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Returned to Acupuncture Treatments

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I've gone to weekly acupuncture treatments for the past 10 weeks for a variety of things that I'd like to get in balance. This is a great place that has helped me in the past, is inexpensive, and has terrific people. They have locations in San Diego, NY, and Chicago, so if anyone is interested, just email me for details.

Also started on some herbs last week and the effect has been startlingly positive.

Wishing all a good day.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/24/2011 4:57AM


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CHERIRIDDELL 7/24/2011 12:49AM

    I am so pleased it is helping!

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JLITT62 7/23/2011 10:49AM

    Glad it's helping you!

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NATPLUMMER 7/23/2011 10:28AM

    I'm all for anything that helps.

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/23/2011 10:01AM

    Good for you!

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Vitamin B-12/Complex Shots?

Friday, July 22, 2011

I have not been satisfied with my energy level, despite doing the healthy things known to keep it up. My friend swears by these B-12 shots, and they are inexpensively given at several whole foods locations by a professional. You can also choose B-complex for a bit more.

Has anyone gotten these? If so, what do you think? Or any advice whatsoever is appreciated.

Wishing all a fun day.

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SKYEFYR 7/25/2011 9:26AM

  Hmmm.... Herbs....

I probably should think about getting back to some of the infusions I used to take too. Specially since one was supposed to be a blood booster. Perhaps it's time to get my nose back into my books??? Thanks for the reminder!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/22/2011 5:53PM

    Most research suggests that you will be wasting your money. If you are worried about your energy levels, I would have a full blood work up done to see what is happening in all parts of your body. emoticon

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SEEKINGMYPATH 7/22/2011 4:39PM

    I work in the health care field with the geriatric population. B12 injections are often given to the elderly when their labs show a large deficiency - a lack of B12 can cause dementia like symptoms in the elderly. On the flip side of that, there can be too much of a good thing. I would suggest researching it first and if still in doubt discuss it with your practitioner. I am a vegetarian and take B12 sublingual supplements. This is just me personally, but I would only do the injections if I was showing a severe deficiency. Our bodies are very complex and have many mineral and vitamin requirements. I don't think (again just my opinion) B12 injections are the answer to boosting energy. Hope this helps emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/22/2011 2:52PM

    I didn't know you could get them at a healthfood shop. Interesting.

Comment edited on: 7/22/2011 2:55:33 PM

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NATPLUMMER 7/22/2011 2:13PM

    I have not had them but since B-12 is water soluble it probably couldn't hurt.

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Renewing My Vows

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Well, at least in a manner of speaking. I've pondered this for awhile now; I can't really call it starting over because it's not. Here's the scoop and a recap of the past three years.

In October '11, it'll be 3 years that I officially started this healthy lifestyle makeover. And in January '12, it'll be 3 years that I came to SP. Here's the deal.

By the time I'd come to SP, I'd already lost about 30 lbs. Back story is important as it plays into my daily life sometimes. Since I'd always been thin, I ate anything I wanted and never gained. Then, about 5 years ago, hormones started going wonky (and I guess at a bit of thyroid too), went from mega-active to workaholic, had tons of people die and non-stop personal travails happen. (boo hoody hoo, that's life)

This past year, dealing with grief over the loss of my sister-like best friend and cousin, I did a LOT of emotional eating. And I allowed myself to do it and enjoy it as I knew what and why I was doing. All the while, though, I kept on SP and increased my exercise level to include a couple of hours of daily walking and various ST exercises. So, the damage has not been as bad as it could have been, given how I was eating.

Well, time does heal, and even though I am far from okay, I'm better than last year. And a lot of that is a credit tothe just-keep-on-keeping-on sorta thing that SP makes possible through forming new habits.

So, I've been watching my old bad habits creep in and even though I'm not officially starting over, I AM renewing my health, exercise and nutrition vows and I'll probably write upcoming blogs about what that translates to in my life.

Wishing all a fun day.

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JULESRULES78 7/22/2011 7:51AM

    Way to go! We are with you 100% emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/22/2011 2:20AM

    You can do anything you put your mind to!!!

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JLITT62 7/21/2011 5:15PM

    It's important to renew those vows from time to time!

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SKYEFYR 7/21/2011 2:27PM

  I think I'm gonna join you on the getting away from sugar mentality. I've gotten out of hand. Granted, could be worse, but could be a lot better....

We'll beat this. You and I both know we will. We've beat everything else!


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GARDENQE2 7/21/2011 2:26PM

    Good job, Jesse! Fortunately, good habits are as easy to make as bad ones! emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/21/2011 1:17PM

    I remember how depressed you were this time last year.... you are really doing much better in the grand scheme of things.

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OILMANDREW 7/21/2011 1:14PM

    Great job getting refocused!

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Doing Better w/Sugar & Need Feedback on Blue Man Group... Worth going?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Okay, in a nutshell, I was off sugar for almost three months until a few weeks ago when I thought I could handle "just a little" and gobbled everything in sight to the point of feeling very sick.

Now, four days back on track without sugar (natural is okay), I can feel the difference already and my body and mind are thanking me big time. I have to be a good girl this time and beat it for good. I really do.

Also, I wonder if anyone who's seen Blue Man Group has any advice to go or not. It never really appealed to me, but I hear such raves.

Wishing all a happy day.

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HIKINGSD 7/22/2011 1:11AM

    My wife and I saw Blue Man's Group in Chicago before they went nationwide. It was a fantastic show and an experience I will remember for years to come. I do not know how much they have changed but I would recommend going. Are they in SD?

As for the sugar, I feel your pain. There is added sugar in everything. It is very frustrating. I eat clean as much as possible and for me that includes no added sugar. I have found many products that do not have added sugar in them and can share if you are interested.

Take care, hil

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SUGARBABY60 7/21/2011 3:03AM

    we live in Las Vegas and went to see blue man group a couple years ago. I personally did not like them. It was ok but there are much better shows to see in my opinion. Blue man group does get lots of raves so ??? it is personal preference i suppose. have my sympathy, it is a never ending battle and you sound like me... I can be oh so good and then ......(dumb-de - dumb dumb) OH so BAD!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/21/2011 1:30AM

    Al is also a Blue Man Group Fan I went with him.I enjoyed it ,not my absolute favourite but still worth seeing .

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KMICHA 7/20/2011 6:57PM

    Sugar has a way of doing that to you. I don't eat it often, but when I do, I notice a difference in how I feel. YUCK!

Never had the desire to see the Blue Man group. Don't know much about them.

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JOYATLAST 7/20/2011 6:44PM

    Go! It was expensive, but I've never regreted it for a second. Simply amazing!

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LALAFLOWERS 7/20/2011 4:36PM

    I went with Hubby a couple of years ago. We both had lots of fun, laughed lots, and enjoyed the music. PBS had a special on them a while ago, we've tivo'd it, and watched it several times. I'd go see them again. Does that help?

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SKYEFYR 7/20/2011 4:13PM

  My son's aunt took him and they both loved it. I've heard nothing but really good reviews and I'm actually hoping to see it myself sometime in the near future.

I hear you on the sugar. I'm a psycho with it this past week and I need to cut it out too. I keep saying "once I finish up this or that I'll stop" but there's always more "something" to finish off.... Beginning to think I might be depressed....

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JLITT62 7/20/2011 4:08PM

    I thought it was fun . . . but pricey . . . mainly went for DH, since I dragged him to Michael Buble. Probably not much help!

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Junk Food for My Cats (And Beer for My Horses)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Okay, I don't have horses, but I love the song that Toby and Willie do - Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses.

My Himalayan brothers (not my brothers, they are brothers to each other - smiling), pictured here on my SP site, are not as robust as other cats I've had. In fact, they have fragile digestive systems and are now 7 years old. It took a long time to find a good cat food they could eat w/o throwing up.

Occasionally, when I'm out and about, I am at the cat food dept. and see "treats." I think, "oh, I'll pick up these treats for my boys." About a month ago, I did that. Got home, and gave them a few each. Poor Wills spent the next half hour retching so badly, that I thought I'd have to take him into animal ER. Must have poison in those treats. NEVER AGAIN!

Which made me think of the "treats" I've been having, and how my body has reacted to them as if they are, indeed, poison. Will I ever learn? Yes, I will. I'm determined. As I wrote to spfriend, JLITT, the other day, it's amazing how I label things "treats" that are in reality detrimental to my well-being.

On a positive note (besides the no more junk food for Wills and Harry - or me), I just received my order of pet vitamins and have been crushing them into their food. Usually not able to trick them, they've not detected the new element and are holding them down. I hope to build up their immune and digestive systems a bit.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/19/2011 9:59PM

    Hi Jessee;

Yes I stay away from sugar because it drains me and I am not a diabetic. Caffeine is not in my world either but a lot of fresh fruits and veggies are. My 2 dogs when they where young pups I also had to find what they could eat and now they are good too go 12 and 10 years old.

Stay focused on your healthy life style, exercises and eating. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people every day.


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SKYEFYR 7/19/2011 9:49AM

  So now we just need to convince ourselves that good for us food is treats and we're all set! I just want to know, who ever told us that men were a treat? (Someone must have or we would have avoided them like the plague!) Geeze....

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/19/2011 12:48AM

    What a brilliant analogy .I think nothing of getting the very best for True all natural ,no chemical ingredients and then I consider a bag of cheesies a treat for me ,bet I couldn't even pronounce the first 5 ingerdients and probably none are cheese!!!Thanks for a lesson!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/17/2011 7:00AM

    Interesting thought about the poison in our own "treats"....too bad we don't react so strongly when we do the same thing to ourselves.

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CHRYS13 7/16/2011 6:27PM

    What a great blog! I wouldn't dream of giving our little pooch "bad" treats, but yet do it to myself! Your blog really hit home! Thanks!

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BOHEMIANCAT 7/16/2011 11:24AM

    Your title made me smile so I had to read. I like that song too! Poor kitties. My last boy did not eat treats at all. The two current ones are very good boys, adopted from the shelter... they were "desperate house cats". They only will eat the treat "Greenies" from Petco.
You are quite right about the treats we feed ourselves. Thanks for the reminder to watch out for that.

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