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N is for NO Carbs – #AtoZChallenge

The no carb/low carb way of eating is all the rage these days and it’s been around for a long time.  It really does work!  I began my journey (on and off the wagon) several years ago.  I learned that your body translates carbs as sugar and also realized how much sugar is in practically everything I love to eat!  For example, there are 27g of carbs in one banana – that’s more carbs than you can have in a day (during the first phase).  Needless to say, I can’t remember the last time I ate a banana – seems I never leave phase one either, hahaha!

I do find the cocktails I use to like are now too sweet.  I pretty much stick to club soda and a flavored vodka.  Also, the occasional Sangria (it’s not low carb)…..See what I mean?!  I can’t give up my Sangria!

My drink of choice – club soda with a flavored vodka (the mojito in the back is too sugary for me these days)

             Sangria – One of my favorite drinks

All in all, I do find it to be the easiest plan to stick to (especially having a desk job where I’m sitting most of the day), but I admit that I struggle with being able to maintain it long-term.

OK, this is NOT low carb, but one of my favorites – Elote!

Pork chop is an allowed protein and has zero carbs!

Is there a special diet that you follow?

M is for Morningness or the lack thereof – #AtoZChallenge

People talk a lot about being a “morning person” or a “night owl”, but I’m neither.  I’ve never been a morning person – As a matter of fact, I was born at 6:12 pm, so getting up at 5:00 am is absolutely not natural to me.  I go to bed around 10 pm (sometimes 9) because my body physically needs at least 7 hours of sleep otherwise I can’t function.

My dog, Bonnie, doesn’t like mornings either!

I would say my optimal time during the day would be between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm, which is why I love to meet and socialize with friends for Happy Hour (4 to 7) versus later evening activities.   As far as jobs go though, most places I’ve worked require you to get up early and be at your desk ready for the day by at least 8 am or before, which means you’re up way earlier than that – Right now, I have to be to work at 7 am, so I’m up at 5 am.  I’m not going to lie, it’s brutal for me!

As hard as it is, I’ve decided to focus on the positives:

  1. I’m more focused and organized about my day
  2. I get to see the sunrise on the way to work (beautiful in Arizona!)
  3. Traffic is not as bad in the earlier morning hours
  4. Mornings are quiet and a perfect time to meditate

Here I am ready for work and being positive about the early morning

So, tell me, are you a morning person or a night owl?

H is for my name……Heidi #AtoZChallenge

I was named Heidi after my father watched the movie, “Heidi” with Shirley Temple.  He fell in love with her in that movie and insisted on naming me Heidi.  Growing up, I didn’t take to my name like he did.  I wanted a more sophisticated name, like Natasha – I loved that name when I was a kid, don’t ask me why because I have no idea!  I recall not liking the fact that there is no shortened version of my name like Tasha is for Natasha.  It just seemed like a boring name to me.  Have you ever felt that way about your name?

               Here’s the book version of Heidi

People always seem surprised when I tell them my name is Heidi.  I recall one of my first job interviews and the man that interviewed me said, “You don’t have blonde hair or blue eyes!” …… I got the job, so that’s all that mattered, but if I had a dime for every time that was said I would be rich!  I guess it’s not common to see a Mexican/Serbian with a Swiss name.

Now that I’m older, I have more appreciation for my name because it isn’t common.  I mean, how many Heidi’s do you know?

G is for Games (with the Gameboy Geek)

Recently I was invited over to my friend Dan’s house, “The Gameboy Geek”  gameboygeek.com, for a gaming party.   Never been to a gaming party before; therefore, I didn’t know what to expect – this would be the first time I’ve actually played board games with hearing loss.  (Yea, It’s been a few years….hahaha!)  I admit, I’m not usually one to sit still long enough to play board games, but I decided to go and check it out.

There were several tables set up and a different game was being played at each table.  Quickly into our table game, I realized I couldn’t keep up – I forgot how interactive gaming was!  As a matter of fact, one game we played involved quite a bit of collaboration.  I admit, I was lost and decided to just observe, but it made me sad because I wanted to be a part of the fun.

After the gaming event, I reached out to Dan (or “Geek” as I call him) to share my difficulty in playing games at his party.  I asked if he could suggest some games that would be good for people with hearing loss and here are his suggestions:

Happy salmon. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OrM7qspTSrs

Reverse Charades https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DPyKCjHzpzQ

Letter Tycoon https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hw1VU28CApE

Dan makes it easy by showing you how to play each game in the videos, I like that and look forward to having a gaming party of my own very soon!  What’s your favorite board game to play?

F is for FM System #AtoZChallenge

While hearing aids these days are (in of itself) some pretty awesome technology, they can also be enhanced by the use of an FM System to help a person hear distance or in a noisy environment.

You may recognize FM in terms of radio – FM Radio (Frequency Modulation).  The reason FM transmission is used to help hearing aid wearers is that it’s resilient to noise and interference, which helps preserve the quality and clarity of the sound being transmitted.

Here’s my SmartLink .
It’s a three-in-one device: an FM transmitter, a mobile phone Bluetooth link and hearing aid remote control. It’s pretty cool!

How does it work?  As you can see it’s small and portable, which makes it very convenient to use in a variety of daily situations where hearing assistance is needed.  When I am in those situations, I turn on my “SmartLink”, it syncs up to my hearing aids (via Bluetooth technology) and I’m quickly able to hear better – sometimes a few tables over, so be careful if sitting next to me!

Just like any part of the body (ears no exception) if you’re straining to hear, you will suffer mental fatigue – I am often exhausted after being in challenging hearing environments.  This is why I like using the FM system because it reduces my mental fatigue and allows me to have the energy to do other things as opposed to collapsing at the end of the day.

You can purchase an FM system online, in electronics stores and through your audiologist.  If you don’t wear hearing aids, but struggle to hear, you may want to consider getting a hearing test! (Also, read my “A” post about my audiogram experience – haha!) Have you had a hearing test lately?

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