Monday, August 31, 2009

Do you get enough sleep?

Our sleep patterns have been really off lately. Usually, I don't have any trouble sleeping. I do like to get 8 hours of sleep! We have been going to bed really early lately. Brian gets so tired and I know that he thinks that if he goes to bed it's one day closer to the end of his recovery! I know several people that can survive on just 5 hours of sleep. I don't know how they do it. I am cranky and tired all day long if I don't get my sleep.

How do you know if you are getting enough sleep?

If you are not getting enough sleep then you may experience some of these symptoms:

memory problems


drowsiness during the day

weakening of your immune system

increased perception of pain

So, how do you get a better night's sleep?

go to bed at the same time every night

establish a bedtime routine

limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine

get regular exercise - try not to exercise too close to bedtime

eat a healthy diet, but don't eat for 2-3 hours before bed

try not to nap during the day

I know that when I sleep better not only do I feel better, but I look better and have so much more energy.

Right now our bedtime routine is the same every night. Brian gets his meds starting at 7:30 pm, then takes his ambien right before bed. Brian likes to sleep with the TV on. I don't recommend this. You can get distracted by the TV and not fall asleep as easily. But, it is what it is....

What is your bedtime routine and how many hours of sleep do you require?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A little comic relief!

My son Jake, 18, hurt himself at the beginning of the year. That is not the comic relief by the way! He was messing with a shotgun shell and it exploded and hit him in the neck. Thank God he wasn't hurt bad, but the shell casing caught him in the neck. We rushed him to the hospital and he had to have a minor surgical procedure a few months later. This is how our day went:

first thing in the morning - about 5:45 -

me: did you take a shower?
Jake: no, why should I?
me: the dr said to take a shower and wash your hari and neck before your surgery.
Jake: can't I just tell him I did?
Me: get in the shower
Jake: oh, okay

Jake gets out of shower - oh, there wasn't any soap in there.

before surgery:

Me: did I tell you the story about dad falling yesterday?
Jake: no, is it funny?
Me: tell the story
Jake: that is the funniest thing ever
Jake: uuoop (the sound Brian made before he hit the floor)

Brian comes into the room

Jake: uuooop
Jake: uuooop
Jake: uuoop
Brian - Jake, are you okay?
Jake: laughing uncontrollably
Brian: what is so funny?
Jake: can't talk he's laughing so hard
me: I told him that you fell yesterday getting out of the shower
Brian: why is he making that noise?
me: that is what you sounded like before you hit the floor
Jake: trying to breathe through the laughter

Jake gets his drugs before they take him into surgery

Jake: I can't see straight
me: it's the drugs
Jake: I think I can read the eye chart
me: what eye chart?
Jake: E
Brian: uncontrollable laughter

Jake giggling on his way to surgery

Jake after the surgery is over
Nurse: do you know these people
Jake: what people?
me: we are right here
me: does it hurt?
Jake: NO, hands Brian the cup with the metal out of his neck
Brian: inspects it and asks Jake what part of the shotgun shell it is
Jake: what are you talking about?
Nurse: he won't remember any of this and will repeat himself several times
Jake: hands Brian the cup with the metal in it - look at this
Brian: you already showed it to me
Jake: no I didn't goes to sleep
Jake: how does my neck look?
me: I don't know it has a bandage on it
Jake: chicks dig it
Nurse laughing
Nurse: Jake, you need to get dressed to go home
Jake: why? is it over?
Nurse: yes it's over and you are going home now
Jake: do you have a mirror? chicks dig this stuff
Jake: I'm starving - can we stop at Taco Bell?
me: not sure that is a good idea. How about some soup when we get home
Jake: I hate soup
me: you might throw up Taco Bell
me: okaaaay

At the Taco Bell drive-thru

Brian: what do you want to eat?
Jake: I can't remember the name of it
me: a burrito? refried beans?
Jake: nachos bell grande
Brian: are you sure
Jake: yes
taco Bell employee: here's your change, have a blessed day
Jake: why does he want us to take the bus?

Get home and he is eating his nacho and burrito

he is scooping the chips and he missed the side of the bowl - he uses his whole arm to get the bean stuff on the chip.
me: do you need a napkin
Jake: no why?

he now rubs his nose and has the stuff on his face
me: you have food all over your arm, hand and face
Jake: no I don't
me: yes - look at your arm
Jake: oh, can I have a napkin

his phone rings, he answers it

Jake: yeah
mumbling I can't understand
Jake: I got some pain meds
Jake: belches extremely loud and long - laughs
Jake: that was funny
Brian: maybe you should get off the phone
Jake: looks at Brian and belches again very long and very loud
Jake: uncontrollable laughter
Jake: to the phone - I gotta go

After that he laid down and slept for a few hours. He doesn't have any memory of any of this now. I'm glad that we can laugh about this now!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Health at the Hospital????

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

I am amazed that the hospitals haven't caught on yet to healthy eating. I mean seriously, the first meal they give my hubby after his motorcycle accident and 2 surgeries was roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy and canned green beans, white bread and margarine. Are you kidding me? That is going to help him heal?

Meredith had the same problem after having the baby. You would think the hospital would know foods that are going to promote healing and actually be healthy for you.

Luckily, I know a little about healthy eating and can encourage them to eat better and provide them with the foods that will help them to heal faster. I really believe that is part of the reason why Brian is healing so quickly. The doctors have been amazed at how well he is doing just one month post-accident.

What can you do to help yourself? Eat whole foods! Stay away from dairy, red meat and processed foods. Drink a LOT of water. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. No sodas. That is one thing the hospitals really pushed. They wanted Brian to drink diet sodas. WHAT?????

Some of the best foods to eat:

Grapes, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, olive oil, celery, ginger, garlic, curry powder, eggplant, nuts, tuna, salmon, mackerel, black and green tea. Cherries are a natural pain reliever. Tomatoes are great for their lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant.

Foods rich in vitamin C (citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, peppers) and vitamin E (nuts, olive oil) have anti-inflammatory effects. Omega-3 rich fish oil and fatty salt-water fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) also fight inflammation, besides the widespread publicity in recent years of such fish benefiting both heart and brain health. Turmeric has also been shown to prevent inflammtion.

I also recommend taking fish oil. At least 1000 mg daily to prevent inflammation. For everyone, even if you don't have any health problems. Beachbody sells a great fish oil:

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When will the hospitals and doctors catch on to the best ways to eat for healing? I'm just glad that my family will listen to me and eat what I suggest! Most of the time anyway!!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Madelyn Grayce has made her arrival!

Welcome to the world Madelyn!!

We have had a perfect day today! Chase and Meredith checked in to the hospital bright and early this morning. At 2:15 Miss Madelyn made her mark on the world! She is absolutely beautiful and was very alert and taking it all in. She let us all know when she was upset. She likes to be bundled up and warm. We took a bunch of photos and just can't stop smiling. Mom and Dad are pretty proud and all the grandparents are just as proud!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Insanity - Day 2

I just finished Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Talk about exhausting. Allen and I are doing this together and I'm glad I have someone there to push me through the workouts! This one is tough and really does make you DIG DEEPER! Tomorrow is our big day! The new grandbaby will be here. I can't wait to meet Miss Madelyn. Chase and Meredith will be going in to the hospital at 5 AM in the morning. The dr. thinks Madelyn will be here by 1:00 PM. So much excitement. I'll be sure to post a LOT of pictures :) Brian is getting better every day. Today we had a big day. We went in the car and ran all his errands. I am having a hard time getting my job done with having to do all his errands!! I need to clone myself these days, but we are making it!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Insanity Fit Test

Wow, I just finished the Insanity Fit Test. I can really tell that I haven't done much working out for the last few weeks. It was brutal. Thank goodness for the recovery drink. I needed it!

The fit test started out with a warm up. Then we moved into the actual test. Each move is 1 minute long and you do as many as you can in that time frame. Then we did a cool down and stretch.

Here are my results:

Switch Kicks - 56
Power Knees - 81
Power Jumps - 18
Squat Jacks -46
Globe Jumps - 6
Suicide Jumps - 12
Push up Jacks - 15
Low Plank Oblique - 40

I'll start the actual workouts tomorrow. I hope that I am up for this! I was so wiped out after the fit test!

Tomorrow will be Plyometric Cardio Circuit. I have done this workout before, so I know what I am in store for. :)

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Monday, August 24, 2009

25 Years!

Today is our 25th anniversary! This is such a milestone, but especially for us this year after Brian's accident 3 weeks ago! I am so glad that he is still here and progressing as quickly as he is. We got married very young and are so lucky that we knew we were "right" for each other then. We had a baby right away and now we are expecting our first grandbaby. 4 more days until Madelyn gets here. We can't wait. We have planned a big dinner with the kids tonight. I can't think of a better way to celebrate!

We have certainly been through a lot in our 25 years. 3 great kids, a wondeful daughter-in-law and so many memories. It has truly been a blessing to be married to the love of your life and your best friend. I can't wait to see what the next 25 years brings!

I'm off to get my monthly massage this morning. It will be so nice, but I'll be leaving Brian home alone for a while, so I'm hoping I won't be worrying the whole time. He promises me he will be fine. I'm sure he will :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Getting Back to the Basics

Since Brian's accident, I haven't been very good at getting my workouts in. I've been eating on the run and sometimes not making the best choices. I KNOW! I know better and even though I have lost weight through this whole experience, it wasn't the healthy way and certainly not the way I intended to.

Monday I am going to re-start my Insanity workout. I had just completed Day 1 on the 31st, when my world fell apart for a short time. Brian actually helped me out that morning and did my counts for the fit test. I am going to start completely over Monday.

I'm so excited to get back to my workout and eating routine. I have the Insanity food plan worked out and will be getting my groceries this weekend. I love that the plan includes vegetarians and gives suggestions for replacements for meat and dairy! I really can't wait to see the results I will have in 60 days! Exercise really does keep me sane. I need that time to sweat, work out my frustrations and get that release that only comes from exercise.

I have a few friends that are going to join in the fun! Working out with friends is always more fun and I am more apt to stick with the plan this way!

I'd love to have you join with us. I will post my daily workout and food journal here. Feel free to do the same or you can join me over on the Beachbody message boards. You can do whatever workout you'd like and eat clean. You don't have to eat a vegetarian diet, just eat healthy!!

I really need to get back to my water drinking. That is another thing that has fallen off track. Now that Brian doesn't require my constant attention, I am back!

Here is a little sneak peek at what is in store for me:

Be sure to stop by and check out my Beachbody webpage at


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Top Chef!

I absolutely love Top Chef. It may very well be my favorite TV show. I love to cook and reality tv is always fun. Combine the two and it makes for the perfect show! This week I have had a little more time on my hands and I watched the Top Chef Masters. The chefs had to prepare a vegetarian/vegan meal for Zooey Descheneal. She is a vegan that also has gluten allergies. The chefs weren't too happy about preparing vegan dishes. However, they all prepared dishes that looked amazing.

Top Chef will be airing the new season tonight and before that the season finale of Top Chef Masters will air. I know I'll be watching them both. Look for it on Bravo!

Top Chef Masters, Season 1, Episode 8, Elimination Challenge, Winning Dish



1 pound quinoa spaghetti
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoons capers, rinsed
1/4 teaspoon chili flake
6 each zucchini, cut julienne on Mandolin (length wise)
1 pint salsa verde
2 cups oven dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons gremolata, for garnish

2 bunches (or 3 cups) fresh Italian parsley
1 bunch (or 1 cup) fresh basil leaves
12 cornichons
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
4 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 cups mild extra virgin olive oil
Gray salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 cup gluten free white crackers
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic, sautéed lightly brown
1 tablespoon lemon zest

2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 teaspoons gray salt
1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 cup basil leaves
Pinch chili flakes


Bring two gallons salted water to a boil. Add pasta to water, stirring to make sure it does not stick together.
In large sauté pan, sauté sliced garlic in olive oil, and add capers and chili flakes when garlic is light brown. Stop the garlic from cooking by adding one cup pasta water to the pan.
Drain pasta, add to pan with zucchini and salsa verde, spoon oven dried tomatoes around plate. Using tongs or a meat fork create a nest of pasta in the center of the plate and top with Gremlata.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add herbs and blanch for 15 seconds. Drain into colander and submerge in ice water. When cool squeeze out all water and chop with a knife. Using a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients together, taste for seasoning and adjust consistency (with more olive oil) if need be.

In food processor chop pine nuts fine, gluten free cracker and parsley until fine and add other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine gently, spread cut on cookie sheet and put in 275 degree convention oven for two hours.

© 2009 Michael Chiarello

Saturday, August 15, 2009

2 Weeks Under Our Belt!!

I have really had a lot of time to ponder things these days and with Brian's accident my mind continues to replay events over and over. I feel so bad for Brian that he remembers every second of what happened to him and that he is re-living it over and over. We are celebrating the fact that 2 weeks are under our belts and that is a good thing. Brian has improved so much during these 2 weeks. When the accident first happened, I fully expected him to be in the hospital for at least 2 weeks if not longer. He is a strong person and was pretty healthy to begin with, so I think that it has helped his recovery tremendously.

When Brian has his gallbladder incident back in 1996 and was so sick and recovering, I never dreamed that we would have to go through all this again. We have learned a lot about ourselves and how strong our marriage is and how much we truly love each other. We can get through anything. Our lives changed so drastically after that with regards to health. Brian became a diabetic from the gallbladder surgery and the injury to his pancreas and we had to change the way we thought about diet. As the years progressed, I learned so much more about health and diet and exercise.

Brian and I are both Beachbody coaches and while I am much more passionate about it and more invovled than he is, I truly believe that this is contributing to his quick recovery.

Brian is a huge fan of the Shakeology and the nutritional supplements. Because of the car accident when he was 16, Brian is limited in his workouts. Brian usually walked everyday, but he did stretch and yoga Beachbody workouts and a few weight lifting (Power 90 or P90X). I think all of this is helping him to recover. I shudder to think of where we would be if he hadn't been doing some type of exercise, healthy eating and the nutritional supplements.

Brian is missing his Shakeology. Since he can't take anything with vitamin K ( he is on coumadin to prevent blood clots), he is having to use protein shakes and he doesn't like them at all. We will be glad when he can get back to our normal routine with Shakeology. It really does help to control his blood sugar.

So, if you are not doing any type of exercise and eating fast food or processed food daily, I implore you to re-think what you are doing. You never know when something will change in your life and you will need to be in the best shape you can be in. Please contact me for ideas to help you reach your fitness/health goals. It is so important.

One of my favorite music groups is 33 Miles. I love their song One Life to Love. I think the chorus of this song is so appropriate for this situation.

You only get just one time around, you only get one shot at this
One chance to find out the one thing that you don’t wanna miss
One day when it’s all said and done I hope you see that it was enough
This one ride, one try, one life to love

Please don't let your one chance pass you by!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Great new blog to check out!

Good Morning!

Brian and I are starting to get into a routine now that we are home. Things are settling down and we are ready for this long road to recovery!

I want you all to check out my good friend Sarah's new blog. She is an awesome mom and has 2 of the most adorable kids (next to the Moritz kids of course LOL)!! She is having a giveaway for a great product that I wish was around when my kids were little! This will be good for the new grandbaby that will be here in 13 days or less!!!! Can you tell that I am so excited to meet Madelyn???? I remember the game the kids used to play with dropping cups/bottles and watching mom and dad scramble around to pick them up. They loved it, we didn't!! The No Throw is a lifesaver :)

Stop by Sarah's blog and enter for your chance to win : Don't worry if you don't have kids, she also blogs about adult things too!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Brian's progress

I am so amazed at the miracle of prayer. Brian is improving so much every day. Last night he was able to sleep for several hours in a row (with the help of a little ambien). He is still very tired and in a lot of pain, but it is getting better everyday.

Tomorrow he will have surgery on the right leg. I got to see the open wound. It is not the prettiest thing I've seen, but I think it looks so good. Very healthy. You can see the bone and tendons. We are just thankful that the tendons are there.

The doctors are talking about us going home this weekend sometime. It's going to be a challenge to go home since he can't put any weight on the legs for 8-12 weeks, but it will be nice to get home and have some sort of routine develop. I have the carpenters (Cary and Jake) working today to widen the doors to the bathroom and bedroom and build a ramp. I'm so glad that we have such good friends and children.

My girlfriends came over yesterday when I went home to get some things done and more clothes and take a shower. They just took over and did laundry, cleaned, took care of the pool, and took care of all the food in the fridge. They packed me a cooler full of fruit and veggies!! I don't think there are words to express how grateful I am. To them as well as all our friends that are offering their services. We are so blessed.

I will continue to post updates as we get them here. It is nice to be able to express what all is going on. I have so many mixed emotions, but I am mostly just thankful that Brian is alive and doing so well.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Just a quick post!

Brian, my husband was in a bad motorcycle accident on Friday. He broke both legs and has several other injuries (broken ribs, lacerated liver, broken fingers, partially collapsed lung and poison ivy) He will be unable to put any weight on his legs for 8-12 weeks. There will be more sugery required, but not sure when. He has to have a muscle flap skin graft on his right leg. Today he is getting a Greenfield filter put in to help prevent blood clots getting to his heart and lungs. I appreciate all prayers and please feel free to post a comment here. I'll try to remember to check it. We are operating on little sleep and a lot of stress.

I am posting updates on facebook if anyone wants the information. You can friend me - Dana Moritz.

Talk with you all soon.