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“Why Do My Legs Itch When I Fitness Walk?”

Okay this one is a little personal – not because my legs got itchy but because that phenomenon shows just how out of shape I have been lately. I’ll explain –

Google says that having itchy legs when working out (or walking in my case) happens when the capillaries (veins) in the legs start to open up and get exposed to more oxygen. “With consistent exercise,” the experts say, “You legs will stop itching in no time.”

I burst out laughing when I read that to my son. “My legs itch because I’m out of shape!” I exclaimed.

It’s true, too. I used to go for walks every day and then we’d hike some kind of hilly terrain once a week or every 2 weeks.

For the month of December, my physical activity took a real nose dive. And my body got out of shape.

I’m not a crazy fitness person – all I do are some yoga stretches and walk LOL But that works out good for me.

The itchy legs really SUCK. It’s uncomfortable. Yesterday when it happened, I had resolved to walk for at least 1 hour and the itchiness started about 30 minutes into it.

And then afterward I took a shower with coconut milk Dove soap and it was so nice. And then I put on some body oil afterward to stay moisturized.

In conclusion, next time I think it’s okay to take an extended break from physical fitness, I’ll keep this situation in mind and then get my ass up and go for a walk ๐Ÿ™‚

“Can We Pet Your Dog?”

As a dog lover but not a dog owner, my son and I have to get our doggy fix when we see random dogs in state parks. lol. It’s not as weird as it sounds.

Often, we’ll see enthusiastic dogs on a leash, leading their owners down a park trail or a hiking trail.

The owners will usually pull their doggy to the side to increase space between us and them so that, just in case we don’t like dogs, the dog won’t impose their happiness on us.

But then,

sometimes,

when the dog looks at us in a friendly way,

the words, “Can we pet your dog?” will escape.

And then seconds later, the dog’s leash will be loosened and the friendly dog will be under our hands! These dogs are usually so soft and well taken care of!

I like this experience because everyone seems happy – the owners don’t mind sharing their dog for 1 or 2 minutes, my son and I meet a new dog and learn their name, and the dog gets some kind words and pets! It’s an overall win!

Once someone who had a huge dog told me, “Maybe you’ll get your own dog one day.” LOL I know right?! But until I get a proper yard, I think I’ll just enjoy random dogs instead ๐Ÿ™‚

An Good Quote from Dragon Ball Z

Who introduced my kid to Dragon Ball Z? The world may never know. Since he’s into it, I saw a few episodes recently and I heard something inspirational in it during one of the fight scenes.

Did you realize that one fight scene can span 2 or 3 episodes? Well in one, Goku’s god power has dwindled and he was falling back to Earth. It looked like he lost the fight. But then, Goku was back in the fight and do you know what he said? I have to paraphrase because my recall memory stinks. But he essentially said this:

“The fight is not over because I can still move. And since I can move that means that I didn’t give it all that I have.”

I’m sure it was much stronger out of Goku’s mouth than it is written above but the point still remains.

If there is anything worth fighting for then keep fighting for it with everything you’ve got!

Also something else I didn’t realize about Dragon Ball Z – Did you know that Goku has a wife and a son? And his son is grown and has his own wife and baby? Geez, who knew? Goku has to be in his 40’s. So that’s cool that he is still fighting and still getting better.

P.S The cover art is a drawing that my son did of Goku. He’s getting pretty good with his hart, if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚ *proud mom*

I’m Doing A New Thing

Hello. So I turn 33 in about a month and I am currently going through the absolute worst time of my life. Things really suck, I am at the bottom. Because of my dire situation, depression and anxiety feel particularly heavy. My doctor has given me a maximum dose of prozac to cope with it but honestly, we both agree that the real cure to all my problems will be to get out of poverty. Too bad there’s no pill that can help with that.

To make matters worse, I feel like an absolute failure as a parent. Trying to keep him encouraged while being an active mom and also a somewhat fun mom is just exhausting. I am so glad that I gave my boy a keyboard for Christmas – he can play music and I can dance to it. We bond that way and it’s one of the only good things in my life right now.

Okay, I am almost done complaining but one more thing – I know what it feels like to be alone. I have about 3 people that genuinely care for me and my son. I have my Dad who is 80 years old. I have a male friend who lives 5 hours away but is very encouraging. And I have a sister who has an extremely comforting tone in her emails. Once upon a time, I had friends. But I ghosted them for various reasons which all come down to them making me feel uncomfortable. This depression is horrible – yesterday I was in a really bad place. My father asked me what I wanted for my birthday because he really, really doesn’t like to see me sad. In my mind, I thought that the best birthday present would be for me to not even be on this Earth anymore. But I couldn’t say that to him; he was obviously distraught over my situation.

But then last night, as I contemplated the black hole that tries to consume my mind, body, soul, and spirit, I noticed something else – the smallest sparkle of hope. I still had hope.

And when I thought about it, I noticed that I still believed that life would get better. One day, I won’t be miserable. One day, we will have a comfortable place to live. One day, these days will be the past and we will be living in a much better, more comfortable, life.

So I Thank God for that hope because it brought me into a more positive thinking pattern. While I don’t have many things going for me right now, I do still have the ability to write well- and enjoy doing it.

I also have this website, which I renewed back in October.

So I’ll combine them into a new spin.

Historically, I have discussed a wide range of subjects on this site. Food is a common thread here. But the more my life has serious issues, the more that food topics feel less fulfilling. But the title is not Easy Food Sources, it is Easy Light Sources. There is more light than just healthy foods.

There are plenty of things in life that make me feel a hopeful sparkle and I think my mental health will be better to give more attention to those things.

So I’m going to share more good news and positive stories here. I like success stories and hearing about other people having good things going for them and so when it comes to Easy Light Sources, those are the Light Sources that I’ll bring to the table more.

I have a bit over 200 followers on this site and I am thankful for every one of you for sticking with me through all the changes and everything else. Hopefully we can be more like friends in some small way that is still meaningful.

Thanks for reading.

Sidenote for my Christian and spiritual friends – I have another website called God is Easy.com and over there I will be sharing some inspired poetry that I have written. That’s likely to be a good place to share my other art, too.

Review | Chameleon Peppermint Mocha Cold-Brew

At the risk of sounding opinionated, I must say that cold-brewed coffee is the best! So when I was Christmas shopping in Target, I had to snag up this Chameleon Peppermint Mocha Oat Milk Latte, even though I had no plans to buy edible products that day. (I also snagged some hot chocolate without milk in the ingredients, how rare!) Speaking of which, did I mention that This cold-brew is also non-dairy (vegan)?

Holiday flavors are so much fun. Chameleon also has a Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Latte but that’s not what I wanted. But maybe it’s what I should have gotten. I’ll explain…

The texture of this Oat Milk Latte is creamy and smooth, just how it should be. And the texture is the best thing about it.

As for the flavor… well, I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth in the world but this was just not sweet at all, even for me.

At first taste, the word sour came to my mind. Yikes!

Coffee has a naturally bitter flavor profile anyway so it’s not that I don’t expect that flavor to come through. But come on- one of the best things about cold-brewed coffee is that the natural bitterness is cut down dramatically based on the preparation technique.

It’s like when I order a cold-brewed coffee at a drink shop and they give me an iced coffee instead. I can tell the difference.

Before I sound too harsh, you should know this about me – I’ve loved coffee since before I was in the double-digit age range. I still drink it a lot, too. It’s to the point that I have headaches if I sleep too late and don’t have a morning cup of coffee before my morning shower.

Coffee is my thing. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I am meeting up with someone and I stop for coffee on the way, I’ll always offer to get that person a cup too, just in case they want some.

I really should cut back some, now that I think about it. Those headaches are NO JOKE and really suck.

Anyway, all that being said, next time I purchase Chameleon Oat Milk Lattes again, I’ll probably buy an additional non-dairy creamer to go with it. But, you can be 100% sure that I will finish this bottle within the next 24-28 hours. It’s 4 servings in the bottle so that’s not too excessive but it also reflects on this problem with all cold-brewed coffee in general.

As this article comes to a close, I hope I haven’t been too harsh on the Chameleon Peppermint Mocha. Perhaps the peppermint flavor is missing but THE CAFFIENE IS NOT MISSING.

9oz of this latte fueled this entire post. So, since the flavor is not my favorite, I do have respect for this drink for actually containing a hefty amount of caffeine.