This hurt my heart when I read this. I've come to adore me some E and B conversations so knowing this is going on is just...well...you know...*sigh*
I'm praying for E.
I crack myself up with what I search for. It cracks me up even further once I realize just how common what I'm searching for obviously is. Take, what I know know as, traveler's constipation. I was talking to an elder the other day and he was telling me how backed up he gets traveling. I shared that it's a problem of mine too and that I started traveling with Smooth Move and try and strategically time it so I can fix my problem when I know I'm going to be in my room in peace. We laughed. I mean...mine gets so bad it starts hurting and my tummy gets super dooper hard. So I asked Mr. Google about it and dude was like...yeah...it's a big deal, it's not just you and your people.
I also try and eat lots of fruit and try and stay as hydrated as possible but find that's the most difficult thing to do is stay hydrated because if I'm moving around...I might not be able to find a restroom quickly so I might decide to not drink anything until I'm stationary for a while.
Do you suffer from this too? What do you do? Do you notice it in your kids when you're traveling or are they exempt?
My allergies have been on swole this season and I was wondering if something was wrong but I've reading that it's not just me...it's everyone. I take the Costco brand of the Zyrtec formula daily but there are certain days one doesn't do the job.
I downloaded WebMD's new allergy app so I know what I'm dealing with even before I open window one.
Do you suffer from allergies? Have you found this season to be bad for you too this year? What do you take? Does the Zyrtec last 24 hours for you? Do you open your windows or does the threat of pollen flying in keep you from it?
And...she now has MAJOR guns! LOL!
Let me tell yall how awesome my girly is. Wait...I just did huh? LOL!
If you're in Richmond and need a jumpstart...GO SEE AMY!!!!!!!!!!! Tell her I sent you and you'll get 0% off and she'll give you 10 extra burpees to do! LOL!
I love, love, LOVE hydrangeas but I'm allergic to them. If I touch them, the spot where they touched me gets red and starts itching pretty quickly. But I love them. So yes, I still buy them, I just don't touch them. LOL! Crazy huh?
What are YOU allergic to? Can you co-exist with it peacefully or do you have to keep it away from you?
Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked recently? I did and it wasn't good. Being Black (our skin makes it difficult to absorb it naturally), on the East coast and having the winter from hell, deprived me big time.
So the doctor put me on a weekly dose of Vitamin D. Yall know me, I'm not about to take anything just cuz they tell me to so I did a bit of reading up on it and baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaby...I set a Vitamin D alert on my phone so I never, ever, EVER forget to take my Vitamin D.
I love the sun and never shun it. Being older I've decided I should probably take more care to keep it off my face as much as I sit in it, but even the twenty minutes a day sun they tell you should be enough, isn't enough it seems.
How do you get YOUR Vitamin D? Are you having problems getting it naturally?
Ever since I found out I had cancer, my insurance has been extremely high. The highest. I've had no choice but to pay it because well...you need insurance and I love living. When the enrollment period started, we went online to see how much it would cost us to be insured at the same level and we were pretty shocked at the difference in price. We QUICKLY signed up.
I won't say there weren't some snaffoo's initially because there were. The website kept crashing...but we kept trying. We signed up and then didn't get our cards for a while but we had the printout that said we were insured. When we got our cards, we needed a few questions answered and it took a while to get someone to answer them but now...we have cards in hand.
I used it for the first time yesterday. This is the time of the year where my pollen allergies create teeny tiny bumps around my eyes and they started. I needed the cream my dermatologist prescribes for it and, since it's been a year, I needed to make an appointment.
My copay for a specialist was $40. My doctor accepted my insurance even though she wasn't on the list. When I called and asked them, they said yes.
Even though they weren't on the list.
I had no problems at all. Got my cream, blood tests, etc.
And it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than I'm used to paying.
Any of you use it? How has your experience been? Was it cheaper than what you were used to paying?
I asked him if he had insurance on his car and on his cellphone.
He said it's not the same thing.
I asked what does he think will happen if he left and got into a horrible accident in his insured car and he said he's sure he'd be taken to the emergency room.
Well...who's going to pay for that if you don't have insurance?
Him: But why does medical treatment cost so much? It shouldn't cost that much!
Me: But it does. That's not going to change while you're in the hospital having major surgery. Hopefully the doctors working on you have had the best education money can buy and they're using the best equipment money can buy and the nurses are stellar and the facility is top notch...you see where I'm going here.
Him: But that's a bit if. IF I get in an accident.
Me: Or IF you get cancer. I got cancer when I was in my early 20s. Thank God I had insurance back then or I'd certainly be dead.
Him: You had cancer?
Me: Yeah...but that's neither here nor there. If you got in a bad accident or got cancer or something else bad, the hospital social worker person would come to your room with a stack of papers and get you and your mother to fill them out so you can get some government assistance to help pay for your hospital bills. And you know who pays for that? Me. That guy over there. Probably that woman. Your teacher from grade school. Your mom who has worked her entire life. We pay for that with our taxes and honestly...we're sick of it. So...pay your own way and then your bitching about what the government makes you do might get more than an eyeroll from us. You probably pay more per month for your phone than you'd have to pay for insurance so I'm not even trying to hear it. Shit.
The deadline is today and I'm certain that young man didn't sign up. Do YOU know anyone mad about having to get insurance? Do you agree with them? If you don't have insurance...what's your plan in the event of an emergency?
My elbow hurts and I don't know why. It feels like tennis elbow. That pain INSIDE the bone that you can't get to. 'Cept I haven't played tennis since this past summer. It doesn't hurt when it's just sitting there...or when I do a curl...but it hurts when I stretch it all the way out to the side in a really good stretch.
I was talking about the pain to a friend who started telling me about the pain she feels in her knee from time-to-time. She believes, as my Grandmother does, that the pain gets worse when rains'a'coming.
Robby's ankles crack sometimes. It doesn't bother him...but it happens.
Another friend is having a neck thingy.
Another friend's hip hurts. Her hip hurting started after a fall so...I guess she doesn't count here.
Do YOU have aches and pains? Any that just popped up and you can't figure out why? You know...old people joint issues? LOL!
I've never known anyone who has gone on a diet and lost the weight they wanted to lose and then keep it off once they completed the diet. The people I've known who struggled with their weight seem to be constantly yoyo-ing. From the outside looking in I'll say this...diets don't work. The people who are successful are those who made for real lifestyle changes. The runners, the daily exercisers, the ones who completely rehauled their food intake THE RIGHT WAY.
I've never read something that made more perfect sense than what this guy says in this article: The 7 Things I Did To Lose 220 Pounds Without Dieting
That guy laid it all out there. He's lived it and beat it. Dude is a rockstar.
It's World Cancer Day! Show a survivor some love and beef up on your commitment to early detection by making sure you continue to get your yearly physical. Early detection SAVED.MY.LIFE.
Congrats, again, to all the survivors I know and love. We're still here. Let's make sure we spread the word about early detection to everyone we know so we have less occurrences of people not making it. PLEASE.
How are you doing?
Shelly and I were discussing our workout styles. I can't workout with someone yelling at me. I don't find it helpful. Being a former college athlete...she's used to it being motivating. What about you? Where do you stand on this one?
1969 and Nerd Girl are doing this so I just went to check it out too. I can't start now because my back and I are having a disagreement currently about a pretzel move I did while looking over my shoulder at someone doing it better than me so I tried to do it MO.BETTA.
I'm going to read up on this and see if it's something I'd like to tackle too.
Currently I'm posted up on the sofa in fleece from head-to-toe and two blankets with a space heater not even a foot away from me and I'm freezing.
I have body aches like crazy, a headache and a tummy that just doesn't feel right.
I need to fight whatever is coming off BIG.TIME!
What do YOU do when you feel something coming?
GO ME! I THINK I'VE FOUND MY THING!
So...I've been looking for something to amp up my workouts. I'm fit and healthy but I don't feel challenged and yall all know how I feel about running so no (it's just not for me...I'd lose too much weight and my shins hurt too bad after running). I've been doing the same thing for years and it works...but I wanted something MORE.
I met a lady who looked lean and strong like me...but she was SCULPTED and not in an icky body builder kinda way but in a feminine and strong kinda way. I like that. A LOT! She said she teaches the Bar Method and I started reading up on it and decided to go give it a try today. Well...I LURVED IT! LURVED IT! LURVED IT! LURVED IT! I think this is the exact thing I've been looking for to get out of my exercise rut!
The Robinator had mad jokes after I explained to him it's a mixture of Pilates, ballet and physical therapy. Dude was like...now...you know you're clumsy...do they make you fill out an emergency contact card before you start?
Check it out: The Bar Method
Have you tried anything new lately? What? Spill it!
Did you workout today yet? What did you do?
I put the long lens on my camera because honestly...I was confused.
Dude was harvesting his veggies.
On a tiny roof.
Without rail the first.
Then...he started watering them with a hose he'd hooked onto a wire on side of his tiny roof.
I couldn't stop watching him because I was confused as to how he'd gotten out there. SERIOUSLY. It couldn't be through the window right? I mean...there was no door sure...but um...his shoulders looked bigger than the window so yeah...how'd he get up there? I didn't see a ladder or anything but his veggies were totally impressive.
And then...I looked up and he'd rehooked his hose and climbed back inside...THROUGH THE WINDOW.
I have to say...in a world where some people wouldn't eat veggies to save their life...it's refreshing to see someone go above and beyond to make sure they have fresh, organic veggies.
I mean really.
Eat some veggies. NON cooked to death or fried.
It will help your quality of life...provided you don't fall off a tiny roof growing 'em.
So...we had our annual physicals this morning and it looks like we're physically fit. The doctor was extremely impressed with Robby and how much he's focused on being healthy.
I was a mixture of proud and side eying the situation. LOL!
We started going together for our physicals because Robby would come home from his and I'd ask him what did the doctor say about A, B or C and he'd be like...I forgot to ask him about that and it just about drove me insane so yeah...I started scheduling them together so I could make sure to ask the questions Robby should have been asking. I'd be all like...what about this and what about that and the doctor would ask questions and Robby would answer them. BUT HE WOULDN'T INITIATE THE CONVERSATION!
Oh...but you'll complain to me about some weird skin tag but you won't tell the doctor about it?
I was talking to a girlfriend about that and she said her husband is the same way. Like...it must be some macho code or something to not come across as weak or whatnot in front of the doctor.
Made me go hmmmmm...
Do you think your S/O has the same type of issue? Does he come home from his doctor's appointments with all the bases covered?
Have you had your physical this year yet? You good?
LIES, LIES, ALL LIES!
This was said to me recently and I chewed the head off the person. You're never too old to start an exercise routine. You're never too old to learn something new. You're never too old to STOP BAD HABITS!
Now...you need to be extra careful so you don't hurt yourself but every gym I've ever been to has a trainer available to help and answer your questions. Also...the internet is chock full of information. Just find a trusted website and get your read on, open the front door and GET TO IT!
The Robinator works out no less than 5 times a week. He's lost a lot of weight and pretty much kept it all off for a minute. He had about 20 pounds (give or take) left to go that he was trying to get rid of and simply couldn't without starving himself and well...dude ain't about that starvation life.
He's currently in the best shape of his life and pretty much at his college athlete weight. In the past year he's finally lost the weight he's been trying to lose all this time.
The other day he was musing out loud that he's finally where he's always wanted to be but that he hasn't done much different. He was seriously puzzled and then I shared with him something that HAS changed that he hasn't really done much TO change.
Me: You've gone gluten-free by proxy.
Him: I'm not gluten-free.
Me: Yup...you kinda are. You eat what I cook and I pretty much only cook what I can eat. When you have business lunches and dinners, sure...you eat what you want but that's not all that often where it's considered the norm. So...basically...you're pretty much gluten-free.
And he was all hemming and hawing.
Later that week he finally admitted that it could be the reason he's finally gotten over that plateau. Says it probably changed his body chemistry up and restarted his metabolism in a healthy way.
I pretty much *YAWNED* in his direction because I already KNEW that's what went down but he didn't want to admit I was correct.
Why? Cuz that's marriage for ya. LOL!
Increasingly I'm reading that sit ups and crunches don't work as well as we think they do. I do crunches all the time and well...I guess I don't agree with them. Sure planks burn more and the modified types of planks make you want to give up on life...but I honestly feel like I get a lot out of my crunches.
What about you? Do you do sit ups and crunches? (I stopped doing full sit ups forever ago because of my back.) Do you believe you benefit from doing them? In your opinion...what works best on YOUR abs?
A few weeks ago I was broiling something in the oven. The skillet I'd used to sear it was on TOP of the stove. I was cleaning the kitchen as I cooked and reached for the skillet to clean it. The handle was near the back of the stove and the heat from the broiler made it HOT.AS.HELL.
I burned 4 fingers and yall...it hurt.
I immediately ran cold water over it until it was bearable and The Robinator gave me some Advil and put Neosporin on it. It hurt for days after with two blisters. I kept putting Neosporin on them daily and I let the blisters do their thing. Basically, the liquid you see inside of the blisters is the body's own medicine that helps to heal the skin under the blister. Before long, the blister turned white and got flat and now I'm just waiting for the skin that was around the blister to dry up and come off. This way...I don't have scaring.
I was telling a friend about it and she asked me why didn't I put butter on it and I told her because that's not how you should treat a burn. She shared that's how she always treats it and how her mother treated them as well. I said okay.
How do YOU treat burns and blisters?
I had a meeting in DC last week at the Dean Wood Community Center & Library. While in wait mode, I took a walk around the facility. To say I was impressed with it is the least I could say because the place truly blew me away.
I kept asking questions because I couldn't believe it was free to the public with minimal fees for use of services like the fitness center and the pool. There was a full blown senior center with a VERY active senior population, meeting rooms, quiet rooms, computer room, etc.
And it was all free.
I walked outside and walked around a bit stopping in my tracks when I saw this:
Of the people in your family who have or who currently suffer from dementia...were they active? Does this make you want to get up and do something if you're not active?