Q#176: What are some good home remedies that can PREVENT chafing & other irritations during exercise (& not ruin your clothes or budget)?

Before anyone says anything, yes, I have several sticks of anti-chafe balm in my drawer. SEVERAL. However, like most anything meant to help with fitness or sports, it's gonna run the price up pretty bad. Though it's true a little can go a long way, they're gonna run out eventually and I hate the idea … Continue reading Q#176: What are some good home remedies that can PREVENT chafing & other irritations during exercise (& not ruin your clothes or budget)?

Using a Rowing Machine is Both Easier & Harder Than I Thought it Would Be

Yeah, being on a lake like that is something I'd love to do in the summer some day. I wanted to wait after a few days of using my machine before writing about it, because it took some time to get re-started on exercise and make it a habit (and adjust my schedule accordingly... exercise-wise, … Continue reading Using a Rowing Machine is Both Easier & Harder Than I Thought it Would Be

A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Somehow in all my years, I never quite learned how to do a budget. Or, more accurately, a realistic budget that takes into account my real needs versus my wants, what's coming in versus what's going out, etc. Somehow I'd discard the budget before finishing it, or even acknowledging that it's there. Messed up on … Continue reading A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Fell off the wagon a little bit, but managed to grab onto the railing…

This weekend was just not the best one for planning all around. I dunno if it was some bad news that threw me off and made me all cloudy, or the major headache that came in most of Friday and Saturday and wouldn't leave me alone (I'll blame the weather changes for some of that). … Continue reading Fell off the wagon a little bit, but managed to grab onto the railing…

If “fast food withdrawal” is real, I’m sure I’ve been going through it this past week…

Before work this past Saturday, I sat down to what I decided was gonna be my last incredibly unhealthy meal out: eggs, hash browns, sausage and bacon, yummy pancakes (I REALLY wanted pancakes all last week, dunno why), OJ and weak-ass coffee that needed a bunch of sugar to make it palatable. This was the … Continue reading If “fast food withdrawal” is real, I’m sure I’ve been going through it this past week…

Q#175: What makes cabbage weep & how can you stop it from happening?

This is something that's been bugging me for a while, and especially when I started getting those bagged salads again (ate my 2nd one this week so far and I'm jotting down ingredients to chop up so I can save on crap plastic and packaging in the future). I've learned that I really have to … Continue reading Q#175: What makes cabbage weep & how can you stop it from happening?

Attempting to (re)introduce fish into my diet and my home… & it’s gonna be tough

My numbers suck. That's what it comes down to. I've spent a while working on my iron deficiency (ebbing and flowing, namely because my diet over the past year has been awful and I've relapsed in regards to my ED a few times), and now I'm more concerned about my cholesterol A1C and my 10+ … Continue reading Attempting to (re)introduce fish into my diet and my home… & it’s gonna be tough

The virtue of patience, & trying to cultivate it…

I think we've all seen the phrase "patience is a virtue" at some point, and it's been said often enough that it's rather passe, or said as a kind of "shut up and stop bothering me" statement toward someone who is mimicking a pressure cooker around you. Well, I wish like hell I could figure … Continue reading The virtue of patience, & trying to cultivate it…

Blitz Q #170: Can you really get rid of psychosomatic symptoms long-term?

I was trying to figure out what's been wrong with me the past several days. Migraine here, nausea there, another crazy headache right now as I type this (mostly with my eyes closed to give my pain a break). My days haven't let me get much done because of it, and I've been annoyed. Things … Continue reading Blitz Q #170: Can you really get rid of psychosomatic symptoms long-term?

I tried out my first pair of “barefoot shoes” this weekend. Can’t wait for the rest to show up.

I don't remember what got me looking for these "barefoot" (or "minimalist") shoes in the first place, but I do know I went from knowing nothing to "I'd better get some" in record time. And I don't mean those weird "toe shoes" that look like slightly more complicated gloves for the feet. Those things wigged … Continue reading I tried out my first pair of “barefoot shoes” this weekend. Can’t wait for the rest to show up.