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Diet and Exercise Update

"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I realized this week that it has been six months since I made the drastic change to eliminate all gluten and dairy from my diet. Wow, six months! I think that is the longest I have ever stuck with a change in my eating habits. I can honestly now say that it is much easier than it was when I started back in January.

People ask me from time to time if I think that eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet has helped my autoimmune symptoms. It has not eliminated the symptoms but at this point, I feel that it has helped. On a few occasions I have intentionally eaten something with gluten or dairy in it and I have noticed a change for the worse either in my level of joint pain and/or in my asthma symptoms. In addition to that, I never have any gastrointestinal issues at all anymore and my menstrual cycle is mu…

Sometimes All You Need Is A Cheerleader

A few months ago, as I was recovering from a head on collision with an illness called Guillain-Barre as well as two blood clots in my lungs, I made the decision to take my physical well being much more seriously in terms of exercise. Prior to this, my exercise regime consisted of walking and occasionally doing some light weight lifting whenever I wasn't in the throes of a flare up of my autoimmune illness; which is called Sjogren's syndrome.

The problem with that though was that I was frequently in the throes of some issue related to the Sjogren's syndrome. However after doing a course of physical therapy that did wonders for me, I joined a new gym that has a pool as well as a variety of exercise classes. I was on high doses of steroids at the time I joined this gym and was experiencing no joint pain so I was able to push myself pretty hard. I summoned up the courage to attend a water aerobics class and fell in love with the pool for the first time in my life.

Since being…

An Afternoon with Wynonna Judd

Sometimes all it takes is just a smile to change somebody's weather
chase the clouds out of their sky.
Sometimes you got to give and not receive,
Sometimes you got to live what you believe,
Open your arms cause that's where it starts
Right here with you and with me,
What the world needs now is love. Love and only
love. A little help
from up above.
Fit to make a better day. Let's come together lay our differences
down. Spread it all around,
That's what the world needs now.

It happened sometime around the year 1992. A friend of mine introduced me to country music, in a country bar in Springfield, MA and despite the fact that I thought I didn't like country music, I fell in love with it. I even learned how to line dance way back then. I have followed country music for the past twenty years but I have always stuck with a few of my favorites from those years I spent line dancing when I was in my twenties. One of those favorites was and still is Wynonna Judd.

I have …

New Facebook Page!

Hello Readers,

This past week I decided to create a Facebook page for this blog. It can be found on the search box on Facebook under the same title: Thoughts and Ramblings on Life, Love, and Health or you can get to the page by clicking on the link here: Thoughts and Ramblings on Life, Love, and Health. If you like, once you get to the Facebook page, you can click the "like" box and then anything I write on that page (including blog posts) will automatically show up in your Facebook newsfeed.

I have been considering doing this for a while and finally decided to take the plunge because I deactivated by personal Facebook page after many years of having once. And yes, there will be a whole blog post dedicated to that topic sometime in the near future! The blog page is not a substitute for my personal Facebook page but rather an entire different entity. My goal for the page is to have it as an more of an interactive place to discuss blog entries as well as a forum to discuss a …

Whale Watching...Life Watching...

“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”  ~ L.A. Meyer

I have always loved the ocean, especially the New England coastline. Beaches, lighthouses, sand, boats, and scenic views are just the beginning of my love affair with the ocean. Add to that the sound of waves crashing the rugged shoreline as well as the smell of the salt water penetrating my nostrils and I am in a state of complete contentment. Pure joy even.

Up until last year, I was always more a spectator of the New England coastline and it's vast Atlantic Ocean rather than a participant. I would walk beaches scouring for shells and tour lighthouses but with the exce…