ingredients into real meals…know my daughter calls the Yoplait Delites Yogurt “chocolate raspberry pudding” and occasionally asks for “half and half” – which is half cow milk and half vanilla soy milk, LOL!
This IS an important topic to cover – as there are a LOT of coupons out there for the RTE (ready to eat) meals that are high in sodium, all the sweets/juices with high fructose corn syrup and so many things with tons of chemicals and preservatives!
You can get a lot of GOOD food too – dairy, meat, veggies, low carb or whole wheat pastas, grains and more…you just have to know your store cycles and work the deals!
I WELCOME questions and comments – if you ever have any, just fire away!