Saturday, June 06, 2009

Snowflake Postcard


Snowflake Postcard
Originally uploaded by Karl W.
I went to Karl W. on his Flickr page and saw four of his snowflake pictures. They are absolutely breathtaking. They capture what I think are the secret things of God. Some people will see something mechanical. I see the Creator. Thank you Karl, for the pictures!

Adopt a Classroom

Adopt a Classroom is a website where people wanting to help teachers and students can do it. I have a page there where you can see some of the classroom needs and plans and how you can help making them happen. Won't you take a peek and see if you might help me enhance my classes with what kids love most: real life experiences! Click on the words Adopt a Classroom and you will find the page. Thank you for any help you can give!

Super Shots by Promise -Activ

First I must begin by saying, I was not paid to write this. I am writing about this product because it has helped me and perhaps others can benefit from my experience. It also is not medical advice, but what worked for me. With all that clarified I hope you will read this for any good you can get from it.

Everyday, I have to take medication to keep my blood pressure in check. The reasons are both about what I eat but also about how I react to things around me. Being a teacher, I deal with very active energetic, often times loud students constantly asking questions with resulting stress. On the other hand, I often end up eating food that is often salt laden. Together they send my blood pressure up.

In addition to the blood pressure issue, I was also noticing that I was showing signs that everything was not quite right in my blood circulation. About a year ago, by the middle of the day my right ankle was also starting to swell. I guess I inherited some faulty genes that combined with my faulty food choices was affecting my blood circulation.

On the other hand, I knew that sodium was the culprit. We have salt in fries, salt in on our eggs at breakfast, salt in the bacon, salt in the sodas, salt in processed foods, salt in candy (!) to make it sweeter they say, salt in almost everything we consume. I bet we consume more salt in our food than sugar.

Not only did I start making some real changes in my salt consumption. No sodas, and maybe half a cup of soda when nothing else was available, and that was maybe every six months. I also quit adding so much salt to my food. I actually bought a salt substitute. I stopped adding those tasty salt cubes to my beans, used more fresh ingredients for flavor, less salt to my rice, and so forth.

Though I attacked the salt problem directly, my ankle was still getting swollen. It seemed that nothing I did helped. I continued to raise my legs. I continued my blood pressure medication and I began multivitamins. I ate bananas often, sometimes twice a day and broccoli. Still my ankle persistently swelled. I was starting to believe there was no hope for my ankle, thus my heart since I knew the swelling was related to heart health. Worst yet I thought it was that I was coming into old age! Then a friend told me about a product her husband was taking.

Adolfo avidly takes a regimen of vitamins to keep his health at its peak and is always looking for good products. When I first saw it I thought it was a liquid yogurt, since they place it near the yogurts, but it wasn't. It is liquid health!! It's from Promise Activ, which produces Super Shots. I have seen that they have two products on the supermarket shelves. The one I am talking about is to help control Blood Pressure.

At first I was only taking one little bottle, since in the supermarket they sell the smaller quantities, I can't remember now if it is four to six little bottles per package. The first thing I remember was that the first time, I took it my potassium starved body felt a whole lot better. Then I took it before a flight down to Puerto Rico, and for the first time my feet didn't get swollen after the flight.

After I came back, I found that I had to take the product consistently every day if I didn't want it to swell as much. So I tried something different. Just for starters this is not medical advice. This is what I did. I started to take two bottles a day. One in the morning and one at night. I did this for about three days, then I really started to see the difference. My ankle stopped swelling!! But I was also listening to my body. I found that I had enough potassium in my blood system and had arrived at a good level, so I went back to one bottle a day.

I have that one bottle in the morning, drink enough water to help my kidneys flush out the impurities. I am still trying to find the happy balance with the Super Shots: maybe it is a bottle and a half a day. I just need to do a little more tinkering but the bottom line is I am getting better.

My ankle is less swollen. A lot less swollen. Because the swelling is down I am starting to walk better, since my feet were also suffering. In fact, near my toes some nerves were hurting. Everything is interrelated. My feet hardly hurt now. I can walk faster without pain. So I have a bigger smile on my face for sure. It's like I have gotten my youth back. It is a nice feeling, believe me.

I found that you can purchase a larger box of SuperShots at the big retail stores, such as Costco, Sam's, and BJ's for less money. Since this is a health issue, for me that is the route to go. I am very excited and hopeful that my health is going to improve in a lot of different ways!

So bravo to Promise-Activ's Super Shots people!! Thank you very much for your product! It is making a world of a difference for me. Gracias!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Facebook

I did something today that I should have done a long time ago. I deactivated my Facebook account. Frankly, I don't think anybody is going to miss my infrequent postings but even if they did they can check out my thinking here on my blog or on twitter. Facebook is on one hand a fantastic web of time consuming games, while on the other, a street full of social interactions and interfacing. Eventually, I know I could make it work for me like my daughter suggested. I need to fine tune who can see what, and frankly how much do I want to share with friends and casual acquaintances. As for now, I am putting it to pasture.

I have been exercising the power of NO lately and it is fun. Fun to step away and say no to the things that are not fruitful, in order to say yes to the things that move me forward and towards where I want to go. I don't want to be unfruitful anymore. Life is too short to waste. I want to use my time to further my goals and dreams. So to my Facebook account, for the time being, I bid adieu.