Better You Project/Challenge 5

PAY IT FORWARD

Okay so you should still be drinking your 1/2 – 1 gallon of water a day, taking vitamins, eating a raw veggie a day, and if you could give yourself a mask at the end of the week for your skin that would be great.

This week I want you to PAY IT FORWARD.

What do I mean?? 

Don’t do something for yourself this week DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE!!

By the end of the week I want you to pay for coffee for the person behind you in line and ask the barista to write pay it forward on their cup of coffee, I want you to help motivate someone to be better and do better like you are trying to do and then ask them to pay it forward, and so on. FIND SOMETHING!! It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are doing something nice for someone else. It doesn’t require money you can find ways of paying it forward without spending a dime!

BY THE END OF THE WEEK PAY IT FORWARD!!!

See you next Sunday for the next challenge!

thanks for the photo ryzmomplus2.typepad.com

AGAIN*** GUEST BLOGGER: HYPOTHYROIDISM

Some of you let me know you were having issues seeing this post and so I re-posted it! Maybe this will help!

My mom, Twyla, learned a few years ago that she has hypothyroidism. I asked her to please share some things that she does to help fight it. Some people I have talked are frustrated losing weight because their thyroid prevents it. There are ways to get past it and she will share a few things to help, well at least we hope they help!

 Firemen's ball this year!

Firemen’s ball this year!

Hypothyroidism:  Please educate yourself on this disease

Several years ago I had what was later described as a TIA(mini- stroke). The first thing the physician did was to feel my hair and neck. My hair was extremely coarse and my neck was very thick and hard. They strapped a heart monitor on me and ran thyroid tests, among many other tests. In the end they really believed the attack was brought on by a thyroid issue. It took several months to find the correct dosage of the thyroid medicine.   The TIA was a gift from God. It changed my life. I had all of the symptoms  but many are very vague issues such as feeling tired, being cold, slower pulse, numbness in toes, weight gain, depression, irritability, slight memory problems or confusion, dry rough skin, muscle weakness, hair loss, muscle cramps, constipation, etc… I had always had a weight problem and I was always VERY tired because I live a busy life. I noticed the other things and chalked them up to stress and lifestyle habits. Also a good bit of times these things all don’t happen at once. They are usually gradual and that is why you don’t notice it. 

Rivers and I talk about this issue quite frequently. She has been such an inspiration to me and is one of the reasons I have shed so many pounds in the last couple of years. I am inspired by her and value her opinion. I feel so much better when I control the disease and it does not control me. I am not a doctor but these are the things that help me.

  1. I ALWAYS take my medicine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (I keep the pill and water right by my bed).
  2. I wait 30 minutes to drink my coffee caffeine blocks the absorption of my medicine)
  3. I wait around 2 hours to eat breakfast (I get up at 5:00 and eat breakfast at 7:00)
  4. I do not take any of my other meds until 7:00. (Blood pressure/vitamins-etc.)
  5. I always look up new medicine even supplements and food to see their influence on the thyroid.
  6. I do not eat raw goitrogen foods such as kale and cabbage (anything in the broccoli family) I will eat moderate amounts of these foods cooked.
  7. I try to avoid soy – gluten- fatty foods- walnuts (some days are better than others)
  8. I do not drink grapefruit juice since grapefruit blocks the absorption of meds
  9. I have lost weight by portion control, physical exercise, mental exercise, loving myself as much as I do others in my life, and switching to healthy food choices. Working out helps speed up the metabolism which I need. Since I have the weight issues I make sure I watch what I eat and how much I eat.
  10. Stress is a main trigger for a dysfunctional thyroid. It is hard for the thyroid receptor cells to absorb the thyroid hormone when one is stressed so controlling my stress is a top priority in my life.
  11. I check my temperature to check on my thyroid function level (some people believe you can put a thermometer under your arm for ten minutes in the morning and if it is under 98 -you MIGHT have a thyroid issue.).

 I am not a doctor but these are a few things that help me in my daily life.  I learn new things every day about my thyroid. I know when my meds are wearing off or they are not working. The main symptoms for me are hot flashes or very extreme cold feelings, irritability, fatigue, and depression. My food intake is harder to control on bad days. My mind has to kick in and take over the duties of maintaining a normal eating pattern.  The more weight I lose the easier it is for me to control this disease.

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism – DO NOT give up! Fight and conquer it! It can be done! You just have to accept it, research, find ways to deal with it, and move on! You can live that great lifestyle again! You just need to plan and change your lifestyle!

I totally get this! After having gestational diabetes I KNOW what she means! I had to plan and be prepared! I feel like that with most diseases you have to accept, research, and prep/plan! She has lost SOOOO much weight even with her hypothyroidism! No excuses, right? Find a way!! If you have been diagnosed with a disease don’t feel hopeless! You can fight it! You CAN do it!

GUEST BLOGGER: HYPOTHYROIDISM

My mom, Twyla, learned a few years ago that she has hypothyroidism. I asked her to please share some things that she does to help fight it. Some people I have talked are frustrated losing weight because their thyroid prevents it. There are ways to get past it and she will share a few things to help, well at least we hope they help!

 Firemen's ball this year!

Firemen’s ball this year!

Hypothyroidism:  Please educate yourself on this disease

Several years ago I had what was later described as a TIA(mini- stroke). The first thing the physician did was to feel my hair and neck. My hair was extremely coarse and my neck was very thick and hard. They strapped a heart monitor on me and ran thyroid tests, among many other tests. In the end they really believed the attack was brought on by a thyroid issue. It took several months to find the correct dosage of the thyroid medicine.   The TIA was a gift from God. It changed my life. I had all of the symptoms  but many are very vague issues such as feeling tired, being cold, slower pulse, numbness in toes, weight gain, depression, irritability, slight memory problems or confusion, dry rough skin, muscle weakness, hair loss, muscle cramps, constipation, etc… I had always had a weight problem and I was always VERY tired because I live a busy life. I noticed the other things and chalked them up to stress and lifestyle habits. Also a good bit of times these things all don’t happen at once. They are usually gradual and that is why you don’t notice it. 

Rivers and I talk about this issue quite frequently. She has been such an inspiration to me and is one of the reasons I have shed so many pounds in the last couple of years. I am inspired by her and value her opinion. I feel so much better when I control the disease and it does not control me. I am not a doctor but these are the things that help me.

  1. I ALWAYS take my medicine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (I keep the pill and water right by my bed).
  2. I wait 30 minutes to drink my coffee caffeine blocks the absorption of my medicine)
  3. I wait around 2 hours to eat breakfast (I get up at 5:00 and eat breakfast at 7:00)
  4. I do not take any of my other meds until 7:00. (Blood pressure/vitamins-etc.)
  5. I always look up new medicine even supplements and food to see their influence on the thyroid.
  6. I do not eat raw goitrogen foods such as kale and cabbage (anything in the broccoli family) I will eat moderate amounts of these foods cooked.
  7. I try to avoid soy – gluten- fatty foods- walnuts (some days are better than others)
  8. I do not drink grapefruit juice since grapefruit blocks the absorption of meds
  9. I have lost weight by portion control, physical exercise, mental exercise, loving myself as much as I do others in my life, and switching to healthy food choices. Working out helps speed up the metabolism which I need. Since I have the weight issues I make sure I watch what I eat and how much I eat.
  10. Stress is a main trigger for a dysfunctional thyroid. It is hard for the thyroid receptor cells to absorb the thyroid hormone when one is stressed so controlling my stress is a top priority in my life.
  11. I check my temperature to check on my thyroid function level (some people believe you can put a thermometer under your arm for ten minutes in the morning and if it is under 98 -you MIGHT have a thyroid issue.).

 I am not a doctor but these are a few things that help me in my daily life.  I learn new things every day about my thyroid. I know when my meds are wearing off or they are not working. The main symptoms for me are hot flashes or very extreme cold feelings, irritability, fatigue, and depression. My food intake is harder to control on bad days. My mind has to kick in and take over the duties of maintaining a normal eating pattern.  The more weight I lose the easier it is for me to control this disease.

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism – DO NOT give up! Fight and conquer it! It can be done! You just have to accept it, research, find ways to deal with it, and move on! You can live that great lifestyle again! You just need to plan and change your lifestyle!

I totally get this! After having gestational diabetes I KNOW what she means! I had to plan and be prepared! I feel like that with most diseases you have to accept, research, and prep/plan! She has lost SOOOO much weight even with her hypothyroidism! No excuses, right? Find a way!! If you have been diagnosed with a disease don’t feel hopeless! You can fight it! You CAN do it!

Better You Project/Challenge 4

Kyoku for Men Lava Masque, 5 Ounce

This week continue to drink 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon of water everyday, take your vitamins, eat a raw veggies and BY the end of the week give yourself a mask/facial OR treat yourself to one at the local spa. Yes I know this sounds a little crazy for this to be a challenge….BUT how often do we take care of our skin? Not very. We are so busy a lot of times we forget to wash our faces at night! So yes this is a challenge!!

I LOVE this mask above…. YES it is a man’s mask but I love it! SO MEN feel free to give yourself a mask without the judgement…it is actually a requirement if you want to do this challenge in its entirety! So if anybody tries to bring hate you are being forced to by me (good excuse right?!)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ZSW7OC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00

The link above will take you to amazon where you can buy it for about $7! You will thank me!

Wash your face really good with warm water and soap then give yourself a really nice scrub, then put on this mask! I love the Kate Somerville scrub below BUT it is expensive ($80) and only use it on “special” occasions. Once a week I usually use the equate blemish control scrub for $2 at Wal-Mart! I love it as well.

Equate Beauty Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, 6 oz

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment-2 oz.

You can find the Kate Somerville on Amazon and Sephora. The Equate Blemish Control scrub is at Wal-Mart! Go make your appointment or grab you some mask so you can complete your task by the end of the week!

thanks wal-mart.com and amazon.com for the images

 

Sometimes we just need the beat the crap out of somebody or something….

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I mean really! Have you ever went and just beat the shit out of a punching bag? 

Sometimes yelling, screaming, and then just punching the shit out of something will make you feel 100 percent better. To me it is like crying! Sometimes when I can’t cry I yell or scream or (when we were at our house with our punching bag) I would go outside and just hit until I was exhausted. Then I would walk inside wipe the sweat off, get water, take a shower and I would be a new woman. Sometimes I think we just need to get out that aggression. Crying or talking  just  doesn’t  help..sometimes you just need to hit and kick until you can’t physically do anything else.

Sign up for a kickboxing class, or boxing lessons/class or buy a punching bag and hang it in your garage! The workout is one of the best that you can do and I promise you will feel like a new person who can take on the world when you are done! One of my favorite things to do is have Russell try to come at me and I get to punch his moving hands. We haven’t gotten to do it in a long time but when we move to the new house I am hoping we can start back a boxing workout together! There is no thinking about time…your thinking about what you will punch next!

We use to have punching bags, speed bags, etc.. in our garage so we also can do kickboxing workouts and interval training in the garage on rainy or cold days!

We use to have punching bags, speed bags, etc.. in our garage so we could do kickboxing workouts and interval training on rainy or cold days! It wasn’t perfect but it GOT THE JOB DONE! SORRY this was pano pict so the top part got a little choppy!