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Goodbye Mexico

Friday, June 03, 2011

Today is our last day of vacation in Mexico. I SO love coming down here for a week of nothing but reflection, relaxation, and recreation. For me, this generally means a lot of reading, thinking and writing; no thoughts of work or other stressors in my normal life; and plenty of walking, walking, walking! I manage to eat healthy because I still cook my own meals, and I seem to eat less because of the climate change. All good things!

I look forward to home, friends, church, family, and my favorite canine, but I will most certainly miss the extended time I get to spend with God, whether it's laying by the pool or beach with the Bible or a good book or journaling, or walking and praying, or just meditating on the amazing cross of Christ.

Goodbye, Mexico. See you again in a few months!

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MEXGAL1 6/3/2011 6:07PM

    And for me, I can not wait to go home.....for me home is Mexico....Ajijic.
glad you had a good time.

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Why Walk?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I am reading a book called “PrayerWalk” by Janet Holm McHenry in which chapter four is titled the same as this post. She points out that as our society becomes more technological, our lives become more sedentary and cites this statistic from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: More than 60% of adults in America do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity and about 25% of adults in the U.S. are in active. Millions of Americans suffer from illnesses that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity including 13.5 million with coronary disease and 8 million with adult-onset diabetes. And women are less physically active than men.

Walking is an easy way to get more physical. Just 30 minutes a day about three-four days a week will do it! And here are the payoffs:

1. Walking reduces the risk of dying prematurely of heart disease.
2. It reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
3. It helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.
4. It reduces the risk of breast cancer.
5. Walking combats obesity.
6. It reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
7. It reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
8. Walking helps reduce blood pressure in those who already have it.
9. Walking reduces the risk of colon cancer.
10. It helps combat depression.

If you need additional reasons, consider your dog who’d like to get out, a friend who’d like the company, and the reason for the book I am reading, a Personal Trainer (Jesus) Who wants to hear from you on a regular basis.

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LAMARY9 6/2/2011 11:59AM

    Thank you AMYSIOUX. I like to meditate and think while I walk and yes talk to Jesus and give thanks. I find that I walk faster and the time seems to fly while I am thinking of something else. Getting healthier is a bonus.

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Trying Hard to Keep the Balance!

Friday, May 06, 2011

My blogging has slowed to once or twice a week as I wrap up my first week back to work full-time since my surgery. While recovering I made a commitment to keep better balance in my life and not neglect the important things or relegate them to the back burner. I love my job but it is not my life. It takes more hours of my week than any other activity, but it is not my priority.

Books, blogs, Bible studies and buddies all seem to be emphasizing that now is the time to press in harder and not sit back. For me that means following hard after God, getting into His word in an even deeper way, seeking His wisdom in every area of my life (including the physical aspects!) and sustaining and growing relationships with others. This isn't so easy when you work a minimum of eight hours a day but it IS possible. Here are some things I am trying:

1. Getting up earlier to get more time with God and start the day right.
2. Taking little breaks during the day to refocus on what's important. Sometimes this is as simple as checking in on an inspirational Web site or blog, reviewing a memory verse, taking a quick walk and meditating, or writing a quick note of encouragement to a friend.
3. Walking each day (a walking buddy really helps here!)
4. Wrapping the day up with a short journal entry which provides refocus and reflection on the day and sets the stage for tomorrow.

What do you do to keep an even keel and not neglect the important things in the busy-ness of your day?

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RORYLYONS 5/10/2011 3:38AM

    Good for you for making your day balanced. emoticon My day always starts with a prayer then off to exercise. emoticon

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CINDY1TWO3 5/6/2011 12:08PM

    Listening online to a praise and worship station. The music really reduces the stress. Thanks for sharing!

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Toxic Cookware? Ugh... What's Next?!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

For the most part, I buy organic foods or at the least foods that are not coated with pesticides or shot up with antibiotics and hormones... but then! (apparently) I cook it in toxic cookware, and have been for years.

I just learned that Teflon-coated cookware is toxic. (I know, where have I been: Under a log? The science news broke a year ago, but I've been working...) So, great. I knew enough to stop using it when the Teflon started chipping off, but a fresh pan? UGH.

I do have some 5-ply stainless steel cookware I spent a small fortune on in my 20's but the food sticks to it if I'm not patient, and I'm not patient between 6:00 and 7:00 when I am cooking dinner. I don't have any aluminum cookware because of its link to Alzheimer's, so here I go, shelling out more bucks for safe cookware. Just bought a small set of Le Creuset. (At least I got it at 40% off, no tax, no shipping, but still...) Add this to the nalgene water bottles, BPA-free food storage containers, water purifier, and non-toxic coffee filters: Eating, drinking, and storing food in America is getting danged expensive...!

Yet, I think it's worth it to be aware and try to eat well and cook safely. I just wonder what ELSE I don't know yet... What are your safe eating and cooking tips?


SparkWomen Should Know About HysterSisters

Saturday, April 30, 2011

It's been about one month since my hysterectomy and I'm feeling pretty good. I think there are two reasons for this: Prayer and Practical Support.

So many of my friends prayed for me during my surgery, stay in the hospital and the first few days home. I really couldn't believe it wasn't as bad as I expected or was told it would be. The pain was minimal and I never did need prescription pain-killers once I was off the IV. I think I took maybe one or two Motrin after coming home. I started walking the afternoon of my surgery and everything else just followed like clockwork after that (well mostly). I am still healing inside and have a few weeks before I can call this journey complete, but I am thanking God for His hand in my speedy healing process.

And the very real and practical support has amazed me. My daughter came to the rescue my second day in the hospital and was at home to greet me that evening when my husband brought me home. She stayed with me three days, cooking and fetching, helping me dress---her only three days off from a very stressful job. My husband took over by the weekend and made coffee and eggs which he'd never done before (!) as well as a myriad of things I just couldn't do myself. It was amazing how dependent you are after major surgery!

In addition to the cards, flowers, calls, and visits from friends, another awesome support has been the HysterSisters Web site. I wish I would have known of it before my surgery---which is why I am promoting it here. It is an invaluable resource of information about ANYTHING you need to know about hysterectomy procedures, pre-op, post-op and more. I have learned SO much, and much of it from women going through the same things as me at the same time! I subscribe to a forum of women who all had our surgeries within a two-week timeframe. It's comforting to know what I am experiencing isn't unusual and freeing to discuss the topics you just can't bring up with anyone. There is are topical forums on just about every topic related to this procedure.

If you, or anyone you know, has had or will have a hysterectomy, I strongly recommend this site! It is truly something I am nearly as evangelical about as my faith in God and SparkPeople!


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CREATIVEJOY39 5/1/2011 9:34AM

    That's great news to hear your surgery and recovery is going very well. I had my hysterectomy seven years ago and my quality of life improved 10 fold! I've never looked back since only that I wished I had done it sooner.

It does take time to regain your strength and flexibility so there's no need to rush the process. I really took my time to recover fully. Having these websites will be a big support for you as well as your family and friends.

Many blessings to you in your healing journey!


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