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My Lifestyle Page

As with other pages on this site, this page is drawn from a separate blog that I was keeping.  So you may find that you have read some of these articles.  It is my hope as I bring all my interests together under on title, that you may find something to bless your life.  So, with that… welcome to my Lifestyle page. The information you find here are about health and fitness – both physical and spiritual.


I’ve been thinking about my life lately… a lot.  I read a book the other day called “Ultimate  Health“.  It is written as a collaboration by Tony Jeary, Rick Wilson MD, Jennifer Engels MD and Tammy Kling.  There was something about this book that just hit my heart.  It really wasn’t until my second read, that this one little sentence screamed at me from the page.

“Be intentional about designing your own life.”  (page 40)

BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR OWN LIFE!!!!!

Designing my life!  What?!?!?!  I get to do that?  Well yes I guess I do.

This book has caused me some serious sleepless nights of late.  I’ve had some real heart to heart talks with myself in the wee hours of the morning.  I’ve prayed for wisdom and guidance.

So here’s what I’ve come up with:

1.  I am not as healthy as I should be.

2.  I do not exercise

3.  I am 7 years out from a diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer – More on that at a later post

So…  in September of this year, I turn 61 years old.  I am re-starting my goal of regaining my health.  I will be taking the next 365 days to bring myself back.  To begin designing my life, the life that God intended for me.

To learn more about me… click on the “About Me’ button.

My goal for this blog is to hold it as a witness to the next 365 days of my life.  Please know that I am a God-fearing Christian woman.  I make no excuses for my faith and I don’t hide it under a bushel basket.  I will not hold back on prayers, faith chats, etc.    This is not a blog about Theology… so we won’t be having those discussions here – well at least on this page.

I hope to be very transparent on this blog (while remaining semi-anonymous).  I will be posting everything I can.  I will post my food issues, perhaps an anonymous picture from time to time, as well as recipes/tips/hints that I come up with.  I am not an expert, if I was would I be in the shape that I’m in??? As for designing my life…  well I think that all of that is going to work itself out as this year moves along.

So….  having said all that….  here we go.

Click here to read my full review of the amazing book, Ultimate Health, on my Book Review Blog.

Low Carb Basics

I was in a used book store the other day and picked up a few cookbooks

I love to cook.  I love cookbooks.  And right now with trying to get my weight under control, I am on the hunt for cookbooks that will offer me suggestions to make my meal less boring.  I realize that this journey is not just about loosing weight, but making a total lifestyle change.  But I digress….

As many of you know, I’ve been told by my doc that my blood work shows that I am in the pre-diabetic category.  I sort of know what that means, but not really.  To me, the word “pre” is just that.  Pre…  meaning, I’m not there yet.  Could get there, or not.

Anyways…  as I sat down with these books to find something new to make, I came across a “jackpot” of information about Carbohydrates, Sugar Levels, Insulin, and Pre-Diabetes.

This is all found starting on Page 4 in the “Better homes and Gardens; Biggest Book of Low-Carb Recipes” copyright 2004; Meredith Publishing Company; ISBN: 0-696-22253-1.

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Diabetes Solution

This is a review that of a book that I found to be a wonderful resource. As I move along on this blog, this book will become very helpful.

The Diabetes Solution: How to Control Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes Using Simple Diet and Lifestyle Changes--with 100 recipesThe Diabetes Solution: How to Control Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes Using Simple Diet and Lifestyle Changes–with 100 recipes by Jorge E. Rodriguez

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Proper management of diabetes from the earliest stages is essential. If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, this authoritative guide to preventing, reversing, and managing the disease provides the help you need right now.

In The Diabetes Solution, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and dietitian nutritionist Susan Wyler tell you everything you need to know about this increasingly common disease—from diagnosis to treatment—including the difference between prediabetes and diabetes, ways to prevent serious complications, and the most effective medications and when to start taking them.”

This is not the type of book that I typically read. However, life circumstances have caused me to take a look at diabetes and all that it entails. This book gave me the answers that I was looking for. What I found is that diabetes is not for sissies! Knowing how and, more importantly, why you should keep your blood sugar in control takes work and commitment. With a good understanding of the causes and effects of diabetes, as you will find in this book, you can make wise choices and learn the how-tos and what-for’s of taking back control of your life.

In a very methodical way, the author presents the medical facts about diabetes and pre-diabetes in non-medical way. You won’t need a medical degree in order to understand the impact and ramifications of out of control blood sugar. In this book, you will learn how to control Type 2 diabetes and possibly reverse pre-diabetes utilizing lifestyle and diet changes found in this book.

Also included in this book are 100 recipes created by Susan Wyler, RDN that will help you to learn to eat smart. Add these delicious recipes to a regime of exercise and lifestyle changes and you can control your diabetes and reverse your prediabetes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa… : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.

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Ultimate Health

I just finished reading this book – Ultimate Health – for the second time and have begun to really work through each chapter of this treasure.  I’ll admit it, I’m going to be 58 years old in a week or so, and I am NOT even close to being healthy – forget about Ultimate Health.

So when I read this book…  it really made me think.  I come from a line of folks that live long lives… but the way that I’m going, that’s not going to happen.  So…  in addition to what I write here, the books I review, the stories I share, etc.  I am launching a new blog in a day or so (the bare bones are there already).  This blog is about the next 365 days.  One year in the life of a middle age woman… my return to wholeness and health.

I plan to launch the blog in a day or so, I do hope that you’ll join me over there as well as your support here.  I do appreciate you all that have “liked” and “follow me”. Continue reading