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No Riding, but a Tasty Recipe

Haven’t posted in a while mostly because I’m not riding. I’m counting down the days till my next appointment with the neurologist – 27 days in case you were wondering.

My motorcycle isn’t sitting still because my son has been riding it the last couple of weeks. Today was one of the harder days not being able to throw a leg over and ride to work because the weather was perfect with very little wind. If my hubby hadn’t taken his cycle to work I would have been very tempted to just do it.

Okay, I’m done whining … at least for today ūüôā ¬†Instead I’m going to share a recipe I kind of made up! It was very tasty.

Pam's Potatoes

Pam’s Potatoes

Pam’s Potatoes

2 lbs. Potatoes (I used organic red) – cut up

1 cup White Vinegar

1 tbsp Sea Salt (iodized)

3 tbsp butter

Ground black pepper

1 tsp.  Thyme

Place cut potatoes, vinegar, and salt in pot; add water to cover potatoes. Bring to boil and cook until tender. Drain the potatoes, then pat dry on a clean towel.

Heat butter in a large frying pan, add potatoes, salt and pepper to taste, and thyme. Stir potatoes until golden brown.

It is a very flavorful and easy side to make! Let me know if you tried the recipe.

P.S. If you can Help Me Kick My Sister’s Ovarian Cancer I would appreciate any gift large or small! xoxo

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Dissected Vertebral Artery

Dissected Vertebral Artery

I’ll tell you! There’s a few centimeters of my vertebral artery missing! I ended up with some images from the initial MRA when I went into the ER with a migraine that show the dissected vertebral artery. Our brains usually have a some-what mirrored image of itself … except for mine … at least for now.

Things are going okay for me, I still have a headache on and off most days. I end up doing things I’m not suppose to and then pay for it with a headache. Sometimes it is easy to figure out what I did to cause it and other times I’m clueless.

I’m off all drugs (narcotics and the like), but I still take Warfarin (anticoagulant) to prevent clots and to stave off having a stroke. Still on the 90 day count down which they say is the most vulnerable time for me, but I’ll continue taking it until I see the neurologist in July.

I go in weekly to have my INR levels checked. The goal is to keep it between two and three. Me? I fluctuate between 1.6 and 3.7 with no change in my diet or meds. My poor nurse is up in arms on why I’m not stable. Goes to show she doesn’t know me. LOL

My poor hubby has been run ragged trying to do all the snow removal, heavy lifting, and so much more. What a guy. I love him very much.

And then there is my sister in the mist of her fight against ovarian cancer. There is still a way to go to defeat the cancer in her body. I’m so thankful for all the family and friends that have given, but there’s still a bit to go. Check out my GoFundMe page I started for her. Every little bit helps.

P.S. Ladies, I’m still taking stories for Profile of a Female Motorcyclist. Email me at pamela(dot)court(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll sent over the questions!

Cancer Bites

Hey there friends! Hope all is well with you and yours. My world has been turned upside down in the last couple of weeks. About two weeks ago my sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had surgery a few days later. I’m about four hundred miles away from her and unable to get down there. She’s home recovering.

Let me tell you a little bit about my older sister. We’re sixteen months apart and grew up doing everything together. She is the bold outspoken one. She is smart and giving. She’s married with four adult children and grandmother to eight. She was the one that was there to step-up and help our mom after dad died suddenly. Then a couple years later when mom’s health deteriorated she was there caring and making decisions on her behalf. I love her a lot.

Ladies, please take your health seriously. The signs and symptoms for ovarian cancer are vague at best and many times thought to be something else. Check out Mayo Clinic’s health information for symptoms and more. My sister doesn’t have health insurance so ignored many of the symptoms until her daughters strongly suggested she see her doctor. It was diagnosed rather quickly.¬†Not sure what the future holds for her. We are praying for the best long-term outcome.

I also found out my cousin’s daughter is just completing chemo for ovarian cancer. Needless to say I went to the doctor to talk all this through. I ended up having the¬†recommended screening, an ultrasound. The test showed no ovarian/uterine cancer. Gals, when was your last check-up? Please, please don’t wait or put it off–get in there!! And don’t ignore symptoms … please!

Cancer bites.

Back on the VStrom!

Back in January I signed up for the Color Run 5K in July and started training on my treadmill. I also started using a BodyMedia Fit arm band to help me hit my target aerobic levels. More recently hubby and I started eating a plant based diet. All of this has resulted in some weight loss as well as feeling great! And then the snow ended and it warmed up so hubby and I took a motorcycle ride. Life is good.

Saturday hubby and I rode to Whole Foods. It is about 23 miles away and all freeway. Freeway. Did I mention freeway? Up until this point I haven’t done too many freeways. Well I have now. Not to mention several cloverleaf interchanges. Felt good. Really good. A confidence builder for sure.

One of the reasons we went to Whole Foods is to get ingredients for Mighty Bean Muffins. I had to try these after reading what Char had to say about them. The batter was tasty and the muffins were too!

Might Bean Muffins

Might Bean Muffins

Hard to believe this recipe didn’t have eggs or oil. I used black beans and dried cranberries. Tummy-lious!

We spent most of Saturday riding. It was so good to be back on the VStrom!

Snow, Exercise, and Food

Today is April 14, 2013. I thought for sure I would have been out on my motorcycle by now! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Spring is no where to be found here in Minnesota. ¬†We’ve had snow, followed by more snow, and then snow. Today we had a little remix of snow, ice, and rain. Make it stop!!

Enough¬†whining. So, what have I been up to? Well I’m still working on training for The Color Run 5K in July. I did a preset workout on my treadmill today called the Maui 5K. It varies the incline to be similar to the actual three mile course in Hawaii [wish I were in Hawaii] and I’ll continue training indoor until the weather cooperates. I worked out listening to Classic Rock on Pandora. It is a nice way to keep a pace steady. Anyone else run to a Pandora station? Suggestions are welcome.

Another change that hubby and I have made is to our diet after watching Forks over Knives documentary. There are a couple of health issues hubby has wrestled with and we are not a fan of popping pills so dietary changes seem like a good course to try. We picked up the book The Engine 2 Diet to follow the 28 day meal plans based on a plant strong diet. We are two weeks in and liking it!

Here are a couple of meals we’ve had lately.

Tomato soap, salad with lots of sprouts, and open faced refried bean sandwich

Tomato soap, salad with lots of sprouts, and open faced refried bean sandwich

Plant strong pizza with almond/soy cheese

Plant strong pizza with almond/soy cheese

This is quite a bit of a change from our previous lean meat and dairy diet and takes some planning. Hubby made me a chalkboard for the kitchen. Love it!!

Meal planning!

Meal planning!

I’ve been really encouraged by Trobairtiz‘s other blog Trobairitz Table d’hote | A ¬†Motorcyclist’s Adventures with Vegan Cuisine. Great resource for more recipes. Yay!

Sidelined

Well, my wonderful visit with my daughter and grandson ended last week. *Sigh* Then I proceeded to somehow perforate my tympanic membrane a.k.a. burst eardrum. No earache. No fever. No cold. No¬†symptoms. No clue as to how or why it happened. Baffled the doctor. So I got that going for me …

For now training for the 5k has come to a crawl. Too much movement bothers my ear; which according to the doctor could take up to three months to heal. I feel like I’ve been sidelined. Not giving up though. I tried a walking incline program on the treadmill. That seemed to go okay. So until I can jog without feeling like I’m jostling¬†my inner ear I’ll do a walking incline.

Here’s a picture of the little guy all bundled up! He loves sledding!!

Taking my grandson sledding!

Taking my grandson sledding!

P.S. I made the Panda hat for him ūüôā

How to Reinvent Yourself

Did I get your attention? Do you ever think things will never change? Well mark the calendar. One year from now you will have replaced 98% of all the atoms in your body. True Story. Every five days your stomach lining is replaced. Your skin replaces it’s self approximately every month … your liver in six weeks … and your skeleton in three months. Now that is change!

Got your body covered. What about your mind? “Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life” is an old Proverb I read frequently. Did you know we have about 50,000 thoughts a day and today’s thoughts are about 98% of the same as the day before. So, unless I intentionally stop and/or change my thoughts nothing is going to change.

I recently started training (way early) for The Color Run 5K that takes place in July using the C25K app. Why so early? Because I didn’t think I could do it. BUT, I put this up on the white board next to my treadmill, “Quit thinking why you can’t and start thinking why you can!” I just completed week 8 of training which consistes of a five minute warm-up, jog 28 minutes then a five minute cool down. Yup. Something I’ve never EVER done in my life and I’m old (getting closer to 60 than 50). What changed? My mind.

stop

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