Where did the time go?!

ClockOK, as I look back over this site, I realize that I have not posted anything since the beginning of this year–literally January 2014.  At this moment, I feel like a complete failure, and can think of no real valid excuse as to why I failed to post on this blog all year.  The only reason I can come up with is that I have just not felt motivated to write about what has been going on with my health, nor have I felt particularly inspirational.

There ARE a couple of things that I can think of that have kept me from posting regularly this year which have contributed to my lack of motivation and inspiration.  I have had some health issues that have contributed to my lack of motivation, and I have also been super-busy at work as well.  In October, I was in the hospital for 4 days with a severe kidney infection. That took some of the wind out of my sails for a bit.  I work as an Operations Manager with a document imaging company and I have projects overseas that I have to manage as well.  When I get off work, I just do not feel like coming home and working on my blog when I know that I will inevitably have to answer emails from China or phone calls from the helpdesk about some issue at work. Time sure does fly by when you are working yourself to death.  Although these two issues did contribute to my disregard for posting on this blog,  it is still no excuse for not putting forth the effort.  The whole idea of this blog is to have a place to vent and share experiences with others so that I can not only get into better shape both mentally and physically, but also help others with their health struggles as well.  The idea being that maybe we can all work together to learn to better balance our work and our home lives so that we can become healthier (and happier) human beings.  So, let me apologize for my lack of motivation and effort.  I promise that I will try to put the “healthy” back in healthy heifers in the year to come.  Hey, it can only get better from here. Right?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Cow Jogging Happy New Year everyone!  We at Healthy Heifers would like to wish you all a wonderful New Year filled with happiness, love, and healthy living!  Only resolution here is to live 2014 in a more healthy way, and to be the healthiest person I can be going forward!

Baked Fried Chicken

Welcome to the first Healthy Heifer recipe!  I found this recipe on Facebook, and I have to say that it is really good!  I have tried to find out who this recipe actually originated with, but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone knows who came up with this recipe originally, please let me know because I would love to give them the credit they deserve!  And say a big THANK YOU for sharing it on Facebook.  It is a great change from the ordinary baked chicken….and tastes great! 

Place thawed chicken breast tenderloin strips in a bowl of milk. Let soak for 20-30 min.

Mix in a Gallon Size Ziploc or Large Bowl:

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 T Season All

3/4 tsp. Pepper

1 c. Flour

2 tsp. Paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9×13 pan.** Melt butter in pre-heated oven.

Spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan. Lightly spray the pan, if needed, to make sure that there are no dry spots.

Shake excess milk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix. You can either shake the chicken in the bag, until coated, or dip each piece in the bowl until coated.

Place each piece of chicken in the pan.

Cook for 20 min. Turn each piece of chicken and continue cooking for 20 more minutes, or until cooked through.

ENJOY!

** NOTE: For this step, I cut the 1/2 sick of butter in half and use one half at the beginning, and then the other half when I turn the chicken over.  This helps me get a crunchy coating on the chicken, and helps keep it from being soggy on one side.

Anxiety and My Seizure Disorder

The world today is a much busier, fast-paced place to live and work in.  People all around us may have to cope with varying amounts of stress and anxiety almost daily.  Stress and anxiety can be found in most places and situations—you or your co-workers discuss stress and anxiety that is a result of your job, or maybe a situation in your personal life is causing you to be stressed out, or maybe a health concern is causing you or a loved one excessive worry and stress.  Whatever the situation may be, we all need to learn what the effects of living with too much stress, anxiety, or worry can do to our health—both mentally and physically.  I have had to learn this lesson the hard way.

I had my first grand mal seizure when I was 17 years old.  I had gone through a stressful situation the night before,  I was still upset over the situation, but thought no more of it until the following afternoon when my brother and I had an argument (albeit a playful one) about whose turn it was to feed the dog.  During this argument, I started seeing black dots before my eyes.  I remember grasping the bridge of my nose with my right index finger and thumb…and the next thing I remember is hearing my mom screaming my name hysterically while shaking my left arm.  It took me a few minutes to realize that I was lying on the floor.  I was totally drained…I was so weak that I could not even open my eyes at first.  I had no idea what had happened, but my whole family thought that I was dead.  After I regained consciousness and got enough strength back to open my eyes and ask what had happened, my mom told me that I had fallen to the floor with my eyes rolled into my  head and began convulsing and gasping for breath.  She said that at one point I arched my back and stopped breathing altogether.  I stopped breathing until I turned blue, and then suddenly relaxed my back, gasped for breath, and got very still.  I had what is known as a grand mal seizure.

My mother took me to the ER to be examined.  I was admitted to the hospital, and spent a week in the stroke unit undergoing every test imaginable.  The results of all these tests?  No definitive reason about why I had the seizure.  Although I found out I was not epileptic, the doctors could not find a reason for my sudden seizure.  The only thing that they thought could have caused it was the stressful night I had the night before the seizure, combined with the argument I was having with my brother at the time.  They said that even though the argument was playful in nature, it combined with the stress of the night before could have triggered the grand mal event.  I believe their diagnosis, because every time I have had a seizure, it has been after a particularly stressful event in my life.

Long story short—I tried different seizure medicines, but had side effects such as rashes, severe dizziness and nausea, distorted vision, etc.  In the end, the doctor told me to practice stress reducing techniques in order to lessen the chance of having a seizure.  I have used techniques such as breathing exercises, stretching, and meditation to help me lower my stress levels.  I often “turn the other cheek” in order to avoid drama and stress. The doctor gave me that advice 28 years ago, and up until 2 years ago, I had been seizure free.  Within the past 2 years I have dealt with lingering illnesses and deaths in the family, and I began to have seizures again.  My doctor prescribed me anxiety medication to help me better deal with the stress of losing loved ones.  It has been a tremendous help to me, and I finally have control over my seizures.  They no longer control me.