Thursday, March 23, 2017

Challenge Myself: Walk to the Local Market

Today is Day #221 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says we need to walk to the local market when we can.

The book says,

If there's a grocery store in your neighborhood or a weekend farmer's market, gather together canvas bags or heavy-duty utility bags and head out of a brisk walk to do your grocery shopping.

Since you'll be carrying bags of groceries back home afterwards, you'll want to be sure you can carry what you purchase, in other words, buy only what you need that will fit into a couple of bags.
Walking while carrying groceries means you'll be burning a lot more calories than you would driving your car to the store. Plus, it's better for the environment. Now, that's something to feel good about.

Just For Today: Now that the weather is warming up I am taking more walks.

From the book: Live Happy

City of Martinsburg Defers Funds for Treatment Program

In case anyone is wondering what our city council thinks about a treatment center here a story is out today by our local newspaper.

City Defers Funds for Treatment Program

“I personally would like to see that thing put on hold until we see our upcoming (city) balance in July or August, and then we’ll revisit this thing instead of jumping into it right now,” said Councilman Mark Baker.

Read more>>>> @ The Journal-Martinsburg

Story by: The Journal

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Challenge Myself: Join a Rowing Club

Today is Day #220 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today suggests joining a rowing club.

The book says,

If you like working out with others, join a rowing club. Rowing tones the arms builds upper body strength and involves all major muscle groups. Basically, rowing takes tow forms.

Sculling is when rowers have an oar in each hand. But when the rowers have both hands on one oar, that type of rowing is called sweep rowing. Rowing is a low-impact exercise but does require a degree of agility, grace, and teamwork.

Rowing as a team teaches you to work together for maximum effectiveness. The boat advances more quickly when the rowing team members row fast and in unison. So make some new friends, learn the art of rowing, get in a regular workout, and feel good as your body becomes trim and toned.

Just For Today: Appreciating the challenges of living healthy in the exercise challenge.

From the book: Live Happy

American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction

As the April A-Z Blogging Challenge gets closer I wanted to share this short film documenting the lives of four families affected by heroin and opioids.

Many still debate whether or not addiction is a disease or choice. The studies are out there. You can google and bring up so much information. Whichever side of the debate you set on there are studies showing how this changes and affects the brain. There are studies proving that mental illness is a key factor to this disease.

There are currently studies out there showing the relation between addiction and genetics. For some, it started as an over-prescribing of some powerful painkillers. For some this started as a way of numbing pain. Then there are those who just made a wrong decision to try it just once as a choice. Their lives will never be the same. Their families will never be the same.

No one person is immune. No one family is immune from this epidemic. If you are a parent get as much information as you can relating to this. Bring up the discussion in your family. Talk about it.

None of us affected by this today ever thought we would be going through this either.

video found @ youtube

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Somebody's Someone

video @youtube
lyrics to song, Somebody's Someone

Challenge Myself: Day #219 Exercise Outside

Today is Day #219 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says to take an eco-themed trip to a rainforest or other exotic locale.

The book says,

Experience sheer exhilaration as you get a workout in an exotic locale. Sign up for a fun-filled eco-tour vacation. Teach your children about ecology and learn some new facts yourself while hiking in nature.

You'll burn roughly 544 calories an hour rock or mountain climbing or about 510 calories if you are just climbing hills with a 10- to 20- pound pack on your back. Head off for the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, a rainforest reserve and wildlife corridor near Costa Rica's Corvado National Park, where you can hike and see spectacular birds and other wildlife. Or travel back in time to discover ancient Ethopia and hike with eco-tour guides into the Simein Mountains.

If you prefer a locale closer to home, learn about the life of eagles and try a little kayacking on an eagle watching trip into the wilds of Maryland. The point is to burn calories doing fun activities in a natural setting.

I personally love getting out into nature.

Just For Today: I am thankful that Spring is here. The temps will be getting warmer and I can get outside.

From the book: Live Happy

Monday, March 20, 2017

Challenge Myself: Day #218 Skate Your Heart Out

Today is Day #218 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says, put on your rollerblades or your skates and skate your heart out.

The book says,

Have you tried skating lately? You can still rent skates and get a workout in a roller skating rink or ice skating facility. Ice skating is particularly fun when done in the winter in an outdoor rink. Roller rinks still offer the young and young-at-heart places to get a workout, complete with music and a light show. 

Another option is to buy some inline skates designed for skating on paved surfaces such as streets and sidewalks. Inline skates are sleeker and more stable and lightweight than their traditional counterparts.

So grab your family or friend or even your favorite canine for an afternoon outing in the park. Take 
along a picnic lunch, a bottle of water, and your inline skates. Don't forget to take along some gloves to protect your hands, and pads for your elbows and knees just in case you fall. But don't let the fear of falling keep you from working out and having some fun. Skating particularly works the thighs, calves, and buttocks, and when you see the results on your body for doing that type of regular exercise, you'll exercise your facial muscles too, into a big smile.

This is an activity I haven't done in awhile.

Just For Today: Brush the dust off of my rollerblades and like it says, skate my heart out!

From the book: Live Happy

THEME REVEAL: Addiction, Recovery, Hope

Today is the big day of the big Theme Reveal Day in which we uncover what our posts for the month of April.

Now, the first year I participated I posted this challenge without a theme. The next year, I chose a theme. I found it much easier to stick to one content.

I guess it is no big secret to those who read here what my theme is, huh? Can I get a drumroll anyway?.... So...

My theme for the month of April will be.....

Sunday, March 19, 2017

(Book) The First 30 Days to Serenity: Essential Guide to Staying Sober

This book was suggested by a reader of my blog. I added it to my list.

Find out why this inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking book about Super Star's journey through addiction and into recovery comes highly recommended by professionals in the field of addiction! This is a great read for anyone interested in gaining insight into an addiction for the one with an addiction, for the family or loved ones, for anyone who would like to educate themselves about addiction from the perspective of one walking along the path. For the addict, the first 30 days are a roller coaster of despair, cravings, and emotions that addicts have either never had to deal with or have previously chosen to ignore. 

Maintaining sobriety during this time is often on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour, or second-to-second basis. To find success with sobriety, a person needs to have tools to deal with life from a new and unique perspective. As the relapse statistics indicate, it can be very scary as well as overwhelming to stay sober during this time of recovery. But what about the friends or family member of the addict? The ones that are watching their loved one struggle with the disease. How are they feeling? What is healthy for them to do or not do? How should they handle the difficult situations that arise? 

This book provides insight for the family member or loved one into the inner thoughts of an addict; both during active addiction and in early recovery. This is an opportunity to better understand that addiction isn't just about using the drug; its about so much more. Addiction is a thinking disease and this book appropriately exposes how stinkin thinkin is at the core of every addiction! 

While there are many successful books on the market about addiction, The First 30 Days to Serenity: The Essential Guide to Staying Sober is the first actual day-by-day account of staying sober through the first 30 days of recovery, including the thoughts, feelings, conversations, events, stress, tears, family friction, despair and drama of each of those 30 days from the lens of an addict. 

The story chronicles rock bottom experiences, daily journals from my first 30 days in recovery followed by a stinkin thinkin and sober thinkin reflection one year later. The reflections are important because they allow the reader to witness the amount of personal growth that can happen during the first year of sobriety when someone works a recovery program. The reflections identify when the thinking was improper and dangerous, which we call Stinkin thinkin , and when they were healthy and useful, which we call Sober thinkin . 

This book is a tool to answering such questions as Should I be feeling this way on day 1? Am I crazy for thinking such a thought on day 18? How should I handle this situation on day 29? The readers experiences may not be the same as mine were, but there will be similarities that will allow an opportunity to gain insight through another's story. 

This book lets readers know that what they are going through or a loved one is going through are very much part of the recovery process. The experiences shared will allow the reader a deeper understanding into the thought process associated with addiction providing opportunities to gain insight into how to handle situations in a way that support recovery or support someone else in early recovery. 

By giving the reader real-life scenarios to associate with from someone who has been there, it shows that they too can find success in sobriety and be whoever they've always wanted to be even a Rock Star or Super Star. This book was written for anyone who thinks it might be worth getting high just one more time or who thinks life could not get any worse from using. The road to SERENITY through SOBRIETY starts right now!

This book is available on Amazon for Kindle and in Paperback but as always will be checking local bookstores to see about its availability. 

Challenge Myself: Day #217 Just Dance It Away

Today is Day #217 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says to dance around the kitchen while you are waiting on your coffee.

The book says,

Start your day with a little salsa, mambo, cha-cha, or your favorite dance steps as you make your way over to measure the coffee, add the water, and turn on the pot. Dance until the coffee is ready, have a cup, and dance some more.

Start your fancy footwork in your kitchen and jig throughout your house. If you have to leave for work, dance your way to your dressing room, keep moving while you do your makeup, dance over to pick up your purse, briefcase, and car keys... and dance right into the garage. Keep moving and watch the pounds melt away.

This is a challenge that I love. The experts say dancing can burn lots of calories. Some experts say it helps us in times of stressful situations which I have found to be true. Many times I have just danced. Not a fancy dance like the salsa or cha-cha, but I have danced. Many times the hubby and I have danced to songs on repeat. No matter what I hope you dance!

From the book: Live Happy 
Video from: youtube

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WV Council of Churches to Hold a Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

The West Virginia Council of Churches is sponsoring a Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder on May 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at West Virginia Wesleyan College with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.  There is a $15 registration fee to cover lunch.

The consultation will be an opportunity for clergy from across the state to learn more about the central issues connected with substance use disorder, have a discussion around those issues, and take concrete, actionable solutions back to their communities. 

West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in our nation.  Substance use disorder has become an epidemic in our state.  It’s because of this reality that the West Virginia Council of Churches has felt a call to action.  Through a generous grant from the Benedum foundation, we have met with people throughout West Virginia during listening events aimed at hearing the concerns, experiences, and stories of people affected in one way or another by the consequences of substance use disorder.  The results of these events have become the motivation behind mobilizing clergy and churches around this issue.  Those results will be presented and discussed during the Clergy Consultation.  In addition, presenters from the front lines of the struggle as will share practical tips regarding Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery.    

If anyone is interested in attending, go to their website @ West Virginia Council of Churches to register. 

Found @ WV Council of Churches

Challenge Myself: Day #216 Design and Plant an Herb Garden

Today is Day #216 f the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. Today's challenge is one that I can really get into. The Live Happy Challenge for today says, design and plant your own herb garden.

The book says,

Gardening gives you the opportunity to work out in the fresh air. And nothing beats fresh-picked herbs when you want to intensify the taste of salsas, sauces, and savory dishes.

Using a spade to turn over dirt and dig in fertilizers and soil amendments can give you a workout. The number of calories burned while gardening, according to a variety of Internet sites and fitness, ranges between 250 and 272 per hour

That's roughly one Starbucks grande Caffe' Latte made with milk, or one Snickers bar. You can get a bit more of a workout if you use heavy equipment during your time in the garden, for r example, a rototiller or cutting trees with a chainsaw.

The calories then add up to around 400 to 405 per hour. But if you love to cook and also appreciate having fresh herbs as well as fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, consider designing and planting a garden and then combine the gardening with cooking for a healthier you.

I love this idea. I have my own little herb garden. We had a groundhog who devoured my chamomile last year as well as a few others. I can't wait for the weather to break to get out in the yard again.

Just For Today: Monday is the first day of spring. Cannot wait for warm weather again! 

From the book: Live Happy 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Facts and Stats of The U.S. Drug War

This is a peek at some stats, facts and figures of the Drug War. Astounding numbers and through the past four decades just who are the winners and who are the losers of this war? The US has made out like bandits and in this heroin epidemic the numbers of those who have lost their lives continues to grow. So many I talk to want this to end, but when given a proposition

Challenge Myself: Day #215 Go Horseback Riding

Today is Day #215 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says to go horseback riding.

The book says,

Just imagine bundling up in a sweater and scarf on a chilly spring or fall morning and riding horseback along a beach past crashing waves or through a leafy forest glade, replete with dew-laden spider webs and small critters scurrying out of your path. The world looks and feels different from the back of a horse.

Horseback riding seems to heighten your senses of sight, smell, and touch. Riding at full gallop requires you to use those thigh muscles, and your feet and hands to stay in the saddle. Mounting anddismounting also can provide a little workout. But the joy you feel seated atop a horse and observing the world awakening is a bonus for exercising by riding horseback.

When I was younger my grandad had ponies we rode. My aunt used to have horses. It has been a very long time since I rode a horse. It was peaceful just to ride listening to the sounds of mother nature all around me.

Just For Today: Monday is the first day of spring. I can't wait for warmer days.

From the book: Live Happy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Challenge Myself: Day #214 Lay Tile in the Bathroom

Today is Day #214  of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says, tile your bathroom for a rigorous workout. 

The book says,

If your idea of exercise involves moving your body and doing something else productive that pays a big dividend, then consider taking a class on how to lay tile or renovate/remodel your bathroom.
Laying tile involves many activities, including but not limited to carrying, cutting, and applying tile with special tile glue. But before you lay any tile, you may have to first remove old tile and/or cabinets, tub, toilet, and shower.

You will be bending, lifting, walking, reaching, and stretching during the process. You most certainly will be tired at the end of the day. But as you stretch out the soreness in your muscles, imagine how happy you'll be to have a brand new bathroom and to know it will add dollars to the value of your home.

Just For Today: I get a good workout just going to work!

From the book: Live Happy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Challenge Myself: Day #213 Take a Kickboxing Class

Today is Day #213 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says, take a kickboxing class.

Now today's challenge is one I can get into. Releasing some pent of aggressions about this heroin epidemic in some Tae'bow. I was pretty good at Tae'bow many years ago then I sprained my ankle doing a Tae'bow kick.

The book says,

Release some of that aggression in a kickboxing class where you'll learn to combine martial arts kicks with boxing punches for a great workout. There are many different styles of kick boxing and variants to chose from, for example, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Burmese Kickboxing, Indian adithada and French savate, to name a few.

Many of the kickboxing forms and styles have evolved into national and international competitions. As a kickboxer, you typically "fight" in rounds of varying durations (these are usually agreed upon prior to the fight). You get a great cardio workout regardless of the form of kickboxing you choose, and when you study with a spouse or a friend you can practice (and get in shape) together

Just For Today: This is a challenge I may have to look into.

From the book: Live Happy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Recovering heroin addict: "They call Martinsburg 'Little Baltimore'"...

Many of us here in Martinsburg and Berkeley County have expressed the need for a long-term, dual diagnostic drug treatment center here in Berkeley County and/or Martinsburg, WV especially when it was announced the same year as this video came out about the building at 750 Baltimore St.

I believe after the statement on this video by officials here, there was never any intention whatsoever for the building at 750 Baltimore St

Alert: Another Warning About a Deadly Cocktail

I somehow missed an update from January relating to a prescription drug, Gabapentin. The report out by WV Public Broadcasting says, 

"A West Virginia Board of Pharmacy report says a prescription drug used to treat nerve pain is contributing to a sharp increase of overdose deaths in the state. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the number of fatal overdoses involving gabapentin in West Virginia jumped from three in 2010 to 109 in 2015. 
The number of 2016 deaths are still being counted. Pharmacy board administrator Mike Goff, who oversees the state's drug-monitoring database, says gabapentin is showing up in cocktails of drugs that are linked to overdose deaths. Users seeking a euphoric high mix the drug with opioids or muscle-relaxants and anti-anxiety medications."
Just what the heck is Gabapentin anyway? I had to turn to the trusty website at for that answer.
What is Gabapentin? 
Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.
Gabapentin is used in adults to treat nerve pain caused by herpes virus or shingles (herpes zoster).
The Horizant brand of gabapentin is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).
The Neurontin brand of gabapentin is also used to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 3 years old.
Use only the brand and form of gabapentin that your doctor has prescribed. Check your medicine each time you get a refill at the pharmacy, to make sure you have received the correct form of this medication.
Read more @
As with all of your prescription drugs, keep them locked up.
Info here found at: and from WV Public Broadcasting

Challenge Myself: Day #212 Play a Game and Burn Calories

Today is Day #212 of the Just For Today Challenge. I am also integrating the Live Happy into my daily Challenge. The Live Happy Challenge for today says, play Twister or Musical Chairs at your next get together.

The book says,

The next time your family gets together for some good old-fashioned fun, suggest a game of Twister or musical chairs. Spread out the Twister mat and review the game rules. Spin the needle and prepare to twist yourself into knots. 

Or, try a few rounds of musical chairs. Before starting the music, make sure there is one less chair than the number of players. For every cycle of music remove another chair to that there's always one less chair than there are players.

These activities may not burn a lot of calories but do provide a little exercise with the emphasis of fun.

I did have to laugh at the first suggestion of the game of Twister. OMGosh it has been a very long time since I played that game. At my age, I'm not sure if I would try to attempt it. It made me laugh thinking about it.

Just For Today: Just thinking about today's challenge made me laugh. 

From the book: Live Happy