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, November 5, 2016

Monthly Milestones 2016 {11}

Today is the eleventh Monthly Milestones of 2016.  If you want to share a milestone post, just leave a comment below with a link to your milestone post, and I'll pop over and visit it and leave a comment, and hopefully some of my other readers will, too. :)  Normally, Monthly Milestones, where I will be giving you updates on how I am doing physically, mentally, etc., will go live on the first Saturday of every month, though sometimes I may be a day early or late depending on circumstances.

Here is how I am doing as of today:

Me as of today, November 5, 2016, at 230 lbs.

  1. My weight is down 2 1/2 lbs!  I have recently discovered that I have a major issue with water retention which was causing a lot of trouble with me losing weight, along with some issues with stiffness/mobility.  I can gain anywhere from 2 to 5 lbs. overnight and daily due to said water retention issues, regardless of diet/exercise.  My doctor put me on a water pill (hydrochlorothiazide) for it, and it has helped a lot.  I just started consistently taking it, so we'll see how I do on it from now on.  So far, so good. :)
        
  2. The weather has been nicer for this time of year, so my activity level is still pretty high.  I'm going on walks as I can, and I'm determined to keep that up even after the temperatures drop as possible.  Pray that I'll be able to do that!  It is super key to my mobility and good health.  I'm also working on adding chores that I used to consider "once a year" or "once a month" to more often so that I can keep the activity level up...and the house being that much cleaner isn't a bad thing either. :)
     
  3. Dietary/lifestyle changes are still happening.  I am now officially off coffee - regular and decaf!  I feel like I am sleeping better (for the most part), so I feel this is a positive change.  I limit myself to black tea once a day, and any other is decaf, green tea or herbal.  I have noticed that the herbal teas tend to help with any colds or congestion wonderfully (I am thinking about sharing a list of my favorites on Natural and Free soon), too.  Green tea is supposed to help with weight loss, too, so - all positives here. :)  I am very excited about these changes!
        
  4. My health is still mainly stable for now.  I have not had any more weakness issues in awhile.  This is great!  I'm not sure if this is going to be permanent or temporary, but I'll enjoy it while it lasts. :)  I do deal with stiffness and some pain now and then that I associate with not being able to go to the chiropractor, but that tends to fade as the day goes on.  Please continue to pray for me in regards to my health.  I'd LOVE to be "better" and not face another round of weakness, but I've been here before, so I'm cautiously optimistic. :)
     
    My vision is still not 100%, but it is stable mainly, too.  Most of the time, things are marginally blurry, but not terrible (unless a font or picture is too "fancy" and then it takes a lot of concentration to read or see it correctly).  Night time driving is still an issue if it is very dark, and low light makes it harder for me to see things clearly.  Again, there is no pain, double vision or loss of vision that is "concerning" at this point, but I will continue to monitor it.  It may resolve or it may not.  Time will tell.  I'll definitely see the eye doctor if it gets too bad, too.
     
    My right ear's hearing is still "off".  Most of the time I feel as if I am hearing through a cotton ball or something like that.  My regular doctor can't find the issue, and all tests he's done shows my ear is "fine".  If it gets too awful, I will ask about seeing an ENT.  All I know is, I hate asking people to repeat themselves when there's a lot of background noise or when I have a cold. :)  Again, this is just an "annoyance" for now more than anything.  Your prayers are appreciated, as always! :)
         
  5. I haven't been able to get back to the chiropractor yet, but I have found some chiropractic stretches that are helping.  As I mentioned last time, our deductible has reset, and our chiropractic care cost is now back to self pay until the new deductible level is met.  The deductible is less than last year as my hubby's insurance coverage changed, but due to paying off last year's bills and the higher cost of the new insurance plan along with no increase in his pay, we still can't afford to incur a lot of new debt unless absolutely necessary.  Unfortunately, chiropractic care is on the "would love to, but can't justify it at this time" list.  Thankfully, based on stretches the chiropractor showed me, I was able to find some chiropractic stretches that are helping in the meantime.  It is my hope that I'll get to see him this month, but that may not happen.  We'll see.  Prayers appreciated that I don't wait too long, and that we'll get the funds to not only pay off last year's medical bills (more than just a little at a time), but get the chiropractic care that has helped me so much (hubby, too).  Thanks!
      
  6. Homeschooling is still going well!  Monarch is still a great fit.  The plan right now is probably to add electives after Christmas, but we're still not 100% on that due to cost.  Pray for guidance and wisdom here.  Thanks so much!
        
  7. Thank you for all your prayers, and we would appreciate your continued prayers!  We appreciate all the prayers and support as we've gone through so much this last year, especially. It's been a real blessing! 

    Please continue to pray for us with the homeschooling, my health, and for some other unspokens at this time.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
          
  8. Blog updates have stalled, though posting has increased! I've not been able to post quite as much as I'd like, but I'm still trying to post monthly (if not more often) to this blog and Natural and Free.  I'm hoping to have a guest post soon on Natural and Free, and hopefully some new recipes and such soon there, too.  I am hoping to be able to post other types of posts here, too, soon as well.  We'll see!

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 leave a comment sharing your thoughts and/or milestones (with a link to your post, if you wish).  As always, I wish you the best of luck in all you do, and hope you will return soon! :)