Part 2… Sciatica Sucks!!

So… Where did I leave off?? Oh yea, I remember… But.. I have some in between things to add before continuing where I left off.

I wanna go back to People.. and Expectations.. During difficult times..

People… and expectations.. During difficult times. This topic may be something we all may need to check ourselves on once in a while or whenever necessary. We gotta do better with how we can empathize with others during difficult times. Especially when it is something that has happened to them out of their control.

We tend to get so caught up in our routines of life, whether it be a busy life or a boring life.. We still have people that we are around and interact with on a daily. Everyone has that one go-to person that is usually down for whatever(that would be me). Whether it be something as simple as cooking a favorite meal, going shopping, road trips or doing random things just for the heck of it! Things that require some physical activity… We are so caught up that we never stop to think about what we would do or how we would feel & react if that person was not able to do all of those things that they normally do.. Hhmmm?

Ponder that…

People that really know me… Really really know me.. They know that I am almost always up for a challenge with almost anything! I wanna do.. I wanna go.. I wanna see.. I wanna try!!! Well guess what peoples…. ALL of that was put on hold during the struggle of dealing with this DAILY SCIATICA PAIN that I was dealing with.. I couldn’t even do the things that I really enjoyed doing and someof my daily living routines were even affected. It was making me angry.. I felt frustrated.. and I was just tired.. Tired of being in excruciating pain that I felt like most people didn’t really understand the extremity of the pain that I was dealing with. Unless they had personally already dealt with it before. It was the people that could relate that gave me hope & reminded me that this was going to be temporary. Those that could not relate made me feel like punching them in the throat!!!


That is where I had to check my expectations of other people. #SelfCheck I was getting vibes from people that made me feel like they were thinking thoughts like the following: ‘Oh you’re a strong woman.. You’re a spiritual woman so you will be alright.. You can handle this pain & get things done.. You push thru any other time.. You’re still doing this or that, so you should be able to do this too.. How long is this supposed to last.. Is there anything you can do to fix it.. Have you tried this or that.. Maybe you just need to rest.. You rested a long time & it still doesn’t feel better..’
Now, in the meantime of me having those vibes… I was actually sharing with people around me what things that could be done to actually help me feel some relief.. BUT THE GAAAAG IS… (in my best KeKe Palmer voice bcuz I’m trying to lol at my expectations of others) Nobody really put my suggestions in to action to help me!!! Some people even just had their own ideas or suggestions to help me but practically ignored what I already knew could help me.. #SideEye #Whatever #CarryOn
So… At this point is when I had a #RealityCheck to #CheckYoSelf
I continued to do all that I could do for myself… By myself.. Dropped my expectations of others around me seeing me in pain knowing that I was still gonna get thru it with or without any help from them. Because that is the expectations they have of me. Hhmmm… I’m just gonna let that thought marinate right there for ya’ll.
Okay, I am finished talking about people and expectations

Where I am today with this Sciatic Pain journey…

Eleven weeks and 4 days in… What am I feeling? I still have occasional muscle spasms & pain in my right glute and hip… As well as the (sleeping foot) tingling sensation & weakness down my right leg into my foot, unpleasant pain & burning sensations down my right leg especially in the shin area. I am still far from being back to 100% but I have most definitely made a lot of progress!! Slow progress is way better than no progress at all! So there are some things that my body still says “NO” to if I attempt to do it.. I listen to my body if it is a little extreme, because I do not want to cause any nerve damage.

I have completed 4 weeks of Personal Training with the one and only Alexis Branch  and that has helped me bring physical fitness life back in order. It was harder on some days than others.. I either had to modify or just push through depending on what I was doing. I am grateful for the attentiveness of my PT during the workouts.. If I made the wrong face, she wouldn’t let me do it.. Lol!

I am still seeing my awesome Chiropractor Dr. Terese Stefan who has been keeping me properly adjusted & aligned. I will be getting upside down more often pretty soon… and not on an inversion table!

Thanks again, to all who have shown me genuine empathy thru this time… That has meant a lot to me.. More than you may even know!
To the ones in the category of those that I wanted to throat punch… I highly advise you to do some extensive research of the pain associated with the Sciatic Nerve & surrounding muscles. 😉  Someone else my need you in the future.. #BeReady


Thanks for reading,

God bless you.

Yes, there will be a part 3 to this!


Manitoba Harvest ‘Hemp Hearts’ Review & Giveaway!!

Hello readers, thank you for stopping by! Today is a Tasty Tuesday Try your luck Giveaway post! #TryItTuesday
I will be sharing a review, a tasty recipe & other tasty ideas using Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts.

What are Hemp Hearts & how are they beneficial to us you may ask…

Hemp hearts are raw shelled hemp seeds. Complete vegetarian protein, all natural, whole-food made from ONE ingredient. It has a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut. I personally think it has a smokey nutty flavor. 🙂 There’s no need to cook Hemp Hearts since they are ready to eat straight out of the bag, making them easy to incorporate into your meal planning. Hemp Hearts come in Natural or Organic in a variety of sizes. The Natural comes in bags of 2oz, 8oz, 1lb & 5lbs or a box of singles of .9oz packs. The Organic comes in bags of 7oz, 12oz, & 5lbs. You can purchase Hemp Hearts from the website or in your local Health Food Stores like Sprouts or Whole Foods. Prices range from $2.99 up to $70.
The 2oz bag of Natural Hemp Hearts has 330 calories, 230 calories from fat with 25 grams total fat. Per 30 grams (2 Heaping Tablespoons) serving, Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omega 3 & 6. They also contain 181mg Magnesium per 30 grams serving. Hemp Hearts have more protein and omegas & less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax.

Just some FYI details ~ Manitoba Harvest products are made on-site at their hemp-dedicated facility, so they control how their products are made. Hemp Hearts & all Manitoba Harvest Hemp food products are Non-GMO Project Verified. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods are kosher under the supervision of the Kashruth Division of the Orthodox Union. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods’ organic products are certified by Pro-Cert and are marked with the following logos:

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I recieved a 2 oz. bag of the Natural Hemp Hearts to try it out for this review and I am very impressed with this product. It is definitely something I will purchase to use regularly. Especially since it has been #kidtested #kidapproved and #motherapproved in our house! 🙂 #thumbsup

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I tried the Hemp Hearts in a few different ways and was pleased with every single one. As you can see in the picture above: I sprinkled the Hemp Hearts on top of Peanut Butter spread on a Thomas’ Limited Edition Apple Pie English Muffin. The Hemp Hearts gave the flavor a little twist with its smokey peanuty taste.. My 8yr old daughter really liked it too! One day I had came home with a yogurt & fruit parfait topped with granola & added some Hemp Hearts on top of all that & it was delish! 😉



I saved the best pic for last… A recipe I found on the Manitoba Harvest website for Honey Hemp Cream of Wheat
This recipe was not only quick and easy with minimal ingredients but it was delicious and heart warming… Great for a cool fall morning or cold winter morning for breakfast or anytime! 🙂 Recipe below…(Or click on recipe name above)


4 tbsp cream of wheat
3 tbsp Hemp Hearts
2 tbsp honey (we like honey bunny organic clover honey)
1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk (I used Almond Milk)
Top with extra honey and Hemp Hearts

Warm milk on stove, add cream of wheat, Hemp Hearts and honey. Whisk frequently until desired thickness is achieved.

Yield: 1 serving ~ ENJOY!


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Just because… A pre-review of Keep It Shut..

As I come to the end of reading Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman (<<<Purchased on Amazon.. Click the link to the left.) I have so many things going through my head.

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Mostly good things of course! You know that feeling after reading a book that makes you REALLY think about certain things. This book in particular really makes you think back & look at your current ways of speaking to people, listening to people and looking at people whether it be in person, over the phone, in a text, video chat or online. Even better, this book helps you look at all of those things from a biblical & spiritual point of view. I most definitely know and realize even more now, that I am work in progress in this particular area of my life. I’ve noticed that, just like the Author, Karen Ehman I have a not so good habit of losing my cool with my family, but somehow manage to keep calm when I interact with others.YIKES! Yeah, I’m not so proud of that one… 😦

The book of Proverbs describes a woman who is praised not only for what she does, but more importantly for who she is — specifically, how she interacts with people: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Proverbs 31:26 ESV)

I must agree with the feedback comment on the cover of the book from Lysa Terkeurst which says, “This book is funny, honest, and tackles the hard subjects of gossip, speaking the truth in love, and the power of our words from a biblical standpoint.” This description hits the nail on the head! 😉

I like the way she incorporates her real life scenarios in the book. She definitely kept it real with those! I must say one of my favorite quotes that came from one of her real life scenarios is when her son (who she refers to as the man-cub) tells her, “Hang on a second. I gotta die.” When he said those words to her, they spoke to her soul. As I read how they spoke to her soul… She spoke to my soul. Just as she put it in the book… Before we react.. Hurl a harsh word.. Pass judgement or speak unkindly to our spouse or snap on our children.. Perhaps we need to just take a deep breath and say,

“Hang on a second. I gotta die.”

Die to self. Die to flesh. Die to my “rights” that too often result in my wrongs. Yes, Paul said it best — “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31 KJV) Then, Karen asks… Does this mean in everything? Consider Jesus’ statement, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13) Then she mentions her initial response of all the imaginable dramatic ways that could actually happen. All of her thoughts were pretty scary but realistic.. I can relate to all that she said. But, um.. I’m not going to mention too much more of this section of the book.. I believe this is a must read book for everyone with sight and a voice!

This is just a brief pre-review of this book… I will be speaking more of this book in my blog in the near future.. I will also be doing a Periscope review of the book. So, go follow if you aren’t already following @3HDeeFitness & on Instagram also!

Think about it… Sometimes we all just need to..

Take a deep breath, a pause that centers your heart, snaps your soul to attention, and gently declare… “Hang on a second. I gotta die.”

I am looking forward to doing my full review on the book & can’t wait to share my feedback with Karen Ehman, who is actually active on social media. She actually responds to posts or comments! Check her out on the following links>>>> Karen Ehman on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

I hope you enjoyed my pre-review of this book. Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time… God bless!