Friday, March 13, 2015

Depression, it's real.

Watching someone you love suffer is brutal.

I have seen many people I love suffer with severe depression. Not just sad days, but life altering, debilitating depression. Overwhelming sadness, unworthiness and fatigue. It's real and it steals the life out of you. Thankfully I personally have only had moments of despair. I fight anxiety but nothing like severe "clinical" depression. It's heartbreaking not being able to fix it. 

So I searched the web for answers. I searched for tools, for reasoning, for roots and for hope. 

This is the summary of what I found. So if you or someone you know needs help, hopefully you will find some here. 

KEEP A ROUTINE.  If you’re depressed, you need a routine and psychiatrists agree. Get up at the same time, do chores at the same time, eat at the same time. Keep up with your responsibilities at home and work. 
SET PERSONAL GOALS. Decide to do something new. Decide on a hobby. Call a friend. Read a book. Journal your thoughts and dreams. 

EXERCISE.  It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Exercise has long term healthy effects in all aspects of your life. We aren't talking a marathon here. A simple walk, a dance, a bike ride.
EAT HEALTHY.  There is no magic diet to cure depression however, clean eating is proven to boost your metabolism, your energy, your mood and your overall health. No chemicals, and most processed, packaged and fast food has chemicals. Soda is a chemical. No sodas! Eat green, eat veggies, fruits, salmons, omega 3's, nuts, seeds and lean meats.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Depression can make it hard to sleep but at the same time too much time in bed will paralyze you. 8 hours for health. Go to bed at the same time each night, cut out naps and don't fall asleep to TV.

CHALLENGE EACH THOUGHT. In your fight against depression it's easy to let negativity control your day. Examine every thought. Seek the good and the positive in each situation. It's a mental fight. It's a challenge to NOT give in to worse case scenarios.

MAKE SURE you have a support system in place. Surround yourself with happy people, encouraging friends and non judgmental family members. 
IF YOU EVER FEEL OUT OF CONTROL call for help. Call a doctor, a counselor, a pastor, a friend. If ever suicide crosses your mind, seek immediate help. 1-800-273-TALK.
Click here to get help!

And last but never least ALWAYS REMEMBER that God created you, Jesus saved you and the Holy Spirit will comfort you. 
Faith crushes fear. Joy comes in he morning & peace that passes understanding can be yours. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Long Time Coming

Well it has been a long time. 

I had considered deleting my blog due to lack of interest. 
To be honest my lack of time and effort into this project had me lagging in posts.  

I changed my mind. 

I believe I had the wrong mindset.

 The idea to have followers and people interested in something I have to say is pretty exciting but I found myself trying to find things "interesting enough" for others to be drawn to. 

Now it is time to refocus. 

I have been on a health journey, a spiritual journey and a life journey that I intend to share realistically to maybe bless or help someone else. 

My life's journey is one of happiness, grief, anxiety, excitement and just plain living.

I hope you will stick with me as I figure out how to share finding sunshine in life's precious moments.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Wonders Of Water

The wonders of water and why we should be drinking plenty of it! 

Here are the benefits (aside from the cure for thirst):
  • Water Flushes out Toxins
I don't know about you but I don't want any toxins hanging around. Toxins come from chemicals, the air and food that we consume. Toxins cause inflammation, cancers, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, acne, gas, heartburn and bloating. Toxins even promote those dark circles under your eyes!
  • Water Aids in weight loss 
The diets I have been on suggest drinking hall your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would drink 100 ounces a day to aid your weight loss. Water boosts metabolism. Dehydration is also often mistaken for hunger. If you feel hungry, and have recently eaten, try water first. 
  • Water Aids Digestion
Water flushes waste and breaks down food we eat. If you are dehydrated the large intestine soaks up he water from your food waste and causes hard stools. Since your waste is traveling from your stomach to intestines to colon, we need to give it some assistance. Lubricate those organs! 
  • Water Hydrates your skin, thus helping your complexion
Dehydration causes dryness in your skin. Water replenishes skin cells. That increases elasticity reducing wrinkles! 
  • Water Prevents Cramps and Sprains
Dehydration causes muscle fatigue. Water lubricates your joints, relieves stiffness and stabilizes circulation. 
  • Water Increases energy 
Water increases alertness, concentration and energy. Dehydration keeps us from moving, exercising and staying focused so grab some water today! 

A lot of people don't like to drink water, or cannot seem to sip on water. The reasons are taste or lack of. Add some lemon or lime to boost the flavor. Instead of sipping try downing a glass of water every hour. Try different ways that work for you! You will be amazed at how different you feel when you commit to daily hydration. Since half our body is made up of water every system in it depends on it. 

Stay hydrated friends!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Week 3 and Still Determined!

I have completed week 3 of my lifestyle change. Some call it a diet. 

I have lost 10 pounds! 

Here is 10 pounds visually..... Kind of puts my efforts in perspective! 

I have been discouraged because it doesn't seem that people are noticing a change in me.

Then I realized the magnitude of 10 actual pounds. 

 I had to remind myself that it took me 10 years to gain all this weight and in time, it will come off. 

The best thing to come out of all of this is I am on the move to healthy living. 

It's never to late to start, and nothing should stop you for trying again. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Completion of Week 2- Journey to Health

The transformation has begun. I am now in week 3 of my health journey.

I have lost 8 pounds! I am pretty excited about it even though I can't even tell. 

I have learned a lot in 2 weeks of what food choices to make, what foods to avoid and what I was/am addicted to. I am learning new recipes and spice combos just to give my husband and I some variety in the limited food choices we have. Beyond Diet started me off on this journey and I am grateful for the help. (No they did not pay me to say that). 

So let me share with you what has transpired in our world. 
  • We haven't eaten out in almost 3 weeks. That is the longest of our almost 20 year married life. 
  • We realized how much we loved food. Ice cream is missing us greatly. 
  • Our taste buds are actually changing. 
  • We feel weak some days which I am sure is the shock of no sugar in our diet. 
  • When we are allowed our cheat day, we actually physically feel bad afterwords. Our body is letting us know what is no longer good for us. 
  • We haven't cheated! Well, I guess we are because we do use creamer in our coffee but that is the only adjustment we felt the need to make. No one is going to alter our coffee time. 
  • We spend a lot of time prepping meals. 
  • I am a little tired of eating the same thing day in and day out. 
  • I do feel discouraged some days but I have to remind myself it took more than 10 years to get this fat and out of shape so I shouldn't expect a miracle in 3 weeks. 

BUT... All that being said, I am still determined to go forward and lose more weight. 

Stay tuned.........