weekend web love

I haven’t forgotten! And it’s technically still the weekend, so I’m not even late.

I haven’t read too many articles or blog posts online this week; I’ve been too busy writing. However, I did spend some time browsing the catalog from this company: http://www.beeyoutiful.com/

I’ve used a few of their products, and they’re really great. Their catalog is truly outstanding. They call it a “catazine,” because it doesn’t just list products to buy. It has articles you can read on various health topics. So I definitely recommend you check them out.

That’s honestly all I’ve got this week though. I am continuing with water and yoga. I’m even adding some walking a couple of days per week. I think my next goal needs to be sleep, so I might post about that soon.

For now, it’s back to NaNoWriMo. Have a good one!

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steps leading to a health breakthrough

I promised in this post that I wouldn’t bore you with a bunch of back story.

I’m going to have to bore you with a little bit here, or this post (and my excitement) won’t make much sense.

Apologies.

For the female population, every 28 days or so an event occurs which (depending on the female) ranges from annoying inconvenience to utter torture and misery. We’re all adults here, so no biology lesson needed, but if the topic does make you squeamish or uncomfortable you have permission to bail now.

I can’t say I’ve ever been blessed with light, easy periods. But I can pinpoint the change from what was normal for me to what couldn’t be considered “normal” for anyone. It happened right after giving birth to my second child. My periods descended into something resembling a personal hell (of course she’s worth it).

Migraines that lasted for days. Flow so heavy I couldn’t stand up (I joked that it was biblical, like in Genesis 31 when Rachel told Laban that she couldn’t stand before him). Massive clots. And while my “before” periods lasted for five days, almost like clockwork, these lasted for anywhere from seven days to two weeks (or longer).

You can see where all this might interfere with my ability to live my life.

A couple of years ago, I started using a natural progesterone cream. Forget being worth its weight in gold–this stuff is diamonds or platinum or something. Not only did it help relieve my postpartum depression, it lessened the agony of menstruation. I also started using an evening primrose oil supplement and drinking a daily cup of red raspberry leaf tea (that stuff is nasty, but it works!). And I added this essential oil blend. Now I only had one or two days of heavy, I-can’t-get-off-the-couch flow. The total duration also went down to seven or eight days instead of ten or more.

Now for the good news: I am finishing up a period now. I’ve had the headache like always. I’ve had some cramping. BUT. No clots. No massively heavy flow–not even for a day or two.

I’m amazed. And relieved. And excited. And I’ve been trying to figure out what finally flipped that last switch.

I think I’ve got it. I did recently add Vitamin D, Coenzyme Q10,  and a Vitamin B complex to my supplement routine, but I’m not sure that any of those would have much effect on my menstrual cycle. Maybe they did though. And I’m certain the water and yoga was beneficial. But I was also drinking green smoothies the first couple of days of my period this time. I think that the high-octane nutrition must have played an important part. It certainly couldn’t hurt, right?

I think I have my next health goal, don’t you? Clearly I need more green smoothies in my life! 🙂

the first experiment, day 1

So I wrote a post giving lots of back story–the health issues I have that I’m trying to address, the history of those, what I’ve done so far, etc.

I deleted it. You’re welcome.

You don’t care about a bunch of history. And I’d rather just start moving forward from here than spend a whole lot of time explaining (and dwelling on) the past.

So let’s just begin in media res, shall we?

Supposedly it takes 21 days to make a habit. And trying to form too many habits at once doesn’t tend to work all that well (at least not for me). So I’m just going to pick one or two habits to work on for three weeks. Then another. And another. It will take awhile, but hopefully they’ll “stick” that way.

As the tagline suggests, some habits will be for my physical health, some for spiritual, and some for emotional/mental health.

The first two habits I’m tackling are drinking water and doing daily yoga. I’m pleased to report that on this first day I’ve already done Sara Ivanhoe’s “Daily Dozen” poses from Basic Yoga for Dummies. And although it’s only about 9:30 a.m. as I write this, I’ve already drunk three cups of water. Of course, the first day is the easiest–all that just-starting-out excitement. We’ll see how it’s going around Day 11 or Day 17.

Why did I pick physical habits to start with? Why not something spiritual? After all, I’m a Christian. I believe that we have a spirit, soul, and a body. And the spirit and soul are what’s eternal. Certainly spiritual health is more important than physical health in the grand scheme of things, so why not begin there?

Well, the reality is that right now we are living in earthly bodies. And while those bodies may not last forever, it’s pretty hard to focus on much of anything else when one’s body feels pretty crappy much of the time in the here and now. I’m not ignoring spiritual or mental health at the moment (some of my current habits for those areas would fall into that pesky back story category), and later habits will address those areas as well. But for now, I’m starting with the physical. And I do believe that will help the mental and spiritual in the long run.

What do you think? Would you rather address spiritual and emotional health before physical? Does order matter to you?

learning as I go

The blogosphere is a busy place. No matter the topic, someone out there is blogging about it. Niches are dominated by experts who’ve built their platforms by sharing their knowledge. And we all clamor for more and more of their advice and insight.

I am not an expert. Apologies if you thought I might be.

What I am is a student. I don’t attend school, but I’m always learning. I read books, blogs, articles. I attend webinars. I ask questions. I consider what might make sense for me and my circumstances. And I try things out.

Through all this, I’ve discovered some things that have made profound impact on my health. I’ve come a long way in the last couple of years. But I still have things to learn and a ways to go before I call myself “healthy.”

This space gives me a chance to chronicle what works–and what doesn’t. It keeps me accountable (I plan to post whether I’ve followed through on a particular thing or not. But having to post regardless makes it more likely that I will follow through).

And, assuming anyone actually ends up reading this, I look forward to having others join the conversation–sharing what works and doesn’t for them and their situations. I figure all we non-experts can learn a lot from each other.

So…if anyone does happen to be reading and feel like joining the conversation, who are some of your favorite experts on the web?