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Oh, lupus. Not today.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I went home last night without going to the gym. I started to beat myself up, when my body reminded me of just why I felt the need to take yesterday off. Everything started to hurt, and it was all I could do to make dinner. While I had planned black bean and roasted squash tacos, I altered that to an easier black bean, rice, and lentil burritorecipe. So easy, and so good. Now I remember why I marked that recipe for days like yesterday - ingredients I always have on hand, and so easy to make!
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=743153

I don't like seasoning mixes (too much salt) so I use whatever I have on hand. I've gotten pretty good at that. :) I also add more salsa than it calls for, and add it at the end of the cooking process. Keeps it all moist, and adds a lot of flavor. I like to play around with salsas, too, sometimes using regular, or corn and bean, or salsa verde.

So today, it's kind of rainy and dull. Not too gloomy, just enough. And my back hurt so badly this morning I could barely walk. I've been working on my posture lately, and I'm not sure if my chair back position is causing trouble, or just sitting upright more is the trouble. I've been doing this stretch all throughout the day, and it seems to help.
franlife.blogspot.com/2006/02/yoga-s
tretch-for-poor-posture.html

Also throwing in a few more moves for good measure.
As for the rest of my body, it seems to be angry as well. My knees are pretty swollen (still haven't beaten the day I woke up with a baseball as a knee...yikes that was quite a day. Wouldn't fit in my jeans leg!) And my arm has a rash in its usual spot. Thankfully, no facial/butterfly rash today.

I had planned a pretty good day at the gym today, too. I never did my ST yesterday, so I'm mad about that, too! I think I'll scale it down and do just a light, short walk on the treadmill. As everyone says, it's better than nothing, right?

I think I'm most upset at the cause of this flare....my Monday gym session. I did 35 minutes on the elliptical, setting it so it would keep my heart rate around 155. I was drenched in sweat, but feeling good! So what does that mean for future workouts? I didn't feel like I was pushing too hard, even though it was harder than as of late. I guess it was too much, but how do I tell before the day after punishment?

Go away, lupus. I was really hoping to be flare free by my walk on Sunday, and able to walk it this year instead of the wheelchair. Bah!!

  
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MAGNOLIA416 5/18/2013 9:02AM

    You know your body more than I do of course, but it might be just a few low days and not a flare. It's a good reminder to take good care though, before it goes to a full flare. Hope you make the walk!

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MARTY728 5/10/2013 11:16AM

    So, how did it go? Hoping you walked! emoticon

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STRONG_SARAH 5/1/2013 2:37PM

    Yikes, so sorry to hear it. I hope you get to walk your walk like you want to. emoticon

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LILY_SPARK 5/1/2013 2:13PM

    Have you researched and elimination tested commonly reactive foods?

My doctor had me begin elimination testing (over 2 years ago) and it was through finding lupus triggers that I finally learned I was CELIAC! I still have lupus but it was a gift to get rid of one thing that was constantly barraging me with inflammation!



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The secret to feeling good

Friday, April 26, 2013

So, I've re-discovered the secret to feeling good. No, really! These past few days I have been feeling great, emotionally, physically, and even lupus-wise.
The secret?

Walking.
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That's it!!

I made a goal for myself on the Virgin Health Miles Program (through work) to walk 49k steps in 7 days. That means I need an average of 7k steps a day, which doesn't sound too hard, right? Well, think of it this way: in an average work day, where I do no exercise or anything beyond my work duties, home chores, etc, I get anywhere between 2-3,500 steps/day. So I'm at least DOUBLING my normal amount of steps. That means I absolutely must go on a walk, either at home or at the gym. And at the pace I can handle, I have to walk almost 45 extra minutes.

At first, I was like a little kid, whining and stomping my feet, I'll never finish this challenge! Why did I decide to do this to myself? I'm not getting anything out of this...blah blah blah.

But, after just a few days of it, I noticed I had so much more energy yesterday! After work, then my walk at the gym, I went home to lounge. But I ended up not being able to, I had too much to do! So I prepped a smoothie for this morning, got my lunch together, figured out what to wear, did a load of laundry, the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen counters, fed the birds a treat (some shredded carrot and a strawberry, they love it!), played with the dog, and wandered around the house like a crazy person. Hubby was super late, he was a witness to an accident after helping a friend after work, so I was alone most of the night, which also accounts for some of the boredom. But normally, I would have watched TV or curled up with a book and passed the hours (yes, hours!!) that way.

So now that I know the secret, why do I keep letting it slip away from me? I continually rediscover this, and continually lose it. I'm still not sure how to hold on to this for dear life, and not let anything side track me, but I have some ideas. I've been super inspired lately, and that always helps. Some inspirations:

Smoothies. Oh yeah! A good green smoothie is so good for you, so I had one this morning. It was great! I didn't taste the spinach at all, and I really enjoyed it. I can include some flax or chia seeds, which is great for my inflammatory issues. Endless things to add to make it healthier, I am discovering.
A good book. This goes a long way to keeping me exercising longer. I have a book on tape, I just need to load it on my phone this weekend, so I'll have that as well.
Eat, Pray, Love. This book is so inspirational to me. Regardless your religious beliefs, I think it's worth a read. I'm halfway through, before I took a break from it a few months ago, and just remembered it at the bottom of my gym bag. Perfect gym book, in my eyes.
Ohsheglows.com and other vegan/glutenfree/vegetarian/health-conscio
us websites to keep me inspired in the kitchen. Now that I have all this extra energy from working out, I'm going to try to eat the way I really want to. Not just better, but really the way I want, with focus on anti-inflammatory and vegetarian foods.
Lucky for you, I plan to post the recipes I try that are successful, and include pictures when I can. emoticon

So there you go. That's the secret to feeling good, both emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Take my word for it, it's worth rediscovering this over and over again until you find a way to make it stick. (For some reason, as I typed that sentence, I though of spaghetti sticking to a wall. You know, al-dente. No idea where that came from, but there you go.)

  
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MAGNOLIA416 4/29/2013 10:30AM

    I actually joined a smoothie challenge for the month of May...I'm going to make a smoothie every day.

Walking's great! I'm always in a better mood when I arrive somewhere if I've walked instead of taken a crowded subway or streetcar!

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BWCAGRL 4/26/2013 8:54PM

    Yay! So happy for you!
That's a lot of changes all at once, but you can keep up the walking which will keep helping with the energy levels. I'm so glad you are doing the smoothies too...it's such an easy thing to do! And you just got me hooked on ohsheglows!
Keep up the great work and remember that even if you get sidetracked for a day or don't feel well at some point, you ARE able to put many days of healthy living together...so you will be able to do it again because you've already done it.
I love your attitude and even though I've had an 'off' day I re-inspired to get back at it tomorrow!
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STRONG_SARAH 4/26/2013 4:54PM

    Makes me want to go for a walk tomorrow! Good for you on discovering (rediscovering) this!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 4/26/2013 12:25PM

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GIANTMICROBE 4/26/2013 12:21PM

    Awesome to hear! I made a green smoothie once... but I convinced myself I could taste the spinach (probably couldn't) and never made another. Which is dumb because I actually love spinach. It's one of my favorite vegetables. I make no sense.

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Forced into a new gym...eep!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Whoa, has it really been over a month since I've blogged? No wonder my clothes have been so tight...I always do better when I'm active.
Anyway, I started going to the gym a little recently, since it's gotten so hot out lately I can't be outdoors. Boy was I surprised to see how dead it was! I thought maybe those new years's resolutions wearing off, or everyone hitting the beach with the weather.
Then I found out the truth...my gym location is closing! Not the whole chain, just my location, due to the landlord deciding to take a different route with the complex with all the minor crime going on. (Break-ins, etc, nothing crazy but enough to be upsetting.) So, the gym will be gone on the 30th!! Nooo....
I have a choice, I can go to a whole new gym, or a different, not as convenient or nice or well equipped location. I nearly had a meltdown, I can't do a new gym! My current one is the ONLY one I have ever been to, and it's ladies only, so I'm more comfortable.

What to do, what to do....I don't do well with change, unless it's on my own terms and then I can handle it. Ugh this has me so freaked out! I don't really want to go to a mixed-sex gym, but I don't want to go to the other location, either, as it's not all that convenient. Then again, neither is the other gym's location...bah.

Just thought I'd share the latest gym-drama, lol!! Hope everyone is well. :)

  
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MAGNOLIA416 4/29/2013 10:28AM

    I don't like changes that weren't my idea either....let's hope the new gym is welcoming and inspiring!

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DJ4HEALTH 4/24/2013 1:24AM

    What a bummer, know what you mean, I had a gym close on me and they did not have another one that was opened near me

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GIANTMICROBE 4/23/2013 3:50PM

    When I was younger I freaked out at the thought of going to a co-ed gym, but pretty much had to at school. And you know what? None of the guys are looking at you. Seriously. Nobody cares. I know it's hard to imagine but they are engrossed in their own workout and no one pays you any attention. I PROMISE!

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LILY_SPARK 4/23/2013 1:35PM

    That's a bummer! A girl at work is having the same issue (she goes to a Curves, which is the only female-only I know of) and now she had to change locations. It's not very far but in a heavy traffic area. Since she has been going over 10 years, she made the change but isn't happy about it either!

I can't imagine going to a GYM anyway (I don't care female or male, I had enough smack talking and gawking when I used the fitness center at uni--I'd not pay gym prices for that...I *hide* when I work out ;p)

Good on your even GOING!

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One boring salad, and some food pics!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I've been aiming to eat a salad for lunch every day at work, and allow myself one non-salad lunch. I got pretty bored of my epic salad, and decided to try an asian inspired salad. I found this recipe:
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-kr
ieger/chinese-chicken-salad-recipe/ind
ex.html

Instead of mandarin oranges, I used the baby corns that have always made me smile. So it ended up a salad with lettuce, cabbage, water chestnuts, baby corn, and the soy sauce based dressing.
Here it is:

It even LOOKS boring. The water chestnuts were bland, the baby corns were just weird and VERY canned tasting, and the dressing was just one-note. Blah at best. I have no idea where I went wrong, are there good chestnuts and corns I missed at the store? I'll just have to keep trying.

Here are some more pictures of food I am proud of as of late:


Shredded spaghetti squash. The night I took this, I made a lasagna inspired dish with the squash as noodles.

My first successful meatballs! I used ground turkey, and lots of spices. Baked them until they got a little crisp on the outside, yum! Served with tomato sauce and more spaghetti squash.

Some deeeelish rustic tortellini soup. I used turkey sausage, and giant tortellini's with organic, all 'clean' ingredients. What a find, thanks to hubby! It was so, so good. Definitely a family favorite.

  
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PEGGYO 3/6/2013 5:04PM

    yummy looking

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MIRAGE727 3/6/2013 4:30PM

    Awesome. Your effort was so worth it on all fronts!
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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/6/2013 1:42PM

    Awesome food blog and great job branching out to new/different foods! emoticon
In my experience, water chestnuts are bland, but have a kind of crunch to them.
Sorry your salad didn't end up being "epic salad part 2." My new favorite homemade salad dressing is this:
http://allrecipes.com/reci
pe/honey-dijon-balsamic-vinaigr
ette/
I put it on pretty much any salad. Maybe try adding different fruit to the salad? Strawberries were on sale yesterday, so we added some to our dinner side salads to change things up again.



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TEMPERANCE88 3/6/2013 1:01PM

    Oh my those pictures look amazing! Especially the soup!!! Did you post the recipes anywhere by chance?

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POISONGIRL999 3/6/2013 1:01PM

    Food looks delicious! My tummy grumbled

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The weightloss snowball

Monday, March 04, 2013

I'm so excited to report that I've had some serious weight loss. 6 whole pounds gone, baby!!
For someone who had pretty much given up on weight loss, and was instead concentrating on health, this is HUGE!
But best of all, I think I've gotten over the fear-hurdle. I was so afraid of losing weight, of failing, of succeeding, that I know it was really holding me back. Just like a plateua, though, I held strong and busted through!

I'm not really sure on what helped me get through it, but I think it had a lot to do with letting go of my fears, and trusting that it would happen, when the time was right.

I also believe that a lot of the weight loss can be attributed to the fact that I am on such a low dose of steroids now. Alternating between 5 and 4mg/day, and fighting every second to stay there. I am determined to get off this drug, as all of you know! My body seems to be treating it like crack, and I've been told repeatedly by my doctor's they've never seen anyone so addicted to it. *Grumblegrumble stupid lupus grumblegrumble*


Either way, I'm glad to see the pounds going away!
And, this weightloss thing is kind of addicting. I find the more good choices I make, the more loss I see. The more loss I see, the more good choices I make. On the other hand, the more good choices I make, the more I research, and the more changes I make. Slowly but surely, I'm becoming a healthier and healthier person, and getting to where I never thought I could get.
It's turning into a snowball here!



I know you've probably heard this a million times here, as have I (for years now!) but if I can do it, YOU can do it!!

  
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POISONGIRL999 3/4/2013 5:37PM

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    Way to go! Keep it up!
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WHYNOTJ1 3/4/2013 3:35PM

    Wonderful! Keep up the great work!

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