Welcome to another Seven for Saturday! Here are 7 things on my radar this week:
1 ~ A “Cool” Experience
A desire to alleviate ongoing shoulder pain, coupled with curiosity, led me to discover Brrrrr Cryotherapy in San Rafael.
I had heard of cryotherapy before and thought it might be worth trying for it’s purported health benefits which include muscle repair, reduced body aches, pains, and inflammation as well as benefits to the skin like reduced puffiness and an increased production of collagen.
I posted something about my interest in trying cryotherapy on my personal Facebook page and my friend Michelle said she would do it with me. After researching local places that offer this unique service, I ultimately decided on Brrrrr Cryotherapy, mainly because they offer spot treatment, which I did for my shoulder, and facials as well as whole body treatments.
Michelle and I arrived at Brrrrr and filled our our paperwork. Soon, we were ready for our first treatments, cryofacials. I volunteered to go first. Nick, who owns Brrrr with his grandmother, had me lay down on the treatment table while he got the machine ready. Soon Nick began my facial, which only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. A steady blast of cold air sweeps across your face and continues to get colder and colder. By the end, my checks were feeling the ache you get when you ice a sore muscle but that was the only discomfort I felt. Once I was done, I felt invigorated and refreshed. I loved it. I’d like to time a cryofacial with a hot flash for a real treat!
After Michelle finished her facial, it was time for us to tackle the whole body cryo chamber. Eek!
Michelle went first and entered the chamber after changing into her socks, gloves, rubber shoes and robe. Once inside the chamber, you remove your robe and start the treatment.
Treatments can go as long as 3 minutes but that is almost always for someone who already has already had a few sessions in the chamber. Michelle and I, as newbies, would be shooting for 2 minutes. Michelle completed her 2 minutes with apparent ease, giving me hope that I could too.
When I entered the chamber, I immediately had to start moving my body as much as I could given the small space. I decided marching in place would be my thing. As the discomfort increased, I tried to distract myself by chatting with Nick about things like who came up with having 5 Rs in Brrrrr Cryotherapy as opposed to 4 or 6 and I may have used some cuss words too. Towards the end of the treatment, the temperature inside the chamber is -150 F! No wonder I was swearing like a drunken sailor!
By the time the two minutes were up, my legs, backside and arms felt like they had millions of little spikes pressing into them. I could hardly feel my legs and my entire body was bright red. But soon the shock wore off and the discomfort faded. Instead I had energy plus. I wanted to run and jump and skip! It was completely exhilarating!
As we were about to leave, I remembered that the main reason I came to Brrrrr was not only for the thrill of it but for my shoulder pain. I asked Nick about spot treatments and he suggested I try one. For about 10 minutes, he used the same machine he used for our facials on my shoulder. It most definitely felt better for about 24 hours but thanks to my sleeping on it, it’s back to its usual state.
I will definitely be doing cryotherapy again – I can hardly wait to go back, to be honest. I believe in many of its purported benefits and I love the way it makes me feel afterward. It’s a chilly thrill!
Have you ever tried cryotherapy? If not, is it something you would try?
2 ~ Refreshed Hair and a New Fringe
I finally got around to seeing my hairstylist, Kimberly of Dolce Vita Salon, this week. My hair was so long, I was having to braid it at night so it wouldn’t get tangled around my neck when I slept. It’s been before the fires in October since I last had my hair cut.
I decided, along with losing some length, I would also go back to fringe. I look best with a side swept bang as opposed to straight across. I have a cowlick in my hairline to contend with so even if I wanted straight bangs, I would be out of luck.
Kimberly also refreshed my hair color by touching up my roots and adding some soft golden highlights. I love having a hairdresser I can trust with my hair. I feel great and so do my tresses!
3 ~ Neighbor Goats
Our neighbors have a few goats and recently added a couple more temporarily while the goats’ owners rebuild after the wild fires.
They are so funny and cute! A couple of the less skittish goats let us give them rubs behind the ears.
My favorites goats are the one with the pink tongue sticking out and the spotted goat. Her coloring reminds me of a calico cat.
4 ~ There’s a Rat in the Kitchen or….
For several days Bill and I kept hearing this strange noise coming from a section of our kitchen. It sounded like something was moving metal around, a clanking sort of noise. Each time I heard it, I would run to that area of the kitchen and stand there, waiting for it to happen again but it never clanked when I was listening for it.
Bill thought we might have rats. We do live in the country after all and it would not be the first time we’ve had a mice or rat issue. Bill even went as far as to inspect under our house to see if there was evidence of rodents. He didn’t see any but that really doesn’t mean much. Rats are sneaky.
The noises continued for days until I finally had my lightbulb moment. It wasn’t rats in the kitchen making that noise, it was my jar of kraut! The Kraut Source tool was shifting as the kraut fermented.
The noise stopped for good yesterday so I am thinking our kraut may be ready. I am going to taste it this afternoon. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
5 ~ Framed Photo
As we continue to work on redecorating our home, I continue to have art and photography framed to fill up our walls. This raindrops on leaves photo arrived Thursday. I had it framed at Framebridge and am going to hang it in our living room after we’re done painting it.
I love Framebridge for many reasons:
*It’s reasonably priced.
* It’s so convenient. This photo I sent in digitally, picked out a frame online with help from a Framebridge design consultant, and had it shipped to my doorstep (free!) in less than two weeks. It can’t get much easier than that.
* Great style choices. I always choose to have a consultant come up with four framing possibilities, based on the preferences I give them. There is always at least one style I love, sometimes more than one and I have to choose which one I like best. This consultation service is included in the price of your framing and I find it to be a huge time saver.
I don’t have so affiliate or a sponsorship relationship with Framebridge, I am just a happy customer and wanted to share this great service with you!
6 ~ Easy Chicken Salad (low carb/keto)
Bill and I have been enjoying this easy chicken salad on and off for years but lately, thanks to our handy Instant Pot, it’s been on regular rotation.
Not only is it a great option for a low carb/keto diet but it’s delicious too. You can serve it on top of a salad, in a sandwich or scoop into little lettuce boats as I did yesterday.
The ingredients are simple: cooked and shredded organic chicken breast, chopped pecans, chopped celery, mayonnaise, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. That’s it!
I don’t have specific amounts to share with you. I just add whatever amount my tastebuds prefer that day. I tend to go heavy on the celery because I love the crunch. But I go easy with the pecans. You can always add more of those later. I overdid the nuts a couple weeks ago and it overpowered the other flavors and textures.
If you have an Instant Pot, this salad is even faster to make. Just pressure cook your chicken breasts on the trivet with about a cup of water. I cook 4 of them, using two for this salad and two for another dish (Mexican Chicken, chicken soup, red curry chicken) on high pressure for 11 minutes, then manually vent. I let them cool then shred.
7 ~ Colorful Sunrises Are Back
After a long stretch of rain and gray, foggy mornings the colorful sunrises are back! While mornings like this one cut into our precious coffee sipping routine, I think it’s 100% worth it! Just standing there under that vibrant sky is better than any cup of joe, in my opinion.
I hope you have a great weekend!
What are your plans?
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