What’s Up Doc?

Living a Red Shoe Life means living it to it’s fullest.  One very important way, is to take care of your body.  I can honestly say it has been years since I’ve been to see some of my doctors, but it always seems to come in line after everything else.

For example, there is no tellin how long it’s been since my last eye exam.  If it wasn’t for Dollar Tree cheaters, I probably wouldn’t be able to BLOG at all!

So, with my Red Shoe Life in mind, I have started making some appts. and with that came the big decision to have surgery on my frozen toe joints.  RA is a tough customer, but with my Red Shoe plans, there is no room for foot pain.  So, yesterday off I went at 5:15 a.m. and then this happened….

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So after a little joint reconstruction , a bit of bone grafting and a weirdo cyst taken out of my bone, I’m good as new!

I got my new knee scooter today, which is not as easy to use as I thought it would be, but I’ll be back at Tango lessons in a few weeks!

So this week while I have a little free time, I’m going to be making some long overdue calls and get it over with.  Seriously gang, taking care of your body is important.  I know it can be pricey and time consuming, but the price of ignoring your health is even higher. Not only does it cost you in dollars, but it could cost you living your Red Shoe Life!

As I go forward with my transformation, it becomes clearer and clearer how important it is to be cognizant of every facet of my life.  Your health is a big one, so make sure seeing your doctors are on the TOP of the list.  Suffering from a preventable issue is inexcusable.  I’ve got places to go and a Red Shoe Life to live, so off I go to seize the day before the day seizes me!

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Figuring Out My New Life

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I had given a lot of thought about what I didn’t  like in my old life, but I hadn’t given much thought about what I would like in my new one. So, I made a list of what I thought an average day would look like, and with list in hand, I set off to try it out today .

7:00 a.m Wake up, drink Bulletproof coffee, do my Posture challenge exercises, drink more coffee.  No rushing, no cursing, no worrying about what to wear.  

8:00 a.m Listened to motivational speaker on You Tube, checked out competition and took notes.  No watching the news and getting depressed about the world.

8 :30 Threw in laundry, make bed, putz’d around.  Not mandatory  just a little housekeeping.

9:00 Took Sheltie (Maisie Moonbeam) for a walk on our country road, cut wild flowers and  took some pics.  No one hour commute.  No exercising in the gym. Loved the fresh air.

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10:00 Made flower arrangement, fed farm animals, showered.  No time clock or morning meetings.

11:00 Blogged, answered emails, wrote chapter on book while eating low carb brunch.  No, industrial coffee in Styrofoam cup.

12:00 Got dressed up and drove to work until 4:00 pm.  Still light outside when driving home.

So far so good. I could live with that.  Now I gotta figure out how to make that happen every day.  Ya know, I don’t mind going to work outside of my home.  I’ve stayed home all day with the kids, and all I wanted to do was go out!!!  Now I work from morning until night getting up at 5:00 a.m. and all I want to do is go home.  I’m looking for something in the middle!  Hey, it could happen, and I’m going to figure it out!

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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!”

 

Moo For a New You!

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It seems like I will go to any lengths to provide comedic relief for my more serious posts.  I have been wanting to talk about Collagen for a while now, but it is so damn boring, I just had to spice it up.  So, some of you know that I live in a rural area and these lovely ladies live next door.  They are fun to “moo” to, have great cow pies for my garden and I can set my clock by their nightly return to their barn.

Well, on my walk over the weekend, I got the brilliant idea that I should take a picture and post it with my info. about Collagen.  Apparently they have been reading my BLOG, because then THIS HAPPENED…

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and the only thing between me and this guy was those two little strings of barbwire.  Needless to say,  my lovely walk turned into a speedy exit and I promised that if they spared my life, I wouldn’t mention that the best source of Collagen is bovine!

Ok, so Collagen, I thought it was just an ingredient for wrinkles in face cream.  Apparently, I was only hitting the surface and didn’t know the big picture.  I’m going to simplify our chat and if you have more questions, please GOOGLE it, because there is really a lot of evidence with scientific explanations…. and uh… just look it up.

I have explained in previous posts, my frustration with doctors when you have to go around in circles to get information.  When there is something as great as Collagen, why don’t they just freakin’ tell people?  So, it turns out that Collagen is really good for your joints.  It is recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as all kinds of arthritis and other joint issues.  It improves everything from circulation to recovery from athletics.  You can think of Collagen as a type of elastic that holds us together and comes from the Greek word meaning “glue”  It holds up our falling faces, reduces the look of cellulite, reduces inflammation, heals your leaky gut, builds strong bones, tightens loose skin from weight loss, speeds wound healing, and everything else from dental to healthy hair.

I mentioned that there is Collagen in some skin creams, but for real benefits, you have to start on the inside.  There are tablets and powders and even bone broth that can be made by buying grass fed beef bones from Whole Foods and stewing them in a crock pot to make a wonderful soup.  Go to Wellnessmama.com for a great recipe.  Bone broth can be also made with organic chicken bones, pork bones or even fish. With that said, I just don’t want to mess with it and I went for Collagen supplements.

I have been trying out a Collagen powder that I  put into my bullet proof coffee in the morning and off I go.  It has no taste, but it does have a few carbs.  It is made by Zint and I ordered it from Amazon.

Check it out, try it out.  I think it is really helping me.  I just wish someone had told me about Collagen years ago.  Yeah, I still put that crap on my face, but since beauty is only skin deep, I’m going for the good stuff…. not just good.. it’s “Moo-velous!”

Happy Labor Day?

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Happy Labor Day??? Aside from some bodacious BBQ action that I have in store for today, I’m not so sure I want to go so far as to celebrate work!  In fact, I think it should be renamed, No-Labor Day!

My 2 mile walk yesterday has me feelin’ fortified, and as this is the last day to put a beat down on my “Woman vs Wild” home improvement projects, I better get crack-a-lackin’.

Last week’s joyous jubilee of the reincarnation of my swimming pool was tragically short lived.  After the sixth pool company took their turn (and more of my money), I awoke to a pool whose 30 foot liner looked as flat as the celebratory balloons.  OMG I am so $%^$$## sick of this freakin’ pool and the people who keep declaring it fixed.

So, with outdoor chores hot on the list, the renovation projects will be set aside until this afternoon when the REAL LABOR will begin.  Today’s project involves the jungle in my sun-room.   Stay tuned for some updated photos of me, my machete and my collection of plants.

Until next time, enjoy this holiday and I’ll be back this week with some new recipes, updates on my 30 day Posture Challenge and some pics of me, my shotgun and the pool men. 🙂

Deb

 

What a Week!

Holy Crap!  This week has been a freakin’ doozy!  Besides a tornado, a flood and an audit, I had one of the worst flare ups of rheumatoid arthritis that I can remember.  As you can imagine between the storm and the stress of the apocalypse, it was only a matter of time before things got crazy.  Fortunately or not, the best remedy for weeks like this is to “just keep swimming”.   Dory had it right all along…  just keep going and you will get there!  So even though I had what felt like lightening bolts shooting out of my feet, I went to Tai Chi class, fed my vacationing friend’s farm animals, gave a massage, corralled dozens of people to a tornado shelter AND started my month of Posture Challenge.  What did I get for my efforts???  I feel better!!!

So, today is Saturday, and you all know that means the war of “Woman vs Wild” home improvement was full on.  After the exorcism, I did manage to vacuum the spiral stairwell,  drop a potted plant down the spiral stairwell, re-vacuum the stairwell,  clear  a bookcase of cookbooks, and take another load of oddball shit to Goodwill.  It is still early but my shoulders are screaming from yesterday’s Posture Challenge and I am cringing at the thought of today’s workout.   There are still a lot of hours left in this day, but I have to make sure I use them wisely.   I have intentions of making a run for the At Home store, work on my book, and, of course, there is always LAUNDRY.  Amazingly, there is no end to the FUN I will be having!  (sarcasm is my middle name).

Since this is a 3 day weekend, I hope to get a lot of things done from my long “To Do” list, but sometimes it feels a little hopeless, especially when things like storms tear up your trees and trash your yard.  Yeah, my improvement project might get a little delayed while I haul stuff to the burn pile, but in the overall scheme of things, I feel damn lucky compared to my friends and co-workers in Texas.  Yes, I felt a little terror as I had to engage the snorkel on the Mini Cooper, but I sure as hell wasn’t being swept away in a river.  I had cold cuts for dinner, but I had food, and even though I had to call every single person in my family to make sure they were OK, I found them all and they were “Fine mom (eye roll) duh!”

With everything that happened this week, I think my Red Shoe Life message today is to be persistent.  Although there can be set backs and obstacles, chip away at your goals a little bit every day.  Your goals are finite and with every inch that you progress,  it is inevitable that you will reach the finish line.  So, no matter how far you need to go, how much you gotta do or how big a pain in the ass it’s going to be to get ‘er done…  in the wise words of a little fish “Just keep swimming!”

 

 

Junk in the Trunk

Ok guys, last Spring I was visiting a car dealership when I got a glimpse of myself in a large mirror. I honestly thought I had been looking better, but OMG how humbling! Not only did I see too much junk in my trunk, but by the looks of things,  it looked like a whole set of luggage!  Suddenly I wanted a complete overhaul, and I have spent the last six months trying to turn my Samsonite into a tiny Coach clutch.  Ok, who was I kidding, it wasn’t just the trunk… my whole damn car was a wreck.

Weeks and weeks of high octane fuel has put me on the right road, but with only half of my trip complete, I started to see a small problem with my chassie.  I was turning into a more compact model , for sure,  but I’m still not looking like the beauties on the showroom floor.

One of the things I noticed in most of my pictures, is that I definitely need an alignment!  I have been blaming everything from bad springs to years of wear and tear for my dumpy rear end and sagging headlights, but the truth is, if I would just straighten my wheels, I’d have more bump in my bumpers!

What the hell is she talking about????  I’m talking about, no matter how much weight I’ve been losing, I still look frumpy because I have terrible posture!!!  I look at pictures and I wonder why the hell don’t I just stand UP!!!

So, for the next 30 days, I am taking a posture challenge from a You Tube Queen called the Posture Coach.  Check her out!  She will fix your Dowager’s Hump, your protruding posterior and even put more tread on your tires!  You know you spend too much time in the Rest Stop and not enough time drivin’.  Join me on September 1st for a 30 day Posture Challenge and get all that junk out of your trunk and into your roof rack!

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