Saturday, September 22, 2012
Here is more from Dr. Mercola regarding earthing...how to do it, the benefits of doing it etc. I find it all very interesting.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
This is a blog I really didn't want to be writing.
I have been on Sparks for a pretty long time now...and did have an initial loss of 10 lbs. For me, that was great. Since then I have been up and down and up and not all the way back down. My weight has stubbornly remained around the same spot....actually a little higher than that 10 lbs lost on my tracker.
I am not sure what got me in gear most recently...I was responding to someone's blog comments about their efforts. So many of us seem to start over and recommit or whatever over and over and over.
We are probably all familiar with that saying that you can't keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. Apparently that is what I have been doing.
I am eating pretty well...always room for improvement, but I think within calorie range. My diet could use more veggies, and am working on that. I am conscious of my choices...even when they aren't so good.
I am exercising daily. Some days more than others. My level of exercise is probably mild compared to some folks...but I have neither the means nor desire to join a gym. I dance, I mow, I walk (would like to walk more), I am up and down stairs a lot. When the mowing season tapers off, I use walking videos and T-Tapp (LOVE T-Tapp!) indoors.
I feel good, feel reasonably healthy (I've never been an athlete..and have no interest in becoming one now!)
So what is this all about? I realized I am just doing the same things and making no headway. What to do?
I have heard for years that diabetics and others would do well to eliminate WHEAT from their diet. I have resisted this...though my blood sugars linger above good levels much of the time now. I have two daughters with food allergies and chemical sensitivities and know what a hassle it can be. It seems that wheat is in EVERY thing.
I decided to try going wheat free for a week to see if it has any impact. I can do ONE week. I promptly lost two pounds (again). One more dropped off as of this morning I think (old scale!) My problematic midriff seems smaller...and less firm...T-tapp will help when I get going on that again. I haven't changed anything else. Last Friday was the last time I ate wheat products so today is the end of the first full nearly totally wheat free week.
I don't WANT to go wheat free. BUT, I don't want to stay stuck at one weight (where I don't want to be) for years and years, either, especially knowing it could affect my heart, blood sugars and everything else in a negative way. The older I get, the harder it will be to make any changes to get weight down again.
I don't know if my one week experiment should be called a success or not since I don't WANT to eliminate wheat from my diet...but I guess I will continue one week at a time. I am not going to fret about being super strict..but am going to be conscientious. No more rolls or biscuits, no pita breads, no homemade zucchini bread, no bagels or English muffins...not even my favorite cereal. I have been surprised at how many times I have reached for or thought of serving something..and brought myself up short in just ONE week.
If week two is like week one, it won't be painful in anyway...just an occasional nuisance. AND if it takes off two or slightly more lbs...I will be BACK to the 10 lbs off shown on my ticker...and finally moving towards further progress at last. I don't need to lose a zillion lbs...but it seems ridiculous that I cheer on others who have lost 50, 75, 100 and more lbs, and I can't budge my own 25-30.
Oh Fiddlesticks...guess I have seen that it may help me...so, will continue WHEAT free for a little longer...I can do one day or one week at a time.
Anyone care to join me?
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I have recently run across info on Earthing..something I had never heard of until recently. This morning I read an article by Dr. Mercola regarding aspirin use and part of it included advice abut earthing. I thought it so interesting, I am sharing that part here. Here is the full article link: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
Here is the section I was interested in:
How Earthing can Affect Your Blood
Earthing may actually be one of the best-kept secret strategies for preventing blood clots. In its simplest terms, Earthing (or grounding your body) is what occurs when you walk barefoot upon the Earth. There is a transfer of free electrons from the Earth to your body. And these free electrons are probably some of the most potent antioxidants known to man. These antioxidants are responsible for the clinical observations seen in Earthing experiments, such as:
Beneficial changes in heart rate
Decreased skin resistance
Earthing has been shown to produce a number of health benefits, including decreasing pain and inflammation, improving sleep, and even slowing the aging process. One very important discovery, and one of the most recent, is that Earthing thins your blood, making it less viscous. This discovery could have profound implications for cardiovascular disease.
Virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity.
Earthing experts Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Dr. James Oschman measure blood viscosity using a method called zeta potential, which is a measure of how quickly your red blood cells migrate in an electrical field. When you ground to the earth, your zeta potential quickly rises, which means your red blood cells have more charge on their surface, forcing them away from each other.
Earthing causes your blood to flow more easily and your blood pressure to drop.
It follows then when your red blood cells become more electro native they are less inclined to stick together and form a clot. They actually repel each other similar to two magnets with the same pole.
Blood clots don't have to be very big to form a mass that could kill you instantly (such as pulmonary embolus), so this is an important part of lowering your risk for heart attack, stroke, and multi-infarct dementias, where you start losing brain tissue due to micro-clotting in your brain.
This is what many physicians erroneously believe low-dose aspirin is doing for you, and why it's so widely prescribed. The problem is, as you have seen from the studies summarized above, science just hasn't been able to prove that aspirin does what it was intended to do. Rather, studies show that aspirin has several dangerous side effects.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Ever have an experience that is trying enough at the time, but later you HAVE to think Jehovah (God) was watching out for you?
Last Tuesday I drove my daughters ancient (1996 I think) Sentra to work as always. I noted when I left home that I would need to stop for gas on the other end...I had just over a quarter of a tank. It is a 50 min. drive to work. This is routine.
About 10 min. from home on the highway, I began to think I was smelling gas fumes...thought it odd.
Then I looked at the gas gauge...BELOW EMPTY!!! WHAT???????? I made it over the next big hill..chugging a little...and headed for the very next exit with many prayers for safety.
Put in 20$ worth of gas...and headed out again. Was surprised that it only put the gauge back to where I started. Odd. Should have gone further than that! Gas odor still strong. I am so dumb! But I wouldn't have known what to check anyway.
I continue on the highway and make it to the gas station I had intended to go to in the first place...and am again riding below empty. I call my daughter and as I am getting out of the car, notice a puddle...look under the car and the puddle is from the Sentra...dripping. I still don't get it. I put more gas in the car...intending to drive on to her house (doubly stupid now!), but she says NO, park it and she will come get me. So I pull the car over to the grocery store parking lot next door. When she gets there, we roll up the windows (stupid!) and leave. I had been sitting with the doors open while I waited, enjoying the sunshine and breeze. As I get out of the car, I notice the carpet on the floor board is wet...GASOLINE IN the car!! We are in a hurry because she has a photoshoot in just a few minutes. We'll deal with it later.
DD calls her husband when we get home. HE asks if we left the windows open so the fumes could escape...we hadn't. We now realize how dangerous this is...car could ignite from the heat and fumes. (It is now about lunch time so car has been sitting for several hours.) I call AAA to have the car towed to mechanic. THEY won't touch it till the fire department has a look and tells them it is safe. One spark and things could ignite.
We call the fire dept nearest the grocery. THEY won't come..it is actually in next county. We hunt for the correct number and end up calling the Sheriffs Dept. to find out who to call. Call Emergency Management...get transferred several times and finally get Dispatch. Yes, they will be glad to have a look..am I with the car? No..but will be there in 15 - 20 min. Andrew decides he needs to potty...more than just pee (we are nearing the end of the potty training efforts so it is important to heed this call!).
20 min later, Andrew and I are back to the Sentra...I open the doors to both cars and let the wind blow through. Andrew climbs all over his mom's car, pushing buttons and adjusting EVERYthing. We wait and wait. Finally after an hour, I call the dispatch again, get someone else this time. He says they had been out but noone showed up so they left (thanks a lot!). They could see there had been some kind of leak but it was OK to move the car.
Now I call AAA back and arrange the tow. 20 min to an hr. They say. We walk to the grocery and get Andrew a cookie. Back to the car. Don't want to miss the tow. AAA calls TWICE ..nope, not there yet. Finally an hour and a half after I initiated the service call, the guy shows up, hooks up the car and in maybe five minutes is gone again!!! Andrew loved seeing the process but was not happy about the loud machinery of the winch.
Today (Sunday) DD and her husband ran into their mechanic at KH between mtgs) He had initially told them the car was not worth salvage..just junk it. (it has four brand new tires on it!) BUT today he told them he had discovered that there was a pencil tip size hole chewed in the gas line...THAT is what caused all this trouble... a MOUSE (or squirrel). He says that if the mouse had chewed an electric wire, too, the car would have exploded. He mentioned the fumes issue, too...it SHOULD have exploded sitting in the heat in the parking lot for several hours....with gasoline on the floorboards and no ventilation. Temps were in the mid 80s that day. Yikes! It was also a wonder I didn't get sick from all those gas fumes.
So, now the verdict is that the car is fine except for the interior and the gas line (not hard to fix that apparently). It will need the headliner removed and the carpet all pulled up...the gasoline ate all the adhesives. The seats will need replacing also (I don't know the why of that part). I don't know whether they will decide to repair it and keep it on the road or not. Guess that will be decided soon. The mechanic feels all the carpet that is gasoline soaked is too dangerous to have in his shop, so it is sitting in a pile in the field near his shop.
In the meantime, I am considering how grateful I am that of the things that COULD and even SHOULD have happened, none did. I can get in and out of this small car, but had it been an emergency, I would have had a hard time. Had the gas or fumes on the floor of the car ignited, my pants would probably have ignited, too. I doubt I could have gotten out. I should not have been able to get to the gas station once..never mind TWICE! The car didn't ignite on the road or when I restarted it at the gas station either time. What if I had been a smoker!!! (I am not!) The many "what if" scenarios are all pretty frightening.
I reflect now on all those things and give thanks to Jehovah...he truly must have been holding my right hand that day.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Home from the third day of the Regional Building Committee remodel project. It is the second weekend of work there, but I was not asked to be there last week. DH and I have worked three days and tonight are sure feeling it all over. It is amazing how sore you can get from walking and standing. I wish I had tracked my walking on Friday...it was much like yesterday so was probably around 11 miles. Today, finish up and clean up for this weekend with DH doing much of the escort walking this morning, I walked 7.41 miles. That is over 18 miles in two days...probably around 28 miles in all three days. MORE than a marathon! (walked of course, not run). BTW..7.41 miles is 19006 steps.
Weather has been remarkably cooperative...Many of us have sunshine faces...a few folks have gotten unfortunate sunburns. There were 234 volunteers on site today (if I remember that number exactly right..if not, it is close.) Folks have traveled from as far away as Memphis to volunteer their time and expertise (at their own expense) for this project.
It is such a wonderful experience to be part of it all...and to know there are other such projects ongoing all over the world. Celeste', I am thinking of YOU, too, as we share this experience...wish we could be working together!
We have had to be there at different times each day...and it is a 45 minute drive from home to the site. We had daylight savings Spring Forward time change last night. I startled awake at 4:06 am...and thought the alarm hadn't gone off...then couldn't remember what time I was supposed to be getting up...had to figure out which day, what time we had to be there, time we leave thus time we get up..only to realize we could sleep almost another hour...but of course, that shot of adrenaline kept me awake after that.
Well, this is volunteering at it's best. We have had a wonderful weekend. I was training to run the shuttles to off site parking and back...next week will be running it without my mentor (EEK!) along with another Sister who trained on a totally different project. This is going to be interesting! The other Sister and I have not met yet.
Wonder if I can find another pedometer (I think I have two more!) for DH to wear next week.
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