Life on Story Street has been full these past months, working on home improvements and just working on improving me.
I am bound and determined to get some of the weight off that I acquired around myself when my thyroid went kerplunk. It is a process for sure, especially if you want to do it in a healthy manner, nice and slow.
I will be 49 years young in less than a month. I would like to be at my most comfortable size and fit by the time I turn 50. I do not check my weight just my clothes size and notice how much room I take up for the most part. I have been weeding out foods that make me feel yucky. So far I feel better with high protein and less carbs. I will share this journey as it goes along.
I have changed up my skincare regime. I have been using an olive oil and lavender blend on my face or I use lemon juice, olive oil & sugar scrub on my face and neck. I alternate these according to the weather and my type of activity. Skin brushing has become a regular practice of mine, it is a body exfoliation and lymph drainage technique. Vitamin C is a must in skincare during weight loss. I am seeing and feeling improvements in my body inside and out. It is a very thrifty skin care, cost little, no fancy or expensive products.
My back has been battered and abused ever since I was an infant. Multiple spinal taps as a child, multiple epidurals, coming off of horses has developed scar tissue along my spine.
God has touched my back time and time again in my life for sure with many healings. One of my biggest helps in every day or so is to use Ortho Ease massage oil from Young Living, an essential oil production and processing company.
It is a blend of wintergreen, peppermint, juniper,eucalyptus, lemongrass, marjoram, thyme, vetiver, and other base oils. I have my husband drop this along my spine after my shower or before I climb into bed. It keeps my spine from sounding like popping cellophane.
An interesting Christmas gift I received from my son Ray C. Phillips was an all natural deodorant from Israel. It's designed to used in increasingly smaller applications after the initial use. The instructions are to apply it at bedtime once every three days and then continue to space out the application days as time passes.
I work out in a sauna suit in the colder months on an elliptical machine and do free weights , and various strength training exercises. I work up a good sweat with this, and so far this deodorant works. It is not an antiperspirant though, so this summer I will see how things go in that department.
It is costly, selling for $19 a bottle but, so little has to be used it in the applications, it goes a very long way. I like it so far!
This past week we decided to get Rain our cat a new friend. It has been very cold lately and she is spending much more time in the house. She spends the summer being a jungle cat hanging out in the cornfield or bean field whichever gets planted in the spring. She comes in to eat and then she's right back out and heading into the jungle.
She also spends time in the garden during late summer and fall. She loves chillin' in the dill plants and smells great during that time of year.
Her new friend is a large white rat with pink ears, eyes, feet and tail. She has taken up with this new friend of fluff and catnip. Wrestling and sleeping has new found fellowship.
She has not carried it to our bed yet, but I am expecting to find it there before long, since I she seems to be getting attached to it.
A name has not been given to this friend of hers as of yet, so for now I am calling it White Rat.
One thing I have been doing more of is studying and practicing basic energy work on my horses. Fire is on the one picture on the right. She is very relaxed after partaking of an energy work session on her. I just hold my hands out, palms up, and the horses come and usually take turns standing where they want me to place my hands.
Sometimes they all get involved at once, like a chain reaction of releases throughout the pasture. Lots of licking and chewing goes on and soft blinking.
I also use the healing technique of the Masterson Method on my horses.
He does amazing work. I am learning much on my own and through prayer for the Lord to teach me as I go along on this particular path of learning. I also use essential oils on my horses. Valor, Thieves and Lavender are some of my favorites for them.
I am anxiously awaiting a lovely, soft snow to go riding in this winter. I love riding in the snow.
The fern I had did not make it this fall. I am just going to plant it in a shady spot in the yard and see if it does anything.
I pulled up all of the old flooring in the kitchen to expose the wooden floor underneath. My sister Angelia helped me on this project. I will be sealing it up with a coat of polyurethane this spring. We have to be careful with Jade, the bird, while doing some house projects. Painting is in the future as soon as it warms up enough to place him on the front porch. He likes it out there.
Refinishing the huge front door is also on the list of projects. Spring will be here before we know it, but for now I will enjoy the winter months.
I hope you have found some of my ramblings interesting in some way. Until next time we come together, I hope you have joy and wonderment in your heart.
God is good!! Thank you for the read!
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