The Amazing Human Body!

First, my last post was misleading to those who know me. I am not currently pregnant. I mentioned in my last post that I never fully relaxed during my pregnancy. After the molar pregnancy, I was a bit on edge during this pregnancy. In feeling like this, I did not feel comfortable talking about, writing about my pregnancy while I was pregnant. We didn’t even tell family we were pregnant until I was around 18 weeks, which was after the anatomy ultrasound. 

I don’t know if my feelings are normal, but after the pain of having a molar pregnancy, I just couldn’t feel “safe” during this pregnancy. I did try to remind myself to enjoy this time. I didn’t have too rough of a pregnancy. I felt as though I had a mild case of stomach flu until around week 20. Then, I felt amazing. This mild flu feeling returned around week 32. The Human Body just amazes me. It really wasn’t until I went through this pregnancy that I realized how truly incredible our bodies are. The way our bodies move and open to accept this life growing inside. I was in awe watching my ribs widen to make space for baby, my hips opened, the veins you see so visible throughout your body, which shows the transportation of food and life. Our hormones…oh those hormones. I didn’t notice my mood changing very much, but I noticed my cravings and dislikes. This was crazy to me. I’ve always liked room temperature water…now it had to be ICE cold w/ lemon. I could only drink light coloured soft drinks, I COULD NOT tolerate any coffee or tea, which I am a true coffee connoisseur. I’ve been a vegetarian for 8 years, but I craved meat during my

Abt 12 deer Matt was feeding at Iroquois--March 17, 2013 (2)

We see so many deer on our hikes! Beautiful, majestic creatures. Make me feel so peaceful.

pregnancy. Just crazy stuff. Another is I LOVE to exercise. I didn’t do much of my normal routines as I wasn’t taking any chances of disturbing the life inside of me. I did hike an hour most every day, walked every night and did weight training. I just was shocked at how incredibly winded I would get. Hills on my hikes that might slow me a bit, now fully take my breathe away. I now have to stop and rest. What? Never had to do that in my life.

It’s just amazing to me how our bodies change, grow and just know what to do to protect and nurture the life inside. It blows my mind how it all progresses. More fun is to get all the advice as to what gender my baby is going to be. Everyone has a guess, an opinion and a reason for their opinion. What a blast. What is the gender? Have to wait til next week…..

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Our Australian Shepherd Furbabies out on our hike!

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

I would like to wish all the fathers including my own, a happy and wonderful Father’s Day! I am so lucky to have the dad that I do. What is important is to remember this throughout the year. My only “issue” w/ holidays is that you shouldn’t just do nice things for someone only on that day. Maybe I do something a little extra special, but I want to show my love, appreciation, happiness, etc every day of the year. So, happy Father’s day, I hope you all had a wonderful day and got to do some extra special things that you like to do.

Not only did we get to enjoy some family time this weekend, but we got to enjoy the outdoors as well. Near my hometown was a festival called Sound of Music. What a great time! The weather was amazing–about 85F, slight wind and just magnificent to be outside watching music and enjoying a festival. This festival has it all. Tons of people, loads of sidewalk shopping and 3 stages for bands. We saw several different types of bands–rock, country, punk, but one of our favs was Crash Karma. They were so much fun to watch and really good live. We had a great night. We got to start it off right by eating some Thai food at a restaurant near this festival w/ some of our dearest friends. We have not seen these guys in a while, so it was very nice to catch up w/ them. Then, we grabbed a coffee and headed to the festival. I could’ve bought so many things. I love these little shops that show up at the festivals. I ended up not purchasing anything, but that took a lot of determination.

An overall fantastic weekend. Lots of laughs, catching up, music, walking and plain old fun! I am so thankful that the weekend was beautiful and that mine and MG’s fathers enjoyed their day. Just remember to tell the special people in your life how much you care about them, think about them, each and every day. Maybe just do a little extra on these extra special days.

 

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Outdoors Are Paradise!

We watched the Stanley Cup game from the comfort of my outdoor cabana. It was amazing! Let me back up a few steps….

A few posts ago I discussed outdoor drapes. Well, we finally got them up and they look great! The even better part is that they keep the wind down, so it doesn’t get too cold even on cool nights. It was around 60F last night and we were very comfortable. I love the outdoors and I always feel amazing. In the earlier mornings we try to get out go for a jog, hike or do the stairs, during the day we are out gardening and at nights we are watching TV in our cabana. In between all of these we buy and sell a lot of homes. It is so nice b/c all of our flowers are blooming, trees are growing and my blueberry bushes are going strong. They even have a few tiny blueberries on them.

So, MG grilled us up a lovely homemade pizza on our new pizza stone. Yum, yum! We got whole wheat dough, added tomatoes, broccoli, cheese, pizza sauce, onions, mushrooms and another veggie or two.

We had a magnificent evening and enjoyed the game. I also saw this cute little squirrel w/ a piece of bread we left out. I had a bag of bread w/ just a few slices left (old) and I was going to give it to the squirrels and birds anyways. I hear the bag move and I look outside and this is what I saw…

So, that is it for today, just an all around wonderful day and I could not be any happier w/ my new outdoors. We didn’t get to enjoy it last year b/c it took 3 mos to finish and then it was too cold. Well, we certainly are enjoying the heck out of it this year. If anyone has any questions about outdoor drapes, landscaping, etc don’t hesitate to ask.

I’ll leave you w/ one last look…

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Eating For Longer Life!

Started our day off early, it is about 61F now w/ a high of 91F. Hot, Hot, but a little cooler than the last two days. MG and I took my mom’s Lab for a 2.5 mile hike this morning. Then, we met mom to go to the dog park. This place is always packed w/ happy people and playful dogs. We have a great time there, my mom especially. She is very social and we always tease her about holding the chat. It seems that while the dogs play, my mom always ends up w/ all the humans around talking to her. I just stand back and let her have her time. I think it is adorable. Also, it is amazing how watching all the dogs run and play puts a big smile on everyone’s face. I smile the whole time, but why? I don’t know, but it is a very happy place.

Next, was another training session from MG at the local ice rink. We skated for a solid, hard, tiring hour. He works me very hard, which is why I don’t go for a jog in the morning. He works on my skating (very tiring), then puck work (mental and arm strength) & shooting (shoulders and obliques). Wow, he is a great teacher and pretty patient w/ me as a student. Most important–I always see huge results in my games after he has taken me for a learning session.

We ended our day by going to see some of Matt’s dear friends, which have become very special people to me as well. They are the kindest, most down to earth couple I’ve ever met. They live on 130 acres farm and have cattle, dogs, horses, goats and cats. Most are rescued and will live their life on a farm until they die naturally. In saying this, they both enjoyed meat, but especially the husband. We always go out for dinner w/ them and he gets a huge steak. Well, while sitting at their house catching up before we all headed for dinner, they announced to us that they went Vegan. What? Them…Vegan!? I’m thrilled. They decided 4months ago to take the plunge, to quit all meat, dairy and animal products, cold turkey. Not a pun. Just, wham! no more anything. Best of all, they have never felt better. They both have lost weight, have more energy, sleep better, overall just way better.

We began to discuss their reasoning. It was simple and very similar to my story. They just stated they wanted to live longer, healthier lives. This post is not meant to offend any of you meat eaters. I truly feel everyone should do what makes them feel their best, what you are happy doing. I would never tell anyone to stop doing anything. We are all adults and make our own decisions. What I do want to accomplish is giving other input. I want all of us to make our decisions w/ knowledge. Maybe by reading this, we all will do our own research, look in to things a little deeper and make lifestyle changes that will help you lead a longer, healthier life, free of pharmaceutical drugs.

Anyway, back to their story. Her 92 yr old mother has Alzheimer’s. She was upset, not just for the obvious reasons, but b/c her mother is extremely healthy and could live to 102. Also, they both have had some health ailments. In doing her research, she realized that there are a lot of steroids, antibiotics, etc in meat and dairy now. Unfortunately, all these drugs make the cows bigger, the milk creamier, etc, but in turn is giving us serious health issues. This is similar to me. Once my grandfather and my dog died, both of lung cancer, plus seeing all the health issues–cancer, heart problems, diabetes, allergies, kids w/ serious issues, I started to research. I found the same things as our friends we’re discussing. When I was growing up and I’m not very old–it would have been crazy for a school to NOT allow peanut butter. Now, it feels like kids have so many allergies. Why is this? I don’t know 100%, but I do know that w/ all the data out there, in my opinion, meat and dairy are the major factors. So, good for our friends. They look great, feel great. They say that life isn’t even that much more difficult. They still eat out, just adjust the menu to suit them. They make a lot of fantastic meals at home. Overall, it was a wise choice for them and for me. Anything new at first is difficult b/c you have to learn how to do things differently. After a while, it becomes 2nd nature and is just as easy (if not more easy) to eat healthy than it was to not eat healthy.

In saying this, we went to Elizabeth’s Pizza, had a magnificent dinner, some more great conversations and an overall nice night. I wish them the best at their new way of life, I love it and I’m sure they will. Life is short so make the most of it and try to make it longer.

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Pick Up Where We Left Off!

Another wonderful day in North Carolina. Getting very hot–about 92F. MG and I got to go for a 2.5mile hike through the hills and forest. Afterwards we met up w/ my mother and took her dogs to the dog park. There were a lot of people and dogs there. It is so nice b/c everyone there has a smile on their face. Somehow dog owners get a smile just watching their dogs run and have tons of fun. Loads of great conversations occur at the dog park. We met a couple that had a few huskies. All of their dogs (3 of them) were from the shelter or the husky rescue. One of the dogs was going to be put to sleep as a puppy b/c it had a crooked tail and a broken back. This couple took on the challenge, got the back surgery and fully rehabbed the pup. Today I watched this dog run, play & have so much fun. Barely notice that anything was wrong. I find something special w/ people who can take in dogs and give them amazing lives when moments before they were on the brink of being put to sleep. Not getting to experience the wonderful life they are leading at their new home. Thank you to all of you w/ gigantic hearts, open minds and caring patience to help these beautiful creatures who only deserve the best.

Then, off to have a delicious breakfast and coffee on our normal patio. Everyone that works here knows us very well and every time we come for a visit we always catch up. I couldn’t even tell you any of their names, but I know each of them. MG and I went to the Ice House for an hour skate. This is great exercise and free coaching from one of the best. I’m very lucky for his patience and teachings.

Finally, we showed up to a cookout at my best friend’s house. I was so excited. Looking at all the pics–we are quite the colorful bunch, eh? Her little boy is almost 3yrs, full of energy and personality and she just got a new boxer (10mos old) who I can’t wait to meet. She also rescued this dog from a guy that was moving and couldn’t take the dog. He was going to turn him in to the shelter. She really missed having a dog while she was doing the heart and stroke walk/run here.

Boy, did we all have an amazing time. Veggie burgers, zucchini, asparagus, fruit and dip, just a whole lotta yumminess! It was nice of her to have us all to her house and super nice for MG to grill up all this delicious food. He did an awesome job!  I kept thinking to myself how phenomenal it is that I have such fantastic friends that we just pick up where we left off. I talk to all them in between visits, but some we don’t call each other as much. Either way, it is like I live here every day and we never left each other. How is this? It just blows my mind. Thank you b/c I am lucky to have you in my life and you make every day so special!

There is one big lesson I took from all of this. In the search of something new, don’t forget the old. What I mean is that I am always looking for friends and people that I connect w/ in Canada. What I can never forget is that I have the most amazing people already in my life in NC. We tend to take for granted what we know will always be there  and focus our attention on building the new relationships. We have to spend as much if not more time on the relationships we already have. Never assume they will alwyas be there. Work just as hard at your older friendships as you do on making your new ones. Nothing in life is a given. Every day is a gift, that is why it is called the present. Please don’t take anyone or anything for granted, we are not guaranteed anything in life. Thanks for listening.

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Feels Like I Never Left!

MG and I got a good night’s rest and got up early this morning. It is around 85-90F here, so you have to get up early to exercise. We went for 3miles (5km) jog, but this is difficult for me here. See, there are many hills throughout this jog. Nice part is that there were a lot of others out running and walking, so you quietly encourage one another.

Afterwards, we went for a hike w/ my mom and then off to a patio for coffee and breakfast. My mother has lost 25 pounds since her mastectomy in Jan 2011. This is the first time we’ve gotten to see each other since her surgery. It felt so nice. Neither of us could travel b/c her surgery is pretty major and b/c of my molar pregnancy and having to do weekly blood tests, I couldn’t leave Canada. Anyway, we are here and I’m loving it!

We went back to my mom’s, showered up and watched Champions League soccer between Barcelona and Manchester United. Barcelona won!  Then, we were off to see my grandmother. She is doing really well, but her laptop has stopped working. Trying to get the computer going, but this is always a challenge. She found someone out of the paper to fix it (replace the hard drive), but he did not restore all of her drivers, music, e-mail, etc. Luckily, MG was able to get her back online and this made her soooo happy!

It feels so nice to help others. My grandmother was so thankful. She really enjoys going online and looking around. Aaaahhh…it feels so nice to be back w/ my family. This is just the start to a wonderful week back home.

Wait…don’t leave me–just b/c I don’t want meat, I still want to go to Chik-fil-A! 

I am trying to eat well, but it is difficult here. There are so many places to eat and so many that I love. Also, a good number of my favorite places are not in Canada. One place I’m missing from Canada is Tim Horton’s. On the way home from my grandmother’s we did stop at Chik-fil-A, which I love. No, I don’t eat chicken or any meat anymore, but I can still find a good amount to eat there. This is only in the more southern states, so I gobble it up  when I can. This is their mascot, the cow.

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