Self Care Sunday ~ Osteopenia

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A few weeks ago I had a phone call with a Functional Nutritionist. While on the call, he reviewed my most recent blood work. He noticed some numbers were a little off while still normal and told me it could suggest “early Osteoporosis” or Osteopenia. Since I am 53 years old. I am post menopausal and I broke a bone when I was 51 years old. He suggested I ask my General Practitioner for a Dexascan for a baseline. I had my Dexascan last week and this week I learned I do in fact have Osteopenia.

What is Osteopenia? Osteopenia means there is a loss of Bone Density; the bones are not as porous as they should be. However, the density isn’t low enough to be considered Osteoporosis. When my doctor called me with the results, she told me I was not a candidate for the medicine that is often used to treat Osteopenia. I have other complications including an arrhythmia and arthritis in my left jaw, both could be negatively impacted by the medicine. That means I will need to work to improve my Bone Destiny and reverse Osteopenia naturally.

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My doctor suggested I take Calcium with Vitamin D twice a day. She told me Weight Bearing exercise is an essential requirement for me to build Bone Destiny and suggested I use resistance bands instead of using any type of free weights. Additionally, I need to improve my posture and balance to prevent falls. I can use Yoga and Tai Chi poses for that. Lastly, she suggested I may want to have a session with a personal trainer to develop a home based training program because I should not be joining or going to a gym due to COVID pandemic. I reached out to a personal trainer over the weekend. We are coordinating schedules for private sessions in my home.

Since receiving the diagnosis, I’ve doing some research and coming up with a game plan. I am already naturally active. I am walker. I distance walk a few times a week and get 10,000 steps per day.  Since Friday, in three days, I walked 43,000 steps.  I enjoy walking but it’s not enough. I need the weight bearing, resistance, posture and balance work.

I am sharing this information in case anyone else needs it.  If you over 50, you may want to bump up your calcium and get some weight bearing exercise before you lose Bone Density too 🙂

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Solidarity Sunday ~ Community Gardening

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This past winter I met Board Members for the local Community Gardening Organization. We have a lot of similar interests. Most of them are activists, restaurant and farm owners and local gardening store owners. I started following them on Instagram and learning through their photos and stories the impact communal gardens can have in a social-economically disadvantage area.

When New Jersey was put under a Stay At Home Order and I switched to 100% telework in mid-March due to COVID, my anxiety was out of control.  I decided to plant Kale, Spinach, Lettuce and Herbs on my balcony to help manage my anxiety. Kale, Spinach and Herbs have been doing great. Lettuce was unsuccessful so I dumped it out and planted a mix pot Kale and Spinach in the middle pot. My new gardening friends have been coaching on my balcony gardening since March. As it turns out, it’s pretty easy. Since I am really enjoying getting my hands dirty, I offered to volunteer at the Community Gardens.
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There are four Community Gardens in Atlantic City; each is in a socio-economical disadvantage section of the city.  I am currently volunteering at two of them by weeding and watering the garden. In the next few weeks, I will be planting as well. Below are photos of the two gardens. The first photo is a garden that was maintained by a local resident who passed away from COVID a few weeks ago. By the time the team got to it, it needed a lot of attention. You can see yellowing from sun.  This garden needed lots of weeding.  I worked here on Friday and Saturday this week.  The first two beds are Squash.  The second photo is another garden a few blocks away and it is in great shape.  You can see the Purple Cabbage, Kale and Swiss chard are growing nicely.  I’m am enjoying working in soil. It’s very grounding for me and it’s great for managing anxiety.
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What I enjoy most is that I am helping to grow food for people who do not have the means to purchase Organic produce. The group also teaches folks how to plant and care for their own food. For me, this is a great way to be part of the community. It’s a way for me to “walk my talk” and show solidarity for my community.

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Self Care Sunday ~Reminder

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This is a reminder… As you are fighting for justice or taking care of others, remember to care for yourself. I had a really busy today taking care of some family issues. However, I made sure I was home by 5pm so I could go for a 3 mile walk on a beautiful afternoon. Exercise and moving my body is important to me. It’s a priority so I worked it into my plan for the day.

As for myself, this pretty much sums up my self care needs for this weekend 🙂

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Bare ~ Blue Love Poetry

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Bare ~ Blue Love Poetry
Today
I share myself
With you
And allow you
To see me
See me In my nakedness

Please know
I’m not doing this
Only for
Your arousal
While your arousal
Is my pleasure
This act is for
The freedom Of my own soul
It wasn’t a choice
Made in haste
But a choice made
After thoughtful Contemplation
It’s a choice I made
So I could explore
My capacity
To trust once again
And set myself
Free from
The chains Of fear and anxiety

You’ve created
A safe environment
For me to
Explore a part Of myself
I closed off
A long time ago
You gave me Permission
To be authentic
And naked With you

Today I broke down
Another barrier
To growth and trust
Within myself
By being brave
Enough to share
This part of myself
With you

However
The true valor
Is revealed
In your ability
To hold the safe space
For my vulnerability
And your ability
To understand
The barriers
To trust
I overcame
In putting myself
In your hands
Today
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Solidarity Sunday ~ Campaign Zero

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I am focus on demonstrating Solidarity with our black fellow Americans this Sunday. Therefore,  I switched from a Self Care Sunday post to a Solidarity Sunday.

This Sunday I am sharing information from Campaign Zero   As stated on their website, “Campaign Zero supports the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.”

I learned about Campaign Zero while watching a virtual town hall hosted by the My Brother’s Keeper. President Obama spoke to the Nation during this town hall. Afterwards, there were speakers on the virtual Town Hall. One of the speakers  was from Campaign Zero and they spoke about the #8cantwait initiative. #8cantwait are 8 policies, when implemented together, are estimated to have potential to reduce police violence 72%.

While many in the Black Lives Matters movement, are pushing for defunding police departments to force restructuring, I don’ t completely understand the concept or how they plan to execute and implement that.  I am still educating myself. Here are articles on the topic. Essentially, they are asking to move financial resources from police departments to housing, health and community development. The assertion is police reforms haven’t worked because of the systemic cultural bias that already exists in many. police departments.  They also assert police departments have used their increased funding in recent years to pursue minor infractions and to buy equipment to become more militarized.   Honestly, watching the footage from the protests, it’s obvious there is culture of brutality.

https://www.thenation.com/article/activism/defund-police-protest/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/defunding-the-police-us-what-does-it-mean

https://news.yahoo.com/explainer-u-protesters-call-defund-165849798.html

Campaign Zero is offering #8cantwait as a stepping stone city’s can put in place immediately while the movement works toward long term complete restructuring.

If this post makes you angry, I encourage you to stop reading my blog now because I will be posting more on this topic in the future. If this post makes you uncomfortable, I encourage you to explore those feelings.  Ask yourself why you are uncomfortable.  I fully intend to be a smart educated open-minded ally for my black fellow Americans. However, that doesn’t mean I hate the police.  It means I believe there is a culture of violence in many police departments that have gone unchecked. Times up!

I encourage anyone reading this post to read one thing this week to open their awareness or take one action to stand in solidarity for change in 2020✊ If you want to watch this very enlightening documentary 13th on Netflix.

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Self Care Sunday ~ I Can’t Breathe

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TRIGGER WARNING – You may not like this post. If this post makes you angry, you can feel free to stop reading my blog because we obviously do not resonate with each other. If this post makes you uncomfortable, I encourage you to sit with discomfort explore those feelings.

It’s not easy to see oneself. It’s not easy to see things in ourselves we do not like, be open and willing to change. I do, however, think it’s important to admit when we are wrong. I think it’s important to say we didn’t fully understand and state it out loud. As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.”

A few years back, I was critical of Colin Kapernick taking a knee at NFL games during the National Anthem. I was critical because I felt it wasn’t the right venue for him to make a political statement. I remember saying, “Playing football is his job. Most employers would not tolerate protests while on the job.” I see now I just didn’t understand why he was doing it because I grew up with White Privilege.
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I grew up in a largely Irish Catholic neighborhood in Philadelphia. All of my childhood friends were white. I attended an all girl catholic prep school for high school which also all white. Honestly, I think I was born a Liberal so I always had an open mind. I also had a social conscious since I was young. So, when I got to La Salle University, I was an activitist for Amnesty International, Green Peace and various other organizations. I’ve donated part of my salary to charities since I was teenager. I guess I am trying to say I was more open minded than most in my family and my community. But I realize now that I must have carried some of their bias with me because I just couldn’t see why Colin Kapernick taking knee was so important to his community and the world.
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In the last four years, racial tensions have been stoked by POTUS. As I’ve been opening my eyes to division he is creating, I am becoming enraged by the suffering he is creating for the black community. His actions are creating an environment where privileged white people, in and out of law enforcement, think it’s ok to murder black people openly without consequences. As I watch this happen, I walk around with tears in my eyes most days. It has to stop. Four police officers held down George Floyd for 8 minutes with one having a knee in his neck. Regardless of whether he committed a so called crime he was telling them he couldn’t breathe. For the last 2:43 minutes he held him down, he was unconscious. It was murder… How else would you explain it? One officer committed murder the other three were accomplices. All should be charged. Losing their jobs isn’t enough.

Watching this explode in the last few days, I feel for my black friends and coworkers who have sons and daughters. I empathize with them because I imagine they worry every day their child leaves the house. I reached out this morning to a coworker/friend. She is black and she has a son in his 20s who is a musician. I reached out to her this morning because I wanted her to know I see and understand now. I said I know she must worry every day about him and I am here to use my white privilege voice to stand in solidarity with her.

I empathize because it is morally wrong for any nation who calls themselves a democracy to allow this to continue. However, you must refrain from violence when protesting. You must be smart to win this racial war. You must be strategic and calculating with your words. You must peacefully protest or you no better than your oppressor.
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To my black fellow Americans, I AM IN this fight with you. I am on your side. I will use my White Privilege to be your voice and if given the opportunity, I would stand in a line like the line in the below photo to protect you. I am sorry I didn’t wake up to your suffering sooner.
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I was listening to my favorite group from the 70s, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, today. OHIO and Wooden Ships The below songs especially seem to revelant to what’s going on in our world today.

Won’t you join me in using our White Privilege to help our fellow black Americans change the world with non-violence?

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Blue Love Haiku #16 ~ Blue Love Poetry

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Blue Love Haiku #16

Version #1
Breaking the darkness
The sun fills our hearts with hope
Of untethered joy

Version #2
Breaking the darkness
Your hand slides between my legs
Lighting my desire


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Bad Days Happen

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What are you overcoming today?

I’ve been feeling a bit lonely lately.  It’s weird. I am generally a loner.  I like my own company.  I don’ t need a lot of social interaction.  Perhaps social distancing for Corona Virus and Teleworking Full time has led to too much alone time for me. I won’ t lie. I am little sad today.

I am just not sure what to do about it.  Normally I would reach out to friends to schedule dinner or drive up Philly to visit family when I’ve noticed I’ve been alone too much in the past.  In our current situation, I can’t do that.  I am hoping to be able to go up to Philly in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’ve been talking to folks on the phone or texting with people.

Perhaps having a super crazy job right now is a good thing. It keeps me busy on workdays.  I’ve been staying active and getting outside to walk but let me tell you… the whole face mask thing is driving me crazy.  It’s hard to breathe sometimes and it fogs up my glasses.  I have found masks with a metal or wire clip at the nose keep my glasses from steaming.  Sometimes I just stay home instead of dealing with it. I drove through downtown Atlantic City today and it was a ghost town on Memorial Day weekend.  It’s just sad.  Nothing feels right today and I am finding myself missing the people I love more today than any other day. I’m just not sure why I feel so blue today.

If you live alone and are spending too much time alone, consider reaching out to a friend or loved one today. Do something that makes you happy. Perhaps get some fresh air in a place where you can take the face mask off for while and just breathe fresh air. How are you coping?
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Self Care Sunday ~ New Normal

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As we all work towards acceptance that our normal is forever changed since Corona Virus, I am writing today about what’s changed in my life. How I am adapting. What I am choosing to let go and what I am embracing and enjoying.

What’s changed with me? I am on 100% maximum telework for the foreseeable future. In my current role, I can work from home without any impact to my responsibilities. I am allowed to go into the office to work occasionally, if I prefer, but I am not required. At first, I found this is bit stressful and isolating. I think that is because we were also under a Stay At Home Order. Since we have a little more freedom to move about, I’ve been enjoying working from home. I do MISS seeing folks in the building but not that much anymore🤣

I know a lot of folks who are teleworking are rolling out of bed and working in their pajamas – not me. I need a morning routine or I don’t feel settled. I still start work between 6:00am and 6:30am so I get out of bed around 5:30am and take a shower. If I have Zoom meetings, I pay a little more attention to hair and make-up. I put Morning Joe on @MSNBC on the TV, make coffee, water my plants and eat breakfast while I start reading/sending emails. It’s a routine. I need a routine to help manage anxiety.
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One thing that has changed with working from home is my work wardrobe. I wear sneakers most days now. Since my apartment is L shaped, I have plenty of space to pace 10,000 steps a day. So I wear sneakers with everything now. I have fashion sneakers, glitter sneaks, casual sneaks. I have sneaks I only wear indoors and sneaks I only wear when I am walking on the street. Sneakers are my new fashion statement. A blouse, ankle pixie khakis, capri jeans  or a casual skirt with sneakers is my new work outfit 😁 I love it ✌️I just bought these gems the other day. I can’t wait for them to arrive💙

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Since I’ve been focusing on getting 10,000 steps in most days, I’ve changed my outside walk routine as well. My normal walks ranges between 2.5 and 4 miles. I will walk 6 to 8 miles if I am feeling good. Lately, I’ve been trying to increase the pace of my stride and get my heart rate up while walking outside. So, the first minute or two are a warm-up and then for next 30 minutes or so I power walk. After the 30 minutes of “exercise”, I slow down a bit and walk for enjoyment. The biggest new normal of my regular walks is — I always have a face mask with me now. I don’t wear it if no one is within 6FT of me but if I see folks coming near me on foot or on bike, I pull it up over my nose and mouth. It’s not hard. I consider it a sign of respect. It shows I care about them. I wish face masks were not politicized and I wish more folks thought about others more than being self indulgent😷Since it’s a holiday weekend and I live in a resort town, the social distance experiment will be interesting this week.  I will keeping my distance from the crowded spots.

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I don’t know who needs to hear this but…Going to the beach, walking on the boardwalk, getting your hair cut, getting your nails done and going out to dinner are conveniences and luxuries of modern day living. They are not civil rights or liberties. When you are asked to wear a face mask, you are asked to do so to protect humanity. No one is violating your rights 🙄
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There is a new normal in my job now too. I achieve two important milestone 4 months early because of a calculated risk I took when I met with a regulatory body.  They ended up giving  me approval to take a short cut on one milestone which to our surprise also eliminated the requirement of a second milestone too. BOOM 🤣 Everyone was excited and happy. So excited and happy that my GM called into a Zoom meeting without me and got herself committed to accelerating my schedule without talking to me first.  That’s when the fight broke out 🤣 She didn’t understand the concurrent activities 🙄 She’s new but I told YOU – I got zero fucks to give anymore…They put me in this role and gave me a seat at that table so they are gonna hear what I have to say 🤣I told her she should have left the schedule alone and just messaged that the team is hoping to complete the big milestone a month early unless we hit a snag.  It will gives a little wiggle room 🤣Well, my direct supervisor was the “referee” for most of this week 🤣 God bless him.  He works with mostly women who all have direct communication styles.  He calls himself the “token man” but actually he’s the referee🤣He probably deserves a combat medal 🤣 She admitted she should checked with me first before making the commitment but also worked her ass off this week to mitigate the impact. What she did will probably end up being a non-issue for me because something is held up in the approval cycle outside of our control.  If she would have talked to me, she would have known about that and not put everyone through the drama. She is new to this project. She’ll learn – eventually🤣

She and I are good now✌️We fought it out – with the help of our Referee 🤣So, this is the crazy part of our schedule which will continue until we release a public “Call for Proposals” at the end of the summer. I own every action until that happens but they now have been throwing bodies from organizations all over the “company” to help me in every possible way. The guy building the website says, “I have 20 emails from you before I even get in at 8:00am” 🤣 But the plus side is wear myself out by 3:30/4:00pm so no one ever gets a late day action from me.  I can’t even tell you how many new people I’ve met through Zoom meetings in the last few weeks.  So my new normal will be crazy for a while 🤣
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The other good thing that happened this week in work is they confirmed a posting for someone to take over for me after my “start-up” actions are done should be going out soon. This means I will definitely move on to new role or project after my key milestones are done — sometime in Autumn. I am working with a local Director to identify opportunities but my current group said they already have something in mind for me when I finish this up. I just have buckle up and ride this crazy new normal out for a while.

Since my normal isn’t normal anymore, I am might as well tell you I haven’t been on a bike in years – I mean years.  It makes me a little nervous🤣The local bike rental shop in the next town over opened this weekend.  I am going to rent a bike one day to see if I want to buy one.  My building has a bike storage room so I won’t have too bring it up into my apartment.  I would like to ride the boardwalk end to end, AC to Ventnor, at sunrise one morning 😁🚴🏻‍♀️

What’s your new normal? Are you adjusting, changing your routine? If things are hard right now, remember:
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Trust Blue Love

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It’s been a strange few days. I’ve been getting reminders throughout the day that have been centered around the word trust. Almost as if someone is asking me if I trust them or like God or the Universe is asking me to TRUST.

I was in Zoom meetings and telcons for just about seven hours today. It was a mentally exhausting day. During one of the phone calls,  I started to daydreaming a bit. I started thinking of BLUE LOVE💙 His birthday is coming up next week. I thought back to the same day a year ago. I remembered it was around that same time he announced the big change was making in his life. His announcement prompted me to wake up with my heart beating out my chest one morning.  Like seriously, I thought I was going explode🤣 I just had to confess to him – like he was my priest🤣 I had tell him my real feelings.  I spent so much of my life being afraid to show people who I really am. I’ve spent my whole life in protection mode and hiding my true feelings.  I just didn’t want to hide from him anymore 💙By 7:30am, I confessed to him and then I spent the rest of the day dizzy, nauseous and relieved 🤣

I have TRUST issues and fear of intimacy issues from traumas related to men. It’s kind of big deal for me to be that vulnerable with anyone.  Something changed that day. I changed that day.  I learned that day and every day since… that I am safe with him. My heart is safe with him 💙 I learned that day and every day since that my vulnerability and well-being are safe with BLUE LOVE.  Something about knowing I was safe to be vulnerable with him gave me the space to heal past traumas over the last year.  Knowing I was safe with him was a Catalyst for healing for me 💙

For some reason…something that deep came to my mind while I was daydreaming this morning.  Then I saw the number 1010 like five times in row; it was almost flashing.  I googled 1010 and this is what I found💙 A profoundly deep moment in the middle of a very long and tiring work day 🤣

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