“A journey begins with a single step. 9,200 steps show on my Fitbit at dusk last night so I made progress! That’ll be one of the mottos I repeat to myself over the next 12 months: “progress not perfection” in my fitness quest. ” -Jessica, April 17, 2016 at fitnessquestmama.wordpress.com How appropriate! One year …Continue reading "Happy Anniversary!"
Happy New Year to you, dear reader. “May the best of last year, be the worst for the coming year.” This sweet sentiment blessed me today by a loving aunt of mine. Mixed in with doctor visits and physical therapy, diagnosis and dietary exploration, I’ve had a few deeply significant “bests” in 2016. Most of …Continue reading "Into the new year with gratitude."
The fact that any food is gluten-free has totally lost significance. Let me break it down like an equation for you. X + Y = Z therefore Jessica + Grain = Pain Through the thickets of autoimmune disease I’m finding this out. If I’m jonesin’ for joint hurt then I should definitely eat bread, pasta, oats, or pancakes (even if …Continue reading "Listen to your body."
As a young person, my mom and I sat on the couch in her “good room” where absolutely no toys were allowed –through the entrance that she only used for guests- and she taught me a few simple stitches of crochet. There I watched Mom work on a blanket, and she would pause to demonstrate loops …Continue reading "Broomstick lace for a happy place"
I’m a people-person and I enjoy talking with the therapists and assistants, so physical therapy has actually been fun. The young professionals in there were born in the early 1990’s. Let that sink in for a moment. While I was working my first job as a holiday helper during the seasonal rush at a local …Continue reading "Getting buzzed"
Hello. And happy day-after Thanksgiving to you. I have a lot to be grateful for. Simple joys that make the heart full: God, my husband, children, a house, food on the table, and a warm bed to sleep in. But, sit at my table with me, have a hot cup of tea and talk for a …Continue reading "Shock & awe"
Good morning everyone, or good day, as it were. Did I mention I’ve been watching British comedies? I have recently enjoyed a local playhouse’s live theatrical production where the actors employed a British accent as well. Shout-out to all the Mousetrap players! Right, moving along… if you are looking to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, or …Continue reading "Rice replacement. Endocrinologist replacement?"
Watching a British comedy sitcom and drinking PG Tips English Breakfast tea this morning, I begin to think in a British accent. Brilliant, yeah? Sort of how I started thinking in Spanish in the Dominican Republic as a triage translator for the missionary doctors & nurses. What’s disrupting my psuedo-British misty morning is this “hold music” on the phone-line to my …Continue reading "Shake hands with your doctor."
•CRACK!• ******* Batch cooking 101. Grade: F. Needs improvement on following directions. When I opened the freezer door I was surprised to see this disaster. My very first attempt at freezing a large batch of soup in mason jars resulted in icy shards of glass. Oops. Chalk it up to a learning experience with the added …Continue reading "Lesson learned"
It creeps and crawls. It slowly chokes me. This anxiety. Especially when I’m alone. In somebody’s company, however, I am pleasantly distracted and feel uplifted. There is a clear reason why I feel this way: a prescription adjustment. Four weeks ago a very tangible shift occurred after my doctor switched me from 125 to …Continue reading "Morning pages"