Wednesday, August 11, 2010
My friend was killed last Saturday. Someone ran a red light and hit her right in the drivers side door. She was only 52 years old. I've known her for close to 20 years.
She was one of the wisest and kindest women I've ever known. Her motto was "To Thine Own Self Be True" and she lived it. She was funny, colorful, bright, sweet and thoughtful. And she didn't judge oddfolk like me. She believed in living life fully every day 'cuz you never know'.
No kidding. You really NEVER know.
She used to tell me (often) that I needed to put myself in the equation more and take it easy more. That the better care I took of me, the more of me I'd have to give. She lived that. Well. She did so much for so many.
Unfortunately, it took the loss of her to bring it on home. My apologies, friend.
I hear your voice, I see your smile. You will be missed by many, many more than just me which is a huge tribute to who you were.
Happy Trails, Girl.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This MIGHT sound a little whiny, but I just need to vent.
Its been raining for a couple of days, when the cloud cover stays, the temperature doesn't fall far.
Last night it cleared off. I got up at 1 am, got dressed, went outside and covered everything. I didn't put my lights up because the rain might've come back - it really sucks to have the rain hit your lights and blow them.
The wind blew the cover off of my new baby strawberry plants. I just checked them - they were a little icy. I know that some might die completely and it just bums me out to get kicked like this.
The peach tree and blueberry bushes both came through it unscathed and that's a bright point.
Today I will do cardio only because tomorrow thru the end of the week will be lots of digging again. Planting sunflowers, beans, cucumbers, two big staggered plots of corn - each planted with succession varieties (going to try and get corn for at least 45 days straight - we'll see), and among other things, big orange heirloom tomatoes. My other tomato plants never died off (they're still producing!)- even the two started in the fall, so I am just adding to my tomato count.
Gonna be pretty sore, but it's so worth it.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
OK, this is going to be short and sweet.
As many of you know, I am a true believer in supplementation for illness. I've done a mountain of reading by the likes of Dr. Guy Abraham, Dr. Brownstein, and Dr. Mercola.
Been taking iodine for some time. Drs. Brownstein and Abraham both said that it would take time, but once the body had optimal amounts of iodine in the cells, that most likely, my thyroid dose would go down. I apparently FORGOT that... :|
For more than a couple of years, I was on the equivalent of 200mcg of synthroid. Last year, I got on natural thyroid. I started on 2 to 2.5 grains of the natural stuff. After several months, started feeling like crapola and bumped that up. Felt worse. Added in a little of my old synthroid.
Felt WORSE (It's OK -I'm owning my crap here, just don't be too hard when you kick my butt). IT HONESTLY NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT I WAS TOO HIGH! NEVER ENTERED MY MIND AS A POSSIBILITY. Although it should have the way my temper was always at the surface... Oh wait, that was a glaring symptom when I was too low.... gah! No heart palps, no sweats.
Every time I worked out hard, though, my temper was in everyone's face. My children didn't deserve that, so I didn't work out as much. Poor things. As our friend Steph pointed out, they probably wouldn't be good with BBQ sauce anyway... LOL :)
Finally got some blood done and my TSH was .01. Hello? Really? Dang.
Now on 1.5 grains of the natural stuff and after a rough, shaky ride for a few days, I am feeling strong and alive again! WOOHOO!
So, even with my damaged thyroid, I'm on a lower dose of the natural stuff than I was of the synthetic stuff and I feel 10x better on natural than synthetic. I believe it's mostly because of the iodine. There's other stuff, too, but the big one is the iodine. See Dr. Abraham's research here www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/opt_Rese
arch_I.shtml (BTW, He doesn't do the research to sell the product. He created the product in response to the research because no one else would.)
Oh yeah, my unreasonable temper is calming, ushering my old mellow self back in. What a relief not to have to wear myself out holding back that caustic tongue all the time!
Stay tuned... (LOL) My butt-kicking workouts will resume shortly... Or is it "my kicking my butt workouts"? or is it........... Whatever, you get the point. I'm kicking my own butt and getting in shape.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The years I spent undiagnosed and untreated took their toll on EVERY aspect of life. By 2004, when I was getting blood drawn every week to check my coumadin levels, I can honestly say I didn't look at myself in the mirror much if ever and when I did, I specifically AVOIDED really looking at my face. Probably had been avoiding looking at my face for a long, long time, too. Don't know for sure. I was more worried about the tracks developing over my veins. I know - weird.
One day, when I saw an acquaintance I hadn't seen for 10 years. He asked "what the he** happened to your face? Were you in an accident?" The bluntness of the question initially ticked me off, but I assured him that no, I had not been hit by a truck, it was persistent (and at that time, looked like neverending) health problems. He didn't mention my ever-increasing (at that time) girth. Hmmm....
I DO APPRECIATE BLUNTNESS. It might be like a slap in the face at first, but once you get past that, things are out in the open, you might as well deal with it.
I went home and really looked at my face. Road maps had developed under my eyes, the skin was fishbelly pale and had no elasticity. What was he talking about being hit by a truck? It wasn't until I took a photo of myself and looked at that. I saw it. One side of my face had atrophied so bad that one eye didn't open quite as far as it should, when I smiled one side of my face just didn't contract as much as the other and the smile was a little lopsided. I looked a bit like a stroke victim. I asked DH why he never said anything? No answer.
I was horrified. What the heck can you do about things like this? I started doing research and found that there are several face building programs out there. Now, there are doctors who will tell you that facial exercises do nothing, but when you take a look, you will see people who are in their 60s and over doing these exercises and they are line free. What's more, their faces are symmetrical - no cave-ins like what I had dealt with.
The facts are this: muscles do not stop at your neck. Toning your muscles in your face and neck changes the tone of your skin.
You're working on your body and getting rid of fat (and hopefully you're building some muscle cuz you REALLY NEED IT!) and when you lose weight, you lose it on your face, too. If you deprive your body of protein, your muscles atrophy EVERYWHERE - even on your face.
I tried to learn as much as I could about each facial exercise program as I could without actually buying it. I wasn't trying to rip anyone off, I just didn't want to get something that didn't work. Many do not really offer resistance training (I know, how funny does that sound when you're talking about your face?), basically the exercises are isometric. There is one out there that claims it's Aerobics for your Face and while I haven't tried it myself, it has gotten a few good reviews.
I'm happy to report that I've been doing facial building 1x to 2x per week since 2004 and my cave-in has pretty much filled in. The road maps under my eyes are mostly gone (I'm sure if I was more consistent and added a day to my regimen, they would be gone by now). I would post my before, but I'm still looking for it. I destroyed many pics of myself during the darkest days of my disease, and it hurt me to look at the 'hit by a truck' pic. It may not exist anymore.
Where to start? Well, first, if you have TMJ, don't do any of the exercises that involve pushing on your jaw. That seems like a no-brainer, but apparently some folks did it anyway.
Face exercises do not replace good skin care. They compliment it. Remember to wash your hands first. If you're not doing any basic skin care, you may want to think about that too.
Tom H. has five basic exercises for free on his website. He's an older man who doesn't tell his age anywhere that I can see, but he demonstrates these exercises pretty well and the written descriptions are good, too.
I've done all these exercises and got a good pump going in my face. What a nice person to share what he knows for free and not make you pay $50, $69 or $99!
I'm not here telling you that you MUST work your face. That is your choice. But I bet I'll be surprised at how many people just never even thought about it.
So, what do you do for YOUR FACE?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
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