Archive for October, 2011

On Our Way

Good Morning All!. I trust you had a good weekend. I had a wonderful weekend with my little Grandbaby TJ, along with enjoying a beautiful Florida Sunday. Something to be so grateful for. Though I had planned on talking about what Fibromyalgia is, I realized that there is a ton online about the subject. I am going to refer you to fibromyalgia.com website for more information than I am able to provide for you. So far I have found it very helpful. The forums have kept me from feeling so alone and it’s always nice to get feedback on anything I have going on. If it’s happening with me, I find other people are experiencing it too. I don’t spend a lot of time on there since I have so much stuff going on such as planning and writing my new cookbook, “Table For One.” Though this is a cookbook for people who need meals for one and are time and budget challenged, I am planning on including recipes that have been helpful to me with my Fibro. Many people may not believe it, but your diet can have a major affect on your health. Yes, I know you think I’m going to harp on your bad eating habits. Probably, but I’m mostly going to leave the guilty conscious up to you. You are a grown up, right? I do however plan to educate you on healthy eating. I know from personal experience that anything I eat, especially since I’ve had cancer and now Fibromyalgia, affects me immediately. It goes far beyond any long term effects like heart disease and obesity. What I put in my mouth from first thing in the morning and throughout the rest of the day can make or break the quality of my life for that day. Ever heard that saying, “let food be thy medicine?” I totally believe it! I take food super seriously. I know you are probably saying “I don’t have the money or energy to eat right.” I totally get that. I’m unable to work and living on student loans. After paying bills there is barely enough left for food, but still I do the best I can. We must find a way to take care of ourselves even if it means we do without something else. I don’t have cable, my own car (my son shares with me) or my own place (I live with my kids) as well as alot of other things. If you don’t make the sacrifice now, you may never have any quality of life. If you can’t help yourself, you must find someone to help you. I am going to do my best to help you from here. Ok, you ready? First I want you to take inventory of what foods you eat regularly. Keep a food diary of everything you eat and drink. I’m not concerned with amounts. The whole idea is to start being aware of your food choices. I’m going to teach you about making smart, healthy food choices. You won’t have to eat or buy anything weird. Just good regular food. I’m not going to force you to eat things you don’t like either, but like I tell my little grandbaby, “just try it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it.” You might surprise yourself. I am a regular at my local farmer’s markets and I make a habit of trying new fruits and veggies nearly every week, even if it’s just one thing. If I don’t know how to fix it or eat it, I just ask someone working there. I find things I like and others not so much. Doing this makes me feel adventurous and excited. As a person with Fibro, I feel so restricted with regular activities that I can do now, trying new foods helps to make my life a little more fun and liberating. I know it’s a small thing, but that’s how great things start. That’s it. Just take any notebook or even your computer and make your list. If it’s more fun for you, head out to the Dollar Tree and splurge on a fun notebook to write in. Keep your diary for the next few days. I will check in with you to see how you are doing and then we will start on step 2. Even if you don’t write down everything, just write down what and when you can. No pressure. Until next time…


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New Projects

Here I sit with my morning coffee. All the animals have been fed. (It takes me an hour to feed and play with them all.) Now it’s time to relax and get to writing. I am excited that I have a new project to work on, “Table For One.” It is a cookbook/information book for living a happy, healthy life for one. In my book I will talk about recipes that take just a few ingredients to make a healthy and tasty meal while reducing time in the kitchen. No reason to do without wonderful cuisine when you are a “one.” Some people say that “one” is the loneliest number. Being part of a two can be, and many times is, a lonely number also. So if you are a part of a two and your other half is away a lot, welcome to the “one” world. You qualify and will enjoy this book too. Now that I have shamelessly plugged my upcoming book and probably will again, we will go on to other important stuff. First let me say that it is a tremendously gorgeous day out. Sure, the last couple of days have been a little nippy for us Southerners, but it warms up nicely in the afternoon. That’s why I live in Florida. Now for today’s subject.
I was recently diagnosed with it by a lovely doctor who says it was brought on by the treatments I received for Breast Cancer. Though that was my case, it can also be brought on by many things including, but not limited to, illness and accident. Though I was scared, I did not blame anyone for getting Breast Cancer. I knew I had a family history and the job I was working was stressful. The long hours prevented me from taking care of myself thus tipping off bad cells that turned into the disease. However, the recovery has been a bear. I would say worse in ways than the treatment phase. I am now two years from my last treatment and I struggle everyday to be normal, yet it feels like just surviving. Unable to continue to work, my doctor told me to cut back to part time and do something quiet. My last job had nothing part time so now I‘m unemployed. I am using this opportunity to work on self employment. I am like my dad. I can not sit still and do nothing. With a family full of successful entrepreneurs, I have support galore for working for myself. Lucky me! Now to find the energy and strength to proceed. It is all a journey. I am finding that I am not alone in this disease or my situation. I realized that I have a wealth of information from my athletic days work at GNC that may help ease the pain and agony for people like me. I will be sharing information in the upcoming blogs about this Fibromyalgia to educate those of you who know someone with it, but don’t know how to help or maybe you just want to know more about it. It is a disease that you can’t see and many times will not show up in medical tests, but the agonizing pain and debilitating fatigue is real just the same. Many, many times when doctors don’t see anything to be concerned about in test results, we are misunderstood and treated like Hypochondriacs, or trying to get attention or have some mental disorder. I want to give you comfort in knowing that you are believed and someone is here for support. I will be sharing ways in which friends and families can support and care for loved ones who are suffering. I will include tips for those with Fibromyalgia on managing the disease. I am by no means an expert, but as I find things that work for myself and others I will share it with you in hopes that I can help at least one person live a more quality life for themselves and with their friends and family. Before I finish my blog today I want all my Fibro friends out there to consider opening your minds up to trying new things. I will not ask you to give up your meds or make drastic changes. My goal is to get you to think in a new way and make changes gradually. The important thing is to find something that will help by being more open minded and thinking outside the box. Think about this. Is what you are currently doing helping or hurting you in any way? If it’s helping, then continue. If not, try something new. You might be pleasantly surprised. Ok friends. Til next time…take heart. Better days are ahead.

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