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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays

Dr Oz on TV said that to reach inner peace we should always finish things we start, and we all could use more calm in our lives during the hectic Holiday season.  

I looked around my house to find things I'd started and hadn't finished, 
so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, 
a bottle of Chardonnay, 
a bodle of Baileys, 
a butle of wum, 
tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, 
an a box a chocletz. 

Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now! 

Sned this to all who need inner piss. 
An telum u luvum. 
Happy Holidays from my family to yours.  

Remember to take a little time for yourself among the chaos. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Change...


I keep telling myself... change is a good thing... 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Grief

˙·٠•● §☼§ ●•٠·

I believe grief is a process that involves a lot of time, energy and determination. I won't "get over it" in a hurt, so don't rush me!

I believe grief is intensely personal. This is my grief. Don't tell me how I should be doing it. Don't tell me what's right or what's wrong. I'm doing it my way, in my time.

I believe grief is affecting me in many ways. I am being affected spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and mentally. If I'm not acting like my old self, it's because I'm not my old self and some days even I don't understand myself.

I believe I will be affected in some way by this loss for the rest of my life. As I get older, I will have new insights into what this death means to me. My loved one will continue to be part of my life and influence me until the day I die.

I believe I am being changed by this process. I see life differently. Some things that were once important to me aren't any more. Some things I used to pay little or no attention to are now important. I think a new me is emerging, so don't be surprised - and don't stand in the way.




--- Don't Tell Me ---
·٠•● §☼§ ●•٠·
Don't tell me that you understand, don't tell me that you know,
Don't tell me that I will survive, how I will surely grow.
Don't tell me this is just a test, that I am truly blessed,
That I am chosen for this task, apart from all the rest.
Don't come at me with answers that can only come from me,
Don't tell me how my grief will pass, that I will soon be free.
Don't stand in pious judgment of the bonds I must untie,
Don't tell me how to suffer, don't tell me how to cry.
My life is filled with selfishness, my pain is all I see,
But I need you, I need your love, unconditionally.
Accept me in my ups and downs, I need someone to share,
Just hold my hand and let me cry, and say,
"My friend, I really do care."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grief and Fibro

Mom passed last night, but Hospice didn't come 'pronounce' her deceased until the wee hours this morning...


I'm tired... numb... and in a hazy surreal state... mainly, I'm just tired.


Grief is hard enough to handle without my body going into a full rebellious flareup.  Hoping fibro waits until after the service to hit.



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

=(

... the night got much worse... Mom was admitted into the hospital and they are saying she only has a few days left... I know that only God knows when our time is up, but... 


Stress stress and more stress.


Please keep my family in your prayers. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Who? Who? Who?



I need this on a t-shirt today.  Between the tests this morning making me sick (upper GI and a ton of blood work) and my fibro fog kicking in (who are you talking about? what? who?) - my day may go easier if I just pretend to be an owl.  I wouldn't mind being propped up somewhere safe, sleeping the day away...

I've had a history of not keeping meals down for a long time now, at least a few years... At the time, I was told it was a combination of my fibro and stress.  Now the doctors are not so sure anymore.  That's why I needed the upper GI done - but I got so sick during it that they had to cancel it!  I hate being sick like that in public but it was oddly satisfying... The x-ray tech was giving me one of those looks - you know the ones we get when someone thinking "yeah right you aren’t sick you are just lazy".  Except her face said "yeah right, a fat girl that can't keep food down. Funny."  So in that sense, even though it was embarrassing, I'm kind of glad that I proved her look wrong.  Then again, the hang-over feeling afterwards - I'm not so sure it was worth it.  (Secretly I will say that it was but I don't want to appear catty.) 

So all of that mess for nothing.  Then the doctor also ordered a ton of blood work (8 vials of blood!) and I don't do well once they take 4.  So I was sick again. 

<sarcasm> So far, this Monday morning is off to a "great" start.  </sarcasm>

Maybe I'll just look for a perch in a tree somewhere out back... take a nap :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy on Purpose


"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
 - John Wooden


I try to live each day with these words in mind.  Since the onset of my condition I have lost the ability to do some things, but there are other things I can do better now because of my experiences.  


I have always believed that things happen for a reason and that God has a plan for all of us.  While I'm not 'bragging' about my fibromyalgia lupus combination, I do feel it has made me a more compassionate patient person.  I am even more grateful for the people in my life, the small things that make me smile each day, and the time I have with those I love.


I choose to be happy and thankful on purpose.     

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spoonie Math Equation

Here is the word problem.


A woman named Amber has fibromyalgia, lupus, and several complications of that combination.  She has a stressful job where she is responsible for numerous things.  Amber also has a sick parent who she is taking care of, with the assistance of her sister.  Amber and her family live in Tennessee, which is having a major shift in temperatures and weather - dropping from 80* one day to 45 at night, mixing in some cold rain and high winds.  What happens next?  


Did you guess a series of intense asthma attack that propels Amber into a very rough chest cold and laryngitis?  


I didn't either, but that is what happened.  


The string of asthma attacks will take a few days to get over, but thankfully I have my inhalers, a nebulizer, a steroid refill, and some mixed Albuterol solution.


Sometimes being a Spoonie is tough, looking around your house at the embarrassing collection of medical equipment and medications... Other times, like right now, it is like having access to your own private pharmacy!  Which has definitely saved me a ton of money on copays!! 






Don't worry about me!  I'll be back to blowing down houses in no time :) 


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Perco-huh?

Like many other in Spoonieville, I am having a rough flare up week.  Tennessee's temperatures have dropped pretty drastically and we have had several days of cold rain.  Luckily, my Aunt turned me onto Percogesic, which I can take at work and it brings just enough relief that I am still able to function.  I was speaking with a Nursing friend who laughed and said that percogesic is nothing more than aspirin and benadryl, however I am not knocking what seems to be helping me right now.


So if you are curious what is currently in my survival kit?  It would be a container of Percogesic, a tube of Aspercreme, and my fake smile that I plaster on as I pull into my job's parking lot.  




I keep reminding myself that I am very blessed to have a job to have to force-a-smile through, because it provides me with insurance for treatment and money for survival.  So all in all, I am a truly blessed spoonie.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

How Aware Are You?

I cannot believe it is already October!  

This is my favorite time of year!  I love how the weather cools and becomes crispy in the mornings and at night.  I become hypnotized at how the sunrises and sunsets take on an eye-catching quality that can take my breath away.  I enjoy the sounds of local football games going on, distant music of the marching bands performing at half-time and hockey season is in full swing!  

On a personal note, I love that I can wear any color of polish this month and no one blinks an eye!  I love to experiment with my nails, hair, etc and this time of year is the perfect opportunity to do just that!  

Another thing I love about October is that it is truly one month as busy as I am!  


No really, think about it.  Even without looking at Fall Festivals and Halloween (or End of the month parties), October is packed with opportunities to spread awareness and educate ourselves on things that are very important.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness

I am a major advocate for women to become proactive and take an active stand when it comes to breast cancer.  Monthly self exams can and will save lives!  


Also, not many realize that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness.  

So many people say "I won't be with a man who hits me" but so many people do not realize that: 
    1.  Domestic or Dating Abuse does not start physically.  
    2.  There are men who are also victims of domestic abuse.  


Oh wait, that isn't all... We also have National Employment Awareness, National Down Syndrome AwarenessSudden Infant Death Syndrome AwarenessNational Physical Therapy MonthOctober is also Home Eye Safety Month.  

October 2 through 8th, 2011 is Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 23rd through the 31st is the Red Ribbon Week - which is majorly important to us Spoonies!  The Red Ribbon campaign is a way to take a stand against substance abuse.  


Whew!  That is a busy month!  But wait, I'm not done!  I'm saving one of the ones that I feel is extremely important for last.  This one effects all of us spoonies, no matter what our chronic condition is.  

The last October Awareness that I want to mention spills over into November but it is hugely important and something that many of us experienced spoonies advocate to new people who are being diagnosised.  Know your medications/supplements!  Celebrate National Drug Facts Week by educating yourself on what you take, why you take it, what is its side effects, and how does it work with other things you take.  This is important to remember, not just from October 31 to November 6th, but all year long! 

So this October, take some time to reflect, educate, and spread a little awareness of your own!  

Happy October!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

I was minding my own business until...

Have you ever been walking around, minding your own business, when BAM a fibro symptom hits you out of no where?  I imagine that is how this penguin feels.  



I'm having some of those moments today... achey muscles that make me lose my train of thought, swollen joints making it harder to write, and enough of a headache to keep me uncomfortable.  


Blah, fibro! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Not by Strength - but by Perseverance

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, 
the stream always wins -
not by strength 
but by perseverance. 
- H. Jackson Brown
I've heard this expression a dozen times but this morning something inside of me clicked.  The rocks of my path lately have been holding me back, when what I need to do is relax and allow myself to flow around them.  Yes the barriers may slow me down but eventually I will get around them... 


So now I am going to try to breathe through the stress, relax during the drama, and imagine myself - my true self - flowing around these issues, skimming past the flare up pains, slipping past the work headaches... to pool back into myself on the other side... 


Will keep you posted on its success.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's a bird, it's a plane, its my Chiropractor!

A new pain has struck, bad #10 on the scale of pain.  It could be a fibro flare-up because of weather changing.  Emergency Medical Personal thought I was drug seeking.


Even my own Doctor wasn't sure how much of this is fibro and what is new.  Sometimes I'm not sure she believes in fibro or if she believes it is all weight related.  


I cried myself to sleep several nights from the intensity of this pain.  I can't walk unassisted, barely stand up enough to see where I'm going.  Yet am told it is "part of fibro".  I know enough about fibro to know that this is very different. 


Pain pills numb my brain enough that I can sleep a little.  It doesn't really ease the pain as much as it makes it easier for me to mentally disconnect from it. 

Finally my Chiropractor figured it out!  God bless him!  He discovered that I have pinched a nerve in my lower back.  He worked on it some and for the first time in a few days, I have non-medicated relief.  Prednisone, cold packs, and his TENS unit to the rescue!  With any luck, tomorrow I will be able to go back to the office :)  


It is another day I thank God for the support of my family. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

I paid a copay for this?!


That is about how productive my doctor's appointment was.  Non fibro pain, extreme sharp stabbing that brings tears, steals my breath, and severely limits my mobility...  
At least Dr Zi was willing to give Pon's fish a band-aid... :)

Pon and Zi are the artistic creation of Jeff Thomas.  
I have simply fallen in love with these little guys.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Where did it go?




It's been another one of those days. 

Yes this is a real van I seen driving home from work this evening!! At first I didn't realize the basket and box were tied down to the top, but even though they are secure it still makes me laugh.

Thought this was a great find during 


Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget




IN MEMORY OF ALL WE LOST, 
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11- STATISTICS:

Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m

Time the burning towers stood: 
56 minutes and 102 minutes.

Time they took to fall: 12 seconds.

2819 dead from 115 different nations.

343 Fireman/paramedics, 23 NYPD, 
37 Port Authority officers.

 I WILL NEVER FORGET 


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Feelin' Puny

Yuck, I hate being sick. 

Combination of steroids to ease fibro/lupus 
pain, an ear infection resistant to antibiotics, 
and my condition's precursor for Diabetes... 
Oh and don't forget to multiply that by the power of 
brand new sugar meds/insulin...
and I'm very sick... 

Comments encouraged.
Prayers appreciated.
Thank you for stopping by to read this. :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Changes


New Doctor
New Meds
New Insulin
New Sickness
Equals a New Misery lol 


I am blessed that I have insurance to see the new Doctor. 
I am blessed that I am able to purchase my new medications/insulin.
I am blessed that I have a job that allows me to go to my doctor appointment.
I am blessed that I have a family to help take care of me. 
I am blessed, even though I am sick. 
I am blessed to be able to breathe. 
I need to remember to breathe. 



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It Slipped my Mind

Today has been an ok day, I’m not feeling the best. A bit of a fibro flare up, more of a brain foggy fatigued slow motion kind of morning than anything with a lot of high pain. One of those times when it feels like your head is under water and you can’t really understand exactly everything someone is saying to you but you can kind of get the jist of it? The brain fog is the hardest symptom for me, I can be in the middle of a sentence and completely lose my train of thought. Or my brain will kind of hiccup and I can see an item in my head and cannot bring myself to say the name of it or I can't think of what to call it.  Thank goodness for my stint in American Sign Language because I usually end up using the sign and making sound effects to communicate what I'm talking about.  



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fog with a side of Hurricane



Sophia Petrillo isn’t the only one who has gotten more intuitive about the weather.  I have been having a flare-up over the last few days, muscle pain/cramps, joint stiffness, and swelling.  I have had worse flares, so I am still thankful that I am off work this weekend so I can rest.  Even with the muscle cramps that bring tears, I am still very blessed.  Especially considering that this weekend, as I am writing this, Hurricane Irene  is having her way along the North Eastern seacoast of the US.  The people receiving her wrath are in my prayers, my heart goes out to those families who are losing everything...


I have been in a hurricane once in my life, and trust me it was more than enough of an experience.  Granny and I were on a cruise ship near the Bahamas when Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005.  What surprised me more than anything about the storm, wasn’t the force of the rainy wind or the violent way the ocean threw the boat around – but the drastic drop in temperature!  At this point, I had not experienced the traumatic event that triggered my fibromyalgia, so I was chronic illness free!  Perhaps I should have taken the storm interrupted vacation as a sign, because shortly after, my life changed forever.

Growing up, my grandparents were able to predict the weather.  Later on in life, my Dad was always accurate when it came to spotting a cold front on its way here.  As an adult with a chronic illness, I can put my hat in the ring for knowing when changes in temperature are approaching and not only can I smell the rain, I can feel it ten miles away. 

Sorry this post is a little rabbit-chasing, but this flare has definitely brought its share of brain fog. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Natural Pain Relievers

Over the last few months I have began to look forward to the newsletters in my inbox from IVillage.  This morning, I was very happy to see an email about relieving pain naturally.  I'm up for anything (at least once) so I thought I would browse through and share some of the highlights here.


The first option was Yoga for pain relief.  The article mentions a lot of different types of pain, from hangovers to pms to sinus pressure.  For me, what helps the most are the anxiety breathing and backache poses.  I'm not flexible AT ALL (picture the Tin Man when he started getting oiled, that would totally looked like me if I stopped coloring my grey!) and yet I found a way to do these positions comfortably.   


The next option was 20 Natural Pain Remedies from your Kitchen.  I have to admit that at first I wasn't too impressed with what it offered, but when I seen that ‘fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours’ that definitely got my attention!  As anyone who takes Neurotin will tell you, I'm bloating up like a fish!  And I love fresh pineapple, so if it works it will be win-win!  


Another thing that I do to ease my pain is try to distract my mind away from it.  It isn't always easy.  The newsletter had an  article, Surprising Ways to Ease Pain, lists some of my favorite methods of  redirecting my attention away from the pain.


What do you do to ease your pain?  Do you have any natural or mental tricks?  Please share your experiences in the comments below!
  


Monday, August 22, 2011

If I Only Had a Cure - Need Creative Help

I need your help!
I need your creativity!


Readers, near and far, let's join together and have a little fun with Chronic Illnesses for a change!  Help me rework a classic in the style of 
If I only had a Cure!



Since the brain, heart, and courage are verses to the same song, you can use whichever inspires you to rework it. 




Email your lyrics here or leave them in the comments!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Extra Extra - Read All About It!

The headline should read:  
Fibromyalgia hits Amber!


Yes, that would make me the person stuck under the house.  No that doesn't make me a bad witch, but I am less friendly on higher pain days. 


This time around, I have been more emotional than I have been in previous flare-ups.  I have been stressing much easier over small things that normally would not even phase me.  In the past, my medication helps me sleep a little less restlessly, but this current flare-up is an exception.  


The Fibro-House may have fallen on me, knocked me down, and delayed my plans of world domination (haha) but as you can see in the picture, I am still ROCKING those ruby slippers!  My condition may be able to take me down or push me around, but I will continue to sparkle and shine.... even if it is a little less brightly. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Win a FREE Acupressure Mat from Always Sick Chick

A twitter friend of mine, Always Sick Chick, is having an amazing giveaway!  She shared on her blog about her experience with one of those fancy smancy Heavenly Acupressure Mats that I've been hearing about.  Let's just say I couldn't read her review fast enough!  Not only did she say that it helped (YAY it might help me!) but she is also giving away one for absolutely FREE!  How great is that?!  Woohoo  
Click on the link below to share in her experience with the mat and enter for a chance to win your own, for FREE!  Everything's better when its FREE! lol


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hopeful



Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.  - Anonymous
Not feeling that great today, intense muscle pain/cramping, stiff joints, dizzy and headachey.  Still hoping that the weekend will improve, tomorrow I will feel better... I hope.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Attempting a Mental Escape


Like many others with chronic illnesses, I am struggling to make it from day to day.  Juggling responsibilities, trying to manage my care, racing home to try and rest/relax before the next round that begins the following morning.  As others may or may not know, stress can make a chronic illness (like fibromyalgia, lupus, diabetes, PCOS, etc) worse.  All of which are ganging up on me.   

Once upon a time (in college) I studied meditation and it helped manage my stress (and relax me) tremendously.  Today I find myself reaching back into my memory to try and bring some of that calm to today’s storm. 

First thing I tried was closing my eyes, taking several slow deep breaths.  I imagined my worries/problems leaving my body with each deliberate and slow exhale.  Blowing out my worries over money, my fear of not doing well at work, etc...  Each breath in, I imagine a warm light that fills my entire body, slowly at first, pushing out the darkness that symbolizes discord.  Picturing negativity leaving my body each time I expel the breath from my lungs, leaving more room for the calm. 

Go ahead and try it, I’ll wait.

Are you back?  How did it feel?  Did it help?  Normally it works for me, but today not-so-much.  So then I thought I would add the muscle relaxation technique I learned. 

Starting at the toes, squeeze your toe muscles tight for a few seconds (I tend to do 5-10 seconds) then relax them.  (I try incorporate the breathing technique here too, squeezing muscles as I breathe in and relaxing them with each exhale).  Move on up to your feet muscles, squeeze and hold for a few seconds.  This goes on up the body, from muscle group to muscle group, so on and so on.  For me, it ends in a slow circling of the neck, rotating from left to right then right to left.  Most of the time, if the breathing imagery doesn’t work this will work.

Not today.

So taking it a step further, I began to try and convince my senses that I was on a hiatus.  One of my favorite “go to places” for a mental vacation is the farm I grew up on as a child.  I imagine myself laying in the crisp grass, a gentle breeze arousing a dance of tree limbs and calming caress of my hair against my forehead.  I remember the scent of the corn and tomatoes that lingered that summer, the harvest coming soon, everything in full bloom.  If I listen close I can hear my Grandfather talking to the cattle as he goes about to check on th---good grief!  What is that?  Something is biting my back – please don’t be a tick.  Squirming and reaching around me to scratch at that place – dang Fibro and your nerve twitching!  ~Ugh!~  Fibro even distracts me from a mental vacation!

Lets try my second favorite spot, the beach.  Small splashes of salt water on the breeze that sweeps across the ocean, cool kiss of it upon my skin.  Warm sand shifts beneath me with each lick of the surf that comes up over my toes, color of my polish glitters beneath the foamy surf under the bright sun.  I love the smell of sunscreen as it dances with the distinctive aroma of saltwater.  Quiet chatter of children building sand castles in the distance, as I become lost in the tide.  Breathing in time with the roll of the ocean, feeling my body grow heavier and heavier... anchored in the tranquility of the – that almost worked but I think I took it a little far.  Face is feeling warm, color rushing to my cheeks as the fibro delivers on a headache strong enough to rip me from the beach! 
  
Ok, switching tactics.  

Stretching.  When I was getting regular massages I used to stretch a lot and it helped me relax.  Let’s try that!  I’m going to walk around a bit, using this opportunity to stretch my large muscle groups and then try my smaller muscle groups when I get back. 

I’m back!  What began as an (imaginary) errand turned into about 25 minutes of power walking.  The more I thought, the faster I walked.  The more I stressed, the harder I stomped.  The more I worried, the more I pumped my arms.  Ooohh!  This seems to help!  I’m going to take a few minutes and retry the beach scenario now that I have most of my nervous energy out.  

While I’m doing that, here is more information about creating your own mental vacation.  Please take a moment to let me know what you think.  I love getting comments and am interested in your take of things.  Good luck, let me know please in the comments if you found something to work for you and what you thought about it :) 



PS  I think I will play boxing on the wii tonight, it helps me get aggression out safely and might wear me out the rest of the way for some peaceful sleep tonight! 


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

-beep beep- Coming Through!

Most people who know me professionally will tell you that I am always busy and rarely find myself with very much downtime. Those who know me personally know that I struggle with fatigue. I think that is one of the Fibro symptoms that is the hardest for me to navigate around. Before I started seeing my current PCP (Primary Care Physician) I was going to a doctor more focused on holistic treatment. He suggested that I experiment taking Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. At the time, I didn’t try them because I had other things going on that I felt would make it hard to judge if they worked or not. 


 About three weeks ago, I touched base with my current Physician- she said she did not feel the supplement would take anything away from my current treatment plans. So I picked up a bottle of CoQ10 liquid caps and thought I would give them a whirl. 

While filling my pill boxes for the week, I added one 100mg CoQ10 pill to each of my morning doses. I could tell a difference almost immediately! Within 30-40 minutes of taking the pill I began to feel more awake and within an additional hour I had more energy than I have had in several days. It was as though I had drunk one of those 5 hour Energy Shot drinks again – except I didn’t crash (mentally) afterwards at all and I didn't talk four-hundred words a minute either! lol  I did, however, get very hungry several hours after taking the supplement. Over the last three weeks I have learned that if I eat a good breakfast before taking the CoQ10 I don’t get hungry after.

For me, taking CoQ10 works. I can feel the energy boost for a while too, if I start to pick up my activity later on in the afternoon I can feel that energy surge slowly filtering through my body. I’m kind of kicking myself for not trying it earlier.

As with anything else discussed on this blog, please touch base with your Doctor or Health Provider before altering your routine, medications, etc.

Happy 32!

Happy Birthday to me!
32 years old
Thank you to everyone who has wished me a very happy birthday!  It has been a blessed day, filled with family, friends, laughter, and smiles.  It couldn't get any better than this!

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Fitness Pal: Heart Information

Following the lead of my beautiful currently shrinking inspirational sister, Jennifer, I have joined My Fitness Pal in honor of my final day being 31. While my focus this year was more about emotional health, the next year I want to discover a physically healthier Amber.  (Follow Jennifer along her journey.)  My family has gone through some pretty traumatic changes over the last few years and I am going to join my sister in the proactive fight!


So My Fitness Pal had this nifty little heart test thingie and it's pretty interesting.  This is what it says about me:    


Today, your heart will pump around 2,143 gallons (8,101 liters) of blood
In your lifetime, your heart will pump 1.2 million barrels of blood
(that's the equivalent of 3 supertankers)

Your body contains about 5 gallons (19 liters) of blood
This blood circulates through your body 3 times a minute
Your blood travels around 25,956 miles a day (41,763 km)
(roughly halfway around the circumference of the earth)

If you make a fist with your hand, your heart is about this size
(A whale's heart is roughly 400 times this size)

Your entire cardiovascular system, if laid from end to end, 
is over 97,333 miles (156,609 km) long
(that's long enough to wrap around the world more than twice)

Your heart beats approximately 146,111 times a day
(by the time you die, your heart will 
have beat more than 2.5 billion times)


Will beat 146,111 times, pump 2,143 gallons of blood, and push that blood nearly 25,956 miles throughout my body!Created by MyFitnessPal.com


What will it say about your heart?

Friday, July 29, 2011

10 Low Budget Things to do to make summer fun

10 Low Budget Things to do to make summer fun


1. Carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks. Nothing better then spending the day eating corn dogs, smelling cotton candy, and riding thrilling roller coasters!  Early in the mornings or later in the evenings are the best times for me, it tends to be less hot and sometimes you can have less of a crowd.  


2. When the temperatures start soaring, nothing feels better than running through a cold sprinkler, fountain or fire hydrant.


3. Go to the beach. Swim in the water, build sand castles, play with a beach ball, sun-bathe and have LOTS of fun!  Most people forget about their local lakes, rivers, and harbors - some offer a swimming area and a sandy beach.


4. Go rollerblading, swimming, biking, or skateboarding – anything you enjoy.  (Personally I look for a rocking chair or swing in the shade.)


5. If you hear the music from the ice cream truck, go and get some!


6. Have a campfire and make s’mores!


7. Windy day?  Fly a kite!


8. Go camping in your backyard. Sleep under the stars with your friends, and sing campfire songs or tell stories.


9. Grab your water guns, water balloons, buckets, hoses and whatever you’ve got…and have a water FIGHT!


10. Go to the nearest park and have a picnic with your pals. Ride the slides, hop on the swings, play Frisbee and take a whirl on the merry-go-round.


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