Perservere with Happiness through Difficulty

A smile brightens my face as the first rays of sunshine appear above the horizon. What a beautiful dawn it is. I have a decent bit of things on my plate to do this morning but being there to witness the dawn of a new day gives me so much peace. It’s the little things that make life beautiful, I think.

Anyhow, I finished reading two chapters of my psychology book in the dark… Well, in the dark on a lighted porch. I couldn’t sleep and thought I might as well get some homework outta the way. I enjoy doing my homework before the world wakes up.

Today, is Holy Monday which starts the beginning of Holy Week and the lead-up to Easter. I will be writing cards all this next week to friends and family announcing our wedding as well as a little personal note. I think Holy Week is symbolically a wonderful time to get that done.

I confess, this year has been tough on me. I have waffled between keto, gluten-free, vegetarian etc. diets. Which indeed, took a toll on me. I, recently, was diagnosed with anemia.

With any new diagnosis it seems, there’s shock, then disbelief, then anger at the diagnosis. For me at least.

I’m going to start eating a balanced diet and see if that helps as well as B12 supplements.

So, I did a little nutritional research on foods that will help my dificiency:

  • White Bread
  • Eggs
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Fortified Cereal
  • Red meat
  • Kale & Spinach
  • Fortified Orange Juice

It’s not a huge change, just a little, and I’m sure I’ll be fine by-and-by.

Maybe you’ve experienced this diagnosis too. Please share below in how you’re dealing with it.

Persevere even when times get rough… My motto and I’m stickin’ by it.

-Smilingcoffeecup

A Pirate’s Life for Me!- What Workouts to do One-Legged

As I find myself quite ill-equipped to do workouts with one leg, I would like to share with you some that quite adequately suit the pirate-life, I find myself currently disposed to. So, speaking pirate to pirate, I will give you the “guidelines” (Pirate’s of the Carribean, anyone?). As, I’m sure you would assume, dear reader, it is quite a deal-breaker for the casted leg(s). However, fortuitously, this injury may give your arms and abs, a leg up (pun intended).

white and black moon with black skies and body of water photography during night time

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Along with working out, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies. Since I live so far out in the boondocks it’s quite a bit easier not to indulge in fast-food. If you’ve followed my previous posts I have shared a jolly good number of my favorite Nutri-bullet recipes. Which, I like having either before breakfast or as a protein pick-up after a workout. I’m a huge Pop-eye, tying into our pirate scheme when it comes to smoothies, which is quite fortunate being that we have a hoop house full of kale and spinach. Lots of iron and magnesium!

I also enjoy giving my Nutri-bullet a taste of delicious fruits. Quite a treat, let me tell you I have found the Pumba of fruit smoothies. I use turmeric and cinnamon that have gut healthy anti-inflammatory compounds and boosts your brain power. Perhaps a bit of a shock to your “normal” herb drawer, but, I daresay a magnificent one, at that! Here’s my recipe to cleanse your palate.

 

Spicy Peach Smoothie

Peaches

cinnamon

3 ice cubes

turmeric

spinach or kale

banana

honey

 

Add all the ingredients to your Nutri-bullet except the honey, blend until smooth. Next, dip a swath your spoon across the honey gathering up quite a bit stir into smoothie gently. Then return mixture onto Nutri-bullet and blend. This should leave you with a smooth spicy peach smoothie. Delightfully, rich and fit for a king, if I do say so myself.

Recovery: Coffee, Family, ​and Stumbling

Steaming hot coffee greeted my mouth as I gazed across the frigid white country. The snow outside my window webbed the trees some of it standing four or five inches tall on the very limbs themselves! what a lark it would be to tromp around in the snow, but Ha! little luck there as I heft around this lugubrious boot. Though it is quite a pain to wear this boot I am surely glad that I’m not still wearing one of those stiff and dare I say smelly casts.

Just so you’re aware, my dear readers, I did not use a picture of my foot as I’m sure you’ve guessed. I’m sadly not that tan.

During this forced time of recovery, I’ve been struggling through writing a couple articles. Admittedly now, after submitting two from my editor’s topics, I find myself rather up a tree, as I search for another topic, which is quite difficult since I haven’t been out on a regular basis. Writing for the newspaper, however, is a blessing and a distraction. Like Crosby sang: Count your blessings instead of sheep.

So, since my surgery, it has been roughly six weeks. And after these painful and somewhat excruciating weeks, I’ve pondered quite a lot about life. My foot, after the checkup, was proven “quite healthy” by the doctor. I have quite a different opinion as its attached to my leg. Hehe, it is feeling quite a lot better despite its grotesque appearance.

Another thing I’ve had to combat as I recover is not working out! Its been a trifle disheartening. Though I have been able to keep up with my ab exercises and arm workouts. Which indeed has kept me sane. Let me say, I am a huge fan of XHIT!

Here are some of the workouts I’ve been doing:    Washboard Abs

I’ve also been doing heel-to-knee and leg lifts a lot. The heel-to-knee bicycling sadly must take the place of my bicycle for now (sad face). I can’t wait to bicycle again! I’ve always hoped that one summer I could do this notorious biking “trek” across Lawrence Ks. called “Lizard in the Skillet.” Quite a comical race to be sure, it’s in the hottest part of summer and after the race, they provide free salsa and heated blankets!

Not to say that I’m killing it with workouts now, to my dismay I’m not. I guess I’ve been concentrating a lot more on my diet. I’ve been really enjoying kale/spinach smoothies from my Nutribullet. I really do prefer kale to spinach. Hehe, there’s the vegetable farmer’s daughter comin’ out in me!

Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes:

1 c. blueberries

1/4 c. peaches (I used frozen)

1 banana

bunch of cilantro

1 cup kale/spinach

3 ice cubes

1/2 c. milk (I prefer using almond milk but cow milk works well too! 🙂

Fill Nutri-bullet to proper line, not too full- bad things happen if it’s too full, trust me! Then blend, for three 50 second intervals. And voila!

I’ve also been keeping my hands busy with knitting. I’m knitting a blanket! That is just on the cusp of being finished. Super think and amazing! Let me tell you, its taken quite a couple fort-nights to knit, but I must say that it has paid off nicely. Quite warm!

Stitch-in-time

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine.