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Their purpose is to promote healthy lifestyle and educate the public about health related issues. They do it via media. ” Providing health care through social media”. That includes me and my blogs!

They also have music available on itunes and google play, videos on Youtube, music on cdbaby, and we have just released our new book “Save Your Own Life”  Mini medical school volume II available as a pdf from the site or as an ibook from itunes.

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I love energy bars!!!

I love energy bars! 

 

You too? I love energy bars. Love them to pieces!

Good afternoon fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans. I just came out of the kitchen and wanted to share something with you. As most folks who know me know, I am trying to lose weight. So far I have lost 90lbs, slowly over a 15 month period, and I need to lose #@! more. That is cool, I can be patient. I am trying to avoid having to spend my life savings on post weight loss surgery. ( But if I get down to a size 10, its over, mommy makeover- here I come. Yes I know I am not a mommy! But hey I had foster kids and stretch marks so it should count – right?)

Anyway, back to the energy bars. I love them because in the morning I am rushing and stressing and need something quick to eat. So I grab an energy bar, protein bar, granola bar, what ever, and a banana and rush out the door. I am rushing to aerobics or swim class or a client meeting. In any case I am so busy that standing still for a bowl of healthy cereal in almond milk just will not do. So off I go, driving and eating my lovely and tasty bar, a bottle of water, and a piece of fruit. My go to fruits are bananas and apples. I keep them stocked up. The brown bananas become smoothies or frozen ice cream substitutes ( frozen bananas in blender, maybe a little stevia and almond milk, delish!) The apples go to the juicer if they get soft or they get chopped up and baked with the chicken, turkey , or fish of the day. Plus they are good in funky little mixed fruit slushies as well.

However, my true love is Mr. Energy bar with protein! Oh Mr. Energy bar you are so sweet and savory and delish! Marry me! Ok, I am being silly, but yes they are pretty good. I will not give names but you know who they are.

Here’s the rub. Energy bars are not good for you. Not all of them. There are some better alternatives.

I have a collection of energy bars and the calories go from 120 for a tiny one ( ummm I usually eat two at a pop) to a granola and protein bar with 260 calories. I only eat one of those, it is clearly a breakfast substitute. However, after hanging out with the folks at GM4L and other health oriented businesses and enthusiasts; I have gotten into a naughty little habit.

I read the nutrition labels on everything. Yes everything. No exception to the rule is allowed. If I can not find it I either do not buy it or I ask. This is because I do the weight watchers tracking thingy where I account for carbs and protein and fat. It is also because I need to push up my weight loss. Look at the labels people.

I was not amused. Some of my energy bars are nothing but glorified candy bars. At 260 calories I can eat a snickers bar, if the truth is told. I am looking at one that is allegedly healthy and organic. ( marketing buzz word, unless you grew it in your backyard or got it from the farmers market from an all organic farm, take that with a big grain of kosher salt)

This bar has 230 calories. It contains 10g of protein, 2g of fiber, and 23g of fat ( oh oh) and 32 carbs. No, it will go in a goody bag for my skinny nephews. I can no longer eat this. Some are cute, but less calories usually equal less protein and fiber and sugar. It also means they are less filling and tasty. There is always a catch.

As a snack, a 125 calorie bar and a small apple and a glass of water will tide you over until dinner. I do not feel it makes for a good meal. ( disclaimer#6 million I am not a nutritionist or doctor) So what is a hungry health conscious person to do? You have to eat. Fruit is lovely but you actually need a little fat and plenty pf protein.

The solution is, well you are not going to like this, stop being lazy. Wait! Let me finish! I have discovered that if I go to whole paycheck stores, uh you know who I mean, and gets some Irish steel cut oats, organic honey, unsalted peanuts ( salt is the enemy), and a few other dried fruit goodies, I can make my own energy bars. Whoa! Yes make them yourself. Yes it takes effort. Sorry about that. However, MY energy bars are packed with protein ( nuts and protein powder) fiber ( seeds, psyllium, etc), just the right amount of sweet ( a dash of honey or molasses and stevia sweetener) and are filling and healthy. Please note healthy does not equal low calorie. I ran my latest creation through the recipe builder on line and it comes out to 275 calories for a 1 ounce bar.

Yes, I see you. Stop rolling your eyes at me. I know that is a big calorie count. However, I eat these instead of breakfast, or if I am locked in my office writing or making sales calls, lunch. I drink a big bottle of water slowly, eat a medium apple, and have my bar. Slow is the word, give it time to soak up the water, talk to the brain’s satiation center, stretch the stomach a bit, and you are golden. It actually satisfies me. I will not crave sweets or salties for hours. My body has what she needs and she thanks me. Generally if you eat lunch at 11 or 12, by 3 pm you are look crazy at the goodies in the break room. I am no exception. However, this helps me, a lot. My point is to get the nutrition that I need with minimal calories. A diet microwave meal at 300 calories is usually loaded with salt and unidentifiable chemicals. I have even been warned off of microwave popcorn because of some weird chemical they put in to that!

So when you think of it, a leisure Sunday playing with the kiddies or watching the game while you make your own energy bars is not a bad thing. I make them a week in advance. I take them with me when I leave out so I can skip going to a café for lunch all together. Sometimes I take some kale chips or a small spinach salad with lemon juice and orange juice for dressing to get in some greens too.

I try to write about encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Yes I talk about exercise. Yes, I talk about all that other good stuff and about getting or maintaining health. I use the wisdom of others. However, from my experience, in my journey, I will say: you must prepare your own food. There is no getting around it. People cannot exercise for you and they cannot eat for you. You have the power to take you good health in your hands. No it is not easy nor is it cheap. Instead of the 20 bucks on cocktails this Friday, take it and make nice snack bars that will last a week. Your body will thank you for it.

What healthy snacks do you make for you and your family? Tell me about it and I will send you my favorite snack bar recipes! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

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I got 99 problems, and here are 5 of them….

I got 99 problems and here are 5 of them

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Ok guys, the topic for today is Diabetes. Yes,again. Why you ask? It is because over 23 million folks in the US have this disease. It is not rare but it is treatable. About 20 % of the people who have diabetes do not know! And of the ones who do know do not always get the proper education on how to take care of themselves. Well, we try to help with that. For more information, you can visit the American Diabetes Association’s website as well.

The five major complications of diabetes:

No, not being able to gorge on cobbler and ice cream any more is not a complication. There are real and serious complications that come along with Diabetes. The good news is that they are not a foregone conclusion. You have to take good care of yourself from head to toe. Diabetes affects every organ in the body, so it is extremely important that you know this stuff. Sometimes why you should do something and what will happen if you do not do other things – puts a fire under you.

  1. Heart trouble: This is a what you need to know
    1. Diabetes affects cholesterol levels makes them go up
    2. Can lead to plaque in arteries, clogged up arteries slows oxygenated blood flow
    3. Diabetics are 2x more apt to have a heart attack
    4. 2 of 3 diabetics die from heart disease ( wow)

There is hope!

  1. Lower your cholesterol intake, less fatty foods and especially saturated fats
  2. Keep blood pressure under 130/80, if that means blood pressure medicine so be it!
  3. Take anti cholesterol medications if your doctor prescribes them.
  4. Get an annual “executive “ physical, including EKG, stress test, echocardiogram and blood work to test for A1c sugar levels, cholesterol levels
  5. Keep a healthy Body Mass index, diabetics are notorious for being over weight, but we should all look like Halle Berry ( she has type 2) Exercise and healthy eating, no smoking or illegal drugs, and a positive attitude will go a long way
  6. Neuropathy: Damaged nerves, peripheral neuropathy ( nerves outside the brain or spinal cord) are caused by excess blood glucose damaging nerve ending walls.
    1. Get tested and be careful to note any tingling or burning sensations, especially in your extremities
    2. Watch your blood sugar levels closely
    3. Keep a bi annual appointment with a podiatrist to check out your feet
    4. Tell your doctor if you have skin or balance issues
    5. Watch out for low blood pressure
    6. Tachycardia – heart beating too fast
    7. Nocturia – frequent night time urination

Let your physician know of any changes, the best treatment is prevention, you must be wary of your sugar levels and if you cannot control them via medicine and exercise , and diet, your doctor may have to look into some additional treatment options.

  1. Blindness: again sugar levels have to be kept in check
  2. Foot problems: Can be from neuropathy where any little cut can go unnoticed, ulcers, to something as serious as gangrene. When you get your nails cut have a podiatrist do it for ingrown nails, focus on just a light trim and shaping with a nail file. If you are going to get a manicure and pedicure, tell them that you have diabetes. They will KNOW to make sure the tools are sterile and not to cut anything! Dry skin, ulcers, plantar warts, etc can become issues as well. Check for toe nail fungus, athlete’s foot, and ingrown nails. Have a doctor check this out ( podiatrist) not the lady at the nail place.
  3. Kidney failure: While this takes a while to develop, we are stuck with the notion that millions of people with diabetes do not know it. There for it is possible to get ill and then find out the cause.
    1. High volumes of sugar cause the kidneys to filter too much of your blood at a time
    2. Protein may get in the kidneys and urine causing very serious, sometimes fatal results
    3. Blood sugar control and blood pressure control are key to keeping this under control
    4. When told to do so, sometimes the doctor prescribes medications, a low protein diet, and in end stage renal failure, dialysis.

 

Scary stuff yes? Well, yes and no. The takeaway message is creating a healthy lifestyle and sticking to it. It is very difficult to change bad habits- even if they are slowly killing us. Ask any smoker, they know it is bad for you. The key is to educate yourself and then act accordingly. Sugar control and blood pressure control, keeping fit and at a good weight, relieving stress, and a healthy diet followed by exercise will keep even a diabetic living until his or her 90’s.

Do you or a loved one have diabetes? Have you been tested? What do you do to keep yourself healthy?

Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

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Love and Light,

Melissa

 


Let’s Move!!!!

Get Moving!

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Good Morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans! Top of the morning to you! It is 4:45 am and before I fall to my bed in a glorious lump for a few hours, I wanted to share something. I was reading about First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s program on www.letsmove.gov  I kind of dig the way she is going after children and trying to decrease the childhood obesity epidemic in America. I too believe that if you get people into healthy lifestyles while they are young, you nip adult obesity and its related health problems in the bud as well.

Yes there are a lot of folks who are obese and morbidly obese who were thin as church wafers when they were young. However, many of those folks were skinny “just because”. Having a healthy lifestyle means you are fit because you want to be fit and you work on it. For most, that lovely childhood metabolism will leave when puberty hits and if you are not active or lucky you may fall into the obesity trap.

Fattening quick fix foods, low nutritional value foods ( a hem, ramen ), sweets that are getting sweeter and more caloric every year ( double stuffed fudge dipped oreos, it makes me want to just sigh thinking of them) and the ever evil video games and television – have all helped lead us on the path toward obesity. Instead of texting her for 3 hours, get up and walk to your friend’s house! Instead of video basketball, go out and play! (and don’t come back in until the street lights come on!) It seems like the solution is easy but it’s not. We at GlobalMusic4 Life and Gm4L applaud her efforts and note that healthy living does start at childhood.

Alas, but what about us sad sacks who didn’t get the memo when we were young? I for one am riddled with muscular aches and pains from swim class and aerobics and weight and cardio classes. It will be difficult to undo decades of food based debauchery. I am trying!

So I was thinking, what can adults do to combat obesity for themselves as individuals?  This is for either the slim who want to be more fit or the heavy who want to get slim and fit. I thought of exercises that don’t feel like exercise. I have a little device that approximates my calories burned per day. It mocks me and keeps me awake at night because I work in front of a computer all day. I thought hey two hours of exercise a day is way better than the zero hours a day I did 2 years ago or the lame 30 minutes for 3 times a week I did a year ago. It is never enough. I eat less now, a lot less, but nothing takes the place of sweat inducing exercise.

You don’t have to get sweaty. There are some everyday things you can do to get exercise brownie points. These can be done in the course of your day. Take a gander and see which one moves you.

 

  1. Standing up at work as much as possible:  If you are in a cubicle, get up and stretch and stand for 10 minutes every 40. Standing actually burns more calories than sitting.
  2. Sit on an exercise ball at work: helps work the core muscles and improves posture
  3. Flex your feet at your desk; it will strengthen leg and foot muscles and help prevent cramps
  4. Get off the bus or train early: wear gym shoes to work and get off a mile or more before your stop before and after work. It is great exercise and walk at a nice pace, not so much as to go to work sweaty, save the power walk for home time.
  5. Eat for 30 minutes and walk for 30 during lunch time. Go be social and make the rounds in the office, walk around the block, walk down the office steps for a few flights ( be careful some lock you in)
  6. Have small dumb bells at the office, while working and sitting- do a few curls, maybe 5 sets of five. Your guns will thank you for it.
  7. Take the stairs instead of escalator
  8. At home, make it a habit to take one load of clothes down at a time, walking up and down stairs with a small basket is great exercise
  9. At the grocery store, take your list and walk around the whole store once without putting anything in your cart. Just take notice of where everything is and then find alternatives for your name brands. Take the kids and have them do it as a sort of scavenger hunt! Instead of pizza you get frozen dough or flour, think outside the box! Try to walk around the whole store 5 times, you will not even notice.
  10. Go swimming, if you belong to a gym – use it, swimming class; works everything in a nice environment that is easy on joints

Look into different ways to exercise – get it in and lets move indeed. I am doing my kegels, hey that’s a real exercise! I also tap my feet a lot when I am making deadlines.

What are your ideas? What non exercise- exercise can we incorporate into our daily lives do you do? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

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Sneeze me goofy! About sinusitis…

Sneeze me goofy! When it’s sinusitis…

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Good morning fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans. When I was little we use to say “sneeze me goofy!”  when someone sneezed on us. It kind of meant hey excuse yourself or cover your mouth you are sneezing on me! Even though in the cold regions of the world the allergy season is dwindling down, the cold season is upon us. Cold mean runny noses and the works. I was wondering when is it a cold and when is it sinusitis? At what point should you just stay in bed or run to the doctor?

Sinusitis

Disclaimer: Blogger here not doctor, ok continue…

Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities. It is often preceded by a cold or an allergy. It can also be caused by environmental factors like smoke and pollution. This is another reason why second hand smoke is a bad thing and why folks in mainland China often walk around with little face mask on – pollution that literally make you sick. It needs to be treated by a physician who will be able to tell, after tests, if it is bacterial, viral, or pollutant caused. Bacterial infections are the most common.

While ill sinus fluids and mucus drain into the nasal cavity and the cavity becomes inflamed and “stopped up”. This can lead to a lot of pain and inconvenience.

Symptoms of Sinusitis vs Allergies vs the common Cold

Signs      
  Sinusitis Allergy Cold
Pain and pressure in face Yes Often sometimes
Duration 10 plus days Can last indefinitely Less than 2 weeks
Nasal discharge White or colored Clear, watery Thin or thick, white,
Fever 50% No 75%
Headache Yes 50% 25%
Pain in upper teeth Yes No No
Bad breath Yes No No
Cough 50% 50% Yes
Nasal Congestion Yes 50% Yes
Sneezing No 70% Yes
Irritability and fatigue Sometimes 25% 75%
Post nasal drip Yes Yes Yes
Nausea and vomiting More often in kids No Sometimes
Pain behind cheek and eyes Yes Yes sometimes

 

Yes, it is confusing. They look like three coins of the same denomination!

Acute sinusitis is defined as a sudden onset lasting a month or less* Chronic is 3 months or more* either may need to be treated with surgery if they get too severe. This is to remove diseased tissue and polyps while clearing narrow nasal passages.

The best initial treatment is time. We don’t want to create any more super bugs* so it’s best to let the immune system at least try to do its job. If you are immune suppressed because of a medical condition that is different. See a doctor in any case. After that, antibiotic treatment and in rare cases antiviral treatments. For mild cases: use steam inhalation, a saline nasal spray or netti pot or drops. A humidifier in the room or home you sleep in is a good way to keep the nasal passages moist.

Prevention:

Well there really isn’t any. However there are things you can do to mitigate certain levels of risk. Wash your hands in hot soapy water. I do not believe in antibacterial soap any more. A good soap and hot water will normally dispel whatever ails you. A clean humidifier helps moisturize the air. Dry nasal passages can bleed (especially when vigorously cleaning the nose…) and let in germs. The area is more pliable if kept a bit moist. Avoid smoke and people with the flu or a cold.

Gently blow your nose one side at a time, I close my eyes too. One because in my mind it seems to work better and two I don’t want the germs in my nose spraying into my eyes… I don’t know if it makes a difference but hey my blog and my opinion. Leave the planes alone if you have a cold, if you have to go use a nasal decongestant right before takeoff. A stuffed up nose under pressure will give some people a horrible headache. Cover your face with a mask. It prevents you from sharing your cold and creates a barrier to prevent outside germs from getting into your delicate nasal membranes. Keep some anti-histamines and decongestants with you. Also drink a lot of water. Hydration helps from the inside.

Ok hope I haven’t grossed you out! Hey at least I didn’t say avoid kids, they are loaded with cooties!

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Be nice to tiny friends….

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-No not your best buddy who is only 5 ft tall. I am thinking about all of the lovely little organisms living in your body who help you!

“The Probiotic bandwagon”

Hello fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans! With all of this talk about the Ebola virus, I thought I would briefly chat about little friends who help us! Probiotics are the latest trend in the foodie world. Jamie Lee Curtis will have you thinking that a serving of activia will make you stop passing gas and poop with all of the regularity of the routine of those spiffy British guards in front of the Queen of England’s main house. That is not really the case.

Probiotics are microorganisms that live in the stomach or gut / intestine of us humans. They are naturally occurring and also found in food and dietary supplements. One study suggested that there were over 480 bacteria strains in the human body that help us digest our food. ( That’s a lot of “mouths “ to feed!) Prebiotics are food that these fun little fellows like to munch on.

Disclaimer: This is a blog and I am not a doctor, if you are suffering please visit a doctor!

How Probiotics Help (allegedly, studies are still being done, but of course that does not stop us from marketing their benefits!)

  1. Believed to help immune system
  2. Keep balance in system, imbalance from antibiotic over use can lead to diarrhea
  3. Assist in digesting food
  4. Help keep the walls of one’s intestine strong
  5. Help to fight medical conditions:
    1. Diarrhea
    2. Colitis
    3. Pouchitis
    4. Allergy induced eczema
    5. Fight irritable bowel syndrome
    6. Fight vaginitis

How Probiotics may hinder: They may be bad for people with weakened immune systems; even to the point in leading to higher incidents of death among pancreatitis victims… this is considered rare.

Ok, so we love probiotics! What are their favorite foods, aka prebiotics? What foods have probiotics in them? Some scientists say we should take both at the same time. That is to say: take the food that contains the little friends of man and eat the food they like so they will grow and multiply.

Probiotics sources include:

  1. Supplements
  2. Food enriched with supplements
  3. Greek yogurt
  4. Sauerkraut
  5. Miso
  6. Certain cheeses like gouda
  7. Kefir
  8. Acidophilus milk
  9. Naturally fermented pickled food
  10. Tempeh

Prebiotics may include:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Red wine
  4. Honey
  5. Maple syrup
  6. Legumes
  7. Bananas

 

Well those little guys like the good stuff huh? It makes me want to ask “Anyone for wine and cheese?” Studies that involved people with certain diets and how those diets affected their health have shown that probiotics are helpful to the body. People in countries or regions where yogurt is consumed seem to have fewer issues with certain infections and diarrhea. Whatever the case may be, a little yogurt wouldn’t help. ( I wonder does frozen yogurt count, hmm) Make sure you run any pills or supplements past your doctor but a little banana and honey in some Greek yogurt sounds like a good thing to me.

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It’s Cold Outside….

It’s Cold Outside

It is cold outside, but why do we act surprised? I live in Chicago, where the saying is there are two seasons – winter and construction. There also two main temperatures. Too darn hot or too darn cold. Well this summer was very pleasant. No scorching hot temperatures and until recently, early October, the weather was downright pleasant.

So why do we always exclaim the change in seasons? Well you get used to a good thing for one. Summer shorts and sandals were in. Cute little tight tees for those who are nice and slim (and a few who are not)

I guess the only answer I can give is the funky little thing called abruptness. There is no 80 then 70 then 60 then 50, and so on. No in Chicago, you can literally have a barbeque at noon and have to race inside at 3pm because of icy cold rain, high winds, and 40 degree temperatures.

 

And that means it is officially dry skin season as well. No more cute light summer lotion, wash and go with no effort hairstyles ( especially curly or dry hair) – it is time to get the oils and hard core creams out! Or is it?

 

Winter skin care:

What you need differs with your skin type. Oily skin probably needs gentle, lightly medicated treatment and a non-oil based moisturizer. Yes you need spf 15 or higher, maybe a 25 if you are outside for a good period of time. That means you Ms. Commuter standing in the sun waiting on the bus. Dry skin needs moisturizer as well. A gentle creamy wash all over and something creamy or even a light oil for the skin.

Many dermatologists recommend to just say no to oil on the face. That includes oil based makeup. Try the mineral powder based makeup. Combination skin, hmmm  a lot of us have that. Oily around the forehead, nose and chin and dry elsewhere. The key is to try to clean well and gently removing oil and dirt while not stripping the skin of all of its natural oils.

 

Skin on the body is always fun. Not saying your face isn’t part of your body but, well you know what I mean! We spend 40 minutes on our face and 1 on the other 95% of our skin. Some folks have oily skin on other areas. “Backne” – back acne, is um, unfortunate. However there is now medicated body wash for that. I recommend a weekly exfoliating wash and a twice daily wash with something with maybe 2% salicylic acid. If your skin is troubling you, go visit a reputable dermatologist. Yes I like trying new stuff at the drug store. My skin is mean and after a while, the old stuff does not seem to do the trick any more. What currently works for me is exfoliating then washing with acne body wash and then coconut oil all over ( I smell dreamy) and then in trouble dry and crusty spots, aka, feet soles, elbows, that crazy small area on my lower back!!! ( sorry tmi) I use a mixture of cocoa butter and shea oil. In a pinch, I will use Vaseline but rarely any more. If it is super zero and windy, I might go old school (Vaseline) if I have to be out in the cold longer than it takes me to run to the car and run inside. However, I am not above taking my face wash with me and washing the V off when I get inside.

 

A little oil in a warm bath leaves the skin nice too. The operative word is little. One because you do not want to clog your pores, two because it can clog your drain, three oil stains clothes and bed sheets. I am just saying, baby oil is all fun and games until it is time to wash the sheets and then the giggling stops.

 

One last note. I am not nagging. However, for the record, YES, you still need to wear a little sun block if you will be out for a while. My fellow brown colored and darker people skip this. They shouldn’t necessarily do that. The sun hitting on snow whether it’s the slopes at a ski resort or in front of your home after the first Chicago snow storm, will be harsh to your skin. I recommend a skin moisturizer with a spf of 25 to protect against dryness and the sun. Ok one more thing – water, drink it, green tea, plain, mineral, with a few drops of juice. Get in the fluid that helps the skin and water is the number one way t keep skin nice – from the inside J

 

What special things do you do for your skin in the winter? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

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Ultimate wealth = health, because rich and dead does not equal happiness.

 

Love and Life!

 

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Run for your Life!

Run for your life!!!!!!

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Ok I am being dramatic. Hello GlobalMusic4 Life fans. I am sitting here trying to do better on the doggone bones game and figured I better write my bi- weekly blog and then go exercise. I want to be a runner. I do not know of any overweight runners. I have seen chubby joggers, lots of them but no big runners. They all have skinny legs and tight everything.

I want that.

Hence the title, “run for your life”. I need to be healthier to preserve my life and running makes you exercise, great cardio workout, legs muscles of iron, heart doing the happy dance, the whole nine yards.

Ok, Who am I kidding? Running is out. Also because of a back injury, jogging is out too, for now. However I did go to an exercise dance class the other day. Wow! It was fun. It was called “turnt up” and featured house and hip hop music. It proved to me, three important things. I have all of the rhythm of a turtle, I am not ready to hop around, too much to bounce, and that I will not fall to the floor in pain and agony if I just pace myself and keep on track.

I just knew I was going to be out of there in 15 minutes. I never last longer than 15 at home. I lasted 75, the whole class. He gave us breaks and the like but we used weights, laughter, fun dance movement, and a good clip to keep us moving. I liked it. Most women there did and most of us was one step short of being “rhythm less nation”. It was not full of skinny women either. I like skinny women, some of my best friends are skinny ( lol) but I know I cannot keep up with them in class. There I did not have to. I bought six classes on a discount website so we will see how the others go.

Exercise can be an important part of your life. Did I said could? I meant should be. Since I need to lose %$^ pounds I need classes and the gym but it does not have to go there. Take the stairs. Walk the three blocks to the store if you are only getting a little bit of stuff. Walk the dog an extra few blocks. Take the last 15 minutes of your lunch break and do a circuit around your office building. Simple things like that will help you maintain.

I also want to learn to swim. Have your scene a swimmer’s build? There is a lot of hard lean muscle. Yep, that would suit me fine too. I am trying to do all of those healthy activities that my slim friends do. Tomorrow I will play coed volley ball. I am just going to do some stretching and warming up exercises first and then go and thoroughly embarrass myself for the sake of my health! Hiking, cross country skiing, and mountain biking are on my radar as well. I want it all. I am greedy and instead of being greedy for fried chicken and cake, I will hunger for adventure and movement.

I always say I am a work in progress. It seems to me that being healthy allows for more fun. You cannot overdo it. You have to ease into it and get your body healthy enough to participate. Ask your doctor if you have health issues. I go in short spurts because of a pain issue ( ummm I don’t like it) but I refuse to be a couch potato. Even if I just go to see intramurals at least I am walking around in the fresh air, looking at cute guys who will actually talk back vs me and a couch and Idris Elba.

I am now going to rock out to GlobalMusic4 Life’s “just AIM for It

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jafit-feat.-lil-j-hazel-e/id511714184

while playing the Bones game: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gm4l-bone-game/id909295268?mt=8

 

and riding a stationary bike. I will video tape me dancing if I get to see the ninja! Naw, no one wants that!

Have you played the Bones game yet? What was your highest score? Let me know, anyone under 30 seconds gets a special shout out! I am at Msmelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Lots of love and light,

Melissa

 

Stormy Monday Blues?

They call it Stormy Monday

But Tuesday’s just the same” – Bobby Blue Bland

Happy Monday

Hello GlobalMusic4 Life fans!

Some ideas on how to improve the outlook for the upcoming work week

  1. Think positive… sometimes it’s hard but we all need to find a happy place! Every wonder why you see people who are sick or poor smile while rich healthy people sometimes seem miserable?

It is because you do not need money or health to find your personal joy! At GM4L we promote healthy living, knowing about your body, the medical industry, and wellness. We also promote healthy happy attitudes. Your happiness is up to YOU and it is YOUR responsibility!

  1. Meditate 30 minutes a day. Yes you do have time. It is for you. Do it on the train ride in or on the way home, do it while bathing ( umm don’t lay down in the tub while doing it, soapy water in your nose – not cute) Find time for you so when you give the rest of your day in service to others… boss, kids, spouse – you can be centered
  2. Go about your day as if you were glad to be there. Why? I feel when you act like you are happy you can get yourself in the correct mindset to experience happiness. You may hate your job but if you go about it with a pleasant disposition and try your hardest, you will be noticed. I am not saying become a step ford wife. I am saying hey you have a job, be happy, work hard, keep positive and look forward to better things instead of dwelling on the negative.
  3. Eat light and healthy. Yes, I had to go there, sorry but that’s how GM4L rolls. A lot of carb loaded or fattening foods make you groggy and fatigued. Lean proteins, vegetables fruit, and fiber makes your tummy happy, and will set you off well. Please eat breakfast. I am evil when I am hungry. Oatmeal and raisins, yogurt and an apple, piece of whole grain wheat toast with peanut butter and a orange… eat something so you will have energy to be your best self for the day.
  4. Do not sweat the past! It’s done! Let go of the errors of others and of your own mistakes. Forgiveness releases you. It makes things better for you. Ok don’t be the local all day sucker, but forgive and move on. Holding grudges against people don’t make them any difference, they may actually like! Take that time and do a 20 second breathing exercise, it will relax you.
  5. Plan for it to be a great day! If you wake up dreading everything you will make it negative. You can create sadness and anxiety within your own mind. You can also create positive energy and positive thoughts. Look at problems as challenges to overcome. Congratulate yourself when it is done great, forgive if it was a mess up and move on.

 

I am grooving to GlobalMusic4 Life : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/onelife/id442047793?i=442047801

 

How do you put a positive spin on your day? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and Light!

Melissa

 

 

 

If it makes you happy….

If it Makes you Happy…..

 

…then why are you so sad?

-Sheryl Crow

 

Good Morning fellow GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! Are you happy? If not why not?

Let’s talk a little about the mental illness or condition called depression.

 

What is depression? We all get sad but depression is more of an overwhelming sense of sadness or hopelessness that is prolonged and uncontrollable. There could be “reasons” for being sad like grief over a death or even something like not getting the job you wanted. Depression is when the sadness continues too long and affects your overall wellbeing and happiness.

 

Symptoms of depression:

A prolonged sense of sadness, negative emotion, negative energy

A feeling of hopelessness – this is often accompanied by feeling suicidal, there is help out there, if you or a loved one feels hopeless please call the national Crisis hotline at and they will help you get help https://www.facebook.com/800273TALK 1-800-273-8255

 

Physical symptoms include:

Digestive problems, including diarrhea and nausea

weight changes: up from overeating, binging, down from forced starvation or being too sad to enjoy your meals

Physical pain, muscular tension, may result in back or chest pains and tension headaches

Fatigue, often accompanied by over sleeping or just staying in bed too long, keeping to oneself to often

Loss of sleep due to being plagued with sadness, pain, worry, stress

 

Wow that is a lot. I will, as usual say see a therapist or at least physician if you have these symptoms. I also say when the books use the term prolonged or too long, I think in terms of : Is it having a negative impact on your life? Does it affect your family and friends, health, work, overall wellbeing?- If so please seek help. We have all had the blues and wanted to just sleep for a few days and have a pity party of a loss, but when it get to the point where you are no longer in control, time to seek help. We all get depressed but clinically depressed means you cannot just snap out of it. You need help.

 

Ok, so what help do you need?

I feel that the first step is to see your primary care physician. Ok, here is where I will step on toes,

if your primary care physician wants to prescribe you antidepressants, take the prescription. BUT, go see a psychiatrist and speak to your pharmacist before actually taking them.

Confused? Don’t be. The hot fact of the matter is most primary care physicians are over worked and in reality cannot be expected to know all of the details about all of the medications they prescribe.

This is your mental health. If the doctor deemed it an emergency, go see a emergency room psychiatrist. ( whoever is on call at the hospital will do in an emergency) If you can get a recommendation for a licensed therapist who know what that medication will do to you, exactly, and can give you additional therapy. 45 minutes a week in therapy just for you is way better than 4 minutes with someone rushing to see all of their patients. General physicians are your first line of defense but sometimes you need a specialist. Even if the GP says you don’t need one, find a therapist on your own. Ultimately, your health is your responsibility. ( and I will go further, the health of your family is your responsibility too. If a person is depressed, after a while it is a natural state of being, get them help)

 

So why speak to the pharmacist? Well they are the actual experts in the actual medicine. You need to make sure that your new medicine does not clash with anything else you take. doctors often don’t catch this. If you get all of your medicine from one pharmacy, they can tell you immediately if there is a clash.

 

Ok you want to work on it yourself first? Scared of antidepressants and the like. After going to see a doctor, try these ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes they do not, but again, it is your job to take an active role in improving your life.

 

  1. Think about something pleasant when you awake each day: Uncontrollable negative thoughts are a sign something is wrong. Think of a beautiful picture, a loved one, a favorite happy song.
  2. be silly: go out and play in the sunshine for a few moments, sing in the shower, tickle someone, blow bubbles! it is ok to be silly, try to perk yourself up. It sounds goofy in writing I know. However, have you ever been blue and then your favorite song came on and after belting it out you felt better? Yep, it helps
  3. Do affirmations, they help! Here is a book I like http://www.amazon.com/Most-Powerful-Book-Affirmations-Written/dp/0989240908
  4. Meditation: Maybe you need to relax your brain, it takes practice, good breathing technique, patience, and a willingness to do it. Here is some info on meditation:

http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22

http://www.freemindfulness.org/download

http://www.freemeditation.com/meditation-basics/

 

 

Other things to consider when battling depression:

diet and exercise: good food in healthy amounts along with a bit of sunshine and exercise can alter one’s moods

A regular routine: Helps set your body’s clock, regular up and down time helps with sleep issues

Talk it out!: that is what family and friends are for, if you think no one cares, your are incorrect

Call 1-800-273-talk (2355)

 

At GlobalMusic4 Life, we want you happy and healthy. Although I am a blogger and not a physician, I hope you look into the topics we cover. If they do not pertain to you that is ok. They may help you help a friend in need.

 

I am listening to GM4L : ICU https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/icu-headlines-remix/id542420384?i=542420386

 

I was playing the GM4L ‘BONES” game but apparently I need to look over the parts of the skeleton again. It is fun and for me, a bit challenging. Check out the GM4L games and apps on google play and itunes.

What do you do when you feel a little sad/ How do you cheer up your friends and family? How long is too long to be sad? Let me know!

i am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Be Happy

 

Love and light,

 

Melissa