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For those of you with chronic pain...

Friday, April 05, 2013

Did you know you can receive daily emails on the weather and how it will be affecting your chronic pain levels that day?

I had no idea, but thought it might be helpful in managing my fibro and thought others might benefit as well.


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1966SUNSHINE 4/9/2013 8:35PM

    Thank you so much! I actually had the thought about looking into this not that long ago and this is a good reminder because I can really tell when the weather is making my body hurt. It would be some kind of strange consolation to see it match up with the barometer like I've been told and how that affects our pain levels in our bodies and joints, etc.

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KYLIESCHELLE 4/9/2013 7:57PM

    I have seen this before but forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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LINDAF49 4/5/2013 5:03PM

    Thanks... our other local one does not do pollen/allergies and never have seen the aches and pains part

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2013 10:08AM

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    Thanks for sharing

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JAVAJENN 4/5/2013 8:18AM

  Thank you for sharing the sites. Just yesterday I was trying to find out if the weather could be causing my increased pain. emoticon emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 4/5/2013 8:15AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Good, Better, Best list of fruits and veggies

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I have been doing some research on fruits and veggies to learn what is best for my combination of health issues (fibromyalgia + hypothyroidism + high blood pressure + pre-diabetes/insulin resistant)

Here is my ALL-STAR list of fruits:
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emoticon cherries

Here is my ALL-STAR list of veggies:
Artichoke hearts
emoticon bell peppers (all colors)
collard greens
emoticon green beans
emoticon leaf lettuce (green and red)
okra (not fried)
emoticon onions (yellow, not white)
rainbow chard
red leaf lettuce
romaine lettuce
emoticon snow peas
spaghetti squash
summer squash
swiss chard
turnip greens

Occasional fruits-(higher glycemic/starch, but don't want to eliminate totally due to good nutrients)
emoticon bananas
emoticon grapes (white or red or purple)
emoticon oranges
emoticon pineapple
emoticon watermelon

Occasional veggies (starchy, but too good to be missed nutrients):
emoticon carrots
emoticon peas
emoticon potatoes
emoticon pumpkin
sweet potato
emoticon tomatoes (there's debate in the fibo world about this one; causes inflammation????)
winter squash

Limited List (mainly due to thyroid issues) Eat only steamed or cooked or baked:
emoticon strawberries
emoticon broccoli
brussel sprouts
emoticon cabbage (green or red)
mustard greens
any dried fruit (glucose issue)

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PATTIE441 3/24/2013 6:48AM

    Awesome, Heidi! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 3/21/2013 6:48PM

    Awesome. Don't you love lists!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/21/2013 5:52PM

    I have autoimmune Hashimotos thyroiditis and never knew that strawberries were on the occasional list! Oh well. That's what I shall do!

Grapefruit is another fruit on the "be careful of this" list. You shouldn't eat it within 4 hrs. of taking your Levo (or thyroid med). It decreases the effectiveness of the drug . . . and that includes grapefruit juice.

I appreciate this list! HGUS

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ALLIB22 3/21/2013 2:37PM

  Wow this is a great list. Good job! Hope it helps you!

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PICKIE98 3/21/2013 2:28PM

    They all sound great except the squash!! I take raspberry capsules for my fibro and arthritis, BUT have raspberry bushes for the great taste!!

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A Yippee Moment

Friday, March 08, 2013

This morning I had one of those YIPPEE moments.

Yesterday I lifted a 50lb bag of chick feed up out of a grocery cart and put it in the van. At the time I was very happy to be able to lift 50lbs and especially up out of grocery cart!

Then as I was waking this morning, it dawned on me what I had done and I had my YIPPEE moment.....although I have regained some weight....for the past year I have kept 50 lbs off!

That 50lb bag was HEAVY!!!! And that is how much weight I have kept off for a year!!

I've lost a lot of weight in the past, but I NEVER kept any off. Within a year, I'd regain it all back plus some, getting heavier and heavier after each diet.

Not this time!

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MIPALADY23 3/8/2013 5:14PM

    Yeah!! awesome!!

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Everything is permissible....but not everything is beneficial

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I am once again reading through and studying Made To Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. It's just one of those books where each time you go through it, you are in a different place mentally, physically, and spiritually and you get different things out of it each time. I've never seen the videos or been in a face-to-face study with anyone and I'm sure those would really enhance my study and help me with the application, but no opportunity has arose yet.

Within the chapters of this little book.....yellow highlighter marks represent the 1st time I read it (I blogged about it as well.) The purple pen marks represent the 2nd go-through (but didn't finish). And this time I am using a red pen and am determined to finish the book and journey.

From Chapter 1

"Everything is permissible--but not everything is beneficial"
I Corinthians 10:23

Here is how I've learned that verse is Truth with my own journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Things I can do but which I have found are not beneficial to my whole health....
1. Pasta.
2. Minute Rice
3. White breads (includes buns, rolls, biscuits, etc)
4. Sugary soda pop
5. Sweet treats every day
6. sweets after 7pm (birthdays, etc)
7. caffeine
8. Fruit after 4pm
9. push yoga from my exercise routine
10. walk outside no matter the weather (due to fibromyalgia)
11. go without 8 hours of sleep
12. not exercise for days on end
13. not listen to my body
14. potato/corn chips
15. salty foods
16. unlimited meat
17. unlimited complex carbs
18. (this one is the hardest) milk chocolate
19. forgetting to strength train, esp. my core
20. not resting when my body says it's time to rest
21. dried fruit

1. not making my health one of my priorities
2. Stop working towards some goal
2. Stop reading and learning about a healthy lifestyle
3. Listening to the critical voices in my head
4. Giving up
5. Letting discouragement be permanent
6. Being afraid to try new things
7. Not changing my mind and making a better/healthier choice at the last minute
8. Not keeping priorities straight and making my health one of them
9. Stopping the negative thoughts and attitudes
10. Letting numbers define who I am and my worth and how I feel about myself

1. forgetting to pray
2. forgetting to read God's Word
3. forgetting I have access to God's Almighty power through His Spirit
4. forgetting to reach out to others
5. confusing my good works to others with intimacy with God
6. failing to apply what I am learning from God's Word to my own life
7. failing to discern world views and philosophies
8. failing to speak the Truth with love
9. failing to WORSHIP God, Adore Him, Praise Him, Thank Him, Honor Him
10. failing to grow-- being content with where I am and/or making excuses "I'm doing the best I can." Thinking I know it all.

This is NOT a list or THOU SHALT NOTs! I could do any one of these or all of them. However, I am CHOOSING that these things don't work for me because I've tried them in the past and found they were not beneficial to my three-fold health.

So, now I am going to flip this list around and say....here is how I CHOOSE what IS beneficial to my three-fold health....

1. Whole Wheat Pasta- 2oz. or 1/2 cup servings
2. Brown Rice-1/2 cup servings
3. Whole Wheat bread- 3 servings per day
4. an occasional Diet soda pop (preferably caffeine-free)
5. Sweet treats - portion controlled and on occasion
6. a rare sweet treat with the family BEFORE 7pm (birthdays, etc)
7. caffeine (only when there are no other options but preferably none after 5pm)
8. 1-2 fruit servings before 4pm-- so I can sleep and for blood sugar stability
9. do yoga each week
10. walk outside every time the weather is above 40* and less than 85* and not raining (due to fibromyalgia)
11. get 8 hours of sleep
12. give myself rest days but don't skip exercise when just feeling lazy
13. listen to my body
14. Rice chips on occasion but try fresh veggies instead
15. Use Sea Salt and watch the salty foods (blood pressure)
16. portion control with meat
17. portion control and healthy complex carbs
18. occasional dark chocolate
19. strength train, esp. my core
20. rest when my body says it's time to rest
21. fresh fruit instead

1. make my health one of my priorities as I am worth it and many depend on me to be my healthiest so I can be the best wife, mother, friend, etc. I can be to them.
2. always work towards some goal and keep them evolving.
2. read about a healthy lifestyle
3. Replace those critical voices with positive reaffirmation in my head
4. Get back up again and again and again and......
5. Turn discouragement into Determination
6. Be adventurous--Try new things
7. give yourself permission to change your mind at the last minute to make a better/healthier choice----not every choice is permanent and set in stone.
8. Keep priorities straight
9. Replace the negative thoughts and attitudes with RIGHT thoughts and attitudes
10. Know that my worth is found in God.

1. pray continually
2. read God's Word at least daily
3. access God's Almighty power through His Spirit
4. reach out to others--be a blessing
5. build intimacy with God
6. apply what I am learning from God's Word to my own life
7. discern world views and philosophies
8. speak the Truth with love
9. worship God, Adore Him, Praise Him, Thank Him, bring Honor to His name
10. keep growing; never be content with where I am and/or make excuses

Everything is permissible--but not everything is beneficial. I Cor. 10:23

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LINDAF49 2/21/2013 9:37PM

    Excellent blog ...good thinking through and turnign the negative to positive frame of mind and action...I appreciate you!

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DAYHIKER 2/21/2013 9:53AM

    I love the thoughtfulness of your blog post and also would like to print it out when we get home next week. emoticon I have kicked myself for not picking up a copy of Made to Crave when I saw it at one of our stops a couple of months back; I have not seen it since. emoticon

I tweaked your suggestion and decided that since my life has changed so completely I would start back at Square 1 with the two week Fast Break so I can try to build some better habits and routines into our "no day is the same" life on the road. emoticon
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MIPALADY23 2/20/2013 7:12PM

    Great focus and thoughts!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2013 1:53PM

    What a wonderful blog! I'm printing it out, because I really like the way you've convered everything to things you CAN do to make life healhty for yourself (and lots apply to me!)


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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 2/20/2013 12:51PM

    You sure have done some soul searching. I love how you changed your list into positives/beneficials. Way to go!

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TOPAZ-TURTLE 2/20/2013 10:18AM

    I'll second that "Wow!" You have really put a lot of thought into this and in turn provided us with thought-provoking ideas to incorporate into our own lives. Thank you!

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/20/2013 10:02AM

    Wow! You really hit all the big ones here! May you have a wonderful day!

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It's a God-story

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yes, my son's name is Lincoln and yes he was born on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. But that fact is NOT why we named him Lincoln. This is a God-story, so sit back and be in awe of God and His mighty works.

We were married 5 years before our daughter came along. It was another 5 years until our son came along. I don't do pregnancy well. I puke for the whole pregnancy all hours of the day and night and then in the final months, I develop pre-eclampsia.

Because of the pre-eclampsia with our daughter, she was induced 2 weeks early. She is C____ Reagan. 5 years later, we learn we were having a son, due MARCH 12. We want a name to go with daughter's, just for fun and since we are a political family, the name Lincoln was chosen.

The puking isn't as bad this time, but I do have a 5yo to care for and develop pre-eclampsia early. I am put on complete bed rest. Friends step up and help with the care of daughter, keeping her most of the day when she is not in preschool.

The pre-eclampsia is getting worse and so is my kidney function. At my weekly doc visit, stress-tests are the norm. At 36 weeks, my body begins uncontrollable shaking. We are admitted and labor is induced. There's wires and tubes everywhere on both me and the baby. It is obvious that he is in distress. But my labor won't progress. More measures are taken to urge the labor along. Even I could see the concern on the doctor's face. The measures work! No surgery needed!

At 11:28 pm, on FEBRUARY 12, Lincoln D___ is born....at only 36 weeks and weighing only 5lbs 3 oz.
But that is just heavy enough to go home 2 days later! He's made the 5lb cutoff weight!
He had no premie complications either! (a bit of jaundice days later, but some rare warm Feb. sunshine took care of that!) His apgar score is fine!
He was perfect!
He was no bigger than the size of a bag of sugar. His tiny perfectly shaped head fit in the palm of your hand and he stayed in that tight newborn fetal position for a month. That made his rolled-up length about the length of a VCR-tape cassette. We have pictures! LOL

Today, Lincoln is 16 yo. He's nearly 6ft (won't be near Abraham Lincoln's height) and he's bulking up muscle-wise (won't be rail-thin like Abraham Lincoln), but he loves the outdoors like Abraham Lincoln and he loves freedom and justice and peace. He has developed a pretty sharp wit as well.

It obviously was in God's providence that Lincoln be born on Feb. 12. We still don't know the reason why, but every year, it causes me to praise Him for how He saw us through a very difficult time.

I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would think of Lincoln's Honda XR100 motorcycle.

Happy Birthday, Lincoln!

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LINDAF49 2/21/2013 9:44PM

    Precious story and well told ...Lincoln, you are blessed to have an awesome mom...I pray you grow in the ways of God and serve him all of your life.

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/13/2013 1:22PM

  Thank you for sharing your story! What a blessing that God saw you through this very difficult time and He gave you such a beautiful blessing!

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MIPALADY23 2/12/2013 8:01PM

    Awesome story, through Gods Grace!

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    GREAT blog emoticon Lincoln..

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2013 1:32PM

    Happy birthday to Lincoln!!

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STILLWATERSSB 2/12/2013 12:01PM

    Great blog! Happy Birthday to Lincoln!

I think Abraham Lincoln would say "sure wish they had things like this when I was a kid."

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    Happy Birthday, Lincoln! emoticon

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