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I’m Ba-ack! As Best I Can, Anyway.

I’m sorry I haven’t written in so long. I wish I could blame my absence on writer’s block, an early and fortuitous move, or being busy doing something I love, but I can’t.

Unfortunately, I have fibromyalgia. Pushing myself over the winter to work on the blog while trying to work on the house while transitioning jobs while doing the holidays while getting sick from the germs of being around new germ factories kids was too much. I crashed, pretty hard. I ended up being mostly bedridden, sick (still coughing), having to drop to 16 hours a week at work (and still sometimes calling out), and feeling so bad that I actually applied for disability (both disability and SSI were denied; I’m not appealing right now since I feel better).

But the bedrest and forced slow-down helped me immensely. I was able to start to recuperate. We went from eating whatever fast thing I could throw together to eating less-processed fast things I could throw together. *Quick meal tip: you can boil potatoes ahead of time with the skin on and then just scrape or rub the skin off when you’re ready to use it with either your fingers or a spoon edge. Even the big baking potatoes!

I’ve been able to go back to working five days a week, with 1 or 2 of those days being longer than 4 hours. I hope this holds up because the class I’m working in over the summer has two field trips each week starting next week until school starts.

Unfortunately, I also have ADHD, so when I started feeling better I was still too disorganized and scattered to work in “time” for posting. I finally just pushed over the edge this morning to get my foot back in the door.

I’m going to be posting more frequently, but no promises yet as to how frequently (due to being scattered, disorganized, etc). I plan to post on lifestyle “stuff,” which for me will mean posts on the following:

  • homesteading
  • decluttering
  • home management (possibly slanted for someone with chronic conditions that affect memory, as both ADHD and fibromyalgia do)
  • life management – I expect lots of trial and error here
  • vegan recipes – starting with simple smoothies (I make one for breakfast these days)
  • our animals
  • Kaida and her art
  • homeschooling
  • home repair/renovation or random building projects that I do. I’m not trained to build, but I like doing it so, why not? Don’t follow my building advice! Maybe just use my stuff as idea generators.

I’m probably forgetting a lot of what I want to talk about; my brain just stopped. I guess that my clue to wrap it up!

See you next time!

SQUIRREL! Just kidding! I remembered that I want to also post (and maybe even write about) interesting articles I find about ADHD, fibromyalgia, general health/nutrition, or maybe anything else… 😉

The Good – Plants To Fight Diabetes

Following yesterday’s post on plants and heart health, how about learning how plant-based diets deal with diabetes?

How about prevention (1 minute 35 seconds)?

How about treatment (1 minute 31 seconds)?

How about reversing diabetes (4 minutes 12 seconds)?

Next up, Alzheimers. Stay tuned!

The Good – Plants For Heart Health

I know the last post had a long video about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and that a lot of people won’t have the time to watch an 84-minute video. How about less than 6 minutes each? Sound more doable?

How about 1 minute 16 seconds?

Also 1 minute 16 seconds?

Or 1 minute 29 seconds?

Dr. Greger has a ton more videos and information, but I think you get the idea. 🙂

The Good – What Eating More Plant-Based Does For You

I said I’d talk about the health aspects of eating a more plant-based diet, but honestly I am only going to be able to scratch the surface. There is so much research into the benefits of fruits and vegetables that there’s no way I could put even a fraction of the information in one post. So I decided to use a video! And an infographic. 🙂

Dr. Michael Greger of is a very smart, funny guy. Dr. Greger and his team read through every published nutrition-related research journal published in the English language and make short videos and blog posts to help educate people as to how what they’re eating affects them. He also puts out an annual talk detailing the most recent dietary research for the US’s top 15 killers.

Here is is his most recent talk. It’s 84 minutes, but he does have a shortened 17 minute version.


And now for the cool infographic:

PlantBasedBenefits REVISED

Weight Loss Beginnings – Bet On Yourself With DietBet

So I posted in January that I was joining three Diet Bets. They have now finished and I am happy to announce that I met my goal for two of them! The third one started when I had a little less water weight and I wasn’t quite able to lose enough (though I was less than 1 lb away). Overall, a good start.

Diet Bet - Not Me!Diet Bet photo – not me!

I have decided to join more Diet Bets in an effort to keep up the motivation and momentum. I have even adjusted our daily schedule (which we are still working on trying to stick with) so that Kaida and I can have 45 minutes every weekday to exercise together. I hope that will help her grow up with the habit of exercise as well as eating fairly healthy.

My current Diet Bets are:

  1. The Transformer – Feb 23, pot as of 2/21/2016 = $21,775. February 23 – August 22 to lose 10% of your body weight. I saw a Transformer that started in early February has a pot over $100,000 so I expect this to go up substantially.
  2. Love Yourself with Amanda and Stephanie, pot as of 2/21/2016 = $25,305. February 22 – March 20 to lose 4% of your body weight.
  3. Shred Pounds with Weight Loss with Annamarie, pot as of 2/21/2016 = $4,340. February 22 – March 20 to lose 4% of your body weight.

In an effort to get better results, I’m making the following changes:

  1. Eating a cleaner vegan diet with more frequent large salads. I have not been very good about having a salad a day and tend to let the last half of the greens get old enough to go to the ducks. I use a mix of greens from Sam’s Club: salad mix, kale mix, and spinach.
  2. Doing weights three times a week. I’m using the Stronglift 5 X 5 app. You can see and track the exercises for free. There are extras that you have to buy the upgrade for, such as warm-up videos and weight calculators, but I haven’t sprung for the upgrade yet.
  3. Walking or following dance fitness videos three times a week. Two of those days are weekdays scheduled with Kaida, but the third I have to do before she wakes up on Saturday due to our schedule. Sorry, babe!
  4. Jogging on a rebounder/mini trampoline for 10 minutes six days a week. This is more for lymph flow than hoping it will count toward exercise. I have one with an attached handlebar like this one.
  5. I already eat only oatmeal, brown rice, or whole wheat bread as my grains (usually). I may need to plan better, cook my own rice from scratch with no oil instead of using the wonderful precooked rice and quinoa from Costco/Sam’s Club, and maybe try making my own bread. I found a mix and dump recipe for whole wheat bread that I may try. I’ll write about it as soon as I try it.
  6. Making sure I drink 8-10 cups of water a day. I want to make some of this be herbal teas on a regular basis. I’m trying to get consistent about drinking 2 cups of decaf green tea and 2 cups of roasted dandelion root tea each day.

The above will be in addition to regular activity such as walking to feed the animals, lifting feed bags (only biweekly anyway), walking/moving in the gym at work, and working on outside projects here. Here’s to better health in the long run! Hopefully I will soon have my own transformation photos to add.

Again, not me!Again – not me!

What have you found to help you lose weight? Tell me below!