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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Life in the Thumb- Health Update

Hello Friends,

I'm sitting here at my kitchen table, listening to some great classical music, the hum of the washing machine, and drinking a lovely cup of coffee. I thought that it would be a great time for me to write down and share my health update with my friends as the weather is cloudy (with no chances of meatballs, unfortunately), and I have nothing pressing to accomplish today! That my friends = "sheer bliss!"

So, I left off my last post with the knowledge that I would be having a stress test just to make sure that the ol' ticker was doing what is was supposed to and keeping my body in an upright position while running. As far as I know my stress test went beautifully. I have never received a phone call from the cardiologist office nor one from my GP. I should be totally and utterly shocked, but I am not. I've left a message to call me about my results but I've received nada, zilch, zero..... no response. I'm going to run with the idea that everything is fine. God knows, I would be worth much more time and money to earn if there was something wrong with me.....right? And if that were the case someone would've called me. It's crazy to expect any type of communication from your doctor if everything checks out....???

This week I will be printing off all of my health information and making an appointment with my chiropractor. To some it may sound crazy, but this is one of the only doctors that I've visited who looks me in the eye, listens to what I have to say, doesn't tell me I'm crazy, isn't trying to write me a prescription, and honestly tries to find the "reason" why behind my symptoms. I'm going to focus on the menopause symptoms...that's what I honestly think is going on with me. I'm going to focus on my thyroid and adrenal glands...I also feel that these are issues. My mom had Hashimoto's Disease and all of her thyroid tests came back exactly like mine do, which is normal. On top of the fact that four of my female cousins on my mom's side have thyroid issues...I'm betting that there may be something up with mine.

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In the meantime, I am going to continue on the path that I've decided that is right for me. I'm drinking a green smoothie every morning, I'm eating less animal protein on a daily basis and incorporating more plant based foods into my diet. I'm trying hard every day to eat a rainbow of colors, no processed box foods, no GMO anything in my house or in my body, no sugar, no pop. Basically, I'm learning to eat as if I had to plant and harvest the food that I bring into my home.





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The woes of getting older....

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In a few days I will be celebrating another year of life.....46 of them exactly!! At one point I was pretty rattled by that number as it is closer to 50 than I wanted to be. But something happened. Somewhere along the way I started to become comfortable in my own skin. I believe it occurred when I decided that being a couch potato just didn't work for me. I'm now more conscious about what I put in my body and making time for my health appointments. For the longest time I've been a MOM..and mom's don't worry about themselves. Moms only go to the doctor when they've been sick for 18 days and finally surrender to the war going on within their bodies. I was that MOM. I no longer subscribe to that definition of a mom. I'm me, a woman, daughter, wife, mom, friend, and someone who deserves to take care of herself.

 So......today I had a stress test. I've noticed that when I'm running that my heart rate gets a tad too high. I mentioned it to my chiropractor and he didn't want to worry me, but he was concerned that it might be stress on the heart instead of being an aerobic workout. After that appointment I took his concern seriously and made sure to bring my runs back down to a slower speed when my HR got too high. My dad had a heart attack when he was 44 and his dad when he was 45...heart disease is in my genes. Honestly, I was a little scared. And then I read an article about a runner who was 45 and died during a 5K. That sealed the deal for me. I made an appointment with my physician and they got the ball rolling with the blood work and stress test.

I have to wait for about a week for my results from the stress test, but I'm feeling pretty good about the outcome. I was able to log in to my health account today and looked over my blood work. And of course, I had to call my mother to give her the numbers so that she could confirm and reassure herself and my dad that I was (knock on wood) going to be okay. My cholesterol numbers are pretty good--
Triglycerides 68, HDL 64, LDL 114 (I'm working to bring that below 100). I feel that my heart is in pretty good shape. In fact, I think I'm in good shape.

However, even though I have (some) faith in doctors, I still think something is off. Not once did any of the doctors ask me if I could possibly be going through menopause. I firmly believe that I am either in peri-menopause or the beginning stages of menopause. I think that my estrogen levels are out-of-whack...because I've been experiencing anxiety, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, hair loss, heat flashes...and of course, my doctor says my thyroid is just fine. I think I will have to be my own doctor for right now and try to find a better doctor.  A doctor who looks me in the eyes and is listening to me. I'm sure there is one out there!


Monday, February 9, 2015

My love affair with running starts

Hello Friends!

As many of you may know, the past year I have dived into the pool of fitness! I went from being pretty much sedentary to running four 5K's,  one 4 mile Dune Dash, one 10K, riding my bicycle for several 100 miles, lifting weights, walking, cross-country skiing, and just enjoying having to catch my breath and wipe the sweat from face. I can't believe how many years of my life I spent sitting on my butt, watching television, reading, and being on the internet. When you do nothing every single day it's very hard to start doing "something." But I was determined. I was tired of being tired. I didn't like the reflection that stared back at me. The unhappy face. The face that carried extra weight and sadness. So I decided that I was going to change. I started by downloading the C25K app. I took some time and looked at each week to see what I was going to have to accomplish on the treadmill (March in Michigan last year was VERY cold, plus we had a TON of snow...so running outside was not something I even considered!). The first few weeks looked doable and I thought to myself, "you've got this!" Ha! Little did I know that years of sitting around did a lot of damage to my health. Nothing was easy, but I instantly felt better after each workout. Not only did I feel better, but I also started to feel empowered. As the weeks went by the length of time I was able to run increased. My self confidence started to amp up and I knew that I could actually run a 5K!! My best girlfriends encouraged me to sign up for The Color Run and even went so far as to run it with me!  When they did that I knew I had surrounded myself with a group of women who knew how to love and support each other. I knew I had found my "tribe." With them by my side, I crossed my first official finish line and fell in love with running. There was no turning back for me, I was hooked!




Sunday, February 8, 2015

Life is a crazy thing!




Wow! Can't believe that it's been months since I last sat down and posted on my blog. I think I was trying to force something that just wasn't there...you feeling me?? Now, I have something brewing in my head and in my world that I'm excited about, so posting doesn't appear as if it will be a problem, at least for now...wink, wink!

What has been going on with me over the past months?? Not a lot, really. Just living, loving, and dreaming. Dreaming about finishing my Bachelor's Degree. Dreaming about maybe, just maybe, making a passion into a business. Dreaming about getting healthy for my Half-Marathon in October. Dreaming of warmer weather....ha! So many things are just bouncing around in my head that I thought now would be a really good time to get them down in writing. Sometimes I forget I have a blog. Probably because it was so centered around books that I just don't think of it as my way of documenting my life. I'm still a reader, but it no longer defines me nor my blog. I've tossed the idea around of changing the name, but then decided that I like it. So the name stays, but the focus will certainly change. If you want to visit that's great...here's what I'm going to be talking about on my blog, Life in the Thumb:

  • running
  • eating healthy
  • juicing
  • green smoothies
  • going back to college
  • half-marathon training
  • my kids
  • my husband
  • our adventures
  • books and why they made an impact on me (or how they were a waste of time!)
  • tech stuff...now that I'm a tech girl!
  • my life's philosophy
  • brainstorming ideas about how to get a business up and running!
  • my dogs
  • friends and friendship
  • whatever tickles my fancy!
I'm excited and feel like now IS the time to start blogging again! 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where does the time go????

Good Intentions- I have many of them and some I actually follow through and complete, while others tend to languish on the back burner. Much to my chagrin, life got really busy once school started back in session and the time that I had available to myself was not spent creating a post for my blog or spent updating my look. I rode my bicycle, went for walks, ran a few miles, read a few chapters, and spent time with my family.

What I do intend to do- Is to start posting again, now that I think I have a grip on the crazy job and the stress that comes with it. Time management is something that I struggle with and am always looking to improve upon. I feel confident that I can still be creative on my blog, interact with those that stop by and comment, and still have time for my life.

What is happening right now- I'm getting everything in order right now because at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning I will be heading to the D to run a 5k on Belle Isle. I am a Michigan native, but I've never ventured to Belle Isle so not only am I excited to see this state park for the first time, but I'm also excited to be running with so many women.

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What I am currently addicted to- Project Life App for my iPad!! I went a little crazy and created 3 scrapbook pages immediately and didn't get to bed until 11:30!! I created this collage yesterday to inspire me for my run tomorrow.

What I am currently reading and listening to- Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst. Loved the first book in this series, Searching for Someday. When I saw this one at Target I had to get it. I am currently listening to Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Loving this one so far and it made me pedal my bike an EXTRA 4 miles yesterday just to finish the chapter. I also listen to audio books when I'm going for a long walk.

What's going on in your life today?


Sunday, August 24, 2014

I see you....



Just saw this on Elephant Journal and it really made me stop and think.  As I have re-evaluated my life this past year, I know that I've been guilty of looking at people, but never really seeing them. I'm learning to slow down and connect. Look people in the eyes as I ask them how they are today. Stop and listen with my whole being and just exist in the moment. Keeping my phone in my pocket and all of my attention focused on that person. I think we need to do more of this on a daily basis, until it becomes a part of who we are as a people. We need to turn off the phones, tablets, computers, and televisions. We need to appreciate the silence, the moments, the here and now, and engage in LIFE!

Your thoughts???

Saturday, August 23, 2014

It's been a long time.....

Hello Friends!!

Not sure if anyone will read this or not, because quite honestly my blog fell right off the map way back in August of last year. There's a lot to the story as to why my blog went silent and I'm ready to share some of that with you, my real friends, who have stayed in contact with me on FB, Twitter, and emails.

I've decided that my blog will get a refreshed "look" and also will be more about my journey and what has brought me to where I am today. It will just be me writing and sharing....if you're interested and want to stop in and say "Hello" that's great. If you're not because my focus has steered away from review books, that's okay too! I understand, truly I do.

Within a week or so I hope to have the template in place and will be getting "real" with what has happened in my life over the past year and how things have changed.

I'm actually excited about blogging again, and quite honestly, I'm excited about the no pressure aspect of it by removing myself from "reviewing" books.

Looking forward to catching up with you all!!

Staci