Monday, October 21, 2013
I fell off the proverbial wagon 10 months ago, when my immune system almost completely shut down, and my problematic knee weakened and made it so that my walking sessions actually were off-limits. I honestly felt so lost at first. And then I was frustrated and sick of having pain. Thank goodness I went to my chiropractor, who urged me to do an enzyme evaluation. That's how we discovered how bad off my immune system was, which made my stomach lining inflamed. Once I started on enzyme formulas to correct those problems, and was instructed to weight lift INSTEAD OF walking, I began to see immediate changes. I didn't have to take ANY OTC or prescribed medications (the enzymes are considered dietary supplements), I lost 2 inches of swelling from my neck and shoulders, which also thinned my face, and I had so much more energy!
While I did lose inches around my thighs and tummy, and managed to slim my calves and arms, I actually gained some more weight. So I cut down on gluten and wheat, and tried to get more proteins from veggies and legumes. But guess what? I wasn't getting enough protein, which in turn made my sinuses go haywire, triggering my kidneys and urinary tract to become inflamed! Plus, I was supposed to embrace a more raw-foods diet of fresh produce, baked or stove-cooked meals (no microwave), and lots of water (especially to accommodate all the enzyme tablets per day). I know I was eating more because of my renewed metabolism to boot.
Only this morning did I finally become comfortable trying SP again to see if it is possible to use this with my new lifestyle. I had to stop weight lifting for a while, and have since been cleared to walk again (yay!). Ironically, weight training is still a must to keep my knee from weakening again, and too much walking can keep messing it and my back up! Sooo I am trying to juggle between activities. It doesn't help that during the school year, I can't have my trainer at the gym who I've liked, because of his conflicting schedule. We do have a community gym in our subdivision though, which I used to use before hubby and I joined a gym. I prefer a quieter environment, so lately I've tried to freestyle some weight lifting...but I'm not so sure about what I'm doing! This morning, though, I walked. And it felt good! From now on, I'm going to take things one day at a time - FOR REAL. MUST KEEP MOVING!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I'm sitting here having a mindblock. Or maybe it's an ID-10-T error? But for the life of me, I can't find the button to add more photos to my gallery! It doesn't even give me the option...and clearly I have done so before. Hmmmmmmm....
Sunday, October 21, 2012
About two weeks ago, some friends of mine and I were talking about how much milk our households consume, with having hungry kids and hubbies. Some households drink gallons of whole, 2% or skim per month, while others (mine included) go through about 3/4 of a gallon per month. It used to be whole milk that we drank, and I would buy maybe 2 gallons a month. Me, personally, I would only drink 1/4 cup per day with my tea, and before I indulged in a warm beverage daily, I think I was MAYBE getting 1 8 oz cup of whole milk per week for a few years, with most of it being from cooking with it in eggs or baked goods. It was a far cry from when I was a kid and teen and even early adult - I remember nights where I would wake up well after I had been asleep, just to come and get a cold glass of milk before going back to bed. That just shows how far removed I had become with my health in recent years.
But you know something? I really got on SP at the right time - in time to see that having inadequate amounts of essential nutrients and water intake has most likely contributed to the two phylloides tumors I have had, and is the reason I had some extra gray hairs, some hair loss, and bouts of depression. I'm sure that when I dislocated my knee 5 years ago when my ligaments were still loose from childbirth, that low calcium levels were also to blame.
MAKING THE SWITCH
So what did I do? I began drinking more milk and water! Even made the switch to 2% and liked it...until I had the milk conversation with my friends and one suggested I try almond milk for better health benefits. Having tried rice and soy milk before, I was curious, but skeptical. I don't mind almond butter, so I figured this had a 50/50 shot of being a lasting thing for me. But let me tell you - I wish I would have discovered it sooner! Because not only is it lower in everything, but I found that almond milk seems to keep me from bloating and I soon dropped some more weight! In just two weeks of drinking 1/4 cup daily with my tea (which actually took some getting used to with its almond taste), I managed to lose 1 lb! And that is without having as much time to exercise one of those weeks due to a hectic schedule on top of having PMS!
Needless to say, now I'm hooked. And though I still keep the 2% cow's milk around - because I'm not ready to have a plain glass of the almond milk solo yet - almond milk is definitely poured into my morning cup of tea, and sometimes hot cocoa. But I'm so glad to find something that is working so well for me. It makes changing my lifestyle of what I eat and drink that much more bearable.
Friday, October 12, 2012
After reading through Philippians Chapter 3 verses 12 through 21 and also Chapter 4 verse 1, I am convinced of 3 things:
1. Everyone is called to be mentors - regardless of how old or young you are, there is always someone who will look up to you. So be the kind of person worth following!
2. Being out of balance leads to failure - whether it's a Godly relationship, the things you spend your money on, what you watch on tv, or the foods you choose to eat - if you can't set limits for yourself while making an effort to slow down to enjoy the moment, all you are doing is hurting yourself. I see this most prevalently with people who have the money to eat well and have the resources to stay fit, yet lack the restraint to stick to a diet or get enough sleep because they are too busy partying and having fun. While it's nice to take some time out to yourself to recharge, doing that ALL the time puts the focus on YOU 24/7, making everyone and everything else an afterthought.
3. We all have goals while living this temporary life - the earth is not our home, but it doesn't mean we have to sit still and wait for the rapture! And anyone who thinks heaven is a boring place doesn't understand that there WILL be work there, but the kind that focuses on being of service to others and glorifying the Lord. That is why it's so important to follow-through with the tasks we are given in this lifetime, to continue building our characters and work ethic. The way we value people determines our relationship with Christ, and how we live for the Lord paves our outlook about heaven. At the end of our lifetimes, we either have fear or peace in thinking of the "unknown" in death. But if it is something you have prepared for your entire life, then you learn to just see it as another transition, and not that you missed out on not doing enough for others and the world at large.
I am reminded each day that by taking care of my body, I am not only setting an example for my family and people I come in contact with to do the same, but I am fueling it with what I need to be of service to others. As I become healthier, I can convey healthy thoughts to others - not talking about food, fitness, or spirituality necessarily, but just in making sure that schedules are never overbooked, people are listened to when they're stressed with the drama in their lives, and little annoyances are forgiven. Those things are HUGE in helping others overcome the mosters that often keep anyone from being a healthier person. I know, because I've been in that position. But since I am trying to mind myself, I have more time and an interest in helping other people achieve balance. I wasn't able to before because I didn't fully grasp what it was I needed to do to be happier. I was so confused when I had been told for so many years that all I needed was Jesus and everything else would work out! In truth, it took more than that to get me to where I am today - it took shifting the focus off of ME, making GOALS, and finding ways to help OTHERS, that worked hand-in-hand WITH my faith so that I was able to garner the inner strength to tackle each thing that has come my way. So now, I have a more rounded faith, a diversified life (that I can keep up with and have time to spare!), and a healthier lifestyle. My only lament is that I wish I would have learned all of this sooner!
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