Sleep…most of us love it, everyone needs it…so why is it all too common to hear “I am so tired”? Many of us do not get enough sleep each night. The average range for what qualifies as ‘enough sleep’ is from 7.5 – 9 hours per night for an adult over 18. There are some people with a genetic factor that allows their bodies to function fine on six hours, but that’s only about 3% of the population. Even though some people swear they only need four or five hours, it’s been shown that they are setting themselves up for the effects of long-term sleep deprivation. Continue reading
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Note: I wrote the majority of this yesterday afternoon. I was in a horrible spot, emotionally speaking. That’s the thing with depression…when you’re in a depressive episode (these can last anywhere from days to months), you have bad days and ‘not so bad’ days. Today (after the first few hours) for me is a ‘not so bad’ day…yesterday was…yesterday was downright horrible, and I wrote this in the middle of that.
I’m writing this first as a document in Word, because I am not sure it will ever see the “Publish” button on my blog. I don’t know if I need to publish it, or if I need to just let my breaking heart vomit it out in a massive vent. Also, in case I do publish this, please be advised that there’s really not a lot of optimism or hope here. I’m holding on to what little amounts of both I have left, I don’t want to purge it with the negativity.
With that said…here we go. Continue reading
I detailed last year how I had to have my gallbladder removed. That operation was supposed to be the beginning of the end of my abdominal pain, my digestive issues…and it was only the beginning.
I wish I could sit here and say that I am relieved to have a diagnosis, that now I am okay, now that I know what was truly the matter.
Readers, I am not okay. Right now, I am not okay. I am reeling. I am overwhelmed at just how many foods have gluten in them. I am beyond sad that while many gluten-free substitutes exist, I will not be able to have my stepmother’s cream-chipped beef ever again. I can’t have a bowl of Cream of Wheat on a cold winter morning. All of this in itself is a lot to deal with, and I fluctuate between ‘somewhat okay’ and what seems to be ‘grief’. I could deal with all of that on its own. The most prevalent emotion at the surface is seething, boiling anger. Continue reading
It’s a little difficult to describe what goes on inside my head. I have touched on my ADHD in a few posts, but I don’t think I successfully described what it’s like to live with it. I read a blog post by a former classmate of mine describing his life with OCD, and I was in awe of how he was able to convey his struggles. I have a hard time staying on topic. When I write, I tend to go off on tangents, and jump around so much that by the time I am done writing, I’ve lost the original point. But I have been inspired to try, so please bear with me. Continue reading
I was asked to test-drive a new (FREE!!) weight-loss/dieting/exercise app and website called SlimKicker, and host a giveaway (details at the bottom!). For the past week, I have been having a ball testing it out!
What is SlimKicker? SlimKicker is a calorie tracking app that takes all your diet & fitness goals and turns them into a level-up game. You upload a picture of something you’ll reward yourself such as a pair of shoes, and when you reach a certain number of points, we’ll remind you to reward yourself with that. SlimKicker also has a recipe section for diets like Medifast and Weight Watchers.
I have a problem. Let me show you. The picture below is one of me.
See that? Okay, yes, I’m quite the looker and you’re quite welcome for finally having a face to put to the Wench’s name. Yeah, look at those cheekbones. Anyways…what you can’t see, at least, what you can’t see clearly, is the horrific breakout on my chin. Continue reading
*Note from Merry* Today’s post is brought to you by Katie from over at Moore From Katie. She’s one smart cookie who has really done her research on this, and I really think that good prenatal nutrition is extremely important. We all get “guidelines” crammed into our heads when we’re expecting, but I did some research of my own and was astounded by the sheer numbers of women (myself included) who had very poor pregnancy diets. I took extra prenatals, per my OB, to compensate for it, but nothing beats getting your daily vitamins and minerals from food. Please enjoy her article, and check out the yummy recipe at the end!
Nothing gets a woman thinking about her nutrition like when she is pregnant. When a woman is carrying a child, she knows that she is responsible for that child’s nutrition and development and wants to ensure that the baby is getting everything it needs to develop and grow properly. The nutrient needs of a mother can vary from woman to woman and it’s important to speak to a doctor about what is best. Just like the doctor will give advice on diet they will also be a great resource on other pregnancy and delivery related topics like exercise, cord blood banking, circumcision, and pain management medicine. Continue reading