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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

August Goals

Wednesday, August 01, 2012      4 comments

Most of these are old goals that still apply to my journey this month: Keep those blood sugar numbers normal. I'm fine unless I throw caution to the wind and eat too many carbs at one time. As Bob Newhart would say, "Stop it!" Contin... Read more

My very slow progress

Tuesday, July 31, 2012      5 comments

Despite doing all these things "right", I'm still not losing weight. I've lost one pound this month and the month before and the month before . . . At this rate it will take me 64 more months to get to my goal weight. That is 5 years and 4 m... Read more

July Goals - Wrap up

Monday, July 30, 2012      4 comments

Here are my July Goals: 1. CONTINUE TO TRY TO KEEP MY BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS 2 HOURS POST PRANDIAL TO 120 m/dl OR LESS. I'm probably 85% successful right now. I have to confess that I havenít been testing as much as I used to. I doní... Read more

Magnesium and Stress

Sunday, July 29, 2012      5 comments

Magnesium is very important for helping our bodies handle stress. Building up my magnesium levels are helping with some of my muscle problems. I've discovered, however, that if I have additional stress in my life, that I need to add even more... Read more

The Pain was Worth It

Saturday, July 28, 2012      4 comments

Getting ready for a visit from my brother and his family triggered my fibromyalgia big time. We got not only the superficial things cleaned but got some very long term clutter taken care of for good. Thursday night I was in pain to the point o... Read more

Pushing through the pain

Friday, July 27, 2012      2 comments

My limitations are humbling. I hate that while others can get a good eight hours of work out of their bodies or more, I can barely eke out 4 hours. And if I do even that much for too many days I end up where I am today - in a lot of pain. ... Read more

Putting My House in Order

Thursday, July 26, 2012      3 comments

Yes, it is another housecleaning thread! We had another Team Housecleaning effort. Over 50% of this is decluttering and organizing. My hope, as it has been for years, is that we can get the house in order and then continue on with a maintenan... Read more

Functional Stamina

Wednesday, July 25, 2012      3 comments

How can an hour of housecleaning wear me out almost as much as an hour of Zumba or kickboxing? Now sweat isn't pouring off of me like it does with the intense exercise and I can still talk and breathe normally but I'm in pain from just one hour... Read more

Fight or Flight

Tuesday, July 24, 2012      1 comments

Last night was a bad one. I had taken my melatonin and my 5-HTP before bedtime as usual. I drank my magnesium drink which is supposed to calm the central nervous system. Then I heard some stuff which brought back flashbacks from my years in b... Read more

Cooking Enchiladas for Multiple Food Needs

Monday, July 23, 2012      1 comments

My 15 year old son requested that I make chicken enchiladas tonight. Since he's back from having been gone for an entire week, I indulged him. The thing is, making enchiladas in this house is not easy. If you are a purist, look away now becau... Read more

10 Secrets of Zumba Instructors

Sunday, July 22, 2012      2 comments

Iíve been hanging out with a lot more Zumba instructors, asking questions and making observations in my own quest to improve my health and fitness enough to join their ranks. I think Iím starting to discover some of their secrets Ė at least of ... Read more

Too Tired and Overwhelmed

Saturday, July 21, 2012      2 comments

Nothing has changed in my life. My routines are the same. My workload is the same. I just got 8 hours of good sleep. But I'm exhausted - in body and soul. Suddenly everything just seems overwhelming. (That doesn't mean that I won't go to... Read more


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