Friday, April 23, 2021

Fly On The Wall: Fish Kisses And Donkey Kicks

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, four bloggers are graciously inviting you into their homes for a glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors.

     The fly got a good look last week at how crazy life is with my funny husband. We were sitting in the garden Sunday night and I was practicing a neck exercise called, "Fish Kisses," to strengthen my ever-expanding gobbler. Mac asked me what on earth I was doing, so I explained to him the benefits of toning the neck and jaw muscles for a more youthful look. "Well, I've been practicing that shuffle dance that's all over Tik Tok," he said. "It helps tone my leg muscles." 

     "Okay," I snickered. "Show me how to do it." I watched as Mac stood, held the deck railing, and began kicking one leg backward before kicking with the other. I couldn't stop laughing. "That's not the shuffle!" I cried. "You look like a kicking donkey!!"

     So now it is a tradition in our house that whenever Mac thinks I'm bored, upset, or anxious, he grabs the kitchen counter and does a quick series of donkey kicks to make me laugh. And it works every time.  

     The nosy fly on the wall also eavesdropped on some random, strange remarks that were made this month:

"You're eating eggs AGAIN for breakfast? Aren't you sick of them?" 

"Yeah, and that's no yoke..."

"I'm not using that box for the grocery store. It's a stinky box."
"Better than a stinky taco."

"When are you getting rid of that giant growth on your chest?"
"When it starts talking back to me."

"Why are you rubbing your stomach? Did you eat too much spaghetti?"
"Yep, and now I look like a bowling ball with nipples."

"I have just returned from Satan's lair."
"The butthole of America."
"What? Where?"
"The DMV."

"Even though you had eggs for breakfast, I'm serving quiche for dinner tonight."
"I don't mind. Quiche is just another word for eggs on steroids."

"You really should consider doing yoga with me. It will help you gain muscle strength."
"Or put me in traction."

     Speaking of exercise, it's time for me to practice my fish kisses....if I can squeeze past the kicking donkey in the kitchen. 

                                At last, we are FULLY vaccinated!!

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Author Spotlight: Maisie Hill's Perimenopause Power

     Today on the blog I'm sharing a brief excerpt from Maisie Hill's new book, Perimenopause Power: Navigating your hormones on the journey to menopause." From the title alone, I knew this book would be perfect for many of my readers. The book is described as, "An empowering guide to menopause, packed with advice on dealing with symptoms and understanding the most effective treatment options. The handbook exudes calm positivity and makes sense of complex physiological processes in an easy-to-understand manner, helping women to understand what the hell’s going on with them and provide instruction on what can be done to improve their experience of the dreaded change."

     Readers, I think you will find Maisie's book super informative and helpful. Below is an intro to Perimenopause Power and a link to purchase this fabulous book. 

                               PERIMENOPAUSE POWER 

****Copyright © Maisie Hill, 2021. Reprinted with permission from Green Tree.

You might wonder what a 40-year-old is doing writing a book about menopause. I mean, that’s something that happens in your fifties, right? Not quite. 

Whilst the average age of menopause is 51, menopause itself only lasts for one day, because it simply marks the one-year anniversary of your last period. Perimenopause, on the other hand, refers to the period of time in which you’ll have cycles, but start to experience ‘menopausal’ symptoms. When most of us are talking about menopause, what we actually mean is perimenopause. Perimenopause is most likely to start in your forties, but for some, it will begin in your thirties. It can last as little as two years or as long as 12, and if more of us were aware of the subtleties of this transition, we’d recognize the hallmark signs of our hormones shifting far sooner and actually be able to do something about it. 

To begin with, you might notice that your periods roll around quicker than they used to and that you need to up your game in order to manage blood loss. Symptoms such as night sweats, insomnia, headaches, migraines, and breast tenderness may appear in the days surrounding the start of your period. These are the early signs that your hormonal landscape is shifting and that you’re entering your perimenopausal years. With time, those signs will become increasingly prevalent, and in the later stage of perimenopause, your periods will become less frequent and other symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, joint pain, and bladder changes, will become more likely. 

You may be someone who glides through perimenopause without any significant issues. You might hurtle into it unexpectedly and feel rocked to your core. You might be comfortable managing your experience without help. You might want to do things ‘naturally’ and feel confident that you can. You could be up for taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and whatever else modern medicine has to offer. You could also find that somewhere along the line your thoughts and feelings about how you’ll manage ‘the change’, change. What works well for you at first may not do the same further down the line, and one form of treatment might work wonders for your best mate, but not for you. 

Whatever your thoughts on how best to navigate the menopause transition are, you’ll find explanations and strategies that will help you in this book. Your needs are likely to change throughout this process – and it’s okay to change your mind about how you support your health and wellbeing. I don’t want you to judge yourself, or anyone else, for the choices you make. Whatever course of action you decide upon, I want you to feel good about it. My hope is that this book will help you to make decisions about your medical care and your life because indecision is exhausting. 

By the end of this book, you’ll have a chunky toolkit of tips and techniques that you can use to improve your experience of perimenopause as well as your postmenopausal years. 

***You can buy the book here:

Author Bio: 

Maisie Hill is a highly qualified and sought-after expert in menstrual health and is the author of Period Power, a book lauded as ‘life-changing’ and ‘essential’ by readers. For over 15 years Maisie has worked with clients to support them through all aspects of their hormonal journey – from menstruation to menopause and beyond. She hosts the Period Power podcast and is the founder of The Flow Collective, an online community that helps members to harness their hormones and get their cycle working for them.

Depending on where she is in her cycle, when she’s not working Maisie is either having an adventure with her four-year-old, or enjoying some alone time along the beaches of Margate.

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