This is Me!

While I was riding down the interstate recently, I started looking at the crap that everyone has stuck to the back of their vehicles.  They love their dogs, their kids, their Salt Life and apparently that cartoon with the guy pissing on everything is quite poplar. That is all good,  but I really wouldn’t want any of that on the rear of my Mini.

I started thinking about it.  What would I put on the back of my car, if I were to pick out something that I wanted everyone to know about me.  After some thought, I decided it was easier to figure out what I DIDN’T want.   I definitely wouldn’t want anything political, religious or advertise where I lived and one thing is for sure, I wouldn’t put a vinyl stick family on there, even if I could (too many kids, hahaha!!)

Then I really got thinking…  I have no idea WHAT I represent enough to put it out there in public.  It seemed that I spend all of my time representing things that OTHER people care about.  My family used to be Steelers fans, before the current issues, and I used to pretend to get all excited about who would win, but honestly, I don’t even like football.  I certainly cheer for the University of Memphis Tigers, but it’s my kids that went there, not me.  I also support the scouts, the Air Force, and the Air National Guard, but once again, that’s not me that did those things…  Rah Rah Rah…  sideline cheer leader.

So what would I put on my rear  of my beloved Mini that would let the world know I’m all about?  After careful consideration, I finally came up with this…

A Tai Chi sticker on the left, a sheep decal on the right and a red high heel shoe right in the center.  Check it out world.  This is me!


Toe Job Update


Maisie Moonbeam has been keeping things under control by holding down the couch and making sure no crumbs hit the floor.  She has been at my side the entire time and seems quite concerned for her mom.  Maggie, the Sheepdog, on the other hand, remains unaffiliated and has tried everything she could to block the scooter.


With all things considered, I’m feeling a bit better, though boredom is starting to set in.  I had a great list of things to do while I was at home, but dang I am crazy dizzy (haha more than normal) and it is hard to feel motivated.

My plans to finish writing my book continues on schedule, the posture challenge for September is grueling on wards and I am slowly creeping toward the 50 lb. weight loss mark, so not doing too badly.   Sometimes my goals seem very far away, but I try to think about how far I have come.  The foot thing has been more of a pain in my ass, than in my toe, and that is mainly due to great meds and a lumpy coach.  I try to look at it as taking control of my issues rather than sitting around whining that things aren’t going my way and sometimes I gotta look at the end result rather than what’s going on at the moment.  Yeah, missing the twin’s marching band show yesterday sucked, but with my new bionic toe, I can be assured I will be able to flip burgers in the concession stand for the rest of the season without pain.  Go Tigers!

Looking forward to being back at work on Monday, I think, and moving ahead with my next Red Shoe Life Challenge! Many thanks to everyone who took up the slack while I’ve been out! Smooch !  See you soon.

Check out one of my first Red Shoe Life appearances at the Women’s Expo!  My kids were at the show and said “Mom! Those people kept talking when you were talking!”

I said, “Hell, you guys have been doing that for years!”


Brain Power


Attention Sofa Surfers!  Can you hear me now? People who are truly living a  Red Shoe Life, take the time to challenge their minds each and every day.  Learn stuff, do stuff, create stuff!  Just rocket out of that recliner and pump some cerebral iron!  It’s a use it or lose it situation.  Keeping sharp takes practice, but it doesn’t always have to be something miserable like heaven forbid… MATH or something equally as horrific…. like Trivial Pursuit!   It could be something just as difficult, but wonderful… like learning to play the Dulcimer.  Who knew it could be played with a bow???  Check back in two weeks for an interview with my dynamite Dulcimer designer and teacher, Bob.   This is cool stuff!

Reducing Inflammation


Many of you have asked me about my Rheumatoid Arthritis and my plan of attack.  I can tell you, it has been a long road so far, with no end in sight.  I can tell you that there has been times some really bad times with pain and truly missing out on life, and if you find a Rheumatoid doctor that listens to you or does one frickin’ thing more than squeeze your hands and write a prescription, I need her name!!!

So with that said, my Rheumatoid Arthritis journey  has been pretty much all alone, but lucky for YOU, I have put in all the research hours and have really found some studies that have found amazing things…   so today, I’ll give you a few:

  1. You MUST be gluten-free.  Holy crap gluten causes inflammation.  Cut out absolutely every bit of it!!!  Follow a Keto diet and get rid of ALL artificial sweeteners.  Stevia only!
  2. Turmeric.  Take this as a supplement morning and night along with black pepper to intensify the anti-inflammatory affects.  I also cook with turmeric in my Indian recipes, and eat a ton of yellow mustard!  In addition, you should consume Ginger, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, sage, cloves and basil.  Basil in particular contains an ingredient called Eugenol.  Google all of these separately for additional information.
  3. COLLAGEN!!! Taken orally, in a tasteless powder or liquid, Collagen acts even better than toxic methotrexate.  Usually people think of collagen for skin, hair and nails, but it is a KEY component and is commonly given to RA patients to lubricate joints, boost the immune system and reduce damaging inflammation!   Wish doctors told you this stuff!!!
  4. Spirulina– A blue-green algae reduces inflammatory markers more than Methotrexate.
  5. Astaxanthin– reduces inflammation, boost immune, fights cancer, stabilizes blood sugar…..   Google this.  Too many benefits to list.
  6. Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium and Calcium.

Guys, these are just a few.  I have not included anti-inflammatory foods, which I will do in a future post or lifestyle recommendations and of course…. reduce stress!  Please don’t take my word for it, GOOGLE IT!  I will make a disclaimer for you to ask your doctor before trying any of this, but if they are like my doctor…   all she could hear was the $$$ as she wrote another prescription.

All of the above items can be purchased at most vitamin stores or online.  I happen to be a fan of the Vitamin Shoppe on Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN and here is a pic of my favorite Vitamin Guru.  His name is Nick.  He is also a Personal Trainer… so check him out at the store or contact me for his website info!


NOTE:  All information above is just the tip of the iceberg and is suggested purely as starting point for YOUR research.  Good Luck!