Category Archives: My Opinion (and that’s all it is)
I’m not a person who promotes products or tells you not to use something unless I have a reason behind it. As from previous posts, if you have been following me for a while, you all know my daughter has eczema. We were fortunate enough to find goat milk soap by sheer coincidence on field trip we took once. It was an amazing product that almost totally cleared up her skin. But even with that she still had places that did not go away. As a mom, I was still upset about it. I mean what mom would not be right?
So as time went by, those places stayed on her skin. We got to the point were we had hydrocortisone on hand constantly to keep the flare ups down. During this time I was searching online for anything to help her when I happened upon research done in the UK on the chemicals “methylisothiazolinone” and “methylchloroisothiazolinone”. The research done on those chemicals basically was stating that there was incidence of skin related allergies to use products containing these chemicals. In other lab tests it has also been said to possibly cause nerve damage. There are a lot of articles concerning this. Some can be found at the following links:
I know a lot of these articles are considered bias. And I also know that a lot of people will think that regardless of what I have said above will believe some how I am benefiting from telling you to stop using products that contain these chemicals. If that was true I would list the shampoos that we now use because it does not contain it. We started out with the cheapest brand and at that time was the only one that did not contain it. This was 3 years ago. She no longer has any visible signs of eczema. She has not had a flare up in at least 2 of those 3 years. We stopped using the products that had it in after she started using goat milk soap. I am not saying 100 % that the above chemicals caused her eczema but what I am saying is that these chemicals did make it worse. And when I took them out of use in our house she no longer suffered. To me that is proof enough to say there is an issue. On a side note, I am not paid to promote in products but if you would like to know the three brands of shampoo that we have found for your own benefit. Drop me a message and I will be glad to share.
Today is April 7, 2017 and it is designated World Health Day by WHO – World Health Organization.
If you have not done at least 30 minutes of physical exercise today….there is no time like the present!!
- Get up and go for a walk in the beautiful spring day.
- Do 30 minutes of yoga
- Do 30 minutes of cardio
- Go out and clean up your yard or flower beds
- Just do something!!
Happy World Health Day!!
Ok I have to get my geek on. Today is the official day for that pesky little number that we have to use to determine the diameter of a circle 3.14!! Here are a few little tidbits of history about PI
- The ancient Babylonians generally calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius (=3), but one Old Babylonian tablet (from ca. 1900-1680 BCE) indicates a value of 3.125 for pi.
- Ancient Egyptians calculated the area of a circle by the following formula (where d is the diameter of the circle): This yields an approximate value of 3.1605 for pi.
- The first theoretical calculation of a value of pi was that of Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BCE), one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the ancient world. Archimedes worked out that 223/71 < < 22/7. Archimedes’s results rested upon approximating the area of a circle based on the area of a regular polygon inscribed within the circle and the area of a regular polygon within which the circle was circumscribed.
- A novel way to compute pi: An eighteenth-century French mathematician named Georges Buffon devised a way to calculate pi based on probability. Buffon’s method begins with a uniform grid of parallel lines, a unit distance apart. If you drop a needle of length k < 1 on the grid, the probability that the needle falls across a line is 2k/. Various people have tried to calculate pi by throwing needles. Depending on when you stop the experiment, you can obtain a reasonably accurate estimate of pi.
- The symbol for PI was introduced by the British mathematician William Jones in 1706, who wrote:
This symbol was adopted by Euler in 1737 and became the standard symbol for pi.
source for info: http://ualr.edu/lasmoller/pi.html
Ok enough of the geekiness 🙂 ….lets go have some PIE!! Have a great PI DAY!!!
So as you all know I have not been posting a lot this past month. The holidays, family, and me revaluating me. I refuse to make New Year’s resolutions because…let’s be honest…no one ever keeps their New Year’s resolution. So instead of doing that I am reiterating the goal I intend to achieve: I am going to improve my eating habits, continue to do the exercising that I have been doing, and I am going to lose the weight I have left to lose.
In the last month I have discovered that when I made a decision not to allow people to control what I do or how I choose to live…I have started to live what really seems to be a better life. And as much as I hate to admit it because I hate to see people care about unhappy, I am actually happier and a lot calmer. I am glad that I no longer ( or at least most of the time) allow certain people to get under my skin. My holidays went a lot smoother then in years past. Does that mean I don’t go around my family or want to talk to them? No it just means I know how to manage myself and not worry about what everyone thinks or says.Thank goodness I made the choice I did 11 years ago.
A few things I want to accomplish this year…more goals then resolutions…just have to put my best foot forward:
- continue to improve my health with my fitness goals
- continue to pay down any debt we have (extra on house payment)
- manage myself better
- be a better parent especially now that my kids are teenagers
- be a better wife 🙂
Overall, I think this year is going to be a great one. I think it will be a little challenging in some areas but I know we will be able to do it. I know I will be doing more for myself to improve me and help my kids and husband do well for themselves. WE will accomplish what we set our minds to do. So here is to the first step…we will be great!!
As we set our tables for another beautiful Thanksgiving, I want to share what I am grateful for. I am grateful for all of my family. I am thankful that I am able to have a wonderful day with all of my family. I appreciate everything that this closeness to my family brings. I am fortunate to be able to be near my family and be able see them everyday. I am thankful I have a roof over my head. I am glad I have a job that I am able to bring extra money into our home. I am glad we are able to put extra money towards paying our house off (approx 6 1/2 years left). I am happy that I have found everyone here on WordPress. Most of all I am thankful I can wake up every morning (even if it is at 3:45) next to the man who has given me two amazing kids and loves me just for me.
I was reading a post earlier from one of my favorite bloggers A Momma’s View and it really got me thinking. I am normally a high energy person and when I’m up in the morning, I’m up. Out of my day I can honestly say I stay happy and energetic. That’s not to say I don’t have my down days because I do. I mean there are times I don’t feel good or have had a bad day….I am human 🙂 If I am having a down day I do everything I can to pull myself up and make it as great as I can. But what really got me thinking when I read the above post was how they always greet each other whether it be someone they know or are complete strangers. I had a boss tell me once that if you smile when you talk to a customer (I work phone help desk) it will come out in your voice. That is so true!! It also works when you greet people, whether you know them or not. I make a habit to say hello or at least give a smile and acknowledge someone is there because you never know, they might actually need that. It does not have to be a drawn out introduction or obviously going out of your way to say it. It could just be a simple wave, smile, or hello. It is infectious once you start. Try it! It will make you feel great and you might make someone’s day!!
I have been reading a lot of articles lately about women discovering how much they love themselves. Some have been great articles about women discovering how much they forgot about themselves and are rediscovering themselves. Then I read those articles about women (in my opinion and only apparently in my opinion) where they are not discovering themselves but rather it seems are giving up on themselves. This seems to me not so much that they are loving themselves but rather telling themselves they can do no better and have to accept that there is no alternative to their situation. I am surprised how much women (again in my opinion) tend to take themselves in such disregard and not care what happens. They think or accept in some cases that they have no alternative. There is always an alternative to any situation, but it is up to the person to make that decision for themselves.
Sometimes it takes something to happen to make you realize you have to change. It did for me. It took me to almost reach 190 pounds (I know it does not seem like a lot but it was for me) and my doctor tell me she was going to put me cholesterol meds. It took me to realize that if I did not change I would have to take pill so I could continue eating myself to death. Then the final straw was when my son went to the doctor and I was told he was overweight. I told myself I had to change…not just for myself but for my son. So I made that choice first for myself (because I have to do it for me) and second for my son (because I have to set the right example for him). It’s not easy. It did not happen overnight. I will not allow it to continue.
The reason I brought this up is because I am so tired of seeing women bash each other because of each other’s decisions. But I also am so tired of seeing people saying how them being fat is perfect or beautiful or healthy…or all the hate being thrown at people who are trying to lose weight to make themselves healthier. If you are happy (no matter your size) great!! I am glad for you. But do not try to convince me that I should be happy when I know my health is at risk because of the extra weight I have put on. Do not try to tell me it is normal for me to be this way and I should accept my curves, or my soft belly, or should be happy because I “look good” for my age. I have heard all this. I am not a self hater. I have a very high self-esteem and do not need anyone to tell me that I look good or that I am just “the right size” for my age, or that I should be “happy I look the way I do” after having two kids. Without sounding cocky or over-confident: I LOVE MYSELF!! This is the reason I am doing this. Not to fit a certain expectation. I do not want to put some chemical in my body that they really do not have any idea of the long-term effects just because I cannot stop eating. I am not going to allow them to do that to my son. And to be honest, neither should you.
I do not hate on anyone that makes a conscious choice of doing either way. I accept everyone for who they are and what they are. I have been told too many times in my life that I am different, not their type, don’t speak the way they do, don’t dress the way they do…and what ever else. I never fit in anywhere I went. I don’t fit any mold…none of us do!! We are all different!! The bashing of each other should stop…we will not get anywhere with it. Love others….and most of all Love Yourself!!
I sit here writing as my daughter’s birthday is in a few weeks and I think how her future is just beginning and looks so bright. I see what her potential is and I know she will be amazing in whatever she chooses to do. I then begin to think I about how my life is now and I think about how old I am getting. Sometimes it feels as if I have reached a point where there is nothing new for me to see or do, but it all changes when I look at her. I realize then at that moment my life is still new and I still have so much to see and do. I realize I am still a work in progress. Like a play that is still unfinished waiting for the next part to begin. Thank you sweetie for reminding me of my potential as you are realizing yours.
Honestly I wonder why I try to make an attempt to rebuild burned bridges. I honestly try to make amends but when I make the attempt it seems that I am being pulled back into a ridiculous, nonsense, stressful situation. I feel I am being manipulated all over again so this person can get what they want or just for them to cause chaos in my life because I am in a better place then I used be. That they just want to pull me back down into the muck and make me what I used to be. Their jealousy is so strong. I love them so much but this last time I went to visit I could just feel the manipulation in everything they said. I find out everything we talked about was twisted and turned into something that none of it was meant to be. I should’ve learned but what can I say, maybe I’m a glutton for punishment…? I am not going to let them drag me back. I am not going to fall into those destructive habits. I am a better, stronger person. But it is so hard when it is someone you love and care about so much and they know it and use that to make your own self doubts and insecurities come out. Sigh…not much can be done.
All I know is burned once, burned twice it can be forgotten. Burned three times then I am the fool. I won’t be doing it a third time.
I am thankful for everything that I have. It took me a long time to get where I am both mentally and physically. I have reached a point in my life that I have accepted myself as to who I am. I have learned that as much as you would like to stay around people because you love and care about them, it might be in your best interest to keep your distance for your own sanity. I’ve had to make choices that 10 yrs ago I did not ever think I would. Does this mean I have taken them completely out of my life? No but what it means is that I limit my exposure. I have also learned that you can’t help anyone who really does not want to be helped no matter how much they need it. Does this mean I stop trying to help people? No but I learned like the old saying ” You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink”. It is so true in so many ways. I also learned not to set you expectations up so high that people can’t live up to them. I was so guilty of this when I was younger. I would always think that when people expected the highest of me I could do likewise. Boy was I wrong. I cannot tell you how many times I was so hurt and disappointed. It made me miserable almost to the point where I thought I was doing something wrong. Finally I came to the realization that no matter what I thought, felt, or did it would never meet their expectations. When that happened, I can’t tell you how amazing it felt. It was like the weight of the world had been removed from my shoulders.
It took a lot of focus and will to get out of that state of mind and the path was probably the rockiest and hardest path I had ever been on to that point. Because no matter how hard I tried, it wanted to suck me back down into old habits. I can’t tell you how easy I would have been to go back down that path. But I haven’t and I won’t. My life and path are so much calmer and peaceful. I feel so amazing. When I think back on what I went through to get this point it was so worth it.
Now I am 38 almost 39 and the person I am is a much better, more stable, more confident person then I was 10 yrs ago. I can look at life so much clearer and not have to wonder if I am meeting someone else’s expectations or trying to match someone else’s opinion of what I should be. I am the only one that is in power of my life and destiny. I do believe the way you feel determines how everything works out….and I feel amazing!!