Notice of Changes

You will notice that some of my albums are "empty" on my Facebook page and that some pages and pictures are missing on here and on Natural and Free. Don't worry - they won't stay that way. :) In light of some recent events, I've had to watermark my photos and designed images. Until that is done and I get a chance to upload them, my FREE Fibro Banners and Badges and Inspirational Designs {By Me} pages will be down, and the albums under the same (or almost the same) names on my Facebook page will be empty, and pictures will be deleted and watermarked at various times for as long as it takes to get that done. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for understanding! In the mean time, if there is an image you would like that you saw or have an idea for a new one, feel free to email me or leave me a comment, and I'll do what I can to get one to you. :)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Monthly Milestones 2015 {7}


Today is the start of the seventh Monthly Milestones for 2015 - and Independence Day (Happy Independence Day, everyone!). The "rules" are still the same as always. I will be giving you updates on the first Saturday of every month on how I am doing physically, mentally, etc., and you can link up a post (or 3 or more) about some form of progress you are making, if you wish (see details below).  Being publicly accountable (as hard as it is) helps me out tremendously.  I hope you enjoy this link-up, will link up something inspiring and share it with others so that we can meet our goals together! :)

Here is how I am doing as of today:


Me today, July 4, 2015, at 233 lbs.

  1. My weight is back up again.  Boo!  I'm up a pound and a half since last month.  I was doing fantastic until this last week when things got a bit nuts.  Yesterday, I also forgot to take my thyroid pill and ate a lot of things that I don't normally, and it definitely had its ill effects from pain to bloating to lots of other things.  I really need to stop learning my lessons the hard way.  :(  I firmly believe that my weight would've been down again this month if I had not blown it.  What can I do but keep on trying?
      
  2. Warmer weather = lots of walking!   I've even gotten to go swimming (well, walking in a pool) with my mom during her aqua therapy (she's having a knee replacement soon, so she's doing aqua therapy to help strengthen her legs and such beforehand, and I'm her swimming buddy).  It's been really great!  I hope we have a milder fall and winter so I can walk more then, too.
         
  3. New diets are in the works at my house.  My middle kid and youngest have had some recent dietary changes.  We just discovered that they both are gluten/wheat sensitive (though not allergic), so we've cut it out of their diets.  I also noticed that (when I follow their dietary rules) I do better, too, so I've cut way back on the grains (though not so much rice), especially gluten/wheat.  We are doing a trial off of dairy for the 2 above mentioned kids, too, to see if that helps things further (they both have keratosis pilaris and bowel issues which have improved remarkably since the gluten-free diet has been introduced, and they both have better focus since going gluten-free, too).  So far, we've not noticed any real difference since removing the dairy, and that is saying a lot as we had at this point with the gluten removal.  We shall see!
       
  4. Life is slowing down, but very slowly! After next week, I should have a lot more free-time, so I'm hoping to post more.  We'll see if that happens!  Looks can be deceiving.
       
  5. Updates to the blogs are still coming.  I still have to do my updates on this blog and Natural and Free.  I am hoping to do that when I have some more free time.  I've made minor changes, but nothing like I want to yet.  Soon, I hope!
           

That's about it for now.  How are you doing?  Are you reaching your goals?  Have you tried something new?  Come up with a new recipe?  I hope all is going well with you, and I hope you will link-up a post telling me all about it or even leave a comment sharing your thoughts.  As always, I wish you the best of luck in all you do, and hope you will return soon! :)

And, Happy Independence Day, again, everyone! :)  I hope you enjoy your weekend with your friends and family, and remember that freedom is not free - so take time to thank those who served, who are serving or will serve for helping us get the freedom that we have to enjoy!
 




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