My Fitness Update (June 2021)

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Well, the time has come for me to give an update on how far I have come when it comes to my fitness goals. I had hoped to exercise each day starting in January but I did not meet that goal. The truth is that I have only recently started exercising more frequently in june. 

I have started walking for 15 minutes following the Walk at Home program. I enjoy it and I find that it gives me more energy the more that I consistently walk. 

I have also been more aware of the amount of calories I take in each day. I did some research to get an idea of how many calories I should be eating each day. I use the My Plate app to help me track what I eat. I am not very concerned with accurate calorie count because I am not using this for weight loss but it helps me have a rough idea of how much i take in. This has made me pay more attention to what I eat and helps me not to over do it. 

I hope to exercise more often this second half of 2021. I want to work up to the 2-mile Walk at Home program in the coming months. I will give you an update on how it goes for me at the end of the year. These are tips that help me and if you want to become more fit i recommend you to speak to your doctor and do your own research to find what will work best for you. What is your favorite way to exercise? 

My Journey to Learn Greek (Part 2)

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I became interested in the Greek language a few years ago. I started my journey to learn the language back then but I ran into some road blocks and kind of gave up.

I have recently resumed my study of the Greek language. My goal is to learn modern Greek as well as Koine Greek which is what the New Testament of the Bible is written in,. Koine is not that different, it is an older version of the Greek language the way old english is to modern English.

I found a great audio version of the New Testament read in Greek. The reader does a good job at reading it at a good pace where I can follow along and hear every word. Here is the playlist.

I am still at the early stages so what I do now is that I read one chapter in English then I read it in Greek. I have made it through the book of John.

I use a screen reader that converts text to speech or audiobooks because I am not able to see regular print. It has been interesting to learn a language only using audio.

I can see large print but my one useful eye gets tired after a short period of time.

I have also found this helpful playlist with lessons on learning Greek using the Bivle.

I will try to update you on my journey and if I improve. I find that my background as helped me understand some Greek words. Stay tuned to see how far I get.

Reflections: Mornings with God Lead to Better Days

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Starting your morning the correct way will go a long way in helping you to have a good day. This is true for me. I am a Christian, and my idea of a good morning includes time with God. I recently listened to a great sermon on this topic and I want to pass it along to you.

I usually start my mornings by praying and putting my day in God’s hands. I like to try to pray as soon as I wake up because it is still quiet. I have to work on waking up early. I usually try to wake up at about 8 AM but I am trying to wake up a little earlier to pray. 

I usually try to read my Bible while I eat breakfast but lately I have been reading it afterwards. I use the Blue Letter Bible app to track my daily Bible reading. This year I am going through a plan that takes you through the Bible in one year and you read from the Old Testament and the New Testament each day.I am currently at the end of the book of Ezra and have completed John. I have read the Bible in order from start to end before but it is interesting to read passages from the old and new testaments each day. 

I find that I tend to listen to music at night, not in the morning. I want to listen to more worship music. I still struggle with my music choices at times. 

I think this sermon is great advice on how to start off your day. Starting your day off with God will help you face any challenges that may arise throughout the day. 

Sunrise at dawn.
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Psalm 63:1 KJV — A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

What to Expect when Getting Wisdom Teeth Removed: My Personal Experience

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Has your recent dentist appointment resulted in a referral to get one or more of your wisdom teeth removed? Well if this is your situation i want to give you an idea of what you can expect. This is only my personal experience and I am not a medical expert. 

I am someone who really dislikes going to the dentist. My least favorite part is when I have to get x-rays done. I always find myself very close to vomiting at the end of the session. At the end of 2019 I began to have pain around my teeth at the back of my mouth. I thought that I had a cavity so I had no choice but to get it checked out. The dentist told me that my wisdom teeth were coming in and that was causing my pain. The dentist said that I had to get them removed.

I have read that wisdom teeth usually come in at an earlier age, however this happened to me at age 33.

Wisdom tooth removal 

I was referred to an oral surgeon to get my wisdom teeth removed. I went early in the morning. I had to be fasting for about 8 hours as I was going to go under IV sedation. The doctor took x-rays of my mouth again. I did like the x-ray system in this office as I did not have to put plastics in my mouth. A machine circled my head instead and it was a much better experience. 

My vitals were taken shortly after the x-rays and the doctor explained that he would only remove one wisdom tooth on that occasion as the second one would be a more complicated operation. I got the IV sedation medicine and I quickly dozed off. I am thankful that I was not awake for this procedure.

Recovery

I came out of the sedation feeling very sleepy and dizzy. The pain began to hit me about 20 minutes after that. I was prescribed a stronger version of Ibuprofen. I did not bleed too much but I was in a lot of pain for the next few days and my face was swollen. A portion of my bottom lip was numb for several days. I Definitely recommend using ice packs to help ease the pain.

Some extra thoughts

I hope that this account of my experience is helpful for you if you need to get wisdom teeth removed. Leave any questions below in the comments section. 

Pushing on, Stretching out Practicing Discipline and Being Thankful (A Chronic Voice May 2021 Linkup)

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This month I am taking part in the May Linkup for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. This linkup is hosted by Sheryl, founder of the blog A Chronic Voice. She provides 5 writing prompts to use to share updates on life in general but also may include the aspect of disability. When you have a chronic illness or disability it will make an appearance in every part of life. Here are my responses to this month’s prompts.

Pushing

There are several things that I am pushing myself to do and I have started working on some this month and I am starting some soon. I am pushing myself to learn new things. 

I hope to resume my journey to learning braille. I know the basics but I want to improve and I need a review. I know half of the alphabet but the second half has been more challenging for me to memorize. 

I am also pushing myself to learn Greek. I am using the Textus Receptus to learn. I use a screen reader or an audio Bible to study as I am visually impaired so this has been an adjustment for me in learning a new language but I am becoming more familiar with words the more I listen. I have also found some lessons on youTube that are helpful. I will be posting more about this in an upcoming post.

I am pushing myself to exercise more. I have fallen into a rut the past few months and have not been exercising at all. I want to begin walking at home again.

Stretching

I am stretching out when it comes to my blog and poetry. I hope to be able to be a full time blogger in the future. I have made two YouTube channels, one for my poetry and one to go along with this blog. I am very shy so this is a stretch for me but it is time for me to just do it. I hope to improve my poetry site and start a mailing list and grow my audience all around. It may be a stretch for me but sometimes you just have to aim for big dreams.

Here are my YouTube channels if you want to check them out.

Discipline

I want to be healthy and step away from the candy. I have already explained that I want to exercise more but I also want to eat healthier. I have recently been eating too much candy and I must stop.

I also want to have a daily schedule that will give me set times to study braille and Greek as well as to work on my poetry and on this blog and on YouTube and all that goes along with that. I have a lot to keep track of and I need to stay disciplined to get it all done.

My Christian faith is very important to me and I want to be disciplined in this area as well in reading my Bible and praying and spending time with God. I set time apart in the morning before I do anything else and at the end of the day. 

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Preserving

Well I am preserving my sound mind by staying close to God and keeping myself busy and also by loom knitting. I am used to being at home most of the time but sometimes it can get frustrating. I would like to go for walks but my neighborhood does not have accessible areas which is to say that you need a car to get around and I do not feel safe walking on my own. 

Thanking

I am thankful that I am in good health and my family is in good health. I am thankful to have a home to be in even if I do not get out much. I am thankful to be able to blog and reach others with my story.

Some extra thoughts

I hope that your May went well. Feel free to share your answers to these prompts in the comments below. Thank you for reading.