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Don't Let Your Flare Get You Down

Friday, August 17, 2012      0 comments

My body doesn't handle heat very well. I've puffed up like the Stay-Puft marshmallow man. Along with all the swelling comes pain. But I won't let my flare get me down. It takes extra concentration to try and block out the pain but I'm stayin... Read more

Modification? What Modification?!

Thursday, August 16, 2012      2 comments

Tonight in Zumba, our instructor asked me and another lady to lead a song with her. Zumba songs can have slightly different choreography depending on instructor so I carefully tried to watch her to see what moves she used. At the end of class ... Read more

The Trouble with Mary

Wednesday, August 15, 2012      3 comments

Little 4 year old Mary wasn't quite so cute last night when her mom let her free range in Zumba class. The instructor had to bring her up to the front to be safe, while mouthing to me "where is the mother?" After one song up there I could see th... Read more

There is Something About Mary

Tuesday, August 14, 2012      3 comments

Last night at cardio kickboxing/ boot camp, we had an unexpected visitor. A little 4 year old girl came running in, asked our instructor if she could "do that too" and proceeded to copy us. Her mother came running in shortly afterward to try an... Read more

Zumba Pin Ball

Monday, August 13, 2012      2 comments

No, there is not another kind of Zumba out there. We have a variety of people participating in Zumba and other fitness classes. On Saturday we had a man who comes on occasion. I honestly wouldn't have even noticed him except that in the cours... Read more

Being Selfish

Sunday, August 12, 2012      1 comments

I need to be more selfish. I need to think about keeping my body healthy. I need to selfishly give away the pound cake instead of giving in to pressure to take it home. I need to selfishly say no to the food that I crave but is not good for m... Read more

I have to act as if I am diabetic

Saturday, August 11, 2012      4 comments

Technically I'm "just" insulin resistant. But if I overdo the carbs my sugar goes way too high. I went to a potluck. There were carbs, carbs, sugary carbs, some veggies, carbs and more sugary carbs. I brought some chicken which was a good co... Read more

Chest Congestion

Friday, August 10, 2012      2 comments

A friend told me to exercise with a head cold but not a chest cold. I hadn't heard that before but decided that since I have a tendency to end up in the ER with inflammation in my chest, to listen to her. I've been off of my regular exercise r... Read more

Making Good Choices

Thursday, August 09, 2012      0 comments

As a mom and as a Bible teacher I'm always talking about making good choices. It isn't so easy when I'm the one having to make those good choices! Meals at home are pretty good. I buy and fix good healthy "safe" food. The problem is when... Read more

My Nemesis, the Vacuum

Tuesday, August 07, 2012      7 comments

I can do one hour of intense cardio kickboxing and boot camp and be tired and a bit sore but feel pretty good. Ditto for one hour of dancing like a mad woman in Zumba. But my nemesis the vacuum does me in every single time. I vacuumed t... Read more

Exercise and Chest Congestion?

Monday, August 06, 2012      3 comments

I have a cold. Nothing too major but it has moved into my chest. I have a history of chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and pericarditis. I am one of the main teachers at a camp in two weeks and I HAVE to be better by then - or at least I really, rea... Read more

Sunday's Thoughts

Sunday, August 05, 2012      2 comments

Saunas are fun. Houses that are as hot as a sauna are not. ... Read more

Today's Thoughts

Saturday, August 04, 2012      1 comments

Focus on doing what you know works. Do what you can and don't stress about what you can't. Right now when I'm recovering from illness, rest is good, not lazy. ... Read more

My Arm Chair

Friday, August 03, 2012      1 comments

Three years ago I was arm chair ridden. I lived in my arm chair. I had my stuff around me and the kids came to me there for whatever they needed. I got up now and then but 80% of my time was in my armchair - including my nights. The armchair... Read more

The Sick To Do List

Thursday, August 02, 2012      2 comments

I'm sick today. Nothing too major. A sore throat, swollen glands, stuffy nose, fatigue of a different sort than my fibro fatigue (yes, there is a difference!) I have a to-do list because I am a mom and a wife and life still needs me unles... Read more


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