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There is HOPE: We Can Feel Better!


I want to share this article with you today along with my story…
(see link below)
 
I have 5 Auto-immune issues along with a few other health problems. One of these issues I’ve had ALL my life, the next was diagnosed in my 20’s. The 3rd in my 30’s…4th and 5th in my 40’s.
 
By the time Fall of 2017 came around I was in really tough shape and thought I’d be in a wheelchair within 5 years. I literally couldn’t exercise. I worked with a Physical Therapist who acknowledged too that any exercise program seemed to be too much for my system and we talked about starting out really slowly. I’d try to bike on my recumbent bike and after 10 minutes I’d be exhausted and have a hard time walking up the basement stairs.
 
Now let’s talk about what changed.
 
That same Fall of 2017 I decided to try some plant based supplements that my friend kept telling me about.
 
I had been a lot of pain and my Rheumatologist wanted me to start taking a stronger prescription drug that I knew could have really bad, permanent side effects and I just didn’t want to put that in my body.
 
I started taking the supplements like I take my prescription medicines…faithfully, every day…and I started to see results.
 
Within a week my bloating was gone. Within a few weeks I realized my sugar cravings were gone. Within a month I realized my pain was less. Within 6 months I was dropping prescriptions (under the careful eye of my Dr’s). Within a year I was taking 8 LESS prescriptions.
 
Fast forward to 2 weeks ago…and I decided to try this exercise thing again.
 
The first day I got back on our recumbent bike I rode 5 miles in about 23 minutes. AND…I got off the bike and walked spryly up the basement stairs. I’ve committed to biking 5 times a week.
 
Yesterday I rode 7 miles.
 
The moral of the story?
 
There is hope.
 
How did these supplements help my body?
 
Contact me and I’ll tell you.
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If you have Autoimmune Disease(s) and exercising causes flares, please read this:
Exercise Intolerance and Autoimmune Disease

I’m a LOSER!


I’m a Loser!

What the what?

Yes, I’ve already lost so many things and now I want to lose more!

In the last 14 months I’ve lost…

👉my prescriptions for anxiety and depression, extreme discomfort, asthma and allergies/hives (8 total!)
👉3 inches in my waist
👉1 inch in my hips
👉7 lbs
👉inflammation
👉my sugar cravings
👉bloating and gas
👉my anxiety
👉puffiness
👉my winter blues (aka that BLAH feeling)
👉the NEED to nap
👉one credit card debt

Just look at the OLD ME~

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Who wants to join me and win at losing?

Let’s clean up your gut health too!

#healthierandhappier #plantbasedsupplements #healthy #happy #elyminnesota #exercise #balance #eatinghealthy

Let’s Try That Again!


I’d like to apologize to the woman who I barked at today…and the people I barked at yesterday…there’s no excuse. Yes I was tired and have overdone it getting ready for this Estate Sale, but it’s no excuse. I hope you accepted my apology today as you seemed wary, which I would have been too! I’m not usually a crank-butt!

Let’s start that New Year’s Resolution of ‘pledging to look for the best in people and bring you a little happiness’ over again. So thankful that tomorrow is a new day!

I Pledge to Work on Being the Best Me


So today brought an interesting experience.
 
After working like a crazy woman to meet a goal for my #Plexus plant based supplement biz, I made a run to the grocery store. I ran into 3 women at the grocery store…
 
(Now mind you…yesterday was a rough day that included a migraine out of control, vomiting, dehydration and an ER visit…so I’m not looking my best as I’m still not quite a 100% today.)
 
Woman #1 said: “You look bedraggled (is that a word?)!” (ps I don’t know this woman very well.)
 
Woman #2 said: “Hi!” and we exchanged “Happy New Year’s!” This woman and I have known each other for a while now in fact she used to work for me but we don’t get to see each other as often as I’d like.
 
Woman #3 said: “Hi! How are you?” and we exchanged stories about having no plans for New Year’s Eve…I told her the first woman’s comments as I jokingly fluffed up my hair and we laughed it off. This woman and I have been good friends for many years.
 
When I got home, I found that Woman #2 had sent me a message which read: “Hi Patty, I was in a crabby mood in the grocery store, but after seeing your beautiful smile, it brightened my spirit, thank you! Have a Happy New Year!!!”
 
It made me sit back and think about how I view other people: what is my perspective on the world? Do I see people at their worst? Or do I see the beauty in others and let it warm me? Do I laugh with others or focus on our woes?
 
I like to think I see the best in others, but not always…and sometimes it’s really easy to focus on the bad things happening and forget there is still good things happening too.
 
So for this last day of 2018, I pledge to work on being the best me that I can be…and in that process may I see the best in you and be a source of happiness in your life.
 
Cheers to 2019!

Fall’s Beauty and God’s Grace


Fall is here and it brings with it a renewed sense of energy for me – I love the cooler temps, the beauty of the colored leaves, the bonfires, the fact that school is back in session and learning is in progress and with the falling leaves brings the sense of renewal.

Every year we see the splendor of beautiful colors, we experience the sadness of the falling leaves, but as our weather turns color, we get beautiful white snow that covers everything…

And while the earth lays dormant we strongly walk on.

As it is with God’s grace.

Through tough times, God continues to show us beauty and even if we don’t acknowledge Him, He lays dormant in our hearts waiting for us to let His light shine in.

And then Spring arrives and with it the beauty of renewed life.

It’s in that moment in our lives that we acknowledge that He’s been with us all along.

Our lives awaken just like the flowers bloom.

God is good.

Patty O

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