I Vowed….In Sickness and In Health

It has been a whirlwind week here at our house and I am preparing myself for it to continue for a while longer.

About a week ago my husband woke me in the early morning hours in severe pain. Without going into great detail, we ended up with the day off and me accompanying him to a few doctors offices throughout that day. By the end of the day he had a diagnosis, treatment plan, and some medications for his pain.

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Which brings us to today. Thankfully he is finding relief with the treatment and medication. Although, since this all came about he has noticed an issue that may last a lifetime and could be debilitating for his future. Which leaves me, as his wife, wanting to do anything possible to find a way for him to live happily doing what he loves to do and for us to be able to do it together. Again, at this stage of the ailment we are still hoping it resolves itself after the initial injury is healed but we just won’t know until it happens, if it happens.

For now, I’ll be honest, I am finding it hard to keep up with life. He is on weight restriction, which leaves almost everything to me with help from our son when he is around. I have found myself stress eating, which I hate to do so much. I have found myself back at the gym a few times already just to get in a good sweat and relieve some stress. I have talked with so many medical professionals in the last week that I often wonder if I could not be a doctor myself. Training for our upcoming trip has totally fallen off the agenda of things to do. However, we have been walking, which is something he was told to do to aid in his recovery along with foam rolling, water exercise, and stretching.

Our summer plans have been adjusted as much as possible. My son and I have already talked about how we will adapt our hiking vacation to make it easier on my husband if there is no improvement before then. And we have a few more doctor visits coming up and a few more tests scheduled that will hopefully give us answers we don’t have right now.

Until all this is resolved I plan to continue blogging but posts could be more sporadic at best. You will not see any kayaking adventures since that is on his “don’t do it list”. Although, we have and will be spending more time on the water with my SUP board. We have already bought him a new water toy(a big floating noodle) so he is able to enjoy the water with us and aid in his recovery all at the same time. He is not completely thrilled with the idea of no kayaking/SUP but in time I believe he will be back to paddling again.

For now I leave you all with one thought…..be thankful for good health!

 

 

 

Monthly Health Challenge: June 2015

Hello, Hello!

June is finally here and I am ready to celebrate summer and everything that comes with it. It’s also time for another monthly health challenge. With so much extra activity in the summer months I thought it would be a wonderful time to challenge everyone to this month’s goal.

June Health Challenge: Eat breakfast every single morning….big or small….just eat something.

For many individuals breakfast is the meal many of us skip. We can think up any excuse possible not to eat breakfast and it’s probably one of the easiest meals to prepare. At the same time, it’s also the meal that is most important to eat.

So let’s all make an effort to prepare, grab, or even drink at least something for breakfast. And just in case your all wondering, COFFEE is NOT breakfast! However, pair it with something like no bake granola balls and you can then consider it breakfast.

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Good Luck!

 

A Farewell To My “All Terrain” Immobility Boot

I am so ready to kiss this boot goodbye and hope to never ever see it attached to my leg again. I have been immobilized for 6 weeks. The first 4 weeks with no extra activity allowed and the last two with whatever I wished to do as long as the boot was on according to my doctor. From red light to green light I wasted no time.

I have worked the entire time.

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I have went fishing in the boat.

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I have hiked a bluff in this boot. (which was the hardest thing I did)

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I have went wild asparagus picking in this boot.

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I have sat on a pier in Door County watching my husband fish in this boot.

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I have sat on my porch reading in this boot.

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I have disc golfed in this boot.

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I have camped in this boot.

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I even had to repair my boot since apparently it is not made for all terrain activities. After hiking and disc golf even my boot needed a little TLC.

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A few hours of drying time and it was as good as new.

As of today, I will remove this boot, store it in the back of a closet somewhere and return to life as I knew it weeks ago. I have learned that with age comes moderation. Whether I like it or not my body is not what it once was and I need to treat it with a little more loving care than I have been. That being said, I will not stop doing what I love to do. I will just do it slower and with a little more care involved. My motto is and will always be

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Thank you all for your well wishes and support these past few weeks. Now….. let’s have some fun!!!!

 

 

March Health Challenge

Hello Everyone,

It’s another new month which means a new health challenge is starting today. Are you ready?

March is : Make and Take Lunch Month

Relax, you can do this one. It’s really quite simple. Not only will you be eating healthier than if you were grabbing lunch on the go but you will save SO MUCH MONEY by doing this for a month. Now who does not love having extra money?

Your goal should be to make and take your lunch Monday through Friday everyday this month. I would love to know who makes it, how much money you all save and if you will continue to do this after you see how easy and affordable doing this really can be.

Good Luck!

 

What’s For Dinner?

Here is what our meal plans look like this week. I hope I can inspire you all to prepare and enjoy a nice meal at home with your family. Plus, show you that with just a little planning, dinner is possible with a crazy lifestyle.

Sunday: pulled pork sliders, roasted fingerling potatoes, homemade low fat coleslaw

Monday: chicken fettuccine with veggies and crusty bread

Tuesday: smoked salmon salads

Wednesday: crock pot chicken noodle soup

Thursday: meatless tortilla taco stacks

Friday: pumpkin pancakes and chicken breakfast sausage or possibly leftovers

Saturday: make it yourself or starve:)

As always, if you see something that sounds good and you would like the recipe, comment or email me at rednatural1973@gmail.com and I will be happy to share it with you.

 

Ground Chicken Breakfast Sausage

During the holidays I had some time to experiment with a few new recipes and this one really was a great hit with my family.

I am a firm believer that breakfast is the best meal of the day. One of the foods we stopped eating on our journey to healthier living was breakfast sausage but that has come to an end since I did some experimenting in the kitchen. Breakfast sausage is typically made from pork and has way to much animal fat in my opinion to even think about being consumed occasionally much less more often.

Here is what I came up with made with 100% ground chicken, no fillers, and simply added spices that most people will have in their homes. Give it a try and see what you think.

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Ground Chicken Breakfast Sausage

1lb. of ground chicken

1 tsp. sage

dash of oregano

dash of red pepper flakes

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Mix these spices into the ground chicken until combined. Refrigerate this mixture for at least two hours or overnight like I did.

Over medium heat in a sprayed, nonstick pan gentle scoop roughly formed patties. Cook for about 12-15 minutes(depending on the size of your patties).

One pound of chicken made approx. 10-12 patties for my family.

 

Happy New Year/ January’s Health Challenge

Welcome back…..Happy New Year!!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday celebrations as much as we did here. I have been doing a lot of sleeping in…6am is spectacular, getting in some fierce workouts, eating yummy food, and to top all this, we even had our son’s 20th birthday to celebrate. Christmas day was the best….we did what we do best as a family and went hiking all day. Our son had the best scenery to capture in pictures, my husband found a few geocaches and I was just happy to be outside together as a family.

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Now it’s time to turn a new leaf and stick with whatever resolution you all decided to make for yourselves. Last year I challenged you all to get up and move for 30 minutes a day. This year I thought it would be fun to change the challenge every month to something new. Some months will be harder to accomplish and some months will be very easy, but all in all, it will be a healthy change for each and every one of us.

Every month I will update you all with the next challenge. There is no need to sign up, check in, report what you did or did not do unless you want to. I just ask that you have an open mind, try to create a healthier lifestyle and enjoy each and every months challenge with me.

Let’s start with January’s Health Challenge: Eat Two Pieces of Whole Fruit Every Day

Pretty simple some may say. Although, others may struggle with this like I will. I am not a huge fruit lover. I would much rather eat vegetables. However, I will make an effort to accomplish this and I hope you will try the same.

Good Luck!