Ginger Tea

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Life is filled with small pleasures and locating a new one is a special experience. Ginger is a health promoting herb, it has many benefits including high levels of vitamin C, appetite reduction, prevention of alzheimer’s disease, and improved circulation.

What makes ginger different than other supplements I’ve tried is that the appetite reduction and improved circulation is noticable, and the tea delivers an internal heat upon consumption. I’ve been consuming the tea over the last month, and my stomach feels better, I’m more alert, and I feel much better..this might be borderline too much information, but my bowel movements have been excellent.

When prepared in a tea with honey, it’s also one of the most delicious things things in this world. Try this if you’re interested in the benefits or if you enjoy tea.

Things to Accomplish in 2017

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Here’s a list of my goals for 2017, broken down into smaller goals; I repeat some goals from “Three Goals for Age 29“, and”bucket list“, but there are also some new ones. This is stickied so I see it regularly, but feel free to read it.

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Women’s Beginners’ Workouts: The Beginning of the Great Health Adventure

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Are you a woman that’s just starting to work out? Is your price range somewhere around “free fifty”, so you’re not about to go in on a bunch of equipment and/or videos? GREAT, WE’RE IN THE SAME BOAT. Here’s what I learned from looking around on the internet:

  • Youtube has a lot of great, free videos on yoga, tai chi, and aerobics – if you’re willing to dig, you can find some real treasures. I might post up some of the better ones I find at a later date when I go through more of them. POPSUGAR Fitness is a great place to start, though.
  • There are free workout routines out there.
  • I am in the market for an accountability buddy. Get a hold of me if you want.

I’m focusing on calisthenics/body weight exercises. You can do them anywhere, you need little equipment, and it doesn’t involve a whole lot of jumping or things that hurt your joints. (I’m recovering from a broken leg, I am not doing a whole bunch of jumping jacks, thank you very much. Also, I am incapable of a decent squat at this point of my life, at least without crying, swearing, and falling)

Here are links to four good routines:

  • Women’s Health Mag’s Routine. A simple, easy routine.
  • GymJunkie’s Routine: It requires no accessories and looks intense, but doable if you have full use of both your legs. *gives left leg the stinkeye*
  • Popsugar’s routine. A forty minute workout that’s too intense for me at the moment, because I can’t put my full weight on my leg, and I’m out of shape. It looks solid, though so it might be your thing/my thing in the future.
  • Fitwirr’s routine: It’s basic, and I will do a modified version of it on Sunday.

Here’s a list of modifications for those of us with bad knees or whatnot.

Today’s News: I’m Not Dying

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Good news: In the last three months, I (mostly unintentionally) lost 30 lbs without abusing myself.

Bad news: 30 lbs is a drop in the ocean of the excessive amount of me. (Not really)

I gained a lot of weight after I got sober a year ago. Considering my weight has been a trigger for a few different varieties of insane behavior in the past, it was best to just put the whole issue on the back burner for a while. Instead, I focused on sobriety and stability was my main concern, and I was successful.

I feel like I did the right thing. However, there is a few consequences: I’m now the size of a small horse, my blood pressure went up(my blood pressure is still in the normal range, though).

I’ve already set a goal to lose a good chunk of weight this year but discussing weight loss with a doctor and other people makes me more accountable. My anxiety about my health is much better now, and my health isn’t THAT bad, considering everything I’ve done to myself.

I need to see if my insurance will cover a bone density scan. My doctor recommended it, but a lot insurances only cover them in certain instances, and I might not have insurance coverage.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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I can’t say I advocate either the cold turkey method over the using incremental change for all life changes. My best answer would be to terminate old habits with the cold turkey method and build new habits using incremental change.

Whenever I quit smoking or something like that, I need to completely stop because I’ll “fool” myself into thinking I’m quitting, or keep telling myself that I’m just going to do something for one last time…and I’ll tell myself this multiple times and generally end up somewhere worse than where I started from.

As for building new habits, I either jump in feet first and burn myself out after a couple weeks, so instead, I try to slowly and carefully add new things to my life. For instance, I’m slowly mixing new healthy habits into my day. I’m trying to get as much water as I need, as well as maintaining a little bit of exercise, just to strengthen my leg and get in the habit of exercising.