August 23, 2016

Sean Patrick and Rheumatoid Arthritis

On the mend from my second hip replacement since late June.  I’m getting up and about regularly without cautions and even started attending seat yoga with my friends Tre & Val.

What I’ve missed most during my healing time is my best buddy, my dog, Sean Patrick!  SP - 1While recuperating I’m not able to play/rough house with him, and I desperately miss our early morning walks together.  What’s unusual about our early morning walks is that Sean Patrick was never my reason to get out of bed and walk.  Selfishly, I consider him to be my personal trainer who is responsible for the two-mile walks we take together before I go to work.  He not only lifts my spirits, he has been my constant companion through both my surgeries and challenges associated with RA.  At times during my recuperation and initial diagnosis he has spent hours laying on the bed with me or looking out the window patiently awaiting for me to rise. SP BED LOOKING OUT WINDOW - 1 He has been the best medicine through all of my physical struggles.  He has been known to lessen my joint pain by his comforting warmth and unconditional love.   It is true that pets can alleviate depression associated with illnesses.  They can be the best medicine, but are not the solution for all that struggle with chronic illnesses.  I just thought he needed to be recognized for all he has done, and continues to do for me! 

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August 17, 2016

GOOD THINGS ABOUND! “THE KINDNESS PROJECT”

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August 16, 2016

THE HEAT!!!!

It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted a proper blog entry.  The site has been updated so that you can comment by just clicking on the comment button below each entry.  Expect changes to the my site as it continues to evolve.

This hot and humid August weather has really cramped my style!  I spend most of my time indoors trying to entertain myself, humidity does not agree with my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  You can only read, watch TV, clean, or sleep so much, I decided to rummage through my bag of cosmetic samples.  What I found were two samples from the fresh ® company, and what a surprise it was.Paula - 1  I first spritzed the sample,  fresh HESPERIDES GRAPEFRUIT eau de parfum,  it was a light, fragrant, and clean smell.  After a few hours, this light fragrance was noticeably present.  I loved the scent mainly because it was not sweet-smelling, something I associate citrus fragrances with.  It intrigue me that I wasn’t  privy to this product, because I have been searching for years, for a fragrance that is light and has staying power.  This enticed me to try my other sample, fresh SOY FACE CLEANSER, and what a surprise!  This extra gentle gel cleanser is for all types of skin, and not only cleanses your skin, it removes make-up, including mascara.  What a find!  By using this cleanser I can eliminate make-up remover from my nightly ritual.  There will be less stuff in the drawers and a financial gain to boot!  I no longer will purchase two types of make-up removers.  I’ve been using these two products for approximately two weeks, I liked the two samples so much, I immediately purchased the full size soy face cleanser and eau de parfum, as well as two other  fresh products.  The fresh HESPERIDES GRAPEFRUIT BATH & SHOWER GEL and the fresh HESPERIDES GRAPEFRUIT BODY LOTION are a dream.  Now, I look forward to my showers, the refreshing subtle scent of the bath gel is intoxicating as it foams and cleans beautifully.  When you apply the body lotion you get another level of a refreshing scent that smooths your skin and feels amazing.  It is so unusual for me to stumble upon such great products.  Most of what I purchase I have read about in-depth,  or acted on recommendations of friends.   If you decide to try these products, I certainly hope you realize the same positive outcome as I have!  Looking forward to your comments, just click comments below the post to share!

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August 9, 2016

A Change Is Coming!

Hi Everyone:  My site is being revamped and I am unavailable to blog this week!  My site will be up and running, with many changes Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  Please come back, subscribe, & the comment button will be working!

Thank you for your support and patience!

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August 2, 2016

An Epiphany!

You don’t need to have an autoimmune disease to benefit from a healthy diet, for many people it is the way to go, well I drank the Kool-Aid, made the commitment, yet I’m still struggling with weight loss.  I’ve got the grocery/farm stand shopping down, I buy real, unprocessed, and whole foods.  On the way home I think of all the shoes and bags I could add to my collection if I wasn’t so health conscience and spending an arm and leg on groceries. I am always anticipating the miraculous changes in my weight, that seem to elude me.  Honestly, there are some days that I experience the joys of my efforts, but there many days that I feel junk food/sweets deprived.  Foods sweetened with figs or dates are delicious, but they don’t always satisfy my sweet tooth.  Intellectually I know the importance of losing weight, plus the benefits and relief to my joints I will gain, if I do lose weight, yet I’m still chubby!

I believe my biggest problem is, I read too much, and am constantly changing my weight loss game plan.  Last night while I was thinking about how I was going to attack my weight loss, I thought about a 7-year-old Mary Ann! Mary Ann 6 years - 1 After being so proud and excited about making my First Communion, I spent hours looking over the pocketbook the school gave the girls.  It contained rosary beads, a scapula, and most importantly a girl’s version mass book.  In the back cover of the book, there was an explanation about visiting the confessional, and categories of sins to confess.  During my post Communion confession, I couldn’t remember any sins I had committed that week, so I made some up and just figured I’d add my lie to next week’s confession.  So I wouldn’t make the same mistake of not remembering my sins, I started to write all the infractions I was making during the week, not forgetting to add last week’s lie to my list. 

Armed with this list in hand and my brothers Boy Scout pen light, I walked up the hill to church for confession.  What a shock that priest had when I fired up the pen light and began.  I was instructed to throw some light on the deepest reaches of my soul and the Father McCarthy was not impressed, I think he went catatonic! It was definitely not a good idea to set off a pen light in a confessional, but I also realized I would have had a successful confession if I was allowed to continue, only because of my well thought out list. It occurred to me that I was approaching my weight journey in the wrong way.  It couldn’t be a day/week on, day/week off commitment, and the only way I would be successful in reshaping my eating habits was to be accountable!  I can’t change the amount of time it is going to take getting into shape, so I am going to do, not think about what I should be doing!Father McCarthy - 1

Take this as a warning, that on my blog, you will occasionally be subjected to an account of my weight loss journey!  I whole-heartedly intend to log my progress, stay committed to my goals, and keep a food journal, and most importantly, not eat Funny Bones for breakfast, lunch, & dinner! 

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