A Product Review Ivation Foot Spa

Anyone who has read my blog knows I have been hunting a decent foot spa.

After returning the awful Con Air I got the Ivation for Christmas. It was $80, so significantly more expensive than the conAir.

The pros

The heater actually works!

The massager moves and it’s awesome

Deep water

Toe controls

Easy to dump

The cons

Wimpy bubbles

Narrow bath- I have to hold my legs pretty close together

Price

Overall

This has been the best home one I’ve ever had, and I would recommend, but I’m still searching for the right chair to use with it. The price point is higher, but higher quality

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A Sad Stomach

I developed a stomach bug yesterday. No clue if it’s stomach flu or food poisoning, but it was bad. I was in serious danger of dehydration. I called in some family and friends for suggestion, and got through it. It worked and today I’m ok. Here’s the plan

You’ll need

-Pepto

-Imodium

-Banana

-Propel

-Oatmeal

Take the medicine right away, with a whole bottle of propel. Sipping slowly.

Next eat a banana, slowly. Slowly is the key to all of this. Try to get another bottle of propel down.

Wait 30-45 min, sipping on propel. Make oatmeal, a little runny. Eat very slowly.

That seems simple, but I didn’t keep anything down until I tried this. Next day, I am good to go, but dehydrated.

Trying Something

Taking care of myself isn’t something I’m good at and it affects my mental health. I have been working on it and getting help.

One thing we have tried recently is Hello Fresh. We have tried Blue Apron in the past. We liked it, but the cook time was just arduous. We both enjoy cooking, and trying to new food.

We tried Hello Fresh because it was supposed to be a little simpler. He is an engineer, and I am a teacher so our evening are usually hectic. They kept sending us coupons. Not having to think about it was nice. I guess it’s just such a convenience, and they choices were fairly healthy.

The first night we had Korean Beef Bibimbap. We made that first because the zucchini had a soft spot. Also we love Korean food after living near a Korean community when we first got together.

A Review of a Foot Bath

This is the time of year where many of the gifts go on shelves that normally aren’t out. Some are dumb, but I personally LOVE foot baths. They can make me feel super rejuvenated.

I bought the conair deluxe model currently at Walmart. It has foot rollers, several attachments, bubbles, jets, and a heater.

It’s features are nice, in particular the jets. The roller isn’t in my favorite spot and the vibration for massage is weak If present, but there is a bigger issue.

The heater is very wimpy. It keeps the water from going ice cold but that is about it.

Pro: the jets

Con: the heater

Overall: it’s a $30 foot bath, and the heater isn’t great. I’m not sure whether I’m taking mine back yet, from sheer hassle. I’m fairly certain I’m taking in back though. I generally like con air, but no one likes a cold foot bath

Surprise Surprise

Many of you know I grudgingly grew up in a suburb (I wanted to be much more rural) and as such my eggs growing up were from the grocery store. As a result, I barely even liked eggs. When I did eat them I wanted them covered in something else. I wanted to share what I have learned.

 

In the last month I have been eating a lot of eggs for multiple reasons. 1) I am on a very tight diet, that is basically 1200 or less calories while also getting most of my daily values (y’all, I am being monitored by a doctor. You don’t try that at home). Meaning, an egg a day has been a huge help for getting in the protein. 2) Our ducks have started laying and we have eggs coming out of our ears.

 

I have learned, and want to share with any like me who didn’t know. Farm fresh eggs are a completely different world from the eggs at the grocery store (can they even be called eggs?). Farm eggs are mouth watering. Yet, it gets better. I hadn’t tried duck eggs before either. They are amazingly good. They are just a touch creamier than a chicken egg and slightly bigger. They are rich, and delicious and somewhat better for you than the store bought counterparts. Also, duck eggs are particularly good for baking.

 

My foodie advice? Find some fresh farm eggs, duck if you can, and enjoy them!

 

References:

https://edibleparadise.com/home-page-stories/pastry-chefs-secret-ingredient-duck-eggs/

https://hubpages.com/food/Are-Free-Range-Eggs-A-Healthier-Alternative-to-Eggs

A Good Outlook

I want to share because I want to keep myself hopeful and want others to be as well. I’ve cut my calories to 1200 or less, with doctor consent and been on a medication to help. I’ve barely even had time to exercise. Sorry for lack of posts about the journey it’s a side effect of school starting, but y’all, I have lost 24 pounds. This is the first time I’ve been below 300 in I don’t know how long.

A Little Help

As many of you know, I am a teacher, and what you may not know is that I work in a low income area with special needs students. I spent $500 this year so far on supplies alone. There are some things I really need for my students. Right now Donors Choose will match donations if you use the code RIPPLE, so please if you can help, it would mean so much

Click here to Help

A Breakthrough

I am writing to share something small and exciting. I have had a breakthrough. I am down approximately 16 pounds. How have I managed? I would love to say its all diet and exercise, but its not. I am realizing there is no shame in the method, its just the stigma. I have a prescription for my doctor for medicine to help. It has helped so much I have more energy to exercise, I don’t feel as hungry, and thanks to my ADHD instead of jittery I find myself able to focus, which is a nice change of pace.

I want to point out, very strongly, that I have also been exercising more, and cut down to approximately 1200 (doctor approved). We bought an exercise bike this summer, which has been very nice, but now I am trying to decide about whether or not to cancel the gym membership since I find myself there less and less now. And I’ve started walking to work when I can.

I keep getting complimented on weight coming off of me, but I can’t tell. In the past when I’ve lost weight I could tell, but I can’t now. Maybe because it is happening fairly quickly? I just wish I could be more excited about it. Maybe I am just beating myself up. I have been in a bit of a down swing in terms of my mental health, and that is just a thing for the moment. I just know I should be happier and find myself not.

Pale Lady’s Guide to the Sun

I was recently on my Facebook and saw a friend concerned because she is having to have a spot on her skin removed. I have had that happen multiple times, and as such have gotten quite good at the whole skin in the sun thing. I’ve decided to share in case there is anyone out there who could use the help.

 

  1. Limit Time in the Sun

I’m not saying that you should hide from the sun all the time, but when I work outside I do it in the early morning or evening. When I am in the Sun, I make sure to go in and out of the shade to prevent burning. That is one of the best things you can do.

2. Use the Right Sunscreen

All sunscreen is not created equal. I learned this the hard way when I found myself getting burned even though I knew I was putting on sunscreen as often as I was supposed to. I started switching brands. The best two that I have found are Neutrogena and Sun Bum. I came across Sun Bum because I decided that if I was getting burned I needed to think like those who lived in the Sun, surfers. When in doubt, think that way (not to mention, its better for the environment).

 

Image result for sun bum sunscreen

3. You aren’t Prudish for Covering Up

We get the idea that if you cover up at the beach or pool you are a prude. Not true. I had to get over that concept or else miss out on time with the family outside. What I found that I liked was an under armor or similar material shirt when I know I’m going to be in the pool awhile. Or, use a towel to cover to cover your back.

4. The Shade Counts

Yes, you can get burned in the shade and on overcast days. There is no exception for being in the shade.

5. Use Extra Protection

So,  you probably already use sunscreen, great. Hats are lifesavers, even in the water. I like baseball caps for that because they stay on and dry out well. Also, I found out from my doctor that you can get harmful UV through your eyes, particularly if you have light colored eyes, so use the sunglasses.

6. Don’t Tan

Tan skin is dying or dead skin, if its not natural. There are some folks out there who have it, and trust me, you gorgeous. If you’re naturally pale, just be pale, or whatever sun kissed shade you get. Intentional tanning causes wrinkles.

7. Last One- Don’t Wait

If you have a freckle/mole that looks a little irregular, so that might meant dark, funny shaped, or raised, go to the dermatologist early. Do not wait.

 

Update and Wanting to Share

This post is kind of a three for one. I want to update you guys on the health journey I’m on, and I also want to share about an app I’ve started using that has helped. Lastly, I’ve got to talk about my hair!

1)

The weight loss journey is tough. My scale appears to be broken, for better or for worse. I have been using the food journal I use which helps, but I struggle to maintain good choices. At the very least, I’m preventing it from getting worse. I am happy to say I have been extending the length of time of my workouts. Today I was able to extend it to 40 minutes. Now I just need to be doing it more often during the week.

2)

The app I’ve been using is called betterhelp. I get the help I need to help manage some things like anxiety. I also use an app called Calm. That one has soothing sounds, music, and stories. I highly recommend both.

3)

Curly haired folks out there, you know how important it is to get our hair right. For those out there without, let me tell you, the cut, product, and maintenance is intense. For my type of curls I can’t brush, only comb when wet. I have to use coconut oil regularly to fight the dryness and the cut is so hard. Most stylists don’t understand shrinkish and either cut it too short or leave it too long. I’ve found that my cousin who does all hair textures from pin straight and thin to African-American type curls is a godsend. Find something similar if needed. Anyway, I recently got a nice short cut to my shoulders, with chunky layers and balayage. Sorry, I haven’t been able to get a good picture of it, but still, yay! It looks great on curls yall