Sunday, January 27, 2013

Update 1/27/12

Last update of January 2013 I think...

I am going through another flare up...when do they stop?  NEVER!  I get to feeling good and go do something and end up wishing I hadn't.  What caused it this time?  I never know exactly what causes my flare ups and I think even if I did it wouldn't help me manage my health much.  I take my pills, vitamins etc like I always do, I try to keep the same sleep schedule, limit exercise (it exacerbates my pain issues), and eat foods good for me and it still flares.

I am really bummed out today cause last week I had a really good weekend and on Monday I went to an outlet mall in OKC with my daughter for a little shopping and looking fun.  I walked the entire circle of the mall...out a 15 minutes walk if you are about 2 hours and participated in a little light retail therapy!  We visited the Coach outlet at the mall and I bought a couple handbags that were 50% off and then they gave us a coupon for an additional 30% off when we entered the door! 

Aren't they awesome!  I haven't bought a new purse in about 5 years...I know a long time for me or anyone.  I have a lot in my closet but I ended up tossing 5 in the recycle bag for Goodwill and another couple in the trash so that is my reason for not feeling guilty for spending some money on these purses.  They both cost $298 originally but will all the discounts I only paid $222 for both of them and a Coach zip ID wallet and key chain! 
This is awesome.  Has a key chain, wrist strap, pocket for money and debit cards and then a clear ID pocket for my drivers license and conceal carry card on the front.  I clip it to the front of the purse and if I don't want to carry the whole bag I unclasp it and take it with me.  
We went to see the move MAMA and had dinner out at Golden Corral that night so you can see it wasn't a stressing or taxing day...unless the excitement over getting my new Coach goodies were exciting stressful to me.  Now that would be the pits to have an exciting thing happen and you go into a flare up...

On Tuesday Heather took me to Weight Watchers...did I tell you that I went to the doctor a couple weeks ago and I had lost a whopping 12.6 # from my previous visit till now.  I decided I was doing so well I went and rejoined Weight Watchers.  Don't know why I quit cause I always feel better when I am eating WW and my gluten diet.  Anyway we went to weigh in and I had lost another 3#.  YAY!  WW has a gluten free friendly program now and most of the foods I am eating are in their data base so keeping up with the tracker is easy peasy.

Wednesday was a day of rest cause I knew I had a class to teach on Art Journaling at my LSS so I didn't do much of anything.  The Art Journal class was a not stressful and I actually enjoyed the people in the class a lot.

Friday!  Well Friday was a down day for sure.  I had a headache and nausea all day.  I got up about noon and was back in bed at 3pm trying to get the head better.  Stayed laying flat the rest of the day because if I got up my head and body hurt so bad it wasn't worth moving.  Even Chuck trying to pat my back caused a lot of pain.  I slept as much as I could and woke up Saturday feeling a little better but still having some issues.

Saturday Heather called about going to the crop at the LSS so I went with her about 5 pm and we did some crafting for a few hours, stopped by Ihop on the way home and today I am feeling like dog doo!

If you have fibromyalgia, CFS/ME you know what I am talking about here!  If you don't and you think I am a whiner then I hope you never are diagnosed with this disorder.  It is a constant pain and takes so much out of me on goods days that I dread the bad ones.  I hate feeling bad cause it tends to make me into a bitch and I am normally a reasonable person but...

Guess I will wait another 5-10 years before buying another handbag...takes too much effort!  Enough for me.  Hope you have good days my friends. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Do you love bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches?  I do!!!  I read an article not long ago that the sandwich made at McDonald's is so high in fat and calories it will eat up a big chunk of your daily food allotment if you get the meal deal.   Since I can't go to McDonald's anymore to get my food (they don't have gluten free) I decided to make my own using turkey bacon and Udi's gluten free bread.

didn't I make a pretty sandwich?

 I didn't use any extra oil in preparation of the bacon or the egg so this sandwich my calorie count is a lot less then the ready made.  Looks good too!

Jennie-O offers a gluten free product and it says so on its label.  Be careful when buying any processed meats, sausages, etc cause they have gluten hidden in them.
it is only 90 calories for 3 slices of bacon and I wove a lattice design to make it fit the bread...pinterest is my friend!
two slices of bread equal 140 calories but I think with the higher fiber you will find less counts!

I like Udi bread and sandwich rolls taste yummy but need to be toasted for best flavor.  I also find that sandwiches tend to fall apart when they aren't toasted!

I found some really interesting information regarding eggs on Wikipedia just now about storage of eggs.  DID you know that pickling boiled eggs in pickled beet juice will preserve an egg unrefrigerated for over a year?  Makes a beautiful red egg for you potato or egg salad.  Another piece of trivia was that the age of the egg and the conditions of its storage have a great influence on it's taste the chicken's diet influences it too.  If the bird is fed rapeseed or soy meal it will flavor of the eggs produced and make them taste fishy!!!  I knew I wasn't dreaming that when I complained an egg tasted fishy!  It also said you can flavor eggs by soaking them in cold tea, spices, soy sauce etc to give them flavor.