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fajitas - who knew?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

It is always a challenge for me to entice my teenage son to eat more veggies- in his mind the 4 food groups are Tim Horton's, Pizza hut, Taco Bell and Subway. Supper last night was fajitas , made at home, with lots of pepper and onion strips combined with thinly sliced chicken breast lightly seasoned with some milk on the side. DH and DS have both requested these make a regular appearance in the menu rotation, and it was no problem to have some extra filling left in the fridge to satisfy hollow leg syndrome of my teenager when he needs a fast easy snack. Our toned down Canadian version would probably brings tears to the eyes of a true conniseuer, but hey, he's eating veggies.

in other news, my neuro consult was yesterday. The doctor was very thorough- appointment lasted 75 minutes with history and exam- going to have an augmented MRI to see if it will give more answers. Having an "official" diagnosis won't really change anything in my daily routine. I will still be focussed on getting as strong and healthy as I can. I am pushing forward to achieving a weight in the healthy BMI range- some days it seems so far away, but each day of healthy choices is a step in the right direction. I suppose having a diagnosis will allow me to tell people why I have been pulling back socially. The noise and activity drain me. It will help me tell them why I look so strained, or even angry- when really I am not- it is just the affect of the muscles on the left side of my face tightening, and the headaches that I get~ ouch, enough said. It will allow me to forgive myself for not maintaining a high level of fine muscle control- and give me grace to correct mistakes with a smile. Accepting my own physical limitations will also increase my tolerance and acceptance of the weaknesses in others. My hope is that once we find out what the problem is, then we can figure out a way to deal with the "dental freezing sensation"- you know, that last 30 minutes before it is fully gone from your face, because after 13 months of that sensation being present 24 hours a day it is really starting to wear on me.
Have to chuckle at one of the comments the doc made during the exam. He basically told me I walk funny. Walking is my preferred form of cardio- I use Nordic poles to get my arms involved and my heart rate up, but mostly because I'm paranoid about falling. I might walk funny, I might walk slow. but I have resolved to move my feet emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/27/2014 8:17AM

    Wow!! Hope everything turns out OK---Keep eating the veggies! Lynda

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APHRODIDTE 1/13/2014 3:02PM

    When I started reading your blog, I was excited because I saw the words, "Tim Horton's" and that meant that you had to be a fellow Cannuk! Living more than half my life in California doesn't mean I don't miss even the smallest references to home, because I do!
As I read on I thought you did a smart thing with the fajitas and the veggies, I also put zucchini in spaghetti sauce-and at California Pizza kitchen had the best low cal, low fat meal of mainly zucchini spiral-pasta.
Then, I read about your appointment, and my heart just went out to you. I'm so sorry you have been going through these trials, but I am really glad that you found a neurologist that spent the time needed to make sure you understood what was happening in your body. I have Lupus, and it's systemic. It can manifest in many ways, and one of them is neurological, and I have had the same feeling in my jaw, and the right side of my mouth looks like I'm frowning. This lasted for months, but it's better again, so I am hoping that yours will clear up soon. Using the poles is great advice, we have some but I was too embarrassed, what a dummy! Thanks for sharing your challenges, and for being so honest. I'm going to be praying for you, and thinking about you. Hugs, and best wishes from California.(I will admit one thing I miss the most is my favorite Crunchy bar!) It's a good thing because I could eat a case in a week I bet so that's not a good thing! Take care, your friend Dee

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LOTALAFFS 1/12/2014 8:24AM

    Sending prayers.

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MAMISHELI53 1/11/2014 7:30AM

    My DD has made tacos using LENTILS, which can have the flavor and consistency of ground beef! Does he like chili? that's a good way to get veggies in a kid. I know what you mean about hollow leg syndrome in teenage boys! emoticon

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JSTETSER 1/11/2014 7:29AM

    Keep moving forward! Hugs to you!

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/11/2014 7:16AM

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KELLIEBEAN 1/11/2014 7:04AM

    It is so inspiring to read about all you are dealing with yet still working towards a healthy weight. Really puts my issues in perspective.

I've seen more and more people out walking with the Nordic poles. Slow walking is good walking in my book. Better than sitting!

Congrats getting your son to eat the veggies!

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eating on the clock

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Today's spark coach challenge is eating on the clock. Due to diabetes, this is not new to me. What I did do though is take time to prepack one of my favorite work snacks. Measured out t baggies of Chex cereal and walnuts. Easy to put in my bag with a couple servings of freggies, add my water and tea at work and life is good.

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MAMISHELI53 1/6/2014 9:16AM

    Eating on the clock eh? I can understand that's important with diabetes management. But then you read that you should pay attention to your body's signals and not just eat "because it's time to eat". I suppose the key is BALANCE.

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    It will make a big difference, although it seems so small. That feeling of alertness, and just being able to maintain your mental state by having a snack is so invaluable. And it's in a baggie you packed yourself in about 30 seconds! So cool.

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MCCC75 1/5/2014 10:56AM

    That is the only way I can do it....I pre-package all my meals and snacks for work to keep me focused and on track! emoticon

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AJB121299 1/5/2014 10:52AM


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    Great Ideas!

Why make today great? Because you can!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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my Christmas card to you

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I still send greetings to friends and family at Christmas. In fact I make my cards to send. The time spent allows me to think of how each of these individuals have added to our lives over the years. This year we have felt the loss of a number of friends and family members, and there is a void in my heart as I go through our list. But the circle of friends that has enhanced my life has also grown by way of the spark community. I can not send you individual cards, but I do want you to know I appreciate you, your encouragement, your blogs and blog comments, your insight and notes.

May the blessings of PEACE, HOPE and LOVE be your gifts this
Christmas and throughout the coming year

May the miracle of Christmas find you safe in the peace of God,
and warm in the light of Christ

rejoicing with you in the miracle of Christmas!

Wishing you all a safe and healthy holiday.

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LADYKATHLEEN5 12/24/2013 11:27AM

  Wishing you a very Blessed Christmas.

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MAMISHELI53 12/24/2013 10:37AM

    I hear you! Sending virtual cyber-hugs your way - Blessings to you this Christmas!

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BABYBARNEY 12/24/2013 9:23AM

    I loved your xmas card...& all the blessings of a warm & wonderful Christmas to you too!!!


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PDSLIM 12/24/2013 9:16AM

    Merry Christmas

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CTUPTON 12/24/2013 8:14AM

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/24/2013 8:11AM

    This is beautiful! Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you!

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JSTETSER 12/24/2013 5:44AM

    Merry Christmas to you too!

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SWEETNEEY 12/24/2013 5:30AM

    Happy Holidays to you and yours emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABYSOX 12/24/2013 5:01AM

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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JAMBABY0 12/24/2013 4:55AM

    thanks and hope you have a good one

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out of the deep freeze

Sunday, December 15, 2013

yesterday I met my daughter for lunch- she lives 3 hours south in Calgary, so we met in the middle, ate. visited, shopped and enjoyed some pre-Christmas time together. We both needed the outing because our province has been under an arctic high pressure air mass for the past week- cold- blizzardy- sunless. Today I found blue sky and sunshine emoticon emoticon the temperature came up to just below freezing, road conditions were fair, although there was evidence of many victims of icy roads (20 vehicles still abandoned in snow banks where they slid off the road) on my drive down. Yes, it is the season of tough sledding- hard to get out to walk, harder to get motivated to exercise inside. Fortunately I am still doing okay with healthy choices when it comes to eating, and surprisingly my appetite is actually decreasing. I sometimes will find myself rummaging through the kitchen cupboards, pantry and fridge most often walking away because nothing there truly satisfies my craving. Still haven't figured out what that empty spot is but there is a restlessness that compels me. Maybe it is pushing me towards some strength training, or grabbing my swim bag and heading to the pool, or some quality time with my stability ball and Coach NIcole? healthy choices for movement are there, but I don't make them as often as I should- that is where my regrets lie at the end of the day. Today I MUST walk outside- take advantage of a nice day before the temps bottom out again.

Just for fun- a link from the Huffpost of what my week was like- take time to view the slide show too, packing our winter survival gear leaves little room for much else- thankfully my kids are older- if we had pre-schoolers we would need a bus to get all their gear in too

stay warm sparkfriends and keep moving

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MAMISHELI53 12/15/2013 10:31AM

    Woosh! Glad you've been safe. When I drove on bad roads to pick up my son, I had a hard time getting to sleep from the adrenalin of having to be so alert. I won't be driving in to church today - gonna listen to some teachings online.

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CANADIANFROG09 12/15/2013 6:13AM

    We had cold weather here too but no where as cold as where you are.

Enjoy the the nice days while you can! emoticon emoticon

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random musings

Thursday, November 21, 2013

this month has been a struggle to be active outside- cold, colder, coldest...windchills the other day were -32C with blowing snow. Time to get creative with indoor cardio- housecleaning makes me work up a sweat ; one errand took me to Home Depot- I needed some spray paint and some replacement leg caps for stack stools- managed to a walk more than a mile backtracking up and down the aisles but I was warm

another mall errand took me to the fabric store, while cutting the cloth for my project (re-covering stack stools for my MIL) the clerk asked if she was elderly- the question stopped me for a moment. My reply, She is older- 80 y, but I don't consider her to be elderly. She is active, mentally sharp, involved in the lives of her kids and grands, and is in pretty good health. This year I have started to notice her aging, but no, definitely no elderly yet.

parasthesia and neuralgia. bad this month. constant headache but still working and keeping up with daily tasks. I am definitely needing to choose to keep going

Level 19- crossed to the new trophy level last weekend and I always get myself a fitness related reward. Since I am working on swimming a mile, and seeing corresponding changes in my physique I ordered a new swimsuit-3 of them-Sears catalogue was clearing out last seasons stock so I ordered 2 sizes- 1 for now and 1 for later = all for less than the reg price of one

little owl- for the past week we have had a small owl (I think Northern Pygmy or Boreal) sitting in our lilac tree every night. this little guy is about 8 feet from our front door. smaller than the one that visited last winter and the markings are different.
I think he is adorable, my aboriginal foster kids and their friends are freaked out because owls are "bad news" in their culture other front door visitors include the snowshoe hares, the blue jays, the squirrels and a host of song birds

time to move on and get some real work done before I head back to work tonight

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MAMISHELI53 11/21/2013 6:33PM

    My family growing up and now my progeny all get into "critter watching".

I saw this on FB and thought of you - copy paste for a giggle!

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