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Over 50 and Weight Loss Diary Day 11- Recovery from Massive Autoimmune Flare Day

I was shocked that I only weighed .1 of a pound over my previous weight this morning.


I was in such pain and headache misery from my autoimmune flares, I pressed through with the rebounding/steps/hydration/eating on plan and it helped so much.

I was reminded today by someone that I need to start training in the gym again.

I am also thinking seriously about removing my 20 year old saline breast implants. They may be a factor in why my autoimmune has been worsening.

Everything felt better after my lean and green meal…

Here are some holiday gifts we received from friends the other day that I forgot to post- they’re so amazing!



I am busy working on sending out my L’BRI team gifts from November that need to be out before Xmas. The first batch went out a couple days ago. Everything has been delayed due to my family illnesses or work commitments. I need to get it all on track and start the New Year right.

Day 11–
Resting Heart rate: 169
Morning Weight: 171.1 creeping up due to bad food choices and lack of exercise, but inexplicably lost more inches!
12,100 steps
1 hour 1 min cardio

80 oz of water

11:30 am- 1st fueling: CAMPFIRE S’MORES BAR and a big cup of coffee

2:40 pm– 2nd fueling: CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE SWIRL CAKE (waffled)
5:20 pm- 3rd fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS
7:20 pm- 4th fueling: WILD STRAWBERRY SHAKE
8 pm- snack:  Dill Pickle

9:40 pm-Lean and Green meal: Dijon Chicken with baby lettuce and garlic cauliflower and coffee

11:45 pm-5th fueling: CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (my fave)

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Over 50 and Pandemic Weight Loss Diary Days 1 & 2



So, yeah, back at it again. I have to keep a journal while on it, so blogging counts. I am an inconsistent blogger and ditto with journaling, but this kills 2 birds with one stone. I also need to keep accountable.

I’ve avoided scales, exercise, moderation since my 52nd birthday last February, when I plunged into a world of “I WORK 16 HOURS A DAY AND DON’T HAVE TIME TO COOK ANYMORE-LAND” (albeit from my sofa).

For the last two weeks I’ve been prepping for the day this box arrived (it only took a couple of days after ordering, but I wanted to make sure I had my step/rebounding/exercise habits back by doing 12-17k steps on rebounder a day.)

On day 2 I cooked a ton of chicken breast in the oven for my lean and green meals. One pan was done Filipino Adobo style, the other was done Greek Chicken style. 2 bags of frozen chicken breasts equaled EIGHT Lean and Green meal servings. Way cheaper than buying pre-cooked chicken breasts and I have zero time to cook anymore because I work and homeschool all day from my house.


STARTING WEIGHT: 178.9 (omg this is so embarrassing. I am now 30 lbs. OVER my “I still need to lose the baby weight”, which I could never do in the past. Basically, 150 became my post-partum, post-middle age spread weight. I am 30 lbs OVER THIS NOW. No wonder my BP and heart are going insane lately).

Day 1
14,124 steps
1 hour 26 min cardio


5 pm- 1st fueling: CARAMEL DELIGHT CRISP BAR (ok)
7:23 pm- 2nd fueling: HONEY MUSTARD AND ONION SNACKS (my fave)
9:30 pm- 3rd fueling: SMORES BAR (just ok)
11:30 pm- 4th fueling: another bar of some sort
1:30 am- 5th fueling: WILD RICE SOUP (good, needed spice doctoring)
3:30 am (yes, I ate way late)- Lean and Grean meal: cauliflower and chicken breast (the amount seemed too much at the time after all those tiny meals, but slept well and was so full).

Day 2
14, 542 steps
1 hour 12 min cardio


Woke at 10:40 am

11:10 am 1st fueling with coffee (black): CREAMY DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER CRISP BAR (best bar so far)

1:30 pm 2nd fueling, with my 64 oz jug of water: MINT CRISP BAR (this was ok)

4:20 3rd fueling: YOGURT BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE (SO good)

6:30 4th fueling: JALAPENO CHEDDAR POPPERS (OK, not my fave… reminded me of spicy cheetos, though). Helped me get more water down, so bonus.

9:25 pm 5th Fueling: RUSTIC PENNE (shockingly delicious and filling when doctored with garlic powder and spices)

11:45 Lean and Green Meal: 6 oz of Filipino Adobo Chicken breast with 3 servings of cauliflower (AGAIN, A TON OF FOOD).

FIRST TWO DAY THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS:

Because I tend to go whole hog when I am faced with something new and exciting- or am in the mood for self-discipline/torture, this has been ridiculously easy for me. Learning to eat the snacks every 2 hours was weird. I never snack. The box of food ‘fuelings’ are all easy to eat like snacks or microwavable or the like. The only meals I have to worry about are the Lean and Green meals. 3 servings of appropriate veg, basically (covered in the guide) and about 6-7 oz of protein… which is a ton of food after noshing on small snacks all day and drinking coffee and water.

Once you eyeball (or get a food scale), knowing the proper amount of food to eat for the one prepared meal is super easy.

They have recipes and hacks online for people who like to cook, but I was good with what I had and really shocked at how easy it has been. It’s absolutely grab and go.

No dizziness. I have a ton of energy. No keto flu. Zilch.

I haven’t been working as much as I should due to my family going through a number of deaths and illnesses in the last 2 months- this week has been particularly scary and stressful. I would normally eat for comfort and I haven’t been… I mean, having to eat every 2-3 hours (set an alarm on phone or alexa) kinda stops a person from grabbing unhealthy crap to shove in your mouth hole.

I feel like I have binge-protection insurance.

I am actually looking forward to my weigh-in tomorrow.

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Updates on the Last Few Years (Condensed Version w/Links & Photos)

I’ve utterly ignored this blog for YEARS… opting instead for the ease of Instagram and staying on my FB pages and doing Influencer Things (which, I gotta say, is more work than it appears to be and kinda mind-numbing).

If you want quick look-sees on what we’ve been up to go to:

instagram.com/missmaisiebabyfashionista

For the longer list, see below:

1. had a hysterectomy and bilateral pulmonary embolisms in 2018



2. Started homeschooling Maisie with Oakmeadow.com

in 2019 and we continued during the Pandemic (and now



3. Survived 2 bouts of Covid-19


4. Bought a RV and quarantined and farmed at my dad’s after our 1st Covid bout- raised sheep and chickens in 2020.




5. Our 3 elderly Newfoundland dogs, Berry, Scucca, and Tiberius died in 2020 and 2021… Berry and Scucca died within 2 weeks of each other in June 2021 (ages 13 and 10)- Ti died on Halloween 2019 at age 8.5.
https://missmaisieandme.com/2015/07/09/maisie-likes-to-chase-our-three-150-lb-each-newfoundland-dogs/



6. Moved into a smaller house in town in 2020 (originally, to quarantine in- now I just love it).



7. Adopted a kitten named Cake in 2020

8. Bought a new black 2 door hardtop Mini Cooper that I affectionately call “Roger”

9. Accidentally sampled an all natural skincare line on my 52nd birthday and somehow became an executive manager for this company after it made my face Benjamin Button back in time and managed my autoimmune skin.

It’s called L’BRI… do you even L’BRI, brah? Nobody’s heard of it, really, but it WORKED for me. I had no experience with this type of sales before… but I feel like the good faerie of skincare now. Life-changing- even if I don’t fall into the direct sales stereotype AT ALL.

Grab yours here:

linktr.ee/missmaisieandme

Check out my vid:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRY85MqBP0-/

10. Took up a market stall at a well-known local farmer’s market and began doing in-person readings with my long time friend and business partner, Gidget, over the summer called The Rowan and the Oak.


I know I rarely talk about my ‘real work’ since having Maisie- I took a few years off- but I have been a psychic and medium (large now, thanks to the Pandemic) for over 30 years. My other biz page is Psychic Jess Anderson.

11. Adopted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup named Rowan Magnus the Magnificent. He is a mischievous little Cancerian with a moon in Aquarius and lots of Leo.

12. Binged “Vikings” on Netflix.com and spent the entire winter 2020-21 sewing/designing/embroidering Viking and Medieval inspired wool and linen ‘Plague-wear” for the entire family (coz I am nerdy like that).

13. Maisie raised money and made her own monarch butterfly sanctuary in 2019



plus a MYRIAD OF OTHER THINGS too numerous to include here…

I’m back again and going to be blogging like a fiend, friends.

😀

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BACK IN QUARANTINE, EFF 2020- My New Normal

This is my new normal as a Covid long hauler, 6 months after contracting Covid.

They are discovering that this disease is a VASCULAR one, not a respiratory one, per the news this morning.

If you are also a covid survivor, consider joining the facebook group Survivor Corps for updates on long term health effects, newest findings, and just to share your stories with others going through the same nightmare.

We fell ill with Covid19 in March 2020.

Months later, I am still not 100%- and to add insult to injury, we were exposed AGAIN.

Right now, I am in the middle of the worst panic attack. We’re coughing, I have a sore throat- no fever, but apparently fevers only account for 7 percent (roughly) of symptoms.

Stay safe, everyone.

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Rebounder Set Up, New Stability Bar, and Cake the Kitten (plus video) and 10% off!

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Cake the kitten went wild when he saw the new rebounder and wouldn’t get off! He likes to bounce around, too- and will often get under the thing while we’re bouncing. He’s a little hellion. LOL.

Since surviving pulmonary embolisms and covid, I have to use a rebounder to keep my hear rate stable and my immune system going smoothly- will be writing more about that on the blog at missmaisieandme.com (I know, I am a tad bit late, but homeschooling this kid has turned into an all day thing this week). We even keep one in our RV at the farm! 

Currently, we’re using a 48” rebounder from @leapsandrebounds, but now we will be putting another smaller 40” rebounder in the RV instead (which should save precious space).

I have a new stabilizer bar for when I get dizzy spells or for when my father, who is older and has essential tremor, needs to use it.

❤️In this post, you can get 10% off Rebounders from @leapsandrebounds! ✔️Follow their page! ✔️use MissMaisie10 at checkout for your discount OR go to this link: ✔️https://leapsandrebounds.com/discount/MissMaisie10 💋🎈💗😘

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It wasn’t a difficult set up, except for the part where the man boinged himself with a bungee… absolutely LOVE the new rebounder and can’t wait to get it into the RV.

(also, to get it out of the little house. I have no room in here for 2 rebounders)

Cake the kitten was RIDICULOUS about the new one. He was bouncing and dancing all over the thing for a solid 2 hours.

I really LOVE the new stabilizer bar. I thought I ordered one for a larger trampoline, but I was mistaken. Keeping it, though. It’s great to have something to hold onto when one is feeling off balance or dizzy.

I got the bar for my dad’s rebounder originally, but it doesn’t fit the 48″ ones (It only fits the smaller ones). It really improves the experience, even for me. It makes me feel safer when I am wobbly. I suffer from vertigo and weird dizziness leftover from being sick still. My dad has essential tremor and balance issues (thanks, Vietnam War). Having a stability bar is a must for those of us with issues such as these.

The bar has 3 height adjustments, with the highest being comfortable enough for someone about 6′ or more.

I really love this new addition to our rebounder, I will probably order a big one for both dad and me.

I haven’t had time to write the lonnnng (and it will be long) PTSD filled trauma surrounding my covid and pulmonary embolism recovery, due to beginning home schooling the kiddo and other weird snafus (like 3 people in my family, including the kitten, injury their right legs/paws).

I am still offering the 10 percent discount from Leaps and Rebounds for any of these purchases if you would like one of these for yourself.

In this post, you can get 10% off Rebounders from www.leapsandrebounds.com

✔️Follow their page at https://www.instagram.com/leapsandrebounds/


✔️use MissMaisie10 at checkout for your discount OR

✔️go to this link:
https://leapsandrebounds.com/discount/MissMaisie10
💋🎈💗



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Get 10% Rebounders & Accessories from Leapsandrebounds.com!

We are covid survivors- I am also a pulmonary embolism survivor.

I will write more about it in this blog at a later date, but I believe in this company.

The one in the pic was purchased by me, but the company was kind enough to send me a smaller one to try out for the RV with a stability bar and provide me with a discount code for everyone.

❤️In this post, you can get 10% off Rebounders from www.leapsandrebounds.com

✔️Follow their page at https://www.instagram.com/leapsandrebounds/
✔️use MissMaisie10 at checkout for your discount OR go to this link:
✔️https://leapsandrebounds.com/discount/MissMaisie10
💋🎈💗😘

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Homeschool and lockdown parents!!! Are your kids stuck and squirrely in the house? I know mine is. ❤️In this post, you can get 10% off Rebounders from @leapsandrebounds! ✔️Follow their page! ✔️use MissMaisie10 at checkout for your discount OR go to this link: ✔️https://leapsandrebounds.com/discount/MissMaisie10 💋🎈💗😘 I feel very strongly about this tool- we use it daily, hourly- to burn off steam during class (she counts, recites things while bouncing); clears up our lungs and helps us function, even though we’re #covid19 #longhaulers and recovered. I have #lupus, too, so I have to keep my immune system in top shape… just to keep up with an active 6 yr old girl at 51.

The company I buy my rebounders from leapsandrebounds.com, is offering a 10 percent off coupon for those of you who follow us and are going through the same stuff we are- or just want to burn calories or keep the kids from burning down the house. (it is also a good alternative to day drinking for those of us stuck 24/7 inside with every member of the family)

As #covidsurvivors, (which I will write about more in the blog missmaisieandme.com this week- I wasn’t ready to write about it for the longest time, but now I can’t stay silent. Too many I know are suffering or dying), a lot of our ongoing recovery I feel was due to rebounding- or jumping on this mini trampoline-

I learned about #rebounding after my #pulmonaryembolism in 2018 from a friend who worked at NASA. I BELIEVE IT SAVED MY LIFE BOTH TIMES.

#leapsandrebounds @oakmeadowschool #oakmeadowcurriculum @earthschooling #earthschooling #earthschooling1stgrade #earthschoolingcurriculum #waldorf1stgrade #homeschooling #homeschool1stgrade #waldorfhomeschool #steinerhomeschool #learnthroughplay #learningathome #homeschoolingbyheart #raisingthefuture #letthembelittle #homeschoollife #magicofchildhood #simplychildren #simplychildhood #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #eclectichomeschoolers #outschool

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Homeschool and lockdown parents!!! Are your kids stuck and squirrely in the house? I know mine is. ❤️In this post, you can get 10% off Rebounders from @leapsandrebounds! ✔️Follow their page! ✔️use MissMaisie10 at checkout for your discount OR go to this link: ✔️https://leapsandrebounds.com/discount/MissMaisie10 💋🎈💗😘 I feel very strongly about this tool- we use it daily, hourly- to burn off steam during class (she counts, recites things while bouncing); clears up our lungs and helps us function, even though we’re #covid19 #longhaulers and recovered. I have #lupus, too, so I have to keep my immune system in top shape… just to keep up with an active 6 yr old girl at 51.

The company I buy my rebounders from leapsandrebounds.com, is offering a 10 percent off coupon for those of you who follow us and are going through the same stuff we are- or just want to burn calories or keep the kids from burning down the house. (it is also a good alternative to day drinking for those of us stuck 24/7 inside with every member of the family)

As #covidsurvivors, (which I will write about more in the blog missmaisieandme.com this week- I wasn’t ready to write about it for the longest time, but now I can’t stay silent. Too many I know are suffering or dying), a lot of our ongoing recovery I feel was due to rebounding- or jumping on this mini trampoline-

I learned about #rebounding after my #pulmonaryembolism in 2018 from a friend who worked at NASA. I BELIEVE IT SAVED MY LIFE BOTH TIMES.

#leapsandrebounds @oakmeadowschool #oakmeadowcurriculum @earthschooling #earthschooling #earthschooling1stgrade #earthschoolingcurriculum #waldorf1stgrade #homeschooling #homeschool1stgrade #waldorfhomeschool #steinerhomeschool #learnthroughplay #learningathome #homeschoolingbyheart #raisingthefuture #letthembelittle #homeschoollife #magicofchildhood #simplychildren #simplychildhood #unpluggedchildhood #childhoodunplugged #eclectichomeschoolers #outschool @outschool

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New Year’s Resolutions

Completed an 8 day water fast- back on strict keto and every other day intermittent fasting; quit coffee, because it gives me reflux; started imbibing homemade bone broth regularly; incorporated mini trampoline rebounding into my Fitbit 10k or more steps a day; started Jillian Michael’s Beginner 30 Day Shred.

Still alive, focused on my health… and not very chatty right now.

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Still Alive- Still Recovering from Pulmonary Embolisms and Pseudomonas Infection

Been a rough few months. Post PE syndrome is no joke. Glad to still be alive, though.

Found out that the hospital I had my surgery in for the hysterectomy gave me an almost fatal superbug uti (they sent me home with a catheter AND TOLD ME TO REMOVE IT MYSELF)- a pseudomonas infection.

I spent a week at the local cancer center getting antibiotic infusion treatments via IV. Since then, I’ve been much less chipper and so tired.

I don’t trust American hospitals anymore.

I started a cpap machine for sleep apnea 2 days ago, after having a sleep study done last month. I was having moderate apnea.

This is a fantastic article:

https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/sleep-apnea-can-contribute-to-recurring-pulmonary-embolism

Sorry for the short blog post, but super tired!

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Really Fantastic Article on Life After Pulmonary Embolisms

having a particularly bad night: chest pains, shortness of breath, sweats, tachycardia.

Recovery from PEs is rough- and scary.

Luckily, tomorrow I see my new cardiologist about a holter monitor for the racing pulse.

This article helped me so much:

https://healdove.com/disease-illness/Recovering-From-A-Pulmonary-Embolism#_=_

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Back in Hospital 4 Days Ago- Out Now

this is getting tediously repetitive- found out the other day that my ovaries were about 10 yrs younger than the rest of me or more- and to not expect menopause for another 10 yrs or so, give or take.

Good thing I’ve no more uterus, or I could have been shooting out more babies far into my dotage!