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Lent Day 2 and Low Carb Day 2

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lent - looking forward to Easter
Mark Chapt 1 Jesus calls us to himself, He taught and He rebuked and He did each of these "Immediately ...I am supposed to learn to act immediately on things called to my attention, that I am taught and that I am Corrected or scolded for. And I am to do that NOW...not later or maybe.

Low Carb Day 2 ___ Hmmmm feeling OK, I tend to get in a rut with what I eat, debated about going to Bday party for elderly friend and chose to go with a pint of ice water in hand and accept a small dish of ice cream - it went well ☺ Key: PLAN ahead and follow the plan ! Today 91 carbs so went one over goal but only 66 net carbs as I got 25 fiber!!! Yeah

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ITSAJANETHING 2/24/2012 5:17PM

  looking forward to following your blog, I too am observing Lent emoticon

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GEEKSMEGGLY 2/24/2012 10:07AM

    Super job!

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Lent Day 1 and Low Carb Day 1 @90gm

Thursday, February 23, 2012

emoticon Although my church does not observe a formal lent as many do, I am choosing to do a personal set of devotions for this time and prepare for the greatest celebration of the Christian's year to me : Resurrection Sunday celebrated in our country most often by the name Easter. I want to share my learning path here.
Mark Chapter 1_ _ _ Jesus said Repent, Believe, Follow me.

My Spark venture into Low Carb lifestyle for weight loss and health improvement of fluctuation blood sugar began the first of the year with reading and noticing just what i was eating then three weeks of beginning to cut down the # of Carbs and now it is time to record everything I eat and goal of keeping carbs to max of 90gm per day for 10 days, then 80gm for 10 days, then 70 gm for 10 days, then 60 gm for a continued lifestyle.
emoticon Day #1 = 86 carbs and 1191calories and 1390 steps=.65mile
Learned: Mocha I have been drinking is too high in Carbs - going to work on a low carb substitute for my caffeine/chocolate treat ☺

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GGMOM06 2/25/2012 11:50AM

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KOSHIE1 2/23/2012 2:22PM

    Being a fellow low-carber, I applaud your efforts. And lots of people take your approach. I DO hope it works for you. Unfortunately, that approach frequently prolongs the sugar/starch withdrawal stage, and it can be miserable. (Lots of people don't realize that it IS withdrawal; they think it must be bad for them and they quit -- but it IS withdrawal, just like any addictive symptoms...) Staying VERY hydrated will help!

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D-ABBY 2/23/2012 11:04AM

    emoticon for your journey. I am not sure I could do that low a carb diet. Instead, I am learning how to combine carbs to level the blood sugar. I look forward to seeing how you do on it.

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    It will be good watching your progress. You can do it. I don't know if I could go that low for maintance.

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ADZY86 2/23/2012 9:04AM

    It sounds like you made a great plan for starting low carb. Slowly and steadily bringing it down. And you know, you might find that sticking to 80gm, or 70gm or whatever still allows you to lose weight, and you might be able to stay at that number. Which would be great right? I'm still trying to find my number. I'm on about 50g at the moment. Fingers crossed I'll be one of those rare people who can eat 90/100gms and still lose weight! lol I doubt it though...

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I wish you enough...

Friday, January 13, 2012

I am looking for the author or credit for this story ...I have heard it in many forms so maybe it is considered public domain, but It means so much to me and is my prayer for those who have recently lost a loved one or know that they will soon be losing one - I pray that you each have enough hellos to get through the final goodbye. God bless you and comfort you beyond understanding. an airport... They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough." She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy."

They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me.

So I knew what this man experiencing.

"Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?" I asked.

"I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back would be for my funeral," he said.

"When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?"

He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more."When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them," he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he
were reciting it from memory.

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."

He then began to sob and walked away.

My friends, I pray you enough! ....seeking the author and possibility to give credit for this deep meaningful teaching. ~Linda49 in Washington state

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GEEKSMEGGLY 2/10/2012 7:31PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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D-ABBY 2/2/2012 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon God BLESS.

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SWIMLOVER 1/15/2012 6:15AM

  Linda, Thank You so much for sharing this with us!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/14/2012 11:35AM

    I wish you enough too Linda...thanks for sharing. Such a precious story of truth.
Hugs Barb

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GRAMMACATHY 1/13/2012 10:25PM>
Bob Perks was the author. It is copyrighted if the internet is to be believed. I had to go back and double check. I too love the story. Thank you for sharing.

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RGEETING 1/13/2012 8:30PM

    and I wish you enough, too!
Have a great weekend!

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My Fibromyalgia Journey

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I wrote most of this a year ago for a friend seeking encouragement with firbo. I was diagnosed January 2000. At that point I was in severe pain ALL the time and in bed much of the time. Soon after first diagnosis, one of the doctors for other issues said to me: " I don't treat fibro, but if you have it,
then study it daily,
choose a course of treatment
aggressively care for your own health needs
and move forward"
I still study it weekly looking for encouragements, confirmations and things to add or eleminate from my efforts to maintain health. The following is just a tiny portion of what I am doing today, 12 years into this disease. I agree with much of the theories of Dr St. Amand and protcul for treatment with Guaifenesen. Get on the internet and read, read, read; order books through the local library; then talk, laugh, cry with others who have this disease but keep the pity parties to a minimum.
I space my supplements and meds out in four doses through the day:
6 am 12 noon 6 pm 12 midnoc
Fish oil 1200mg x4 doses
Centrum Silver ½ 6am 6pm
Vit C 500 x4 doses
½MagMalate 825 x4doses
Calcuim 333mg 4 doses
½ B Comp 50 12 noon 12 midn
Yogart or Kefir 12 noon and midn Adding another probiotic with it
Vit D 2000 12 noon 12midn

Guaifenesin ... if on Dr. St.Amand portocul in divided doses
Other supplements for family Hx of heart disease and Parkinson's

Minimum pint of water, tea, clear liquid per 6 hours -space it over the day -not all at once! Caffeine one and ONLY one serving in the mornings

Get sleep or at least time in the bed with lots of pillows and support to body. I do much better with head of bed elevated slightly and air humidified --- most of my pain is in control if rest and energy expenditures are maintained at gentle even paces. I sleep 2-3 hours, then up to potty + yogart and midnight meds; Sleep 3-4 hours Up to potty and stretches... might go back to bed for another couple hours or be up for correspondence, study and meditation/prayer Then nap 40 minutes to two hours during mid-day.

Surround self with warmth and softness - pillows and blankets go with me everywhere! Especially traveling, support arms with pillows and move often - never sit more than an hour in one position, get out and walk, stretch, move gently.

Set limits – Only you know your body's limits on any given day. Yes, there will be days when you feel you must push beyond those limitations to meet family or work obligations. But at what price? You must decide. Learn to say "today I can only do this much…don’t push me beyond that or I suffer for three days”

Organize/Plan – Pacing yourself is very important. You will have days with limited energy reserves. Organization and planning reduces mental stressors. But do not become compulsive with planning ...Think PREVENTATIVE Care

Set priorities – What are YOUR priorities? Not everyone else's!

Educate yourself – Make a commitment right now to ongoing education about your condition. As one who has Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue, you should commit to becoming an expert on the condition. Visit a different website each week. Read or re-read a new book each Month.

Eat healthy …and make extra and save a serving for another day and save yourself a lot of work! I must avoid much sugar and this year am learning general low carb eating.

6/2010 The Three Ts to heal and persevere through a chronic illness are TEARS , TALK and TIME. These 3T's help me cope with life with Fibro.

1/2011 Removal of gluten from diet has been shown to reduce inflammation and alleviate aches and pains, and this symptom-reducing quality is a possible help for fibromyalgia patients. The changes to your diet won't be painless, but the relief to your physical pain just might be worth it.

You will notice, not a single perscription med here - I have in the past but gradually got off all them - but my Dr has the list of supplements and approves it - we talk about different aspects of the meds and results on routine basis and "tweek dosages" . My only pain med is advil or aleve in flare ups --and if I need it and I know it is a flare, I just take them routinely every 4 hours round the clock times 3 days to stop the pain cycle - Only other thing that is real significant is the horrendous leg cramps, I take a naturopth quinine tablet and also drink 4 oz tonic water in warm gator aid or orange juice if available and always keep my feet and legs warm. 1 notice a definite increase in cramps with beef, sugar in diet, if dehydrated or have just overdone that day.

I pray that this summary will be of help and encouragement to others with this diagnosis or find yourself the support person to one suffering from fiybromyalgia.

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EMILYD1952 2/24/2012 2:33AM

    Thanks Linda!

I am also on this journey with you.
I appreciate all the info.

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GRAMMACATHY 1/12/2012 6:16PM

    Avoid processed food and refined and artificial sugars as much as possible. I also drink green tea and Braggs organic vinegar. We have a similar vitamin regimen too. I think my problems were caused by a tick bite, but after three months of being off work, I lost my health insurance, so was motivated to research natural healing. I am a huge believer in natural remedies. They worked so much better than what the doctors prescribed. In fact the gabapentin was what was causing my tremors. As soon as I weaned myself from that for the muscle pain, I was tremor free. Wheat and corn both seem to aggravate my symptoms, so have pretty much eliminated both except for special treats. Your blog means a lot to me. It is nice that we share this success too besides the Great NW and a desire to minister to those grieving. Glad we met on SP.

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/12/2012 4:38PM

    It is great that you have put so much into your treatment. emoticon

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2MILESADAY 1/11/2012 5:26PM

    Thank you Linda! This is so help and so encouraging!! Makes me feel sane and gives me things to research! I lived so long without answers as to what was going on! I was so mad when told I had Fibromyalsia, but it is a blessing to know what I am struggling with after years and years of not knowing just having all this pain and wondering if anyone really believed me! Thanks for the info! Nick work listening to your body and finding what works for you! That is the road I am starting on!

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SWIMLOVER 1/11/2012 4:19PM

  Linda, I don't have fibro but I will be praying for you. Sounds like you have given some really Gread Advice. Thank You for helping others!


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Goals for 2012 - First full year of retirement

Friday, December 30, 2011


JESUS = devotional plan for the year :
1.Read the New Testament through in my Serenity Bible NKJV in the mornings and parallell that with my new worship NIV Bible in the evenings.
2.I want to clear my devotional reading shelves in the library - keeping the meaningful ones, gifting or dicarding those I no longer treasure.
3.I want my "Huddle" comments to be scripture or lines from songs
4.Strive to improve my prayer life, Abide in Jesus and He abide in me.

OTHERS = Study, share and move into my call to Grief Ministry
1.Comfort others as I have been comforted, through the stages of prepatory grief, planning and giving care, loss and greiving stages.

YOU = Oh, that is me.
1. Maintain Gluten Free life style with 5 fruits and veggies per day... increase # of Veggies to 5 per day and keep 3 fruits.
2. Learn and live low carb lifestyle for weight loss and improve health away from pre-diabetic symptoms and family Hx
2a. Find one new Gluten free-Low Carb - Vegan recipe each week - try it and record it and share with a Spark team by Friday of each week.
3. Daily use of pedometer and gradually increase # of steps with deliberate walking or treadmilling starting 5min per day x 4 days per week
4 Find and maintain good range of motion stretches for Fybromyalgia

SIMPLIFY = declutter mind, home and life
1.Streamline book-keeping ... without the home daycare business I have had for 28 years, this should come easier ... but still have the farm/truck-garden paperwork
2.Get brutal in getting rid of stuff from our home - treasure what I keep and get rid of other through gifting, selling or garbage.
2a. Clear, clean, organize ONE shelf or drawer per day x 4days per week
3.Make choices about what I do in life and where I go and with whom -
3a. Learn to say NO to too much or negative things and
3b. Say YES to things that are positives for me and my family!
4.Continue Frugality study and implementation of those principles.

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SAL1512 1/8/2012 10:15PM

    Good to see the use of a pedometer in your goals. It is one handy device! It will really help you!
Sally emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 12/31/2011 4:42PM

    OH...LINDA...I so love the JOYS acronym and how you used it to set your applicable to my life too!!! Going to use it too!!! Thanks for positive way to look at our commitments and we all need a little more joy in our days!!! Smiles Barb

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 12/31/2011 9:31AM

    Looks good to me

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/30/2011 7:52PM

    Great goals.

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