FFF: Fit, Fine, & Fabulous

When I started blogging, I actually had a blog with the same name as the title of this post.  I had just gotten the news that I was pre-diabetic.  I was more than 200lbs (although it didn’t show so much) and needed to lose weight.  Somewhere along the line, things got better health wise, I learned to knit, then my primary focus on health and fitness waned and moved to crafting.

But now my interest in blogging about health is back.  I’m just going to add those posts as part of the life tagline, but crafting  (not just yarn purchasing) will still be happening here.  😀

Last Sunday, I was awakened early in the morning (around 2 am) with the feeling like my scalp was on fire!  I tried to soothe it with tea tree oil but that just made it worse.  When I checked in my mirror, I realised I was having a psoriasis attack.  I haven’t had one of these in forever.  I’ve had minor outbreaks over the years, but the last time I really struggled with this was when I had thyroid cancer (2005).  I’m trusting that I’m fine now, but the experience reminded me that health is precious although sometimes precarious and it’s in my best interest to do what I can while I can.

I’d started reading this book Opal sent me a few weeks ago, this one I bought at a book fair a few years ago and also this one my mom gave me when I was going through that cancer situation.  The second book has a recipe for those suffering from psoriasis; my symptoms were so bad, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.  I kid you not, as my body absorbed the juices, my scalp burning stopped — and did so for the rest of the week.  I had mild itching, but that ridiculous burning was no more.  I juiced the recipe a few more times during the week and by the end of the week, even the itching had subsided significantly.

There are times when conventional treatment is what we need, but I’m a firm believer in alternative treatment.  So with that, I begin my new fit, fine and fabulous journey.  The FFF posts will contain juicing and other recipes, fitness tips, budget fashion tips (cause we deserve to be fabulous no matter our size, health or income), health tips and DIY recipes related to body care and wellness.  At some point, I’ll post my before and after pics, but I will not be weighing myself.  I’m more interested in losing inches, counting nutrients over calories, losing body fat while building muscle over obsessing about the scale.

So to jump-start this effort, here’s something for you:

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I’d love to hear what you think about this new series on the blog so feel free to let me know in the comments.

Cheers to healthy living for all of us!   Let me know if you’re working on your own personal journey; there’s strength in numbers so we can all be each others’ cheerleaders. <3.

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17 comments

    1. You’re welcome Andi! I’m really excited about doing this. I have a feeling that it’s going to lead somewhere really unexpected and super fun.

      I’m about to go make the recipe for breakfast right now.

  1. Our bodies are a temple and I’m so thrilled about this journey you’re beginning! We (the hubster and I) have decided that we’ve got to get healthy for ourselves as well as for the sake of our kids. We’ve begun with walking and to make it fun we keep trying to beat each other’s step counts… he’s winning! We also set aside two days a week where meals will be completely veggie rich with no meat in sight which is a tough one for our meat-loving brood! These changes are baby steps but they are steps to a positive healthy lifestyle change. I’m excited about your FFF posts with tips and recommendations so that we can all be fabulous too xx

    1. Those guys … I tell you … they always win with their longer strides. Don’t you just hate that?!!! LOLOL! But seriously though, I love that you’re committing for yourself and for your children. Our bodies are indeed our temples and short of genetic pre-disposition what we get is really a result of what we put in.

      Every baby step leads to longer lasting change. Love it!

  2. Looking forward to hearing your adventures. Natural remedies are amazing and can heal our bodies of a variety of different ailments if we’d only be open enough to try them.

    Although I should not be, I’m always amazed when those who follow Christ can’t accept that he would provide us with things within the beautiful world that are capable of healing us of a variety of ailments. Over the years, I’ve encountered numerous folks that have healed their bodies of challenging conditions (cancer, diabetes, tumors, cysts, etc.,) simply by changing their diet. Conventional has always struck me as an interesting choice for allopathic medicine since it means “based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed.” That definition used to apply to alternative medicine since that’s what was used for thousands of years.

    There’s definitely a place for modern medicine, but sometimes what needs to be cured would be eliminated through our diet, exercise, improving our mental and spiritual health.

    1. “but sometimes what needs to be cured would be eliminated through our diet, exercise, improving our mental and spiritual health.”

      My old and current endocrine Drs subscribe to this wholeheartedly. And so does my PCP. It’s been wonderful working with them.

      I’m not sure when the field of medicine moved totally from alternative to mostly pharmaceutical/surgery related but there obviously was some shift in culture and modern medicinal practices have taken over. For people who are hesitant to try alternative medicine, I try not to judge them too harshly because I believe their fear is stemming from lack of knowledge. Even for Christians. They live in a time where modern medicine is the primary treatment — that’s all they know. Some of them have never experienced alternatives as simple as “ginger tea for an upset stomach”. They know TUMS or Rolaids. I grew up in a place where there’s a “bush” for almost every ailment, so it is easier for me to wrap my mind around alternative because I know it exists, I’ve experienced it and it know it works sometimes.

      I think the goal for all of us is really is to balance out the need for alternative and modern medicine.

  3. Good timing. On April 1st, my aunt & I began our healthy living journey with SparkPeople. She has been a big woman most of her life, and I gained much weight while living/working overseas. My aunt has the latest NutriBullet, she loves it and uses it for us at least a couple times per week. We’re more choosy with what we put into our bodies, I cook a little more, and while my uncle complained that the fridge looks like the garden of Eden and “you’re gonna starve all the rabbits!”, 😐 he has lost a few extra pounds more than he already did from his line of work. I haven’t weighed myself yet; I’m only weighing myself once per month, at the end of the month.

    As always, I’ll keep an eye out for your new posts. 🙂

    1. That’s wonderful to hear P. I think I still have my Sparkepeople account; I should see if I can still login. The recipe library was awesome.

      I absolutely LOVE the way your uncle described your fridge. That’s exactly how we’re supposed to eat! Kudos to you and Aunty! Y’all make a great team. 😀

      1. I really like SparkPeople; re-check it out if you can. And it’s free, and yes – GREAT recipe library. 🙂

        My uncle is a damn mess and a half. LMAO. Thank you. 🙂

  4. Love the idea for the new series, and it will be a great way to kick off weekends especially when we take a breath and try to refocus on our own bodies’ needs for the coming week 🙂 Don’t we all want that balanced life, no matter how elusive? Who knew adulthood would be so tricky…
    Cheer each other on, yes we will!

    1. Who knew adulthood would be so tricky…
      Cheer each other on, yes we will!

      Like dude … seriously!!!! I thought all I needed to do was be a “normal” adult, get a job and stay out of jail. That’s not so hard … but all this other stuff … dagggnabbit. LOLOL! Interesting to say the least. Now we’re really getting into what adulthood means. It’s a tough ride sometimes, but I’m kinda liking it … errrr … for the most part … LOLOL!

  5. I think this is an awesome idea. I am looking forward to sharing in this journey towards a healthy and balanced life. 🙂

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