I have been aware that heart disease runs in my family since I was 9 years old. That is the year my only grandparent, my grandmother, passed away instantly, from a massive heart attack at age 60.
All my family members on my father's side have/had heart disease. My father had three heart attacks in his 40's and now has an implanted defibrillator. My cholesterol is high. Has been since my 20's. My brother has the same high cholesterol problem I do and he is a vegetarian and an athlete. This is truly genetic, not merely lifestyle.
I have tried statins in the past, with amazing results. But after a time, I begin to think my fibro is having some terrible flare up, since I hurt all over and feel flu-like for days on end.
Then, I remember the statin. And its side effect. My physician has said in the past, that I may be able to take the statin on a less frequent basis (than daily) and achieve the same effect, while bypassing the side effect. We'll see.
Have I ever purchased a cookbook before? Yes, smarty pants. I have. For fund raisers. Or for gifts. For other people. haha
No, seriously, I did buy a cookbook at the start of the school year. It is a lo-cal sweets and treats cookbook that I thought I might use to make things for the ladies at work. I opened it. I read it. I copied down a recipe and went to the store to shop for ingredients. As I mentally tallied the cost of the items in my cart, I quickly became discouraged...ugh.
Many dollars would be spent to make something lo-cal, that I wasn't sure would taste good and what the hey was I supposed to do with the rest of the bag of mini-marshmallows, after I used the quarter cup needed for the recipe. I already knew *that* would end badly, with me, mindlessly seeking the carb crash I sometimes employ when I cannot sleep. I tossed the contents of the cart back on the shelves and left, defeated.
I have been reading Pioneer Woman's blog for about a year. Love her. Love her photos. Love her humor. Love that she home schools. Love her writing. Love her life. I always avoided the recipes and cooking section of her blog, as I do not cook. But, I listened when people talked. And they spoke with great warmth about PW's recipes; the comfort food, the step by step photos, no fancy-schmancy terms and techniques.
So, I bought it. PW's Cookbook. And it arrived. Anddddd, I have chosen 2 recipes. Yes. Just 2. Because I am a chicken. No, neither recipe *is* chicken. One is a sandwich and one is a dessert. No need to bite off more than I can chew. And just so ya know? I break out into hives every time I think about actually trying either recipe. (shudders). Wish me luck. Nah. *Pray* for me.
What am I doing the third week of June 2010?
I *think* I may be attending a week long conference on....breast-feeding. I *think* I might be putting a toe in the water (so to speak), to possibly try a new professional direction (lactation consulting). I *think* at the end of the week long training, I can take a test to become certified as a lactation counselor (not the same thing as a lactation consultant, but gets me closer to meeting those requirements).
I need to check my calendar at work (I work year round, since I serve babies). I need to make certain my husband is on board. I need to write a check and complete a registration form. I need to STOP waffling and JUMP.
Applause and wild cheering, please?