Merry Christmas

Who doesn’t enjoy a little Christmas music during this time of year?  So…enjoy some timeless classics from a very talented group…Pentatonix.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you’re traveling, be safe.

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Water Fitness: A Hidden Gem

I’m finding that as I get older, my body is becoming  like a temperamental poodle that needs to be coddled and handled with care. However, since I’d like to keep physically fit, I’ve realized that I need to strike a balance between “feeling the burn” and feeling like something’s about to break.

Luckily, a while ago, I discovered the joys of water aerobics. At first glance, water aerobics may not sound too strenuous, but with the right instructor and/or exercises, you’d be surprised at how effective a workout it can be. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun and easier on the joints.

So, if you’re inclined to try water fitness, check out your local gym or rec center to see if they have any classes.

To give you a sneak peek and some ideas, here are some of my favorite workout videos.

Enjoy. 🙂

Road Rage

If I’m honest, I’ve had my moments of frustration trying to navigate the perilous terrain of the big city. 😉 Dealing with people who drive too fast/too slow, fail to use their turn signals or take forever to change lanes, does not encourage the better parts of my nature.

However, it’s good to be reminded of the importance of being on one’s “best behavior” even when one is behind the wheel of an automobile. So, I present to you, Disney’s Motor Mania.

Enjoy.

Hiatus

Hey guys,

I’m in a transition phase of life and unfortunately I don’t have time for frequent updates, so I’m going on hiatus. I hope to return to the blog-sphere sometime this summer.

In the meantime, I leave you with one of my new hobbies…online work out videos.

My “Peruvian” friend alerted me to the plethora of exercise videos on the web.  Below are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

 

Thou Shalt Get A 2nd Opinion

Medicine

Modern day medicine is awesome. And because of it, miracles are performed daily. However, when it comes to finding a diagnosis or treatment plan for whatever ails you, a person can find themselves falling through the cracks. I should know, because that’s what happened to me.

Over the last few years, I’ve been struggling with a condition called uterine fibroids. In case you are not familiar, uterine fibroids “are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years.” mayoclinic

I’m not going to get into too much detail about this experience other than to say, that these things can wreak havoc with a woman’s reproductive system. And make life painful and frustrating.

So, why am I sharing this experience?  I’m sharing it because I had a doctor who told me that my fibroids were “nothing to worry about”.  And to be fair, when I was first diagnosed, 6 years ago, her claim was true.  However, most doctors employ a method called “watchful waiting, which include doing yearly tests to see if/how the fibroids are growing.  Unfortunately, in my case, my doctor was just waiting.

So about 2 years ago, I started to notice that my stomach was getting larger. At first I thought my growing girth was the result of a declining metabolism, but then I started to notice that my stomach was actually sloped and becoming rock hard even as it got bigger. In fact it was getting so large, I thought about buying maternity clothes, since I couldn’t stay in a pant size. In addition, I found myself becoming increasingly lethargic and needing to make frequent trips to the restroom. (Fibroids push on your bladder.)

Long story short, because of my increasing symptoms and my then gynecologist’s indifference, I started shopping around for a different doctor.  I even traveled to a different city (4 hours away) to find a specialist.

After a lot of prayer and research, I found my current doctor (in the city where I live) and was able to have a myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) a few weeks ago.  It turns out my “nothing to worry about” was actually something to worry about. My current doctor ended up removing 24 fibroid tumors of varying sizes. 

So, the moral of the story is… if you find yourself in a medical situation and you think something is up, but your doctor doesn’t, don’t hesitate to get a 2nd opinion.  No one is infallible and it’s possible that the doctor, you are seeing, is not skilled in your specific health issue.

Either way, there’s no harm done. Getting a 2nd opinion will either confirm your suspicions (which could provide an opportunity for treatment) or it may confirm that there really is “nothing to worry about”.

-Stay healthy 🙂

CS Woman

Ps. I’m glad I had a myomectomy and my recovery is going well thanks to the help of my amazing family, friends, and doctor.

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Hear This-Pentatonix

Just in time for Christmas,  one of my student workers, introduced me to Pentatonix. (I work in education.) They are amazing.  Enjoy!

-And don’t forget to check out band mate Kevin Olusola. He’s got some serious skills of his own.

Checking in

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted something new.  Between work and other life issues, it’s been a busy season for me.  That being said, I hope to post some new thoughts in the future.

But in the interim… I want to pass on an article that I recently read about the Futility of Comparing Ourselves to Others.

It’s easy to do, but it’s often destructive. If you check it out, let me know what you think.

Hope you are well.

CS Woman

Born To Dance

I’ve mentioned before that I really love dance. Who knows, had I not gone the music route, I might have tried dancing instead.

All that to say, even though I didn’t study the art form seriously, I love to watch it.   I recently found a clip of  Houston Ballet’s Aria Alekzander.  Her dancing is beautiful. Enjoy!

Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

This. [The time to help a person work on their marriage is before they get married.]

It’s so much easier to build a strong, healthy foundation from the beginning.  But it is so much harder to fix a broken one once the “house” is already built.

Let us not miss out on the opportunity to develop wholeness and/or healthy, God honoring relationships during the single years.

Hear This-Heartbreaker

I don’t know what they have in that British water, but there are some great artists from “across the pond”.

Meet Alice Russell.