My cold is almost all cleared up; I can taste and smell things again, which is wonderful. And just in time for tomorrow! I’ll be spending the evening at a Moose lodge, enjoying an AYCE/D Beef and Beer fundraiser for my nephew’s school. I’m going to be taking it easy on the beef, but I think there’s some law against attending such an event, on St. Patty’s Day and NOT indulging in the alcohol, at least a little.
Now that I’m feeling better, I need to get back to using the daily agenda sheet that I’ve created, so that I can put myself on some kind of schedule, along with getting to sleep earlier, so that I can wake up earlier. Today, for example, I woke up shortly before 3 in the afternoon. Part of that is because I was awakened a few hours after going to sleep in the first place to take care of a small emergency – these things happen, and for me, it’s like those first few hours of sleep never happened.
Part of the reason I was up so late last night was because of sinus pressure. Although the need to have tissues around me 24/7 had abated, it felt like someone was inflating a balloon behind and above my nose. I finally broke down and did something that I’ve thought about before, but never got up the nerve to try – a Neti Pot.
I have one, a generic (CVS), plastic little thing, along with a two types of saline to put in it (One from CVS, which came with the pot, the other a more well-known brand). I intended to use the better one in the pot, but the packets had expired. Thankfully, the CVS packets are good until June.
If you’ve never used one and would consider it, I actually recommend it highly, based on last night’s experience. It really cleared me out well and that pressure was all but gone. In fact, that was 12 hours ago, and only now is the pressure starting to build again.
A word of advice – I read recently that use of a neti-pot caused death in two people (they ended up with a flesh-eating bacteria/virus in their brains, if memory serves). To blame the pot is actually quite inaccurate. NOT USING CLEAN WATER was the cause. If you’re going to use the pot, don’t just mix the saline in there and assume that’s good enough! You HAVE to BOIL THE WATER! Especially if you have well water. We have “city water” where I live, and I still boiled it.
Well, enjoy your weekend and be safe! If you’re going to celebrate the holiday away from your house, like I am, make sure you have a designated driver and a place to stay that is close by.
Was brought to you by the letter Q! Actually, today’s workout, which followed my normal warmup (at home), was performed at the dump. Not much involved, just loading up a few extra trash bags into the truck before heading out, and then emptying the bed of my truck of garbage and boxes. The idea is to ease myself back up to where I was.
Actually, the idea is a little more ambitious than that. I intend to get used to doing about 15 minutes of working out, and doubling the amount of workouts that I do per day. Using my agenda sheet will help with that, and I will essentially be doing a half-hour workout every day, plus two warm ups! Once I have the two workouts under my belt, with some consistency, then I can look at adding time onto one, and eventually both.
You may notice that despite it’s important, consistency doesn’t seem to really be a theme in the process that I follow. That’s true, especially when it comes to exercise. The reason – at this stage (if not the stages to comes, as well) it’s more important that I consistently warm-up and exercise at least once a day. It’s also very important, particularly to said consistency, that I keep things from getting boring. I need to keep exercise from being a chore. That doesn’t mean I can’t use a chore as exercise, it just means I can’t constantly be doing the same crap over and over. Once exercise is seen as a chore, instead of something that is somewhat fun and definitely energizing (not to mention heavily effective in getting healthy), I could hardly expect myself to avoid “going through the motions”, and eventually avoiding it, making excuses and eventually, just giving up.
Never worry about the “appearance” of consistency; if you have the areas that matter covered, then you’re good.
I like Foodimentary, a daily blog that highlights the foods that each day celebrates (Today is National Artichoke Heart Day – I love artichokes!), along with articles on food history among other features. I don’t include it here much, because not every day can be a healthy day, like Artichoke Day. Many days celebrate candy, cakes, and other concoctions that are better left untouched on this blog. Still, it’s a good site with a lot of information that just about any “foodie” would admire. One notable exception is Pi Day.
Natural Knowledge 24/7 gave a very good list, recently, about fruits and vegetable that you really ought to wash before you eat, called “10 Dirty Fruits and Veggies“. First on the list? Celery – GASP! I notice that my other favorite raw veggie, the carrot, did not make the list. Perhaps there’s a benefit to eating root vegetables. Then again, since the potato makes the list as well, perhaps not.
Finally, my recent “blogging buddy” has spent this month trying out the vegan lifestyle. I think it’s kind of a jump, since he wasn’t exactly a vegetarian to start with, but he seems to be enjoying himself, which is what’s important.
SOME THINGS BEAUTIFUL
Natural Knowledge 24/7 actually gets a double shout today with their article “Beautiful Gardens from Around the World”.
And, to end today’s article, Photobotos takes us “To the Sea”!