Thursday, September 04, 2014
What a ride this year has been! I've just returned home from an appointment with the Chief of Rheumatology at the hospital. And I've now got the double thumbs-up on my current plan for treatment for what ails me.
I had to step back from a good deal earlier this year when, shortly after a big move, I fell extremely ill with "something" that went away for a period of days then came back with a vengeance. I say "something" because blood work revealed Mono, Walking Pneumonia, and a host of maladies. Which one happened to be plaguing me most I do not know!
Around here we called it the "if-this-were-the-1800s-I'd-be-on-my-death
bed" plague. Thank God for antibiotics in this instance. No amount of raw garlic and ginger and clove and greens and natural remedies were overcoming this Beast.
As a result of taking the antibiotics, I developed a rare post-infectious arthritis. Which never went away. Now I have arthritis in my whole body. Which means tennis shoes don't fit right because my toes have taken on a mind of their own and are headed in every which direction. Therefore, my beloved running is mostly a thing of the past. But I AM THANKFUL to be alive.
This summer was spent trying to overcome the respiratory aftermath of the aforementioned, in addition to a new diagnosis of painful and debilitating Fibromyalgia. Rotation diets helped me to identify some triggers, but the biggest needle mover was this…
Shifting to a diet of mostly entirely vegetables and fruits, emphasizing lower oxalate choices as a treatment for Fibromyalgia.
I had NO idea that eating all of these leafy greens including supergreens spinach and kale could cause this much muscular pain in this condition. I've made the switch when possible to cabbage and cauliflower, both great low-oxalate choices. Now I live so many more "3 out of 10 on a pain scale" days versus "8 out of 10 on a pain scale days". Thanks be to God. I will never take mere walking for granted again, ever ever ever.
I am so grateful for LIFE, for healing with whole foods, and I'm finally starting to see progress after MONTHS of diligently staying the course!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I saw this over the weekend. This is a very interesting PBS video about High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the science behind it, and the physiological results that arise from just a few very short sessions a week:
(but if interested in viewing do hurry the free viewing period expires soon)
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I'm going to my first Bootcamp tonight, of five.
Here's what I find interesting about it: it's free.
BUT, if you miss a class, you pay $20. Genius. It's at my gym, they have my credit card number, and I signed a contract.
So if I haven't *firmed up* after five sessions, I'll be poorer in terms of cash flow and health!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Tried on my goal dress yesterday, which I bought on a trip last year to the "happiest town in the U.S.," San Luis Obispo in Central-Southern California along the coast, nestled between the ocean and a gem of a wine country. The dress is by Shelli Segal and normally I wouldn't shell out the dollars Shelli asks for, but I found it on super sale at a cute little French boutique (Anthropologie-esque). So it was my souvenir to myself! It's a very snug size 4 and I couldn't believe it actually fit. Total shock.
Soooooo... I wore it out for a fun night last night!
Dearest husband and I had date night. Sadly we won't have Christmas together this year, as he departed early this morning on a business trip for two months. December 13th was our December 24th + 25th this year.
I had a pumpkin cream ravioli indulgence last night, which followed a delicious field greens salad with herbed goat cheese. Oh my! It was a dainty portion worth every golden bite. Coincidentally, the restaurant was offering a $25 gift card last night for all who came and spent $75 on dinner. Random luck. What a gift!
I seriously love this time of year! What a perfect night out with DH!
Rock your Friday and weekends, Sparkies!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
My body is still buzzing from yesterday's lift session!
I am scorching some mad calories... I'm sore, but still functioning. I FULLY exhausted myself with an hour of lifting and bodyweight and core exercises... then I ran a 5K. I have no idea how I did it but I'm just glad I put myself into a zone and JUST DID. Utilized some momentum. It was only guys at the gym in the weights room and they were thumbs-upping me from the weight room - HA! As if to say, I'm crazy... or I'm crazy! I think they were mildly jealous. I will have to tell them to work harder next time :)
I pulled off 100 chin-ups too! YAY! Working on my long-term goal to be able to jump up onto the bar and do two 100% unassisted. Not there yet, but I put the machine at 60 and 70 lb and did 100... I was happy with that. Can't wait to see that number go down, meaning I'm getting less help from the machine! Soon enough!!!
Hope all my spark friends are having a FIT day!
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