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My Tolerance For Pain – From the Eyes of Another

I handle pain well. What most people would consider painful, I can bare, but just because I can does that mean I should? I still feel the same pain they do.

I think this does me a disservice. You see, I’m like the British in this manner, “Oh dear, it would appear my arm has been just been separated from my body. Well I must say, this certainly will make texting most rather difficult.”

Ok, I’m not to that level. Ask my wife. If I get a kidney stone, I’ll be screaming Bloody Mary.

But I feel like doctors see this nonchalance and brush me off. Recently in dealing with my teeth, the doctor gave me codeine when I asked for something stronger.

His response, “You appear to be handling the pain fine so that should do the trick.”

Now, I wanted to grab him by the arm, pull him in close to me and say softly, “Listen Doctor, I don’t care what you think you see. I’m in pain. Now I think it’s time you start taking my words seriously or we’re both going to be experiencing the same level of pain together, and I’m not sure you want that.”

I wanted to do that, but that would make me seem like a crazy person and certainly wouldn’t accomplish my goal. I’m working very hard not to come off as the crazy type, so these actions would be counter to my “Remain Sane” agenda. Therefore I chose a different route.

I smiled and agreed.

Then I began to realize something.

I never smile and agree.

What is this? As a male I demanded what was coming to me and the world be damned if I didn’t get it.

And I got it.

Now, I just don’t feel like my opinion is heard or matters.

Is this because I’m transitioning?

Is this the activation of preprogrammed behavior combined with the lack of competition creating testosterone, compounded by the preprogramming of the other individual now that they see me as female?

I thought females were the “weaker” sex. So give me my pills right?

That can’t be it.

Or could it?

I don’t know. Right now, I’m going to chalk it up to trying to be pleasant when I want to scream my head off. Next time, I’ll choose the latter. They usually just give me whatever to shut me up then.

And that’s fine with me.

 – Charlize <3

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Back Exercises For Lower Back Pain

People have asked for these exercises before so I’m posting them for everyone to see.  They were given to me by a doctor who refused that they were Yoga, but if you ask Erin she will tell you that these are actually modified Yoga poses.  If these will be any help to you or someone you know that suffers from lower back pain, then please pass them on.

Download Entire Booklet in PDF Form

Download Exercise list in PDF Form

000 - Introduction (Back Exercises)

001 - Pelvic Tilt (Back Exercises)

002 - Lower Back Rotation (Back Exercises)

003 - Arch & Sag (Back Exercises)

004 - Arm & Leg Reach (Back Exercises)

005 - Knees to Chest (Back Exercises)

006 - Hip Lift (Back Exercises)

007 - Partial Sit-Up (Back Exercises)

008 - Leg Lift (Back Exercises)

008 - Chair Stretch (Back Exercises)

010 - Neck Stretch (Back Exercises)

011 - Wall Slide (Back Exercises)

012 - Press Up (Back Exercises)

Remember to never push yourself too hard!

 – Charlize <3

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Healthy Lime-Aid Drink That Tastes Just Like Crystal Light!

Just add water!


Erin and I try our best to avoid sugar in our diet.  Stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. There are many articles online about it and whether it is considered safe or not. Click here for a Google Search on information related to Stevia being safe or not.

We believe it is and use it as a sugar substitute but only in small amounts as we do not wish to become dependent on sweet flavors.

Please research the safety of artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame.

This drink is very easy to make and extremely tasty! Especially if you enjoy the taste of Crystal Light which does contain Aspartame as well as other chemical substances.



  • 16oz Water
  • 1 small lime
  • 1 packet of Stevia Extract


  1. Squeeze all of the lime juice into your container using your preferred method.
  2. Empty 1 packet of Stevia Extract into your container.
  3. Add 16 oz of Water.
  4. Stir.
  5. Enjoy!


  • Lime juice contains citric acid which is harmful to the enamel of your teeth.  Please use a straw to drink the liquid and place the end of the straw past your teeth so that you can taste the flavor without damaging your teeth.

We purchased this Stevia from Whole Foods and it is in their 365 brand:


We hope you enjoy this as much as we do and please pass it on!

– Charlize <3  & Erin

Cover image credit: Marco Lensi (fotolia)