Friday, September 28, 2007

Water Water

Looks like the water intake is up and things are better. I have been drinking so much H2O lately my eyeballs are floating. But seriously, it is helping. I am keeping a water bottle with me all day. This includes trips to the hockey arena and supermarket. I am no longer tempted to buy a soda or energy drink. Staying hydrated is the first thing in getting your body to run correctly.

I have started a morning routine with the dog as well. I get up and take her for a nice long walk down the road, though I am not sure she thinks this is good. She is ready to turn back at the end of the driveway and let me tell you- when a Saint Bernard wants to turn back- it's hard to argue! But it is getting better.

Daily food intake is like this:


Oatmeal- I mix one pack of the maple/ brown sugar w/ some plain
Juice- usually apple

sandwich and either a salad or soup

a banana for an energy boost

baked something either chicken or fish
LOTS of veggies and a piece of fruit (does apple pie count?) for dessert.

NOTHING after 7 pm but water.

We'll see how long this lasts.

Thinking I should get some MaryJanesFarm food bars to keep in my purse for weak moments!

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Until one is committed there is hesitance,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation)
there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills
countless ideas and splendid plans;
That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would
otherwise not have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen
incidents and meetings and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can - begin it -
boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

W.N.Murray - The Scotish Himalayan Expedition 1951

Friday, September 21, 2007

My New Leaf on Life

My fortune read... "Walk the straight and narrow path". But what did that mean?? I was so far out in the field I couldn't see any path. So my first job was to find the path. It happened the day my husband went in for his DOT physical. He failed the blood pressure test. He was told his blood pressure was 148 over 98 and he had to get it under control or he would lose his commercial drivers license. So he decided to check it often at the local pharmacy that has a blood pressure tester. Just for fun I thought I should test mine.

Now I was always the one in the depth of labor with blood pressure around 110 over 76, and that's during LABOR!!!! so I step up thinking this will be no problem. I almost fell off the chair when it came back 167 over 115. What happened to me? Thinking it could just be a fluke I did it again the next day, 158 over 109. Time to make some serious adjustments in my life.

So here I am starting this blog on the straight and narrow path to good health. I was inspired by some fellow farmgirls and will hopefully travel with them on this journey to better health.

I will be posting my daily intake, exercise regime and other changes I will make and see where it goes. I am a true believer in natural medicine and so I am choosing this route for all my medicinal needs. I do not recommend this to anyone else and it is simply a personal choice of my own. (though I would hope it gets you thinking and asking questions about the pharmeceutical companies)

So I start today. Weight is 225 and height is 5'6". Age 42 (almost) mother of 4, recently a non- smoker (well I am trying).

Well, here goes........