HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

As you’ve probably noticed — today is my wonderful mom’s birthday. At the moment she’s celebrating in Florida with her mom and sisters. Fortunately for the rest of us at home, she’s flying home tonight! I’ll be picking her up at the airport and will be spending the rest of the evening with some of our friends at our normal Wednesday watering hole.

To Mom on your birthday:

My Miracle Mother

Mom, I look at you
and see a walking miracle.
Your unfailing love without limit,
your ability to soothe my every hurt,
the way you are on duty, unselfishly,
every hour, every day,
makes me so grateful
that I am yours, and you are mine.
With open arms and open heart,
with enduring patience and inner strength,
you gave so much for me,
sometimes at your expense.
You are my teacher,
my comforter, my encourager,
appreciating all, forgiving all.
Sometimes I took you for granted, Mom,
but I don’t now, and I never will again.
I know that everything I am today
relates to you and your loving care.
I gaze in wonder
as I watch you being you—
my miracle, my mother.

By Joanna Fuchs

Happy Birthday Mom!

Some back news: I started physical therapy and am starting to feel better. My therapist described by condition much better than my back expert doctor. Everything that I thought I was doing to help my condition was actually just making it worse.

Food: Last night I had some Pierogies. They’re really filling, delicious, and low fat. This morning I had oatmeal mixed with naturally sweetened apple sauce and cinnamon. For lunch I had a Jimmy John’s Unwich! It was so yummy. I got the Country Club (ham and turkey) and it was wrapped up in lettuce.

I used to have JJ on speed dial

 Now that I have a few more people following me, I wanted to give an explanation on why on earth I tell the whole world what I eat every day and even take pictures of my food. It’s mainly for personal use. As many of you have probably heard, there are numerous benefits with keeping a food diary. It really allows you to monitor what you eat. It seems that the more you keep track, the better choices you make. In the past I have tried and tried to keep a private food diary. I needed a little extra commitment. If I continually post what I’m eating, when I think about eating something that I know is bad for me I will be less likely to actually eat it. Simple really. I would hate to have to write, “Yesterday for breakfast I had a McDonald’s egg, cheese and sausage sandwich, for lunch I had a juicy cheeseburger with fries, and for dinner I had steak and potatoes.” A little extreme, but at least for me — I make better food choices when anyone could look up and see what I’ve been eating. These are also the reasons why I record my daily work out activities.

Going nuts in the sandbox

Workouts: Yesterday I did Banish Fat Boost Metabolism (50 minutes of intense cardio). Today I did Level 2 of 30 Day Shred (total body work out) and Amazing Abs Work Out 3. Both days I have gone on 2.5 mile walks with Hunter. Also, today I had PT — which includes back, leg, and shoulder exercises.

Cancer Prevention Tip (from Prevention Magazine):

Make like a monkey. Or a bunny. Women who ate four to six antioxidant-laden bananas a week cut their risk of kidney cancer by 54%, compared with those who didn’t eat them at all, found an analysis of 61,000 women at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Gnawing on root vegetables such as carrots did the same. (To find them all — click here)

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