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LOVELY weekend!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Both days - outtasight!!

Saturday was a bit on the breezy and cool side, but it didn't stop me from sowing my radishes, beets, and green beans... building my twine trellis for the snow peas... potting dill and mint... and mulching the big raised garden bed. :)

I spent most of Sunday simply enjoying the weather. Did manage to clean out the interior of my car, though. I wasn't about to run it through the car wash - long lines and a rainy weather forecast for today seemed to make it not very worthwhile for me to do. Maybe one day after work this week I'll get it done.

I also kept up with workouts, so that's good. Tonight is yoga; tomorrow's an off-day, but I may toss a workout in there for good measure.

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MIKA710 4/9/2014 9:07AM

    I'm jealous - we've still got snow and ice on our lawn!

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POSITIVE41 4/9/2014 5:56AM

    It felt good to be outside - sounds like you had a great weekend.

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REDSASSENACH 4/8/2014 10:33AM

    I stepped out into the sun to re-pot two house plants and it wore me out.. stupid chest cold. I had big plans to work in my raised beds, too. I'm jealous!

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Amino Acids

Friday, April 04, 2014

So... while my BFF was in rehab, he told me that they did some amino acid therapy for him to help treat imbalances that could trigger cravings. Upon telling him how crappy I felt, he emailed me a chart of amino acids and the brain chemical deficiencies they supposedly treat. I found it very interesting that not only do they help with cravings for chemical substances, but they also help with specific food cravings/addictions (sweets, starches), as well as stress, depression, SAD, and a host of other things which could drive us to compensate with behaviors like overeating, drinking, etc.

I figure it's worth a shot, right?

Also - thanks, ladies, for the magnesium suggestion. Going to also give that a try!

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RR1_RR1 4/5/2014 9:13PM

    I heard glutimine is good for sugar craving and also that amines build brain cells too.

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POSITIVE41 4/5/2014 6:08AM

    Nutrition plays such a big part in health - I would be interested in knowing about the amino acids as well.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

I bagged my workout last night. I feel AWFUL about it. I was feeling run-down, cranky, exhausted, sore, and just plain NOT HAPPY. I was slated to do yoga, but I just couldn't get myself into it... the day really caught up with me. I ended up having to work late, and I am dealing with some pretty severe PMS issues right now.

Actually, this is something I want to bring up with my gyn at my next annual. I think this goes beyond normal PMS. I was like this when I was a kid, but going on hormonal birth control really helped. Now that I'm off hormonal birth control, I feel like the old symptoms are coming back, and they're worsening month to month. I have NO energy, I'm tired all the time, I'm irritable, my cycle-related pains are unbearable, my sleep is all screwed up, and I just plain feel lousy for two out of four weeks every month. (I won't even get into how horrible my periods are.)

In the meantime, I think I'm going to do some research into possible natural ways to help with PMS. I'm sure there are things I could be doing that could help. I eat right and I exercise, but maybe there's an herbal remedy or something that can help.

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POSITIVE41 4/4/2014 8:42AM

    I take magnesium - I think that helps a bit.

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REDSASSENACH 4/3/2014 3:09PM

    I had some success with natural progesterone cream, which my gyn told me wasn't a bad idea for me. Got it at GNC, and also ordered some online. I'd use about 1/4 t. a day in the second half of my cycle, and keep it up for a couple of months in a row. I'd find that when shark week would sneak up on me and I had no PMS symptoms at all, I could skip it for a few months. It's hard to know how much you're getting, since it's a food-based thing- not a pharmaceutical. Trial and error. And less is more. It builds up in your fat cells and is stored, so you don't want to overdo it. There's lots of stuff out there online about 'estrogen dominance' and natural progesterone. Some of it is quackery, some of it makes sense.

Aside from that, a magnesium supplement was also a help for me.

And now, PROZAC. PMS? What PMS? Everything is copacetic.

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Recovery week!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Soooo it's my P90X recovery week... and although I'm not doing AS well with P90X as I did before, I'm still keeping very close to the schedule and I am listening to my body. I want to Bring It - but I don't want to get injured! I have a tweak in my left shoulder right now that I'm babying a bit.

Also - I am RESOLVED to NOT get on the scale until May 1! I'm sort of excited to see what will happen. :)

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POSITIVE41 4/4/2014 8:41AM

    Agree about the measurements - you have been doing great with your workouts - I think you will have good results.

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REDSASSENACH 4/3/2014 8:47AM

    You should take your measurements now, and again May 1st, too.
Enjoy the week off.

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ROBBIEY 4/2/2014 11:55AM

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Oh, Springtime, you sexy thing you!!

I can feel the delirium of spring fever starting to take over, and it feels WONDERFUL.

It's inspired me to do some major spring cleaning, too, which also feels wonderful in spite of the amount of work it entails.

I'm also considering doing some sprucing up, like painting the kitchen and maybe the foyer. After that, the master bath and master bedroom will get the treatment. I've lived in this house now for five years, and though it was sparkly when I bought it, it's showing signs of wear. (Five cats, a dog, and two human beings will do that.)

I adore my house and am looking forward to making these changes. My home really and truly is my refuge, and now that I'm finally (knock wood) past the initial stages of being a very thrifty new home owner, I can finally start to put some of my resources towards beautifying the space. This, in turn, will be immensely psychologically beneficial to me and I think it will help me even further towards my goals of achieving awesomeness.

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POSITIVE41 4/2/2014 5:38AM

    time for renewal - and I agree your house is your haven. I can't wait to open the windows and have a really good cleaning day!

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REDSASSENACH 4/1/2014 1:32PM

    It's really time for us to do the same. The downstairs is in good shape, but we've never painted our bedroom or the upstairs bathrooms. Outside trim needs paint, too. Need a carpet cleaner, too...
I need more money.

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LIVE_2_KICK 4/1/2014 11:19AM

    Love spring!
Also doing some painting and cleaning in our house as well!

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