Showing posts with label Green and Natural Living. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Green and Natural Living. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Getting Healthy - Part 2

Continued from Getting Healthy - Part 1....

..... So, last year, hubby and I really started searching for options. We knew that to make a lifestyle change as big as I needed - I would need the best tools to help me succeed. In October 2016, I attended a health seminar and started meeting with a dietitian monthly.

Over the next few months, I continued meeting with my dietitian, but with Thanksgiving and Christmas we didn't do awholelotta changing. I did manage to lose 10 lb. through - the monthly visits with the dietitian helped to keep me accountable. We decided to start 2017 out fresh with a lifestyle change, not just for me but for our whole family!

Well, that was the plan.... life had other ideas. 

You see, I have multiple autoimmune disorders. The last couple months I had been seeing a different specialist for other ongoing health problems. That Doctor set a surgery date for March. The surgery, although it was out patient, set me back quite a bit.


During this time, I had lots of testing done regarding other health issues and another doctor set yet another surgery date for May. My plan was altered. I was still seeing my dietitian and during that time lost another 10 lbs. But was kinda in limbo waiting for the next surgery, which would be a big one.

The day before my scheduled surgery - it was cancelled - partly because of a paper work mix up and partly because of another auto immune disease that they found in my pre-opt testing blood work. They wanted me to see yet another specialist and more testing before they would go through with my scheduled surgery.....  this actually turned into a blessing, because 3 days later, my son was emitted to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.... He was in the hospital for 5 weeks.... and home with transfusions for another 3 weeks.

During that time, I saw a new specialist and another doctor who (although I do have yet another auto immune disease), she signed off on me going ahead with my original surgery....

My surgery was on August 2nd. I was in the hospital for 4 days - ended up having complications and a second emergency surgery 12 hours after the first one, on a liquid diet and didn't have strength to exercise, so I just mainly walked.

 The surgery was hard, both mentally and physically, and it did set my lifestyle change back by about 8 extra months, but it was actually a blessing. As a result, I lost another 20#'s and also started eating healthier! 


The best part about having the last major surgery was that it was a success and many of my health problems are no longer a problem!

So, in August, I really hit my lifestyle change hard! 

The main changes have been: 

  • Portion control - instead of eating 5 cookies, I eat and enjoy one and no more. 
  • Eating high protein foods first. I supplement with Shaklee protein when I need extra.
  • Eating low-carb. I still eat carbs - I just try to be aware of how many I eat.
  • Taking high quality whole food supplements - believe me, I've done the research, there is nothing better out there with the science to back it up! I've taken Shaklee supplements off and on for over 7 years. But I now am consistent with taking my food supplements and have noticed a big difference.
  •  I do regular activities with my hubby and kids - like riding bike, playing 4 square, and walks. 
  • And I continue seeing my dietitian...not as much as I did previously, but it helps keep me accountable, and she helps me find ways to change my negative eating habits into healthy ones.
Since I started seeing my dietitian and consistently taking my Shaklee, eating a high protein diet and exercising, I have lost a total of 54 lbs since October 2016. I started at 240 lb. and a size 22/24, and a BMI of 45.9. I am now 186 lbs. and wear a size 16/18.



I've still got a long way to go - but with Gods help, this is a lifestyle journey that I want to continue... not just for me but for my family as well. 
My goal is not to be skinny or to be a certain size. My goal is to be healthy, happy!

To be continued......

Read Getting Healthy - Part 1 here

Note: We have chosen NOT to discuss or to explain my surgeries with anyone, as in the past, discussing my health has caused unnecessary drama. I, Rhoda do suffer from multiple auto-immune disorders, cancer, and chronic stress. The doctor said without this surgery, I would only have a 3% chance at going on to live a healthier life style, so for me and my family's sake, this has been the right thing to do. We will not apologize for not explaining!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Favorite Kitchen Products

A few months ago, I shared some of my favorite house hold hacks, and it got me thinking about some of my favorite kitchen gadgets and products....
USA Pans - cupcake, loaf pans, cake pans, 1/2 sheet pan, etc. USA Pan is a professional grade bake ware. It has perfected the nonstick coating process so that food won't stick to the pan. It is warp resistant, heavy-duty, reliable, and very easy to clean.


Pampered Chef Products I love are the Pampered Chef Round Stone,
Executive Nonstick Cookware pan set (I have both the 7 piece and the 5 piece set), mix & chop - meat chopper, glass batter bowls, spice rack, tool turn about, mini serving spatula, pan scraper. coated Knife set, Chefs silicone basting brush
Tupperware thatsa bowl set, store and lock containers, snack cups and mini cups, cookie containers 8x8 and 9x13


Kitchen Aid Mixer - I use mine multiple times a week... mixing bread dough, cookie dough, icing, puddings, etc.


Ninja Professional Blender - This is well worth the money! I use it to make my Shaklee Protein drink with crushed ice!
Dish Drying Mat - I haven't had a bulky dish drainer for over 10 years! These work great!

 

Speaking of dishes, the best dish soap ever, both automatic dish washer and hand dish soap.


Scour off- caning pots and pans with burnt on food, cleaning the glass stove top or oven, getting rust off of dishes, etc.


Corelle Dishes - I love my chutney correlle dish set. I have canisters, colander, baking dishes etc to match. Most people save their good dishes for company, but at our house the most important people in my life is my family, so we use the good dishes at every meal!



Ikea cups, plates, and bowls.... great alternative to paper products. Perfect for kids or for controlling adult serving sizes.


Glass Darhma Straws - Glass straws are the BEST!
All American pressure cooker. Best pressure canner for canning produce, meat, fruits, etc.
Basic H (all natural)- use it to wash fruits and veggies and use it as all purpose cleaner.
Vitamin holder/ turn table. - high quality vitamins are very important in our home. They have literally changed our life! 


               

Other kitchen items I wouldn't be with out are : Waffle maker, crock pot, electric skillet, and toaster.


What are some of your favorite kitchen products? leave a comment and let me know!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Around our place 2017 - meet our goats

We've had Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats for over 6 years now and I still love them as much now as I did when we first got them. 



Some of the reasons I love Nigerian dwarf goats are:

  • They are small - only weighing in around 30 - 45 lbs. full grown - I can pick them up myself.
  • They are not overly rambunctious. They are not hard on pasture or fences.
  • They get along well with most animals and humans.
  • Their manure is great in flower beds and gardens.
  • They don't need a lot of space.
  • They do not eat nearly as much as a full sized goat. We only need approximately 25 bales of good high quality hay for 4-5 full size goats for all winter.
  • Their milk is mild and creamy... I love using it in baking and cooking with it. The kids love to drink it.
  • They have a great temperament! They are great with people of all ages. They are super friendly and love human interaction.
  • The baby's are so little and so much fun to watch.

Our small herd has changed over the years.... so I thought I'd do an update. Last year, we took out our big pasture fence and fenced in a smaller pasture which meant selling more of our goats. 

We are trying to downsize somewhat and make things more manageable around here.

We have had 11 babies born since we first started. We only breed our goats every 2 years, as we want them to have a break in between babies and milking.

Right now, we have Jelly Bean (10 yrs.) She throws some of the pettiest baby's, but so far most of them have been boys, so I'm hoping for a beautiful girl from her this next spring!



Flipper (4 yrs.) is a great milker. PS. If you have goats - give them a toy to play with - they love this spool!



Baby (3yrs.) Is the most friendly one out of the bunch and her first baby Pixie was beautiful....



Pixie (2 yrs.) - this year will be our first year breeding her.



And our newest little guy Buckle (6 mo.) Who we will be breeding all the girls too this fall.



My oldest daughter does all the milking these days. We only milk once a day and then let the baby's back with the moms - you can read more here.

We love the fresh taste of the Nigerians milk. We milk on ice and do not keep bucks while we are milking, as bucks can taint the taste of the milk. 

I am still using the awesome goat stand my hubby built for me back in 2008 - it's also great for trimming the goats hooves and for brushing the goats out.

We still use Shaklee Basic H Classic to worm our goats and have never had a problem.

We only feed our goats grain/feed when they are pregnant, nursing, or we are milking them. All other times, they have pasture and hay, mineral block and clean water available to them. 

When it comes to feed, our goats get only the best - I like to mix my own goat feed. We use cleaned oats, 12% sweet feed, black sunflower seeds, and sometimes I will sprinkle Shaklee protein on top for them. 

I offer baking powder free-choice to my goats. Baking soda keeps the PH level in the rumen consistent. It has also been stated that baking soda can help with stabilizing a goat’s urine acidity.

When we clean out the barn (we use the goat manure in our flower beds and garden.) - we always put DE down and then put down wood chips. I clean out the water buckets with Shaklee Basic H and Basic G (here's a great post about Basic G and how it works better than bleach) at the same time. I love the smell of a clean barn! 

We also have chickens and run them in the same pasture as the goats.


So, yes, I still love my Nigerian dwarf dairy goats.

Monday, March 13, 2017

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Starting The New Year Off Right

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Best of 2016

This year there were 48 blog posts at SRKindredSpirits....  There were a lot of different topics.... Things to say on a job interview, Recipes, Visiting Louisville KY, Getting rid of cookbook clutter, Book reviews, Bookcase redo, Why I don't sell, Making an orb, Crochet Christmas tree skirt, Understanding a INTJ, Adoption, DYT experiment, My first speeding ticket, What Instagram really tells you, How to review a product company, Family quality time, A free health quiz, and much more.

Here's the top 10 posts of 2016:

We had our first giveaway here on SRKindredSpirits and it was a success! The Happiness Dare is a highly recommended book!


Once you try these, you'll be hooked! Easy and yummy... you can't go wrong with these cream cheese roll ups!


I wrote this post after reading the definition of the word 'family', it will give you a little insight to my life.


Getting rid of the swimming pool was personal favorite and the relief we felt after the pool was gone was major! You have to click through and read the attached article.... it makes for a great laugh!


I think everyone could use a bit of a slow down in this thing we call life. Have you ever stopped and thought about all the errands you run or the many places you go?


Something so simple, but yet, so often, people don't take the time to do these ten simple things. It does make a difference!


Isn't it funny how most people always want more? From those of us who have been blessed with more.... all it takes to make you happy is enough!


What things are you great at? I really lay my heart out there on this post....


A fan favorite. This post has gotten the most talked about over on Facebook!


And lastly.... this post was the most popular all the way around. How qualified am I really?



What are some things you'd like to see on this blog in the next year? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for visiting us here at SRKindredSpirits... please share our blog with friends and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updated posts. 

Happy New Year! 
Here's to a great 2017!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Good, But Not Great

You know there's a lot of things that I'm good at, but not any one thing that I'm really great at....

Back in 2012, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that is cancerous - for which there is no cure. Since then, I often find myself thinking about the meaning of my life..... 

"What do I love, and what would I like to accomplish in my life......?"

That's a hard question.... 

I love to sing... and would love to sing lead or background in a band. But how in the world do you get discovered.... I actually auditioned for a small group in 2015, and was given the gig, but they were located a few hours away and I would have been away from my kids and hubby 3-4 days a week.... I just can't do that right now, my family is too important. 


I love plants and nature. I love making flower arrangements. (I have even though of opening my own florist shop...), but we live in the boonies and I would hate the tied down feeling of running a store with set hours.... I guess I'll keep fresh flowers on my table and make an arrangement here and there for a friend or party, as I'm asked.



I love to travel and enjoy long distant driving/traveling. I love looking at the different scenery. Staying in hotels don't even bother me - It's an adventure!

I love photography, especially of plants and nature. I have also taken graduation pictures and portraits. 

I love to eat good food. I can cook (pretty good, I might add...). I can garden and preserve food...... but I do that to feed my family, it's not a task I love to do, but it does give me satisfaction in caring for my kids and hubby... kinda like folding laundry, cleaning the house, washing dishes, and grocery shopping.


I have baked and decorated quite a few cakes in the last 20 yrs. You can see some of them here, and here, and here!

I enjoy some crafts, landscaping and home interior design. It is all something I enjoy doing in my spare time... in moderation. I do enjoy putting my ideas to life, but not so much that I'd want to do it on a daily basis. And not really for other people.... too me, decorating is a personal taste kind of thing.

I can play piano and harmonica, but I'm not very good.

I have written well over 500 poems and have gotten some poetry published.... although I don't enjoy English/language, the words used to come easy.... I always thought I'd publish my very own book of poetry, but after looking through my poems, many of them were written about my personal life and thoughts.... who in the would would be interested in that?!?!

I write this blog.... its okay. Although it would definitely be better if people would actually read, comment, and share it! It's not something that I really enjoy, just a way for me to put my thoughts out there.... I guess my thoughts aren't really important to most people!



I own my own biz and while I love the awesome products and I love helping people, but I don't enjoy sales all that much! I do get satisfaction from helping to provide for my family with my own home business.


I can run a hobby farm... raising chickens, milking goats, bailing hay.... I've done it all.


I'm a momma to 3 beautiful kids, and while I love them more than words can say, I don't find being a mom an enjoyment. 

I am an introvert. I enjoy being alone, but I also enjoy a little attention now and then....


I love spending time at home on our little piece of heaven! My home is my happy place - a place that I can shut the outside world out and just be me. 

I volunteer as a Crisis Counselor at a local pregnancy center.... something I do to give back.



 I love antiques and abandoned places. I have quite a few antiques and since we practice a cozy minimalist approach to life - we try to keep life simple, limit the things we bring into our home, and not to keep things we don't love or need.


In the past, I have....

  • Been a bank teller which I did enjoy..... although working in a restricted place with set hours would be extremely hard for me to do day in and day out. I enjoy the freedom of setting my own hours with my home business.
  • Worked at a cemetery. It was peaceful and relaxing.... funerals make you ponder life.
  • Been a secretary.
  • Baked bread in a bakery.
  • Planted and harvested crops at a produce farm.
  • Worked as a hostess in a restaurant.
  • Drove a truck hauling 63 ft. wedge trailers - driving truck was something I did with my ex-husband. Our monthly load was to Long Island, New York.... driving through the Bronx was always a trip, but overall, I loved it!
  • Worked at a greenhouse. I loved the smell of the greenhouse, the warmth of the sun, the beautiful flowers... my love for floral arrangements and plants is from a direct result of that job.
  • Taught at a Christian school, and while I loved the staff, teaching was a job out of necessity, not something I loved, but rather something to pay the bills.
... all good jobs, but not really what I want to do with my life.

Why is it some people in life have a calling... they know exactly what they want to do. Others have something that they really excel at.... they are so good at what they do, it just comes natural....

Why is it that I'm good at a lot of things, but not good enough at one thing to make it work???

I've never been very consistent in my life.... I guess you could say being married to the same man for 10+ years is an accomplishment in my life.... but that's probably got more to do with him being the most wonderful, loving, romantic and respectable man in the world, than it has to do with me accomplishing anything! 

I'm not sure that I'll ever figure out, what the meaning of my life is.... or what I want to be "when I grow up".... ha ha!!!

I just know that, I want to be, and do, more than what I am now....

I think my ideal life would be to travel, sing, and photograph my family and nature.... now if I could only make that a reality with a big hunkin' paycheck to go along with that.... any ideas?

*did I mention I love simple things... drama stresses me out.... simple is good always

The Best of 2016

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