Wellness Wednesday, August 29, 2018

On my journey back to health.

Lunch today is a 6″ sub from Subway. All veggies, no dairy, no oil, on 9-grain wheat bread. Delish!

Trying for 1500 steps a day this week. I have to take baby steps so I stay on the positive side and stay well. I don’t know how many I have today so far, but Monday I got about 1100, last Saturday I got about 1000, but yesterday I only got about 600. But I’ll get there as long as I stay consistent.

Have a business/training meeting this evening with my team leader for do TERRA. Excited to work with her!

What are you doing to improve your health this wellness Wednesday?

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Memories Monday, August 27, 2018

When I was a child, the instrument brought into our home after the violin and piano was the sousaphone my brother played in band.

He would play Revilie on it to wake us up in the morning! Who needs an alarm when you have an overgrown tuba!

Then as my sisters got into junior high, there were the bells (glockenspiel) and the clarinet.

One sister played the bells and two played the clarinet. One sister never learned how to play anything. She took chorus in school.

Then it came to me. But that’s for next week!

What memories are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Well, I’m doing it!

I got the book from Amazon on Monday, and it’s amazing! I also got

Yeah, it makes it so much easier when you have a plan, and the recipe ideas to go with it.

As I’ve posted here before, I’ve been struggling with my health lately, and I have to try everything I can to get better. I’m not the kind of person to just roll over and die, unless I have no other choice….and there’s always a choice!

I’ll take you along with me as I journey to get back on top of things. Hope you enjoy the ride!

What are you doing to improve your health this wellness Wednesday?

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Memories Monday, August 20, 2018

In the next two or three blogs (don’t know how many yet) I want to share the integral part music played in my family life as I was growing up.

The first two instruments I was exposed to in my home were the piano and the violin.

My mother was a musical genius, having played organ in her small church when she was only four years old. She taught my sisters and me to sing in 5-part harmony, and she arranged all the music. We had the piano, but she didn’t teach us that. She said if we wanted to learn, all the materials were there for us. Unfortunately, only one of us took advantage.

The violin was my aunt’s, and her direction was that it was to go to whoever learned to play it. The sister who learned piano also taught herself to play the violin, so she got it when my mother died.

Years later, I took two years of piano in college as a prerequisite to my music degree, and I STILL can’t play! But I can sing!

More to come next week.

What memories are you mulling over tonight?

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Scripture Sunday, August 19, 2018

And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22: 2-3

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Today’s dinner was veggie stirfry. Protein was lentils, edamame and peas (yes, peas are high in protein). Grains were brown and wild rice, quinoa and corn (yes, corn is a grain). And celery, onion and carrots were the veggies.

A simple and delicious way to use up whatever veggies you might have in your fridge. Hubby put Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce on his. I just added some of their Everything but the Bagel seasoning on mine. Yum!

I got one of my meds today. The other is just waiting on dosage info from the doc. Looking forward to feeling better!

What are you doing to practice wellness today?

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Memories Monday, August 13, 2018

We live on a lake. I want to share with you the beauty of the sunsets here. This particular evening I was out for a walk and couldn’t resist taking this shot of the light in the sky. There are boat docks in the foreground, and the sun dipping into the lake and spreading its rays across the clouded sky just took my breath away.

What memories are you mulling over in your minds tonight?

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Wellness Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I thought I’d share today a little of what I’ve been dealing with. I’ve been trying to get my walking up to the recommended 10000 steps per day, but can’t seem to be able to go much beyond 2000 except on an occasional good day that might take me to 5000. I used to feel energized after a walk, but it was getting to the point that I was just hoping I could make it back to our van without hubby having to go for help. I went to the National Institute of Health looking for answers. I know I have three major problems…type 1 diabetes, glaucoma, and pernicious anemia. I knew the issues with the first two, but never realized how bad pernicious anemia was until I looked it up. This is what I found.

Now, to be clear, the reason livestock have vitamin B12 is because they are fed it in their diet. Most people are deficient in it whether carnivores, omnivores, or vegan. It is actually an organism that is found in the dirt, but with today’s sanitation habits, we’ve cleaned it out of our diet. So everyone should supplement with it.

The problem with pernicious anemia is that it is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys the cells in the stomach that digest B12. So it doesn’t matter how much I supplement, my body doesn’t get it. I need injections that bypass the digestive system. But I haven’t had a prescription for it since January. The main issues that arrive due to the deficiency are rapid heart beat upon any exertion, feeling of breathlessness, and extreme fatigue.

No wonder I’ve been feeling like I’m running on a bone dry tank! I get plenty of oxygen and plenty of iron, but my body can’t use it because pernicious anemia causes the red blood cells to become deformed and they can’t make the connection with whatever body part they are supposed to be nourishing.

Untreated pernicious anemia is deadly. The treatment is B12 injections and sometimes blood transfusions. And to keep activity to a minimum.

Fortunately, I saw my doctor today, got the prescriptions, and in about 6 to 8 weeks, should be able to resume my fitness goals. Until then, I’m laying low.

What are you doing to improve your health today?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day