Water

February 11, 2011

How do you get enough water throughout the day?  It is recommended that we drink 8± glasses of water per day.

When I ate 3 meals in a cafeteria on a campus, I filled 2 glasses of water (no ice simply b/c I get more water) when I would go through the line to get my meal.  I always made sure I drank both glasses no matter what. That meant that I only needed 2 more glasses during the day, which usually came into play while taking vitamins, or pouring a glass when I was thirsty.

Now that I’m no longer in that situation, I have to be a little more creative.  I mean, who wants to order water with no ice when you can order a margarita or a beer?

When I go to zumba classes, I typically drink 34 ounces during class and have a glass as soon as I get home.  I then have a bottle (16.9 oz) after lunch every day with my vitamins, and then one before I go to bed. No problems on that day!

My biggest problem is days that I don’t workout.  What to do to get all that water?  I drink my one bottle after lunch and two glasses at night, but that still leaves 4 glasses…at times that just seems overwhelming!

What do you do?  And before you suggest it, I’m not going to count margaritas and beer as water.  😉

Passion

February 10, 2011

I was a little stuck for today’s post, so I checked out my previous post about prompts for inspiration.  It took me to Sunday Scribblings, and searching through posts within the blog, I found an idea in February 2008.

There are so many things that can be said about passion.  I grew up in a college town where almost everyone is over the top passionate about college football.  Streets are closed, people are parked everywhere, there is a sea of orange and blue everywhere one looks most Saturdays in the fall.

I once heard a sermon about passion when I was in high school.  The pastor said, “Find one thing your passionate about and give it your all!”  Basically she said that when you try to be passionate about many things, you aren’t as effective.  And the end result is that you dabble in a few things.  At the time it was abortion (that’s what the sermon was about that day).  I was quite passionate against abortion at the time.  I even got in a screaming match with my grandfather because he told me that if I got pregnant, I WOULD have an abortion!  WHOA Nelly!  I had to let my opinion be heard…especially since it was MY body he was talking about!

Now that I’m 20+ years older, I’m passionate about different things, and my views on abortion are a little different than they once were, but I won’t get into that here.  As you could probably guess, I’m now passionate about my health.

I’m not 100% yet, but I’m working towards my goals to be the healthiest I can be.  In working towards that goal, I’ve learned a lot about heart health (and disease).  Did you know that 1 in 3 women DIE from heart disease?  Scary stuff!!!  Did you also know that a mere 50 years ago it was taboo to work on the heart?  Now they can go in through a teenie tiny incision in the bend of your leg (seriously, my pinky nail is wider than the scar), go into your heart, and burn out bad nerves and tissue with a laser!  A laser…in your heart!!!  It’s February, which is National Heart Health Month.  Do something good for your heart today!

Wordless Wednesday – Sending Some Florida Sunshine Your Way

February 9, 2011

What I Wish Everyone Had a Chance to Read

February 8, 2011

Wow, that’s a powerful statement, huh?  Eliz over at Mirth & Motivation is doing a blog hop this week and suggested that we post on this subject.  How do I focus on just one thing with that topic?  I could focus on love, but I did that last week.  How about something that changed my life and could possibly have an impact on yours?

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WILL DO IT FOR YOU!

There, I said it.  That is the best advice I can give.

I’ve talked about my year from hell (healthwise) here, so I won’t bore you with those details.  What I learned from that year of hell, I will forever use in taking care of myself.  It took me being adamant with my doctors telling them of my severe joint pain, heart issues, breathing issues, on & on.  It took me keeping a food journal to see what reactions I had to certain foods (sleep patterns, pain, etc.).  I then had to take the hard route…I had to give up my beloved red meat.  I could have just continued on with the beta-blockers + the asthma medicine + the pain killers for the joint pain +++++ until my medicine cabinet was TRULY a medicine cabinet!  Instead, I CHOSE to take care of myself and actually fix the problems.

Don’t simply accept it when your doctor hands you a pill and says take this because it will fix your problem.  Pills mask problems, they seldom fix them.  There are many in my family who have those pill sorters to take all their pills 3 times a day.  There are some in my family who hand the doctors a spreadsheet of all their physical issues.  We need to get active, figure out the true problem, and do what we can to live life to the fullest!

After the heart surgery and giving up all mammals, I have no need for heart meds, no need for asthma meds (reaction to the heart meds), no need for pain killers…I simply take one Zyrtek a day with my vitamins and I’m done (they’re doing an allergy panel next month to see what I’m allergic to, so we can get that corrected soon as well).

As many of you reading this know, my grandmother died 2 weeks ago.  We believe it was from the same heart issue that I had.  If I had not had the surgery, my heart could have continued down the same path.

You may say that you aren’t able to function without xyz pill because it takes the pain away.  Look at the underlying reason for your pain.  Is it inflammation?  If it’s inflammation related, research inflammation free diets and try cutting out certain foods for 30 days to see what happens.    You may be amazed that the inflammation goes down to a level where you need a smaller dose, or you may be able to get rid of the pills altogether.  Our bodies are amazing machines that have to be loved and nurtured.

So, once again, take the time to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.  You MUST be your own advocate because there is no one out there that knows your body and health as well as you do.

Goals for February

February 7, 2011

I realize it is already the 7th of February, but who says we can only start goals the first of the month?  🙂

Here are my goals to accomplish between now and March 7th.

Health

  1. Zumba at least 4 times a week
  2. Participate in at least 2 zumba events

Work

  1. Get better at checking everything at work before sending it out
  2. Clear off my desk daily

School

  1. Get homework finished early for my English class

General

  1. Work on Ancestry 10 minutes a day
  2. Be more diligent about posting (WordPress) every day
  3. Build a vision board

 

I Love You

February 2, 2011

They are three simple words, yet they are so powerful!  How often do you say them?  I say them to my husband before one of us leave the house, any time we talk on the phone & then before bed in the evening.  I say them to my parents any time we talk on the phone.  I tell my friends (probably not often enough) when we’re on the phone as well.

Where I sit in my office, I hear many, many, many phone conversations during the day.  I’m always amazed at the lack of spouses/significant others not telling the other that they love them while on the phone.  I’m even more amazed when parents talk to their children (grown or not) and don’t tell them.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a conversation go like this…

“I gotta go, I’m on deadline.”  “I really gotta go.”  “Please call me tonight, I have to get off the phone.”  20 minutes later there is an argument followed with, “Will you just let me get off the phone?  I really have to go!”  followed with, “If you’re going to be ugly about it, I’m going to hang up the phone!”  “I’m hanging up now….I’m hanging up now….I’m hanging up now….”  SLAM

The phone is slammed down and not once during the 45 minute phone call did the caller (who I know is the child) hear that they are loved.

So very, very sad.

Growing up I never heard my dad tell me he loved me.  I even went through counseling b/c I didn’t think my dad loved me.  I would be told, “well you know he loves you, he just doesn’t know how to say it.”  Did he not know how to say it b/c it wasn’t said often enough in his household?  I was 21 years old the first time he told me that he loves me.  I now make sure that I always say it any time we talk, or see each other, and he repeats it back.  It’s true, he’s always loved me, but sometimes I just need to hear it.

So, get off the computer, and tell your friends and family that you love them.

Bookstores

February 1, 2011

I can get completely lost in a bookstore.  I lose track of time, place, what I’m looking for, everything!  Sunday I had to go to Barnes & Noble to get a book for one of my classes (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote).  I asked the person at customer service if she could help me, and for some reason it was in the fiction section, even though it is a nonfiction book.

I was on my way to the counter when I thought that I’d like to peruse the psychology section to look at any forensic psychology books.  Of course I found a few and spent about 20 minutes scanning bar codes into my phone to save for a later date (I absolutely love having the iPhone with all the useful apps).

I started towards the counter again when journals caught my eye.  Oh how I love the fresh look of clean journals!  I stood there for 20 minutes holding & touching all the different types; slapping my hand when I would think about buying yet another journal (I probably have 10 unused journals at home).

I finally made it to the counter & asked how much the DSM-IV TR is.  The DSM-IV TR is a giant, thick book with every psychological disorder known to man explained in it.  I can not WAIT to get one!  I will evenutally need one and the only things holding me back are #1 – the cost, which is $99 & #2 – I know they’ll come out with a new one by the time I need it for class, so I don’t want to have to spend the money again.  Man oh man do I want it, though!

I made it out of Barnes & Noble with just the book I went in for (that’s a MAJOR feat for me).  I walked into the bright sunlight & suddenly couldn’t remember where I was, or where I parked my car!  hahahaha!  I almost always go to the B&N near my work, and I always, always, always park in the same area because I’m afraid of walking out of a store & having no idea where my car is.  I had to stand there for a moment to get my bearings…oh yeah, I’m at a different store, now where did I park?  Maybe I should go back inside.

Things I’ve Learned The Last Few Weeks

January 31, 2011

A couple of things I’ve learned in the last couple of weeks after the passing of my grandmother.

  1. About a year before she died, mom took all of grandmother’s bills & bank statements and put them in a binder.  The binder is about 5″ thick and had page protectors that she put all of the bills for 2010 in alphabetical order.  Each credit card account had its own sleeve.  Grandmother had many, many, many credit cards and paid them all on time, etc., but this was an immense help of organization when trying to figure out what she still owed.  So, I plan to set up my own filing system for important papers and will then tell 4 people where it is – my mother, my husband, and 2 friends.  That way any of the 4 of them can find the information in case something happens to either one of us.
  2. Have a competent lawyer!  We didn’t find a will in grandmother’s belongings.  We know about what it said, but didn’t find a copy of it.  Later mom realized that grandmother had given it to her, but mom’s house had a tree fall on it last summer, so she is still living in a surreal situation that can’t possibly be covered in this post.  🙂  We looked through mom’s binders (see #1) and through some important papers that she has where she’s living now, but no will.  We then called the lawyer who said she has a copy, but it’s unsigned.  WHAT???  She said that she, “wasn’t near a copy machine when the original was signed.”  Ummm that’s completely unacceptable!  Every lawyer I’ve ever dealt with prints at least 2 copies and has the client sign each copy.  The client takes one and the lawyer keeps one.  That way if something happens, there’s still a signed original in the lawyer’s possession.  Being as how my husband & I have no will, we need to A) get a will ASAP & B) tell my mom & 2 others the name of the lawyer that assisted us in creating the will, which a copy of will be in the binder (see #1)
  3. Make sure any property and stock we own has the right of survivorship to each other in case something happens to keep from having to go to probate court.
  4. Have a sealed safe of some kind (fireproof, waterproof, etc.) in case of flooding, or fire.
  5. Collect any information about IRA accounts, stocks, property ownership, titles to vehicles, insurance, etc.
  6. Have the phone number for home insurance in my cell phone in case something drastic happens (fire, flood, tree falling on the house, etc.).
  7. Tell my family & friends on a regular basis how much I love and appreciate them.  Although they know it, they don’t get to hear it near enough.

Finally, I learned that I need to clean house!  I need to get rid of all the stuff that I don’t really care about because if something does happen, I don’t want others to have to figure out what to do with it.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never get down to 100 items as many minimalists suggest, but I see large donations to The Salvation Army in my future.  😀

Prompt Ideas

January 30, 2011

Ever run out of ideas for posts?  Here’s some inspiration for you…

Dragon Writing Prompts

Sunday Scribblings

The One-Minute Writer

Creative Writing Solutions

Writer’s Digest

Daily Writing TipsLet Your Wishes Be A Writing Prompt

Plinky

WritingFix

Creativity Portal

And let’s not forget The Daily Post at WordPress.com

I look forward to using some of these prompts in the future.  Some are pretty funny like Thursday’s post on Dragon Writing Prompts instructed, “For each letter of the alphabet come up with a good name for a rock band. If you need to riff off of something, try working an animal in each band name.”

I can’t take credit for the entire list.  I got many of them from Daily Writing Tips post on Writing Prompts 101

Blog Buddies

January 29, 2011

Giving props to my amazing blog buddies.  I know I missed out on a few days of writing, but I’m back in full swing now.  🙂  I’ve added all of them to my blog buddies on the right, so please visit their amazing blogs.

dePressed

Dr. Skeptic

ElizOF

The Running Garlic

Serquet Asa

lsawyer713

bethanage

The Top 7

Magnificent Minimalist

Thank you so much for all of your comments and reminding me that I’m not alone in the blogging world!