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1 year ago I decided to take my health back

Happy Anniversary To My Health….

I was always pretty healthy ….until I wasn’t.

I gained weight , injured my knee gained more weight was diagnosed with one thing after another and it was really exhausting.

First osteoarthritis and hypothyroidism at age 45

They torn meniscus age 51

Then thanks to the meniscus tear Osteonecrosis set in my knee….

Then she 53 diagnosed officially with spondylolisthesis and a bilateral pars fracture

I had the spondylolisthesis before but my former PCP never told me I had it. But I seen it on an old Mri.

The pain every where was exhausting and some days it still is.

But I decided the heck with all these doctors and I decided to eat mostly plant based but I do still eat chicken fish or turkey now and then and rarely beef.

I ride my recumbent bike 2x a day and I walk when I can. And some days even when I should rest I go walk anyway.

Today’s pictures and videos are from my morning walk : and it’s also one year ago I quit smoking……so it’s a great day !

Pain or no pain I’m not going to just sit around.

Sitting is death

Moving is life

And ya know after I’m done I feel so much better.

1 year since I’ve quit smoking after being a smoker for 40 years. My lungs are feel better my walking speed has improved my distance has improved

1 year since I started eating a healthy mostly plant based but I’m not a vegan and it’s good clean healthy real colorful food . I am using food as medicine in a way to fight pain and inflammation . Now sure I eat a cookie or 2 now and then just not every day. And all my other choices are good so I don’t deprive myself of a treat now and then.

And for having Osteonecrosis,Osteoarthritis, Spondylolisthesis with a bilateral pats fracture in my L5 S1 I feel pretty darn good today even in this cold weather.

Just need to drop some weight one step and one day at a time.

I have taken my life back and no one is going to stop me !

Tomorrow I may be in pain and that’s ok. I can accept that but as long as I know I am doing all I can to combat my pain and keep my body moving and providing it with the best nutrients possible(most of the time)

It’s a win win for me ,one day at a time !

Keep your meds , keep your cigarettes keep your junk fast food.

Body Heal Thy Self

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Nothing Is Useless

When the body is falling apart. And you feel like you have nothing of value to offer God or anyone else. 

Think again. 
Below is a post from Our Daily Bread
Nothing Is Useless June 12, 2017  

from Our Daily Bread
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:42–58 

“Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 

1 Corinthians 15:58 
‘Nothing Is Useless’

A Story of Hope and Encouragement 

In my third year battling discouragement and depression caused by limited mobility and chronic pain, I confided to a friend, “My body’s falling apart. I feel like I have nothing of value to offer God or anyone else.”
Her hand rested on mine. “Would you say it doesn’t make a difference when I greet you with a smile or listen to you? Would you tell me it’s worthless when I pray for you or offer a kind word?”
Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God. I settled into my recliner. “Of course not.”
She frowned. “Then why are you telling yourself those lies? You do all those things for me and for others.”
I thanked God for reminding me that nothing we do for Him is useless.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul assures us that our bodies may be weak now but they will be “raised in power” (v. 43). Because God promises we’ll be resurrected through Christ, we can trust Him to use every offering, every small effort done for Him, to make a difference in His kingdom (v. 58).
Even when we’re physically limited, a smile, a word of encouragement, a prayer, or a display of faith during our trial can be used to minister to the diverse and interdependent body of Christ. When we serve the Lord, no job or act of love is too menial to matter.
Jesus, thank You for valuing us and using us to build up others.
Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God.

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Dear Younger me

This song says a lot:

 

Song

Dear Younger Me by MercyMe

 

Dear younger me Here is what I wish you would have realized when you were younger

High school popularity truly  doesn’t matter.

Don’t smoke cigarettes ever, they suck and are hard to quit.

Spend more time with your family.They  may seem lame now but trust me there will be days when you wish you could talk to your parents.They won’t always be around you know.

You are a child of God,do you know how special you are? How blessed? Your parents didn’t make you go to church just to get you out of the house. They saw you had a gift for people, helping people, learn to see your gift

Spend time outside, take a hike see the beauty that’s out there.

Wear sunscreen.
You may love the tan now but remember a dried grape is a raisin, you don’t want your skin to look like that

Be on time. Be dependable.You do not want to get a reputation as someone who is always late to something. Just be dependable
Develop healthy eating and exercise habits early on.
I never learned how to eat healthy because I never had to eat healthy. Keeping myself healthy at 53 would be so much easier if I learned good nutrition at 16.

Go to church and be active in your community.
You will find it more fulfilling than any party and you are making the world a better place

You are beautiful. Keep saying it

That boy/man who just broke your heart? The one you swear with every breath you take you will never get over?
You will.
You definitely will. In time. Everything gets better with time. By the time you are 30, you will be with someone who puts all those other “loves of your life” to shame.

Don’t allow anyone to abuse you. If they do get out, get out fast. They won’t change they will say they are sorry until it happens again. It is not your fault it is  them that has a problem.
Don’t get a credit card until you know how to actually use one.
Thanks for the debt and crappy credit score, younger me! A credit card is not a debit card. Repeat that to yourself every day.
Your life does not have to be a party for it to be exciting.
It is perfectly fine to sit at home on the weekends and read, watch TV or simply do nothing. Do not think you need to be out at the bars dancing and making out with strangers all the damn time. It stops being fun real quick.

You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.
Marriage, kids,  career, those ideas might be forced on you or you might be forcing them on yourself. This is your life. Decide what you want and don’t want and stick to it, even if you are being pressured by someone else to think otherwise. You don’t want kids? That’s fine. You want to change careers suddenly? Do it!Because when you get older, these decisions come with severe consequences and making them will be a lot harder. Find out who you are; don’t let others tell you who you are. They are wrong.

Take care of your car.
Regular oil changes. Good tires. And don’t just put a piece of tape over that “Check Engine” light. Go get it checked out.
Get out of that tanning bed this instant, young lady!
Stop trying to plan everything out.
Not everything in life will go the way you think it’s supposed to. And that’s a good thing.

Drop those toxic friends.You know the ones that always seem to get you grounded.
If there any people in your life who make you wonder why you even hang out with them? Drop them.

Learn to take a nap
For the love of god learn to enjoy a good nap

Start that 401K immediately.
Even if you don’t know what that is. Just do it as soon as you are able to. Or at the very least start your savings account.

Be nice to people.All people
You never know what someone is going through. So smile. Say hello. Help them.

You do not need a relationship to feel complete.
Live your life the way you want to. Find out what makes you happy. That way, when you meet who you think is The One, it’s someone who you want to share your life with and not someone who will complete your life.

Enjoy life, before the Internet, learn to put down your cell phone
enjoy your life without it.

Learn a different language.
You studied Spanish in high school, but then you stopped. I really wish you stuck with it so I could at least speak it conversationally. That would be cool.

Never be ashamed of you who you are.
Younger me, I am so proud of who I am at age 53. I am awesome. And I wish I spent more of my teenage years believing that. It would have made so many things much easier.