Friday, August 28, 2009

Cool New ArtFire Feature

Has anyone seen this yet? ArtFire has a cool, new feature. You can link your ArtFire Shop to Facebook now. It is called a Facebook Kiosk. It integrates your ArtFire page with your Facebook profile page or fan page. It's for verified, pro-level members, enabling you to offer your items for sale right on Facebook.

I set mine up, super easy to do. Now I just need to get my stuff listed on ArtFire so it will come through on my Facebook page. Too many things to do and not enough hours in the day.

Here is the link to get started:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Life Style Changes

This time my post is a personal update on me; so very far off base from the jewelry related topics I usually talk about. But, I have to throw the personal touch in every once in a while.

As of today, I am starting a whole new life style change. I guess when you hit a certain age you look at yourself and say “I have got to change”. For me, it is a health change. I have wanted to do this for some time but I finally looked in the mirror and said “enough is enough”.

I lost a long time friend last week and it really made me take a hard look at myself. He was only a couple of years older than me, way too young to pass on. I have to believe, if he had made some changes and took care of his health like his doctor wanted he would still be here today. It was sad to see the sick shell of the man I used to know. While I had already taken the first step to change by making my doctors appointment, his death made me even more determined to change my life style.

So, today I am starting the FirstLine Therapy Program.

First of all, I have a few things I want to fix like lowering my blood pressure, helping my arthritis and getting my body in better shape. I take way too many meds and if I can get rid of just one of those I will be one happy camper. To do this, I need to lose a “lot” of weight. The FirstLine Therapy will hopefully help me accomplish this. It is not a diet, per se, but a complete life style change. Something you have to be committed to do or it will never work. Well, I am finally to the commitment part. It is not going to be easy, but I am determined to make it work.

I have been very interested in natural medicine for the past few years so the FirstLine Therapy Program fits in nicely to that interest. I make my own soap and harvest wild plants for medicinal purposes and salve making. So as you can see, I am some what of a “Hedge Witch”, and moving towards more of a natural way of living.

The FirstLine Therapy Program is based on a Mediterranean eating plan that is built around the Glycemic Index. I have heard of this type of diet plan before but it always seemed very complicated so I never pursued it. The FirstLine Therapy plan my doctor has me on makes it easy to understand and follow. It will be difficult at first but once I get past the first week, it will start becoming second nature.

We discussed supplements to help me and light exercise that I can do without strain to my back (another reason I need to lose weight). I came home with 3 new supplements that are meant to enhance the body’s cellular function.

My doctor loved the idea that I purchased a Wii System. I have to tell you, if you don’t have one, you should get one. It is a video game but so much more. I am addicted to tennis and bowling. It really does give you a work out. I also have Yoga and a fitness program. I am going to start one of those as I start my lifestyle change. I have to be so careful since my back surgery and the doctor thinks this would be a good place to start an exercise program.

I am going to the grocery store Friday to start my shopping but today, I start with drinking lots of water, very important whether you diet or not. My goal is to work up to over 100 oz of water per day. I know that sounds like a lot but water is one of the best things you can give your body. And then, I think I will play a little Wii tennis tonight when I get home and explore the fitness game.

So, wish me luck on my lifestyle change. I will probably post my feelings on my progress occasionally. I invite anyone that is trying to make a lifestyle change as well, to contact me for moral support. I wouldn’t mind having a diet buddy to help me along.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “One should eat to live, not live to eat.” A very good philosophy don’t you think?