Friday, November 22, 2013
So life has been a little crazy lately, but I have learned some things about how to help myself and others to better health. I am getting really excited about being able to work as a health coach in the near future. We have learned about vegetarian dietary theories, and this past week was about the importance of our gut being healthy. The neurologist's nurse, whom I met with yesterday about my blood work results, was so happy to hear that I pursuing this course and understood a lot of what she was talking about. I definitely found the right doctor's office to help me with my fibromyalgia... Functional Medicine is what it is being called, and it seems very appropriate to me.
Here is an interesting thought... MSG contains glutamate, which gets into the brain and an excess can cause over-excitability, nervousness, depression, OCD, and other thing that they are finding out. So the neurologist had me start on NAC to see if that helps with the nervous skin picking I do. I told my chiropractor about this, and he asked if I eat MSG, and I told him no because I have a reaction to it. He told me to beware of things with "hydrolyzed (?) vegetable protein" because that is what they are calling MSG now because of people getting more health conscious. I about fell off the chair!
Off to work I head, with 2 more days of the work week left. At least we leave on vacation next Thursday, so that will give us both a much needed break. I hope all have a great Friday and weekend.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This weekend I have been trying to chill out a little bit. I am nervous about the health coaching course; it started this week. I know I will do fine, but my insecurities take over sometimes, and I have to remember that if I do not push those thoughts to the back of my mind I will never get into a job that I am happy, satisfied, and feel like I am helping people to improve their lives. My desire is to be able in particularly to help people that deal with conditions that involve pain. With what I deal with daily, especially since the head pain has not gone away yet (4+ months later). I know the feeling of exercising seeming like it is of no value because of not seeing results, but it just took longer because of the limitations of the fibromyalgia on how much I could do at one time. I have a compassion to help people, even if it is just helping make small changes at a time to what they eat. Life throws us curve balls that get us off track, but getting back on track is key. My mom is being a huge support in this choice; going to see her at the end of the month to pick up books that she has found that she thought might be helpful in various aspects. My husband is unsure at this time, and I think it is because it is not a traditional career that is well-known and being advertised as the "next fastest growing career." I am stepping outside of the box, out of my comfort zone, and putting my all into this.
Today I decided that I better make some lunch dishes since I work next weekend and am gone to mom and dad's the following one. I do not know if I will get 3 weeks worth made, but I have the majority. My first thing was Creamy Broccoli and Beef. I used some Zucchini Soup that I had in the freezer in place of the cream of broccoli soup. I wanted to add a little extra color and nutrients, so thus the carrots. Here is a picture of it:
The second thing is a meatloaf. I had some spinach in the fridge to use, so I put a small layer of that in the middle of the meat. I also added some flax seed for the oil it provides. That is in the oven at the moment, so I hope that turns out.
I got some sweet potatoes that I still have to figure out what to do with. I think I will make some hash browns with carrots and onions. I have too much sweet potato for the pan, I will probably just make the rest into mashed potatoes.
Little by little I am working on getting a little bit of veggies with lunch. Although I have to watch that I do not eat veggies too late in the day because I have noticed that I wake up sweating partway through the night, and the only thing I can think of is that my blood sugar drops if I do not have enough carbs and/or protein in the evening.
My head pain is really a "pain." The other neurologist got approved, so I am just waiting for the call to set up the appt and be put on the cancellation call list. I am going to take the newspaper picture with and show that to him first thing, and then relate to him what the past few months and years have been like. I hate when I get the 'deep itch' that cannot be relieved from the outside. It was here most of this morning, so I did not feel like doing much at the gym, but I at least still did the treadmill.
On the note of the gym, I have maintained going despite how I feel. My key thing is that I start with the treadmill no matter what. Length of time varies on how I am feeling and if I went the day before. I tell myself that in order to help relieve some stress and improve my health, my best avenue is to do shorter sessions more frequently during the week. Minimum treadmill time is 10 minutes unless I have a trainer session. I try to keep the free weights and machines on a rotation, using the free weights when I am feeling better and machines for the low energy days. I have been averaging 4 to 5 days per week the past few weeks. I have not gotten everything logged on this site, but I do have an app that I input as I work out and can transfer the info later, so there is no reason for me to forget what I did.
On this note, I think I need to go check the meatloaf and get the sweet potatoes taken care of. I hope all have/had a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I am anxious for the health coaching course to start in 2 weeks. I know I can help people in a lot more ways, and my background with medications can help me understand when things need to go to the doctor, and what I can help with.
My head pain is still around, between a level 2 and 3 the past week plus. I have quit using the word "headache" because it is unrelieved by medications, and I truly feel that there is an underlying cause, which I want to get figured out. My PCP won't order an MRI, and we are changing me over to a different neurologist. I am in a bind right now because if I change medical groups, all referrals are ended. I want to find out if the new neurologist is going to work with me towards figuring this out or be another "it's a tension headache" doctor before proceeding with any PCP changes beyond the change because my current one is leaving.
Work has just been getting more stressful. The 'puppeteer' is treating employees like we are in the military. Last week my boss was told he was being given a verbal warning for not attending a conference call... a call that we never received the email about! Other emails make it sound like we must not be doing our jobs and serving the community because we are not doing a lot of injections daily... I thought we were a pharmacy, not a nurse's station. Somehow, asking patients if they need any immunizations while they are at the pharmacy seems odd. If someone asks about one, that is different because they are desiring to take care of that matter.
I planted some seeds last weekend for fall produce. There were some packages of older seeds, so I figured I would plant all in the packages I chose, and if it grows that is great, and if not at least I tried. A couple of years ago I tried planting some seeds from produce we had grown, but they did not produce so I thought they were too old or I dried them wrong. About a month ago I was reading something and it said that to do that you cannot use hybrid seeds, only heirloom seeds. So now I will make sure that I check that before buying plants or seeds. I am excited for the future of having a larger piece of property in the country and being able to grow more of our own food so we can can and freeze extra. There just is nothing like the taste of homegrown food!
I feel so discombobulated these days. My desire to go to my current job is very low; I would rather be working on my coursework so I can start working with clients who want help to become healthier. So enough of my ramblings, and off to work I head. Have a good hump day.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Last week I made up my mind what path I want to go down, especially once my husband retires. I was on the healthcare computer programs route, but I knew that would still keep me tied to a set schedule, but would allow me to be able to plan time off with less notice than I have to now.
A couple of months ago I saw something about becoming a health/wellness coach, so have been mulling it over. After much research, I finally signed up for an online course. I am excited knowing that I will be able to help people be healthier because they want to do it. It can be taken in many directions, I will probably look at the one-on-one part, but learn how to do seminars and such for larger groups. Being able to help people in person and online is a wonderful thought.
It is scary in a way to think of having my own business, but also exciting. My mom is going to help me have the business tools and sense to make it work because she wants me to succeed with it. I have a lot of personal experience and patience to help those who need gentle prodding to stay on the track... but some people need a kick in the pants.
I am excited about this opportunity and wanted to let everybody know! I hope all have a great day.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
We are freshly home from our trip. I am tired, but I wanted to give a heads up to the latest credit card scam that I heard about.
Saturday night we stayed in a hotel between the end of the cruise and the flight home. We arrived to the hotel early and were able to check in. We were in the room no longer than 1 hour and the phone rang. It was a guy saying that he was from the front desk and they had a computer glitch, so needed all my info to reenter it into the computer. I got my address and phone number out, and then he wanted the credit card number, even though he said the transaction went through okay. I said, no I would bring the card down. He paused and then came back and said it would be easier and quicker to do over the phone. I said no again, and hung up on him. Then about midnight, the phone rang again.... good thing I was not sleeping because that would have really ticked me off. My husband answered this time. It was a guy, trying the same thing, and after a couple of moments, the guy hung up. We figure that is because they knew they goofed since they had already called the room earlier.
When we checked out, the same gal was at the front desk, and I told her that they tried a second time at midnight. The hotels in that area have been having this issue for a couple of months, and the police are working on it, but it is hard to pin down when it is all on the phone. She said a couple of people came to her and got upset because they had given the imposter their credit card info.
Please.... do not become one of their victims. Always go to the front desk personally with anything like that, or anything that sounds fishy.
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