Thursday, June 28, 2012

How Soda Affects You!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Changes" - Week 27


     We all have a walk to take.  Our lives are to follow a path that has been determined for us, whether by God, fate, destiny...whatever you may call it.  We do our best to take control of this path by making plans and plotting out our futures but sometimes it doesn't happen the way we wish.

     Things go wrong:  Plans fall through and we have to deal with what's left.  Most times we accept that fall and roll through the rest of the day.  Other times, we get frustrated and adjust to the problem, making a new plan to run with.  Then there are those time when something happens and we get angry, try to force the change and we make the situation worse, causing ourselves worry, grief and periodically defeat!  Those are the days when the roadblock CHANGES us.  That change isn't always for the better of us either.

     I don't know about you but I've been through so many changes, I could write a book on it.  When I was in my mid-thirties was diagnosed pre-menopausal.  It was very difficult but I decided to not let it keep me down.  Then when I was told I was in full-blown menopause- I still took it to the chin,  deciding to tackle the things I knew I could handle and receive assistance with the rest.  I had to, for the sanctity of my marriage and my own sanity!  (meaning I asked my doctor to prescribe me Zoloft to mellow my attitude!) lol

     But that's just me.  I'm one of those who gets upset for a little while then gets back up.  I just can't quit.  What about you?  Do you feel like giving up on yourself during times of change?  Do you let yourself go with the flow or accept the change and decide what you're going to do to make it work?  Do you get mad and let the change control you or do you control the change?

     No matter who you are, life is going to to dish out some pretty yucky situations.  You can beat them. You can accomplish whatever you want.  You just have to be ready to adapt, adjust and move along.  You must also be able to accept the fact that there are times when you can't do anything about what happens to you and start from scratch if need be.  Those are the weight-loss days where you say, "Okay- my next meal will put me back on track."

     You can do it.  Change is nothing big and happens to everyone.  Be strong enough to know that changes are a part of your everyday life.  You have to take life's bull by the horns and brand it with your name!  Anything you want is yours if you're willing to deal and handle what you can't with grace!

     Have a wonderful day.  Be HappyBe Healthy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Holy Shmoly!" - Week 26

"Holy Shmoly!"

     This week, I got the shock of my life.  Thankfully, I was able to recover rather quickly.  I had to have a long talk with myself and realize that no matter what happens, I am in this for the long haul.  I can't quit and more importantly, I won't quit.

     I hope this video keeps you going when you get hit by something as big as what hit me.  Nothing should break your determination if you want it bad enough!

     Be HappyBe Healthy!

Week 25's Facebook Photos

Week 25's Facebook Photos

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

When You Fall Down - Week 25

 When you fall, how do you react?  Do you beat yourself up and bring everything to a halt?  Do you belittle your efforts and bash your ideas of being a healthier, happier you?  Do you grow potato spuds and veg?  Or do you say "It's alright"  or "I'll fix that when lunch hits".  Maybe even, "I'll burn it all off with a power walk!"  

     Sometimes, we don't the negative thing.  It's pretty disturbing how harsh we can be with ourselves and then be the kindest to those we know about their falls.  Why do we do that?  For me, it's always easier to feel better about my so-called speed bumps\ when I make someone else feel great even though they've taken a stumble.  It just feels right for all involved.  What about you?

     This year, our holiday was spent in Metropolis, where I celebrated Superman with thousands of others!   I have seen all sorts of foods that would do nothing to assist me in not doing such a great job.  There were footlong corn dogs, giant fried tenderloin sandwiches,  hamburgers, hotdogs, super-sweet lemonades, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, candy, fried twinkles, fried snickers, stir-fried mongolian pork, nachos, gyros, philly steak & cheese with extra meat, you name it!  It was so hard- especially when there was a Hardee's right across the parking lot with pictures of their Monster Burgers all over the windows!

     The thing is, I didn't eat all of that... but I did eat some.  I had a bit of cotton candy- because it was actually flavored.  I had a tenderloin sandwich but I didn't have anything else with it because it was so big.  The thing is, I may have gained.  Oh, who am I kidding, I know I did!  LOL  The thing is, it was so much fun that I couldn't help it.

     I did all kinds of walking and I still ate fruit and veggies.  I dark nothing but water and when my boys had their sweets, I had pistachios.  I think I did a pretty darned good job.  The thing is, I know I gained because any time I don't eat exactly like a WW or a Sparker, I gain.  It's just me and my body.  I can deal.

     So did I fall?  Sure I did.  Am I mad?  Nope.  I think it is just normal when you go to a place where food it all up in your face, you're gonna eat.  Then again, I've had iron will before and didn't fall.  I was weak and I ate.  I don't think I made a huge mistake but I messed up.  I'm making up for it now though.  We're in Branson, MO and it's so beautiful.  I already took a morning hike and ate a breakfast of fruit with a small hash brown.  I feel good.  

     I don't know what we're doing the rest of the day but I am working on the editing of my book before it I submit it to my editor.  I am mostly going to be sitting and rereading my book today.  Tomorrow we walk the Branson strip and maybe some shopping.  The best part of being out here:  We brought lots of fish, veggies and fruit for me to stay where I need to be.  I am so excited and happy.  I will make up for last week's insanity!  No falling this week!

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Talking About Being Natural!

Okay, so today, I've got something to gripe about.

    Okay, I'm doing my best to be natural.  It's freakin hard!  There are so many options but a lot of them are expensive.  I don't know what to do at times and it leaves me in a stink.

     I'm not just talking about eating natural, as in organic veggies and fruits, free range eggs and salmon, etc.  I'm also natural with my hair and body products.  I have to tell you, it's expensive as a mug but I'm sorta addicted to finding new products.

     It's difficult but don't get caught up in buying all the different names and such; it's confusing enough as it is out here.  To get sucked in to the shopping game would be a huge mistake.  Right now, I'm concerned with my hair and skin

     I shop at Lush Cosmetics for my skin products.  If an item is not 100% natural, they're made of synthetics that derive of natural ones.  I like that.  They're honest and I have to tell you it all smells and feels excellent.  They're my favorite shop and all the cashiers know me at both South County Mall and Galleria!  I love it.

     My hair is another story.  I have been really struggling with my hair for about seven years.  When I first was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, it rocked my world!  I lost my so much of my hair.  I cried for the longest.  Since then, it's never been the same.  I feel like a man when he loses his hair.  It will grow but it never fills in around the front like it used to and it saddens me. I can no longer wear many of the styles that accentuated my face.  The thing is, it still grows so I'm dealing with what God gave me.

     So I go about seeking the best products for me, experimenting here and there.  I thought I'd found it with Lush but then again, it wasn't truly geared to my 4C hair type.  So more research got me to Red's Kitchen Sink.  I think I've found the one so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

      Now for the foods.  I primarily shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Sappington Farmer's Market.  Don't we all when we try to do the right thing?  I find the healthiest snacks; the best fish, the most lovely of fruits and vegetables, yeah?  But then I get to the register andI have a bill that is at least $189.99!  Does this happen to you too?  What the heck is it about buying what's supposed to be the best for you?  Why does it have to cost so much?

     I mean, seriously-  Shouldn't foods be made without pesticides these days?  Look at how much cancer we have out here!  I'm so frustrated with the cost of being natural.  If it's so much better for us, it should be the cheaper prices and let the ones who want the foods that are loaded with toxins pay more!

     So okay, that's my fuss.  I want to be natural.  Am I one hundred percent yet?  Nope.  Will my house be?  Nope.  I'm doing my best to though.  I want it for me.  Should my son follow suit, that's awesome but I know my husband won't.  He still eats hot dogs and fake meat burgers!  LOL

     I'm done.  You don't have to listen anymore.  Have an awesome day.  Be natural, eat right...

Be HappyBe Healthy!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Facebook Collage for the Week

This week is all about Stress and the best way to deal with it.  This time, I didn't use a vlog to explain stress handling.  I'm completing a blog for it.  I hope you enjoy it.