Apology, Krill Oil, and Pain to Gain

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First, I’d like to apologize to the Secrets of Moms readers who were sent to the Go Daddy site, which seems to be promoting and advertising “Booty Calls” “Sex With Random People”, and “Married but Playing”. YUCK!! Over the weekend, my domain name expired while I was out of town and apparently, Go Daddy bought it. I won’t focus on how frustrated I am about this right now because there’s no point in whining. I’ll just say sorry for the inconvenience and please change your bookmark to www.secretsofmomsblog.com. If you are an email subscriber, you don’t need to change anything because I already fixed the email link issue.

Okay, now let’s talk about krill oil, pain, and life.

I went to the optometrist yesterday. I haven’t been for a few years. I went in because I’m out of contacts, my glasses are falling apart, my eyes feel weird, and light is really bugging me. What’s going on?

First thing I found out was that my eyes feel blurry because my eyesight is worse. I need new contacts, glasses, and prescription sun glasses. Blech. The good news is that because I’m almost forty—there shouldn’t be any new near sighted changes anytime soon. Also, because of my astigmatism, I won’t be needing “readers” in the next few years either. Apparently, people with astigmatism tend to not need cheaters as early as those who don’t have astigmatism. Who would have known?

Next, he checked to see why my eyes feel so dry. Apparently, I have lost 2/3 of my tear production. Not good. I need more moisture in my eyes ASAP or there will be more trouble.

This is where Krill Oil comes in. I am supposed to start taking 1000 mg a day. Now, I am not a vitamin-taking-pill-popping person. I despise pills in any form and normally will only take them if I am desperately sick or in pain. I’m changing my tune. Apparently, Krill Oil, which is supposedly WAY BETTER THAN FISH OIL (it’s cleaner and provides some benefits that fish oil can’t) is the key to everything.

Krill oil is said to help with the following:

1. Treat joint and muscle soreness by means of anti-inflammatory properties

2. Enhance brain functioning and memory

3. Regulation of cholesterol – lower bad and increase good

4. Better skin

5. Improves mental health

6. Decrease PMS symptoms

7. Fights signs of aging: The antioxidants present in krill oil are believed to be effective in fighting the effects of free radicals in the body. This can lead to improved skin texture and a reduction in wrinkles, stronger nails, and healthier, thicker hair.

And of course,

8. Help with tear production

My optometrist said after one month I will definitely see results. I’m in.


Part of my dry eye problem calls for using Refresh Tears or Thera Tears on a regular basis, but there’s a catch. Apparently, people stop using the drops immediately because they can cause severe pain and stinging, but my optometrist says that’s when you need to make yourself continue. Why? Because the more pain you are in the dryer your eyes are and the more your eyes need the drops. After your eyes become moist again, the drops will stop hurting.

This made me think of a bigger issue in life…

People say you shouldn’t do things that are painful. I pretty much disagree with that notion. I don’t think we should do things to harm ourselves of course, but sometimes a little pain is what makes the gain.


Some people say if it hurts, stop. I don’t think this is always true. Some of you may not like me for saying that, but it’s just what I believe. I mean obviously if you’ve pulled a muscle, sprained something, or are having heart palpitations or something along those lines, you should stop. Only you know your body, but I’m thinking back on times when I’ve needed to get in shape for a team sport or wanted to lose my pregnancy weight. It wasn’t always fun and it wasn’t always easy, but I wouldn’t take back my hard work in a million years. In fact, I think I could have and should have pushed myself even harder when it comes to sports.

In high school, the first two weeks of soccer tryouts were HELL, but in a way I loved it. We ran so many sprints and drills that it was enough to make my legs feel like spaghetti. At times, I thought I could not possibly do it the next day, but I always did. Do I think our coach pushed us too hard? No. I think she taught us endurance, discipline, self-confidence, how to set goals, and that hard work pays off.

Even as an adult after having our first daughter, I felt pain when I started playing soccer again. My muscles ached, but I pushed through it. It always felt so good when I was done.  My muscles needed to be pushed to get back to a place of strength and endurance. I wanted to play well again so it was worth it.


Sometimes in life we need to push through our uncomfortableness (not a real word, but I like it) and pain to get to where we need to be. This could play out in any area of our lives.

Want to be healthier? We may have to exercise more and eat healthier. It might not be fun at first. In fact, it may be hard work and challenging, but in the end it will pay off. We’ll be healthier and thriving. Need to leave a relationship, job, or lifestyle to be healthier? It may not be easy and it will probably be painful. Are we going to let that stop us from being happier in the long run. I hope not. Need to try something new and scary in order to grow and expand your horizon? Just start doing it one step at a time. Baby steps.

No one said changing, evolving, and growing is super easy or always pain-free, but in the end–it’s most definitely worth it, right!?!

I’m off to the store for some Krill Oil and Thera Tears…

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Just in case you’re curious–I was not asked to write about Krill Oil, and I am not being compensated in any way for this post. Just wanted to make that clear. :)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. S. Troncoso
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:36:51

    Can you message me the particular brand of Krill Oil you take? It will save me the leg work researching for purity, us moms have to stick togeth


  2. Susan
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 16:35:03

    I use Nature’s Way EfaGold krill oil. It has a fishy smell when you open the bottle, but no after taste (unlike others that have no smell, but some after taste. )


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