Sunday, 29 January 2012

One Little Piece of Cake Please......Not!!!


It happened again. I went to a pot luck tonight and told myself I could have just a “small piece of cake” and nothing more. Ok….I had my one piece of cake……and two cookies…..and a small piece of sponge cake L
I know what some of you are saying (at least the skinny ones sitting there eating your pealed apple as your big “ treat” of the day…..”she really needs to get control of herself and be healthy like me. If I can do it, she can”.) OK, is there a habit or addiction you need to get under control? I’m not trying to justify my bad habit by calling out yours but…..
Do you bite your nails, smoke, take drugs (illegal that is), have more clothes/shoes  in your closet than you need( think of all the times you need retail therapy for yourself) , pull your hair out,  procrastinate, overeat, drink (alcohol that is. If you want a “cold one” there’s ice water in the fridge ), complain a lot, have unforgiveness, obsess, do too much of an activity that your work/home life/family suffers (eg. Watch too much TV or computer usage), sexual promiscuity, under eating, AND the list could go on.
We all have our bad habits. Some are just easier to hide from people than others. Let’s be encouragers of one another. Cheer and help your friend that’s trying to lose weight instead of giving her a box of chocolates  as gift, pray and be by the side of someone who needs your physical presence  to kick the habit of….. (You fill in the blank here). Also, don’t feel ashamed to ask for help from your friends and family who you know will support, help and cheer you on.
Here’s a couple of my fav Bible verses:
Psalm 55:22
 22 Give your burdens to the LORD,
      and he will take care of you.
      He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Let’s cheer, pray and encourage each other on and depend on Him Who is able to keep us J

We all have made and will make mistakes. Let’s try and help each other when those times get tough no matter what the habit or addiction.

Friday, 13 January 2012


For any of you that are Trekkies out there, you know that this above line from Star Trek is when the illustrious Capt. Kirk would frantically tell  Chief Engineer Scotty to get him out of a “situation” by beaming him from some enemy infested planet where some of the crew have already been killed. (you know, that if you were the guy in the red tunic, you were NOT coming back!!). Ah yes, we saw what the future would hold for us with cordless phones (telecommunicators), computers that would think for us, space travel to unknown worlds, and those lasers that Scotty used to “beam” you up or lasers to shoot at the enemy and the lasers that Dr. McCoy used to heal you when you had your arm zapped off by a Klingon laser. All science fiction,right?
Well now we have those cordless phones, space travel is now available to those who can afford it, personal computers are the norm in most households, and we may not be able to have a “Scotty” to beam us up, but the world is a much smaller place with faster modes of travel. AND lasers are now the norm in many medical procedures.
I've experienced those lasers first hand. I've had three laser treatments on my hip from an old sport's injury (not a good idea to ride a horse you don't know, get thrown from said horse, hit a tree and then hit the ground).  When you're twelve you don't think about the fact that when you are 50, that old injury will crop up in the form of arthritis or bursitis or some other 'itis”. For me, it's bursitis.
Imagine not being able to exercise, shop for hours or not being able to go up the stairs using both legs one after the other. That's what it's been like for me since August when this hip problem cropped up.
I started seeing my osteopath ( a passive form of physio) who then suggested I get some laser treatments from the physiotherapist in the clinic. I was sceptical at first and a little nervous. All I felt was a slight warming but nothing more from the  Bioflex laser. When I came into the clinic that morning, I was my usual, slow, limping self but, when I got up from the laser treatment, I walked out of the clinic with no pain or limping!!! I was a believer in laser therapy! It's been a slow process but the laser treatments  have worked better and faster than regular physio or other conventional treatments. Because my pain site is so deep, even the lasers are going to take a few treatments along with some osteo and some Tylenol Arthritis (anti-inflammatory).  And on top of this, I discovered that there are lasers that can be purchased for home use! Who'da thunk?! & are two companies that make home use lasers.
Drug -free pain management is big business now with more people opting for less pills and more proactive treatments. And that's what makes me a believer in all of the above.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

In With the New....Out With the Old

Well, Christmas is over and we've all started a New Year in 2012. The tree is gone, the decorations are gone (except for a pretty wreath on the front of my house and one inside....I just tell my husband that they are "winter" decor :-D), the house has been cleaned and any baking, boxed candy etc. have been put in the freezer where it will be less tempting ( but seriously...have you ever tried a frozen peanut butter bon bon?!) Now, where to put all those gifts we got for Christmas. Mmmm......?
I just read on a site that is challenging people to de-clutter their homes one day at a time for 365 day in a row. Today's idea was to look at your walls and see if anything was there that you really could do without. Eg. like a picture that has no emotional attachment, an out-dated  craft etc.
I think this idea has some merit. Look around your home, room by room. What do you see?  A closet that you put "stuff" in, walls cluttered in pictures, crafts or spoon holders, a floor you can hardly see, a dresser (or any flat surface) that you can't see, MANY knic,knacs, too many plants of which some you keep forgetting to water, a garage that you can't get the car into, multiple items that you only need one of, clothes you haven't had on in months (or years) AND the list could go on....but you get the idea, right?
So what can you do without? But before throwing things in the garbage consider what you can part with to give to a loved one, a friend or to charities. Please be considerate though that you don't force things on people with a guilty pout on your face if they really don't want your black dress with the football player shoulder pads from 1987. Maybe you didn't wear it "that many times" and "it's just like new" but to them, you've just insulted them. AND please don't donate garbage to charities either. They have to pay to have all that un-saleable stuff taken to the tip (dump). 
So here's to a very Happy New 2012 with thoughts of doing without so much excess in our lives.