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Butterfly In The Sky

The past week has consisted of me going through my normal routine and a lot of reading. While I’m not a fast reader, I definitely think my reading is getting faster. It may be because I’m reading more, or maybe I just think I’m getting faster! This past week I read a couple of books that don’t fit in my normal reading repertoire.

First, I picked up Holly Gerth’s latest book:

This book is one I would normally pass up because it appears to be one of those “touchy feely” books which may be great, but just aren’t that exciting for me. So, what made this one different? Honestly, it was the cover. Yep, I judged a book by its cover and I do it all the time! The simple elegance made me pick the book up, but after reading the first few pages I decided to give it a try. Holly’s writing style is very conversational and witty. It took me roughly 2-3 days to read this book. There are multiple tools you can use to examine your place in God’s journey and whether you’re headed in the right direction.

Sure, I hear all the time that God has a plan for us, blah blah blah. I mean no disrespect in saying that, but that’s all it has felt like for the most part. Someone saying it because every one else does and it’s what we tell people who are going through a hard time so they can cope better. However, Holly brings that to a different level. She helps you to see what that path may be for you. I found it inspiring and thought provoking. When I have some quiet time, I still ruminate over my LIFE plan (AKA mission plan). If you’re floundering a little bit and feel your life doesn’t really seem to have much purpose at the moment, I’d recommend giving this a read.

The second book I finished this week was Nancy Makin’s 703:

It’s important to note the “A Memoir” part of the title. That’s exactly what this book is. It chronicles Nancy life from early on through when she lost her weight. If you’re looking for a book that describes how she lost the weight, what she ate, what exercises she did, this is NOT the book for you. You will hear her story and be moved by many of the hardships she faced. To date, she’s lost 500lbs without the aid of gastric bypass, strict diets, or any other lose weight quick tools. She conquered her battle of the bulge my finding her self worth and moving more.

While I enjoyed her story, I do wish she would have focused more on how she was able to lose the weight as opposed to what lead to her gaining the weight. How was she able to pull herself out of the merck? Yes, the internet’s anonymity helped, but there was a lot more going on inside of her than she put on paper. Nancy injects her humor throughout the book which lightens up some of the more serious moments. I was shocked by some of the snide comments people would make about her with her being right there, like she didn’t even matter. It’s truly upsetting to think people can have such a lack of consideration. Yes, she was large, but she was still a person. There is no doubt that Nancy is a fighter and I wish her luck for the rest of her speaking career.

While we’re speaking of books, I got my first library card in over a decade this weekend! Previously, I’d been buying the books and donating them when I was finished. Now, I can go and reserve books that I’d like to read but not necessarily own.

Plus, there’s a library right by the park and waterway where I can sit back and enjoy the lovely Spring weather!

All in all, I enjoyed both books even though they aren’t my norm. However, I think it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and explore new territory!

What’s the most recent book you’ve read to date?

Supplements for Body and Spirit

Heidi Ho Good Neighbors!

This path month has seen a lot of changes for me, diet wise. First, I managed to kick the sugar habit (so far at least, 38 days and counting). This was one of the hardest things I’ve done since giving up cokes. I can honestly say I think I’m a sugar addict. With that realization, I’ve changed the “Well, I can one piece of candy” outlook to completely abstaining from the white powdery substance. As soon as it hits my blood stream my body screams for more more more.

Secondly, I called Nutritional Weight and Wellness and had a phone consultation with Darlene Kvist to try and get my nutrition in hand. I was hoping to be able to “cure” my tracheal stenosis, but my main concern is just getting healthy and staying healthy so I don’t have to rely on my husband to bathe and feed me when I’m older.  The consultation went about as I had expected. She asked a lot of questions and went over the paperwork I had filed with them. In the end, we decided to approach my diet as though I have an autoimmune disease and see if we can get the inflammation down. After All, if the inflammation is down then I should be able to breathe better right?

She recommended I get tested for Hashimoto’s, which thankfully came back negative! In fact, my thyroid levels were pretty good. T4 levels were 1.1 (normal range .8-1.8) and my TSH levels were 2.1 (normal range .4-4.5). What do all of those numbers mean? Basically, my thyroid is functioning at a normal level instead of being sluggish and my hormones are level.  

Some expected changes (if you’ve listened to their podcasts you know what’s coming too!) were the elimination of gluten and MSG from my diet. What I didn’t expect was having to get rid of diary. I can honestly say I miss my cheese too. Love me some cheese. I also had to start eating more. I KNOW….eat more?! Instead of just breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we should be eating breakfast, an AM snack, lunch, a PM snack, and dinner to keep our blood sugar levels balanced. Since I’m not hungry too often, this has been a little challenging. We’ll discuss the diet in detail in a later post as I’m already getting long winded here!

Last, she told me to start taking some supplements. This is just until we get my body back in shape, but it’s still a lot:

Yeah, I know…and that’s only for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Doesn’t count dinner, bedtime, or the weekend allotment. I feel a bit like a druggy! However, I am going to give them a month and see if I have any noticeable changes. So, what exactly is in my bag of goodies and what do they do?

GLA – or Gamma-Linolenic Acid. This is an Omega 6 that’s supposed to help lower inflammation and help with autoimmune diseases. Supposedly, it may also help slow the growth of cancer cells, but more testing is needed.

Fish Oil – I do not like fish…period, so this is a no brainer for me. I take fish oils 3 times a day and don’t seem to have a problem with “fishy burps” like some people. A good grade fish oil will help prevent those. Fish oils help lessen inflammation in the system and acts as a natural blood thinner, so be sure to stop taking them before surgery or talk to your doctor if you have concerns or are on a blood thinner already.

Vitamin D – of course, we hear how difficult it is to get enough vitamin D. Interestingly, many people in my tracheal stenosis group have been very vitamin D deficient. I’m not sure if there’s a correlation there or not. Plus, vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and lessens inflammation.

Glutamine – if you have GI issues (IBS) or have intense workouts Glutamine helps your body rebuild itself. This is found naturally occurring in beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, and dairy products so it’s believed most people get enough throughout the day but for those people who have taxed their system for a while (does being 100lbs overweight for years count?) it would be beneficial to supplement for a bit to build it back up.

Probiotics (especially, bifidobacteria) – I just started taking these this past weekend, so I don’t have much to offer here other than they have a somewhat nasty taste if you leave it on your tongue for too long. It’s supposed to help with GI issues (again, IBS) and get your gut back to a healthy natural state.

It all sounds so glamorous, doesn’t it?! Did I mention I hate taking pills? Well, I’m almost 30 days in to taking all of these and I honestly can’t say whether they’re helping me feel better or not. I’m definitely dropping weight and that in itself will make a person feel better.

Previously, I also mentioned working on other slices of my wheel of life as well. While I am concentrating on my Physical slice, I’m also starting to work on my Spiritual slice. I lost two Uncles within a week of each other, and if that doesn’t make you start thinking (especially when the last time you saw one of them was sitting next to him at the previous Uncle’s funeral service) then maybe you need to stop and take a look around. Not everyone believes what I do, and that’s ok. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and need to come to their own conclusions.

I went to Lifeway Christian Store on Saturday to look around. It’s one of my favorite places to just go and mill around. You never know what you might find there! I came across a book by Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be.

I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I have to say this book is great. It’s well written and hits home. This book will be one of those that change my perspective on life. When I’m done, I will pass it along to an important woman in my life (Mom, Aunts, Cousins, Friends…not sure who just yet) and hope that it touches her as well. Sorry guys, but this book is written toward women. You’re welcome to read it and will probably gain a lot of insight, but don’t be offended if you see “sister”, “woman”, “she” throughout!

What are some changes you’ve made in your diet/life that have had positive outcomes so far?

Modern Mix

Since it’s my month for our Online Quilt Bee, I HAD to go buy some background fabric today! Oh…and look what jumped into my hands:

Follow along with me, making the appropriate noises. Ewwwww:



You know what else I gotFile:Interrobang.svg Tickets to the International Quilt Show on November 3rd! I’m so stoked.

 Today’s food for thought: I want the interrobang to make a comeback. Not sure what that is…it’s the symbol at the end of the sentence “You know what else I got”.


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I was at my local Barnes and Noble the other day looking through the stacks when my eyes feel upon an old friend.

He had changed over the years. When I first found this book it had a completely white dust jacket and a gnome that was quite as happy! While I was a constant presence in our school library in 5th-6th grade, Gnomes was the one book I checked out multiple times. Rien Poortvliet did a fantastic job bringing these little people to life with his sketches and Wil Huygen’s fertile imagination made this 12 year old wonder if maybe, just maybe, gnomes could have been real. The 35th anniversary edition includes some of Poortvliet’s sketches ready for framing. Of course, I couldn’t leave without bringing him home with me! Maybe I’ll mail the prints to my nephews so they can enjoy them as well!

What was one of your favorite childhood books?