Perspective

We all die someday. But not today.

I know I’ve joked about dying. But I was actually in a serious condition the past 24 hours.

I want to share an article.

Gresham single mom dies after going to hospital with flu symptoms.

http://www.kptv.com/story/37334204/gresham-single-mom-dies-after-going-to-hospital-with-flu-symptoms
(Via FOX 12 Oregon).

I went to see my physician yesterday. What started out as a painful, hacking cough that jarred my entire body with low back pains, literally morphed into a 102.5 degree beast. I was a bit worried. I hurt terribly last night. You name it, it happened. I called my physician, told him what’s up and they wanted to see me. After waiting 1.45 hours, I got in. I was never so moody, in pain, and annoyed.

I saw another doctor. She got my temperature. I had aspirin about an hour before and I felt a little better. 102 degrees. What? Great. 102 is not sign of a breaking fever. She was concerned.  She prescribed a Z-pack, Tessalon Pearls and Sudafed 12 hr. Here’s the kicker. She said if my fever didn’t drop in the next few hours after I took another aspirin, I’d have to go to the ER. You can get seizures and blood clots and die. Well, that’s not good.

The article above stated how a 36 year old women died. She went in for the flu, got aspirin and told to drink plenty of liquids. That night she had a high fever. Her boyfriend brought her in unconscious. She died 2 days later. It was discovered she had pneumonia, but picked up a an agressive blood infection, MRSA, during her initial visit.

There were many times in my life I wanted to die and put myself in dangerous situations in the hopes someone else would hurt me. I tried to shoot myself once. But today, even though the odds were slim that that event could have happened to me, I realised I wanted to live. I had so much more life to live.

I have an opportunity to get my health back and be fit and uninjured again. I wanted that so much! I honestly prayed to Heavenly Father asking him to help me heal quickly and not take me home yet.

When I came home, I crawled into bed with chills. About an hr later, woke up sweating to death. I knew I was on the rebound. My temp is 100, but that’s nothing. 😉

Life is short and beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever take it for granted again.

Unofficially declared dead

Man. This is a bummer. I’m writing you from the other side. Funny how we have the internet here. I’ve been walking around the past few months with an annoying cough. I think there were a few times I actually felt sick.  I figured it would go away on its own. Nope, silly me.

Have you ever tried to spit into a napkin and before you can put it in a waste basket, it drips on to your shirt, or worse your bed comforter ? Yeah, I wouldn’t  know about it either.  Sonetimes, when I blow my nose, the snozzola will actually end up on my fingers! I can’t breathe, sleep, and lie down. My head and nose are completely stuffed up (but I have a very drippy nose- like a faucet!),  raging headache, fever, chills, night sweats, body ache… when I saw my doc, he hypothesized some form of bronchitis, pneumonia, N something, H something, along with allergies.  To verify which beast raced through my body, they did some blood tests, gave me an inhaler and I’m getting a chest x-ray and breathing test done today. He mentioned it was pointless to prescribe flu meds because none of the other cold/flu meds worked.

I’ve named the frog in my throat Charlie.   Kermit would be to norm.

This past week I worked some freakishly long hours. Sonetimes sleeping but a few hours at night. I was on this high! I felt full of energy and going at 100 miles per hour. Sadly, my body came to a crashing yesterday.

During this overwhelming feeling of invincibility, my chomebook didn’t work as fast as my mind did.  I currently have a small maid cleaning business.  I had been researching scheduling software that was compatible with QuickBooks online. Initially, I needed Acuity scheduling software so I could find an app tbat would send out confirmation and follow-up emails.  I sent invoices and was paid via QBO.  It allows the customer to pay their bill directly from their invoice.  Which is awesome, except I have to manually confirm, remind and follow-up. And, sometimes I forgot. Suck. Moreover, the Acuity only worked with a few merchant services.  The most compatible was Stripe. This however would become a nightmare when I reconciled my accounts. I liked how it required a cc on file in case of no shows.  Unfortunately, I had to have an exact price for them BEFORE, the option to take cc info was possible. And lastly, they had no option to take bank account information.

Whatever.

Meanwhile, as I researched what to do, I also examined Launch27, Maid Biz, ZenMaid and GetJobber. I gave up and realized I needed to also get my branding done.  Normally something I did first in previous businesses. I went on to find a simple logo maker. When I logged in, it was the only thing I couldn’t create.  But, they offered a blog page. I had never blogged, and honestly, don’t follow them. 😉 It’s hard enough to keep up with all the other social media sites.

Next thing I know, I’ve got 20 tabs open and creating my blog. While I researched scheduling software and automated emails, I was working on purchasing my Plexus Tri-pack for my new health goals.  Oddly, after I clicked “Buy”,  the little “I’m thinking” circle went round and round, and round. Nope, it did not process.

I went to bed.

Woke up the next morning with the worse cough ever and even pulled a back muscle because my cough would whiplash my poor body in half.  Would that be called waist whiplash? 🤔

The sickness 🎼🎶 “wrecked my whole world when (it) came, and hit me like a hurricane”. 📻🎵

As I lay here, Disturbed’s “Down with a Sickness” plays in my head.

As I type my frustration, knowing the same business and sickness problems will be there later, I realize my left eye is sealed shut.  What the? I’m on my 3rd glass of ginger tea. Downed sone Robitussin DM, Theraflu, alleve and breathed in few puffs of my inhaler.

I just pray I fall asleep. Longest. Night.  Ever.

 

Healing the gut…what?

Belly problem areas.  I was like, “That’s me!  I’m all the body types!”  Bummer.  Well, I want to do something about it.  That’s when I reached out to my friend who had posted it. I read this article.  Unfortunately, I can’t link it. So I copy and pasted it.

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BELLY FAT & WHAT PRODUCTS MAY HELP MOST

So, belly fat …. those of us that have it DO NOT want it! But did you know that there are actually four different types of belly fat and depending upon which you have (and it could be a combination) would affect what measures need to be taken to get rid if it!?

All four types are created by an underlying hormone imbalance. And you can have hormonal imbalance in more than one area. Hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, and fat burning. Understanding how hormones affect your body and the healing process enables you to a) get healthier faster b) make sure that your diet, exercise and supplement regimen are going to effectively address the specific hormones you are dealing with and c) get rid of the belly faster.

So, let’s talk about the 4 types and which Plexus products would be helpful.

1) LIVER BELLY: Think “pot belly”. Frequently seen in men as they age, but can be seen in women too. Lovingly known as the “done lap” ….because your belly done lapped your belt!

People with this belly type often complain of digestive problems, bloating, flatulence, as well as mid back pain and soreness without any apparent reason. Right shoulder pain might also appear.

Why does the liver belly appear? People in this category struggle to maintain healthy blood sugar levels overnight and wake up with low blood sugar. This leaves them feeling irritable and hunger may not disappear after they have a meal. This happens because bile isn’t released properly and food isn’t broken down as it should, so these people feel hungry after eating and crave for sugars, as a result of their low energy levels.

The only way to get rid of a liver belly is to get your liver function back on track. Eat more proteins, as these help keeping blood sugar levels under control. Replace simple carbs with complex ones, coming from fruits and veggies, and eliminate soda and alcoholic beverages from your menu. Your liver needs to detox for you to lose the liver belly, so water should become your favorite beverage.

Which products might help?

Plexus Slim: to balance your blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings. Taken first thing in the morning, this could relieve morning irritability.

BLOCK: Block is a great way to keep blood sugar levels in check post meal and prevents carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat.

Probio5 and Biocleanse: Because this belly type has frequent digestive complaints, Probio5 and Biocleanse could help alleviate that distress while balancing intestinal flora.

2) THYROID BELLY: For thyroid belly friends, predominately women, the fat is usually distributed throughout the entire body, from neck and shoulders to legs, and the accumulation of excess weight is caused by an abnormal dominance of estrogen.

Estrogen dominance wreaks havoc in many ways (thyroid, adrenal, fatigue, fertility, body pain, etc.) Too much estrogen slows down the thyroid and causes weight gain, a common complaint of those with hypothyroidism. But it is not limited to weight. There are over 300 hypothyroid symptoms.
Thyroid belly individuals have cravings for sweets and fats, have saggy skin on their arms and tend to have thinner outer eyebrows.

Your best chance of getting rid of the thyroid belly is to restore the functioning of this gland and normalize the levels of estrogen. Women are more likely to get this type of fat, but men can have it as well.

Which products might help?

Plexus Slim: chromium and alpha-lipoic acid have a beneficial action on thyroid function. Additionally, it could help stem the cravings for sweets and fats this group battles.

Probio5: this would be a great addition because thyroid disease is thought to be intimately connected with gut health.

Biocleanse: this is a great option because so many hypothyroid people struggle with constipation as a result of energy being down regulated, along with metabolism.

X Factor : X Factor contains Thiamine. Thiamine is one of the B vitamins, known as B1. Its main responsibility is to change carbohydrates into energy and it also helps with the digestion of proteins and fats. Thiamine is necessary for proper release of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs, which is required for proper protein digestion. Most people with thyroid belly have low stomach acid or do not release any stomach acid. X factor could be helpful because it is formulated with aloe, which increases nutrient absorption by as much as 400% .

3.) ADRENAL BELLY: Are you under chronic stress? It could be from anything … a bad marriage, struggling finances, a difficult job situation, troubled children, becoming a caregiver for a parent or a handicapped child, battling a chronic illness, etc.. These individuals are often very type A, achievers, driven, find it hard to say no etc.

People in this category typically gain weight if they undergo stressful periods, and the belly fat tends to cause a saggy abdomen, but can also become the visceral or hard fat that is deep within the body. Your bodily cortisol concentrations are controlled by an enzyme that’s located in fat cells, with visceral cells having more of these enzymes than subcutaneous cells. “Having higher levels of these enzymes in your abdominal fat contributes to obesity because greater amounts of cortisol are being produced”, says Christine A. Maglione-Garves in the University of New Mexico article, “Cortisol Connection.” “Accumulating fat and higher cortisol levels in the body also are associated with a higher appetite, sugar cravings and weight gain”, says Maglione-Garves. Sustained periods of stress make both men and women in this group gain large amounts of fat around their waist, and this leads to low back pain, general fatigue and even fibromyalgia.

Common symptoms associated with cortisol excess: poor sleep patterns, poor memory, brain fog, worry excessively and often crave for salty foods at night. People with adrenal belly are irritable and edgy most of the time.
The best solution would be to eliminate as much stress as possible, but in our society that is easier said than done. Because blood sugar and cortisol have a very intimate relationship, keeping your blood sugar balanced is imperative. This can be achieved by eating a protein rich snack 2 hours before going to bed

Which products might help?

Plexus Slim: contains chromium. Chromium has been found to have a profoundly nourishing effect on adrenal function. Sugar cravings are a common component of adrenal dysfunction and getting them under control is key to getting your adrenals healthy again.

BLOCK: cravings for simple carbohydrates like salty chips and baked potatoes are quite common for adrenal belly types. Getting those cravings under control, but also reducing any post meal blood sugar spikes would be a great option. Cortisol and blood sugar work closely together in the body to provide adequate energy. When cortisol is too high it is not uncommon for people to experience blood sugar challenges.

Probio5: as with everything else, a healthy gut is important for overall health and well-being. Candida overgrowth is often and underlying factor in adrenal dysfunction whether from overuse of antibiotics or diminished immunity from stress. Adding Probio5 could help restore the healthy balance of intestinal flora.

Biocleanse: All stress states increase the rate at which the body uses up magnesium. In his blog, Dr. James Wilson suggests that individuals with adrenal issues increase their intake of this important mineral, which plays a role in the function of more than 300 enzymes in the body. Magnesium is a highly nourishing and calming mineral. Magnesium is found to be deficient in most people, but especially those impacted by chronic stress. Biocleanse is formulated with both magnesium and vitamin C, both of which have been found to benefit adrenal function.

X Factor: X factor has a potent combination of B vitamins, including Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) can help nourish the adrenal glands and return the cortisol production back to normal. Vitamin B5 converts into a substance called acetyl co-enzyme A, a precursor to all the steroid hormones.

Vitamin C plays a major role across all cells in the body, providing a powerful antioxidant effect in all water-soluble areas of the body. The adrenal glands require a continual supply of the nutrient in order to produce cortisol, making vitamin C supplementation highly relevant to sufferers of chronic stress.

OVARY BELLY: Obviously, this is only in women and usually looks like saddlebags and lower stomach fat. Estrogen excess is the cause of this type of belly, and women are more likely to start storing fat in the mentioned areas after giving birth, due to hormonal changes and estrogen spikes.

Women with Ovary Belly are very likely to have heavy periods, facial hair, frequent acne outbreaks and headaches, to suffer from bloating, PMS, depression and ovarian cysts. Lower back pain and hip pain, as well as knee pain during the menstrual period are very likely to appear. Water retention also occurs during the cycle, along with a low libido, hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.

The solution in this case is to balance the hormonal levels and fix the ovarian cysts, if present.

How Plexus might help?

Plexus Slim: Balancing blood sugar is very important in balancing hormone levels. Sugar has been shown to increase estrogen, so getting those cravings under control would be helpful.

BLOCK: women in this group frequently mention cravings for carbohydrates and sugar. Block’s patented ingredient InSea2 has been shown to reduce post meal blood sugar spikes by 48%. It also helps prevent carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat. Additionally, BLOCK contains iodine and iodine has a proven rule in helping lower excess estrogen levels.

Probio5 and Biocleanse: Your body only has one way to “waste” or eliminate excess hormones and that is through regular, daily bowel movements. Chronic constipation is a frequent complaint in women with estrogen dominance. Food that remains in the intestinal track too long is likely to create issues with disrupted bacterial balance and nutrient absorption. Because Plexus Biocleanse and Probio5 are formulated to work synergistically to restore gut health and intestinal balance, the addition of these to products could be helpful.

I wanted to find more proof supporting the science behind this whole “gut” issue.  Found some Ted Talks and reviews from nutritionists.  Take what you want from it.  FYI. I don’t sell any of the products that I mention anywhere.

 

 

http://www.webelieveinpink.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Plexus-Price-Guide.pdf

 

#plexus #bellyfat #gut #health #knowledge #microbiome #mentalhealth #biome

 

 

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Would Bobbie Riggs have won Billy Jean King had he trained and took the match seriously. Was Bobby Jean King really the better player?

Battle of the Sexes Trailer

“The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past” (actual movie synopsis).

One of the greatest physical competitions to ever take place, that hasn’t been repeated, between a man and woman.  It would have been great to have been alive during this historical event.  Gender equality,  accepted sexuality, a gambling addiction, and the definition of love playing in the background.

I think these issues influenced the outcome of the “big” game.  The game set the stage for much bigger issues.  Had Riggs not pummelled Margaret Court in the initial battle of man vs woman, would he have been so cocky and unprepared for his match against King?  He trained to play against Court.  Court had just beat King.  More or less equals in the realm of women’s tennis.  King was caught in a personal conflict between loving a woman and being married to a man; it most likely cost her the game with Court.  In a game of focus, how could King not have been distracted?  Riggs with his desire to be someone again, the overconfidence of his win (he decided not to train for his match with King), crippled by his high obtained by his gambling attitude towards his match with King; I think ultimately led to his defeat.

Jack Kramer, a sexist sports commentator at the time, made a comment to King.  He said, “You know what the difference is between a good player and a great player?  The ability to handle the pressure.”  I think that speaks volumes about women and men’s weakness and strengths.  Court caved under pressure playing Riggs.

King was an amazing player in her day. The top of her league.  Unfortunately, she also wasn’t allowed to play in the Olympics because she came out.  She was the first high profile athlete to do so and stand-up for the LGBTQ community.  I don’t think she would have become so famous had Riggs not made it a media circus.

What do you think? If both competitors were on their A game, who do you think would have ultimately won?

In the beginning…

This blog was an impulsive idea to keep track of my progress of getting my body back to the way it was when I was living the life of being in great shape. The way I felt about my outward self had been governing whether or not I was generally happy, and my ability to cope with life’s ups and downs. As I realized my battle with body homeostasis wasn’t just about quickly losing pounds, I had to step back to really figure out the innerworkings my body.

My overall well-being has other direct elements that should be identified. As an older women, my body has been changing. I’ve been on prescription meds since I was 23, and allergic to all trees, grasses and plants in the Northwest. Health living and inner peace takes into account all aspects of ones self.

I’m an over communicator, a story teller and rambler. I can be overly sarcastic and brutally honest. It’s just how I am. A friend told me once, that I could literally carry on a conversation with a leaf (we were hiking at the time and she pointed to a yellow one on the ground).

I’m extremely hard on myself. This past two years, I’ve been consumed with my body image and decreased activity level; injuries have been a contributing factor. I swear I have early onset Alzheimer’s, going blind and smell like a stuffy room that needs fresh air! I self inflict constant pressure to look my best anywhere there is a gathering of people. Since I haven’t been “looking great”, I have shied away from events and camaraderie. I’m also getting older. That’s just life. In my latter 30’s, I noticed how long it was taking me to heal from injuries; and my recovery time after a night of partying, now took several days.

What I am about to share, is how I’m kick-starting my body. Body rejuvenation at 40. I’m not actually 40, I’m 41.5…. but, the blog title wouldn’t sound as cool.

Maybe you’ll find these posts insightful, or maybe not. You may find them ridiculous, boring, redundant of other blogs. If not a single soul reads this, at least I get a place to write down my thoughts (for $4 a month).

Thanks for joining me on my “journey to happiness and learning”. Cliche? I know.

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

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