Sunday, September 04, 2011
I wish this was my tub. Sigh.
Last night I slept the best I ever have in a long time. Before bed I took my first dead sea salt bath. Now I am not a bath girl at all since I don't have a deep soaking tub. I took a clock into the bathroom to make sure I soaked long enough to get the effects of the salt. In to the tub of water I added 1.5 cups of salt mixing it up with my hand. Its unscented so you can add any fragrance of essential oils to your pleasure. I lay back trying to get as much of my back and neck in the water as possible. The stiffness in my neck and back left. I was able to sleep pain free from the muscle spasms and sciatica that tend to plage me at night. I finally got sleep without the interruptions of stabbing and cramping back pain. By morning I could feel the stiffness creeping back in, but it was well worth it to take a soak last night.
The salts are supposed to be very high in minerals which you skin absorbs to help calm down the muscles. My skin has chicken bumps on it. I am hoping over time it will help me get rid of them.
It came from the San Francisco Bath Salt Company. The store delivered it in only two days !!! Benefits: Regular use has been clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, skin allergies, arthritis, back pain, and is even recognized as a cure for stress, insomnia and many other related conditions. Wikipedia reports the following, Therapeutic benefits
The Dead Sea is a popular center for wellness and health today, due to the fact that Dead Sea salts have been reported to have the following benefits:
Rheumatologic Conditions – Dead Sea salts can be effective in balneotherapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. The minerals are absorbed while soaking, stimulating blood circulation.
Common Skin Ailments – Research has demonstrated that skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis are relieved by regular soaking in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis. One study concluded that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.
Allergies - The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt can relieve allergic reactions by cleansing and detoxifying.
Skin Aging – Further research into Dead Sea salt benefits has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling.
This site has even more health benefits listed. http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/si_Benef
itsOfBokek.asp How is Bokek® Dead Sea Salt different from regular sea salt?
1. Bokek Dead Sea Salt contains 10 times more minerals than ordinary sea salt, minerals which assist in cleansing, detoxifying and restoring a healthy status quo to the body, especially the skin and muscles.
2. Bokek Dead Sea Salts are very dry and absorb essential oils with ease, enabling the oils to be easily released into the bath water as the salts dissolve. This is beneficial for those wishing to experience the benefits of Dead Sea salt and aromatherapy in the privacy of their own home.
Minerals and naturally occurring chemicals found in the Dead Sea:
Sulfur is necessary for the secretion of bile from the liver and for converting toxins into non-toxins. Sulfur is found in the amino acids cysteine, and methionine; as well as in cells, hemoglobin (of the blood), collagen (of the muscles), keratin (required for skin), insulin, heparin, biotin and co-enzyme A (required for healthy hair, skin, nails, among many other biological structures). Sulfur is necessary for synthesizing collagen. It is required for the adequate digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and a number of vitamins e.g. thiamin, biotin and pantothenic acid; It is also essential to enable cells to breathe.
Chlorine is necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism
Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism
Potassium is necessary to maintain the water balance in order for cell metabolism to take place, assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste products. An imbalance in potassium often leads to water retention. Potassium also plays a vital role in regulating muscle contractions and the nervous system.
Sodium, like potassium, plays a vital role in assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste.
Calcium is necessary in strengthening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.
Magnesium is necessary in assisting the body to utilize other essential nutrients and in cell metabolism.
Bromine helps with the natural repair of the body together with cell metabolism and can be used as a natural antibiotic.
Skin conditions and Bokek™ Dead Sea Salt:
• Aging & Skin Problems
• Arthritic Disorders
• Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
• Dry Skin
• General Stress
• Hair Loss
• Skin Allergies
• Skin Problems
Acne is a skin condition involving inflammation due to excess oil or sebum (produced by the glands) mixing with dead skin cells and clogging the pores. This inflammation results in whiteheads or blackheads on the skin. If the inflamed or clogged pore runs deep into the skin, a cyst may form on the area. The cyst typically is only painful or colored when it becomes infected by bacteria. There are many causes of acne, but most fall into four categories: clogged pores, bacteria, hormones, and/or hereditary factors.
Acne typically affects 80-90% of adolescents and is usually more common in males than females. The sebaceous glands secrete oil naturally in response to an increase of testosterone in both men and women at puberty. Acne can also develop later in adult years. Acne can also be found in infants due to the activation of sebaceous glands in utero. Acne can be a chronic problem or may resolve itself spontaneously after 4-5 years, as noted in 70% of acne sufferers. The incidence of acne at age 40 years is about 1% for men and 5% for women.
Acne is not caused by dirt or a diet with too much sugar or caffeine, although these factors can aggravate the situation. Other factors include over exposure to certain weather conditions, stress, hormonal changes, oily skin, endocrine conditions, or certain medications or drugs. Acne usually affects the face, chest, back and sometimes the upper-arm.
Acne Treatment: Since acne is often hereditary it can not be prevented, but good skin care can improve the condition by reducing further lesions. Certain medicinal ointments and cleansers are recommended when the condition becomes uncomfortable or unsightly. These include sulfur, amongst other chemicals. Since Bokek® Dead Sea Salts have a high sulfur content, they are useful in the cleansing required to purify the skin of acne sufferers.
Antibiotics and hormonal or steroid medications are prescribed in severe cases. However other management is always advisable first as these medications have negative side effects.
Acne can have adverse psychological effects, as one's body image is greatly determined during puberty and adolescence. It is possible to assist the body in restoring a healthy balance with exercise, plenty of water, rest and a balanced diet, as all these assist in helping the body remove toxins and enhance spontaneous recovery from this condition.
Aging & Skin Problems:
Up to 20% of people over 70 years of age experience three to five skin problems that require medical attention. Some of these problems may be caused by a chronic illness such as diabetes, where poor healing and reduced sensation can adversely affect the condition of the skin, especially in the legs and feet. Diseases affecting or involving blood circulation also affect the skin. Certain medications prescribed for maintenance of chronic conditions (e.g. cortisone) also affect the skin, leading to thinning and dryness of the skin. Maintaining healthy skin involves regular exercise, a healthy diet with a low fat and sugar content, a balanced lifestyle and avoiding exposure to the sun.
There are 1,000 or more different types of arthritic or rheumatological conditions known today. Of these some are inflammatory in nature and some are acquired (e.g. osteoarthritis is linked to mechanical overuse of certain joints). Some of the conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, poly arthritis, psoriatic arthritis (a combination of psoriasis and arthritis) ankylosing spondylosis, systemic lupus erathematosis, and more. The cause for these conditions is as yet unknown and there is no known cure for them using conventional or allopathic medicine.
Various studies have taken place at the Dead Sea using treatment programs combining the atmosphere of the Dead Sea with the Dead Sea mineral baths (Balneotherapy) with good results. Of particular interest is that heating the mud and applying it to sore or inflamed joints has proven to eliminate stiffness and pain. This is due to the minerals improving blood circulation necessary to reduce the inflammatory response, together with the detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant. When the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.
Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema:
Patients with atopic dermatitis (neurodermatitis or neurodermitis) form the second largest group of people who use Bokek® Dead Sea Salt for dermatological treatment.
Atopic dermatitis is chronic skin disease of unknown cause with the following main characteristics:
1. Severe itching. This is an inherent aspect of the disease. Most of the visible skin changes are due to the persistent scratching.
2. Frequently starts in early infancy. In the early stages the lesions are usually acute, "weeping" and crusted. Later, the skin becomes thickened with an exaggeration of its natural lines ("lichenification"). This occurs especially in the folds of the knees and elbows, and on the wrists, ankles and neck.
3. A sensitive, reactive skin. The skin is dry, easily irritated by mechanical or chemical stimuli and tends to become allergic to external, ingested or inhaled substances (e.g. pollens, bee stings, house dust, foods, drugs). It is more prone to some bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Psychological and climatic factors sometimes play a dominant role in exacerbating or soothing the disease.
4. A family history of Atophy. Atophy is a genetic susceptibility to certain diseases, which include atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever. The blood of atopic individuals usually has high levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE.
Results of Dead Sea Salt Treatment: Clearing is usually good to excellent, and for many sufferers undoubtedly exceeds that achieved by other therapies. The severe itching frequently subsides relatively early, even if the skin has not yet shown much response. The process is usually slower and less dramatic than with psoriasis, and for many patients treatment for 6 rather than 4 weeks may be more effective.
Cellulite is experienced by 90% of all women over the age of 20 years. The appearance of cellulite is typically described as a dimpled, cottage cheese-like appearance, due to lumpy deposits of fat below the skin on the thighs, hips and buttocks of women that cause it. Since the fat becomes trapped in compartments of the tissue where there is poor circulation, cellulite is a condition that is difficult to eliminate.
Although exercise is recommended to improve muscle tone and circulation to the area, and a good diet to remove toxins and provide the necessary nutrients, these do not cure cellulite. Bokek® Dead Sea Salt can assist in detoxifying, which can improve circulation in and suppleness of the skin. The bath salts can also assist in general cleansing of the skin, which is necessary to remove impurities that are otherwise trapped within the tissue.
Shedding of dead skin cells is a natural part of the daily regeneration of the skin, which is shed every 24 days. An excessive shedding of the skin cells of the scalp resulting in white flakes, and sometimes itchiness is known as dandruff. Dandruff, although a natural growth process of the skin, is caused by excess oiliness of the scalp and is therefore seasonal. Contrary to common belief that it would be more severe in summer due to sweating or dryness, dandruff is worse during the winter months. There is no known cure for dandruff.
Dandruff is affected by:
- Use of hairspray and gels
- Overuse of chemical hair treatments
- Use of curling irons and curlers
- Exposure to cold dry weather or dry indoor air
- Tight fitting hats or head scarves
- Stress, anxiety, trauma and tension
- Personal hygiene
Since dandruff is part of the natural growth process of cells, it can not be cured but only managed. There are various shampoos are on the market that claim to reduce or eliminate dandruff. They contain various chemicals, including sulfur. Bokek® Dead Sea Salts contain sulfur in a natural form. In addition, the other minerals assist in detoxifying and cleansing which is vital to restore the balance of cells to reduce the oiliness of the scalp.
Dry skin is a common aspect of the aging process and is seen in most people over the age of 70 years. As skin ages, the physiological changes leading to dryness result in itching and flaking, especially when the weather is cold and dry. This is due both to a decrease in secretions from the oil glands and a reduction in the skin barrier leading to quicker skin irritation.
Other than aging, severely dry skin can indicate various condition such as psoriasis, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or an overactive thyroid gland. Itching can also indicate a reaction to a number of medication or drugs, including anticancer drugs.
As one ages, our skin also becomes more susceptible to irritation from contact with various materials, a condition known as contact dermatitis. This could indicate an allergy has developed to any substance including: wool, lanolin (the oil in wool), soap, detergent, or bleach used in the wash. Prevention of contact dermatitis includes wearing loose fitting clothing, changing your laundry detergent and washing new clothes before wearing them.
Regular soaking with Dead Sea bath salts and then applying a moisturizer recommended by your doctor can also alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. This is due to the high mineral content in the Dead Sea salt, which helps both in cleansing and replacing required electrolytes necessary for healthy skin.
Stress has become one of those buzzwords typical of the modern times we live in. It is typically seen as being a negative conjuring up images of difficulty, chaos etc. Stress in actual fact is the body’s response to any situation that necessitates change of one form or another, both negative and positive. It is the trigger or motivator to move forward, act or react to a given set of circumstances. Without stress our lives would stagnate.
So if we need stress in order to progress in life, why the focus on the negative impact of stress on our lives?
When in a situation requiring change, our body prepares itself for what is known as a fight or flight response. A common example used in stress management is that of facing a lion. If one were to see a lion in the jungle, your immediate reaction would be of impending danger necessitating a decision to stay and fight or to run for your life. The same is true for any situation requiring change, you need to decide how to continue or respond to the given facts presenting themselves to you.
The body reads each new situation as impending danger and thus sets up a hormonal response to ensure that your body will be in a state ready to react quickly, to be alert and obtain the result necessary to keep you out of danger. This includes an outpouring of adrenaline, a stimulant hormone, into the blood stream. This begins a chain reaction within your body, together with certain other stress hormones, which are intended to be protective. the changes include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure (to get more blood to the muscles, brain and heart), faster breathing (to take in more oxygen needed by the brain and muscles for quick reactions), tensing of muscles (preparation for action), increased mental alertness and sensitivity of sense organs (to assess the situation and act quickly), increased blood flow to the brain, heart and muscles (the organs that are most important in dealing with danger) and less blood to the skin, digestive tract, kidneys and liver (where it is least needed in times of crisis). In addition, there is an increase in blood sugar, fats and cholesterol (for extra energy) and a rise in platelets and blood clotting factors (to prevent hemorrhage in case of injury).
Utilizing these changes within your system at the correct time for the desired response is positive. For example fleeing from impending danger. More positive examples include giving a lecture, a presentation, getting married, moving etc.
When looking at the physiological changes that occur in the body in response to the body’s concept of danger or the stress or, it makes sense why repeated stress will lead to physical changes which if occurring over an extended period of time results in illness.
The physical changes or symptoms resulting from stress include but are not limited to: increased heart rate; pounding heart; elevated blood pressure; sweaty palms; tightness of the chest, neck, jaw and back muscles; headache; diarrhea; constipation; urinary hesitancy; trembling, twitching; stuttering and other speech difficulties; nausea; vomiting; sleep disturbances; fatigue; shallow breathing; dryness of the mouth or throat; susceptibility to minor illness, cold hands, itching; being easily startled; chronic pain and dysponesis.
Emotional signs and symptoms of stress, including but not limited to: irritability, angry outbursts, hostility, depression, jealously, restlessness, withdrawal, anxiousness, diminished initiative, feelings of unreality or over alertness, reduction of personal involvement with others, lack of interest, tendency to cry, being critical of others, self-deprecation, nightmares, impatience, decreased perception of positive experience opportunities, narrowed focus, obsessive rumination, reduced self-esteem, insomnia, changes in eating habits and weakened positive emotional response reflexes.
Cognitive/perceptual signs and symptoms of stress, including but not limited to: forgetfulness, preoccupation, blocking, blurred vision, errors in judging distance, diminished or exaggerated fantasy life, reduced creativity, lack of concentration, diminished productivity, lack of attention to detail, orientation to the past, decreased psychomotor reactivity and coordination, attention deficit, disorganization of thought, negative self-esteem, diminished sense of meaning in life, lack of control/need for too much control, negative self-statements and negative evaluation of experiences.
Behavioral signs and symptoms of stress, including but not limited to: increased smoking, aggressive behaviors (such as driving), increased alcohol or drug use, carelessness, under-eating, over-eating, withdrawal, listlessness, hostility, accident-proneness, nervous laughter, compulsive behavior and impatience.
From the above lists doctors have now found a link between continued stress or stress symptoms and illness or diseases e.g. heart disease, diabetes, asthma, mental problems, lack of sleep, loss of resistance to illness, and even allergies, amongst others. For this reason it is important to learn to manage our stress and to reduce our stress symptoms.
Some of the methods or reducing stress and the effects it has on our health include: relaxation, exercise, diet, forming a healthy sleep pattern, developing good communication and inter personal relationships, balanced lifestyle, amongst others.
The bath salts and mud packs offer wonderful relief of the symptoms by increasing circulation and detoxification necessary to remove the by products from the stress cycle thereby freeing your cells from these toxins. They also moisturize the skin and enhance relaxation of the body, which in turn enables one to obtain adequate sleep, necessary for regeneration of the body.
Hair loss is a common occurrence of daily life with up to 100 hairs a day being regarded as normal. However, when the quantity increases it becomes an understandable cause for concern. The incidence of hair loss is as much as 4 out of 5 people as some stage of their lives.
There are many causes listed as to why hair loss occurs, including: heredity, stress and trauma, local scalp infection, certain diseases or infections which result in a high fever e.g. flu, pneumonia or typhoid; certain mediations e.g. antibiotics, contraceptives, blood thinning drugs, certain antipsychotic drugs; thyroid medication or strong drugs, chemical therapies e.g. those used for cancer treatments; thyroid problems; emotional or environmental stress; hormonal imbalances; following child birth as the hormones change; menopause. Iron deficiency anemia and lupus can also cause hair loss.
In the body, a compound called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), made up of water, cholesterol, testosterone and an enzyme can have an adverse effect on the growth receptors in the hair follicle. It can cause the tiny blood vessels in the papilla to shrink, restricting food and oxygen to the matrix that produces hair protein. DHT also blocks certain receptors in the sebaceous gland, which then can produce a heavy sebum that later hardens in the follicle to form a hard deposit. The hair restricted in both areas atrophies and falls out prematurely. The cycle repeats itself until the follicle is only capable of producing a short hair, that falls out and the follicle itself atrophies. This is then the sad state, which we term as baldness. It is important to note the pattern of hair fall and quantity over what time period to assist in determining if there is an illness causing the hair loss. Typically hair loss is preceded by an excessive production of sebum from the glands known as seborrhea. Sebum is secreted naturally by the body from the ages of 16 or 18, however when the quantities of sebum secreted become excessive, the hair follicle has difficulty breathing and producing healthy hair, resulting in the hair falling out.
Baldness in men is noted to be as high as 30 million males in the USA. Female baldness is less common and usually occurs centrally on the head. Women usually only develop balding after cancer treatments, when experiencing hormonal changes as in during adrenal or ovarian growths, menopause or after crash dieting or fasting over an extended period of time.
By using Bokek® Dead Sea Salts in cleansing the scalp, it improves the hair follicles ability to allow hair to growth. This in turn helps reduces hair loss.
The T-Tapp workouts are very helpful at helping my neurokinetic development. Since I started doing them when I am done my walking and balance improves. Over the last month I have had decreased swelling in my breasts. Its supposed to help with moving the lymphatic system. Other workouts have not affected the monthly swelling in my chest that make the breasts and arms swell up with fluid so my chest feels like I am carrying around giant watermelons. The tenderness that went along with it is almost gone.
T-Tapp is supposed to help with the hormones too. I noticed that I don't have as severe cramping in comparison to before. I am very hopeful as I continue with the workouts, my nerves will rewire themselves improving my ability to move. It seems to have a very healing effect on my body. When I consistently do the workouts my back pain decreases greatly. The workouts while are very simple being filmed in Teresa Tapps home are very effective for my body. Her movements look so simple and easy, yet they challenge me in so many ways. My muscles scream for mercy during the workout. She teaches you all about form and muscle activation. When you have the right form, the workout gets harder.
She advocates skin brushing which I have added in to my daily routine. It helps to move the lymphatic system and help restore skin elasticity. I can't say enough good things about T-Tapp.
Yesterday's workout was 55 min. of T-Tapp Total workout and 43 min. of Yoga.
Thanks for all the support and hugs. Unfortunately the idea of the recumbent trike is one I will have to let go of. The cost of it is too high for me at the moment. Maybe one day. For now I will have to be content with working out with my DVDS.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
People can be so mean, insensitive, and uncaring. They cause emotional pain with their words. Like a sword stabbing my heart, chopping it to pieces, I lay bleeding.
Today I am trying to recover from the sense of hopelessness from the POISONOUS words that were spoken.
Over the last few weeks I have gone to some local bike shops in Redding Ca. looking for a recumbent trike. The first shop looked at me and ignored my presence since I was hobbling around with a cane and had troubles walking that day. Sure it wasn't my best day health wise, but I was a customer. They ignored my questions and desire to know more about the bikes. I wanted to find one that is light weight, one that is easy to ride, comfortable, and learn all the ins and outs of bike riding. Biking is supposed to be a good way for people with MS to get in shape. Instead because I walked with a cane with a limp, I was snubbed.
Shop two was today. The owner kept trying to convince me that really should get a regular bike. Excuse me, I know what is best for my body. Due to balance issues I want a bike that I won't fall over on. As a child I didn't have a bike so I don't want to learn how to ride a two wheeler now, when they have really cool recumbent trikes that look comfortable. When I told her I have MS she said I needed to take up yoga from a RN downtown. She said at least you won't fall over doing yoga. LOL. Yes you can. I have many times and I am a RN. $^^@%&^#&%$
What stupidity !!! Ok, I get it she won't order me a Recumbent Trike. I understand. Then she says, you really shouldn't be riding a bike in your condition. _*(&&&_*&^%^%*$*!!! That just pisses me off. Who is she to decide if I should or shouldn't ride a bike !!!
It reminds me of the Physical therapists and neurologists I have had in the past who tell me to basically give up. You have MS, its a progressive disease, don't bother trying to exercise. That is like saying life isn't worth living. Excuse me !!! Why would you tell someone it isn't worth exercising!!! I don't understand people like that.
Then at home I commented on people like that who discourage people shouldn't be allowed to say mean things. The reply at home was, well it might be too hard for you. . . . More discouragement. Now I feel so sad. Ok, I guess it means since I am not supported I won't be able to get one. It was at home my DH had suggested the idea of going for bike rides together would be a fun. Well, ok I give up. They win. I can't afford to get one on my own. I guess I will sit at home alone. While he goes for his bike rides alone. It's ok. He can go have fun alone, without me.
Who are these people who try to make up there minds of what I should be doing? Isn't it MY BODY that they are trying to decide the fate of??? I don't tell them what they should be doing with there body. Who are they to try to tell me what to do with mine???
When one has a chronic illness, one has to experiment with what there body can do. Its up to the individual to decide what is best for each's own body. No one else can decide for them or make that choice. Its a personal decision. I was unable to find a physical therapist who knew how to best work with MS. It became my work over the last two years to DISCOVER what is best for my body.
So to celebrate my free-time ALONE, it's all about self-love. I will NURTURE my SPIRIT. Yes, I will enjoy my time spent in meditation, doing yoga, chi gong, Pilates, T-Tapp, and other workouts. In the workout room I will light incense to purify the atmosphere, driving away any negativity.
Special treatment continues after a good workout. First I undress in the flickering candlelight, breathing in the lavender scented fragrance. A vegetable fiber brush will brush my dry skin, gently moving lymph fluids, promoting circulation, gently removing old skin cells, creating a pink flush to my skin. Then follows SOAKING my body in a tub of warm water embellished with dead sea salts and lavender oil. As I soak, I read one of my many books from my personal library.
Sigh. Pure BLISS !!!
My mind will be refreshed as I emerge from the heated waters. Once again I will feel joyful, peaceful, energized, and relaxed.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. ~Bob Moawad
Life has been hectic lately, worrying about my husband hoping he doesn't have cancer. Many tears have been shed, lots of prayers said. His doctor does not believe what my husband is saying. He put him on antibiotics which seemed to help his respiratory system. Then he came down again with a few days of fevers. He was put on antibiotics again even though his doctor is not believing that he is ill. The thing is as a RN, I have the skills to listen to my husband's lungs and I know his lungs were not clear. They were wet sounding, full of mucus. His o2 sats have been in the lower 90's. That is not normal for him.
The second set of x-rays will be done soon. He has an appointment scheduled to get his throat scoped early next month. So we are still waiting for an answer.
On the positive side, he has reached deep into his spiritual side. He found his mother's old Bible and read from it outside under the shade of the mulberry tree. Inside it he found some childhood letters to his mom and photos of him. Many hours have been spent praying and reading the Bible. It has been of great comfort for him. He said when he was praying, that God said he would be fine. He says he now feels like the cancer scare - was just a terrible scare.
We took time and traveled to the Trinidad and enjoyed 5 wonderful sunny days th walking on the beach. We took photos of the sunset, ourselves, and just enjoyed the peacefulness of the nearly empty beaches. Of course we couldn't help but search for agates. We came home with a small sandwich bag partially filled. During that time I spent much of my time in prayer. To me I feel more spiritual out in nature vs. being in a church being preached to.
My husband's anxiety is decreased, but he still has moments of it. He decided after the trip that he would start an exercise program. He has worked out for years, but he is rededicated to working out. Since he restarted after not doing it for a bit, he had a bit of cleansing or a healing reaction. He became ill with the second respiratory illness, running a fever, was very pale, short of breath, coughing up lots of mucus. I told him often its a sign of healing that can happen when one changes diet or starts exercising. He has more hope and is positive.
My husband said he needed a different form of exercise than what he has been doing, so he went out and purchased a really nice bike. It is on order and won't arrive until October, but I feel its great to see him uplifted. He started back into doing resistance bands, stretching, and step workouts. He also joined me in drinking green smoothies which was a big surprise !!!
The other day I saw a program on the benefits of drinking green smoothies and decided to add them into my diet. Today was the second day of drinking one. I have to say I feel really happy that I can get in lots of nutrition by blending fruit and greens in our vitamix. Today our smoothie had one whole avocado with the pit, spinach, grapes, a mango, pineapple all fresh and about a cup of water. I blended it up and it made a fruit flavored yummy, but gross looking drink.
As to me, the stress caused the MS to act up, so my workouts have been hit or miss. There have been days when I can barely move, so I do yin yoga or restorative yoga on those days. On the good days I have been doing T-Tapp and yoga. When we can we take a walk out in the sunshine.
I am so very impressed with the T-Tapp workouts as they seem to really help with the rewiring of the neurons in my brain. The muscle nerve connection improves after I do the workout. My walking improves along with balance, I can feel the carpet better, my back soreness is eased, and I can tipie toe. I lost the ability to do that with MS. But after doing the workout I can tipie toe for awhile.
Another product I am impressed with is T-Tapp's Pyruvial Glycine spray. It helps with my endurance and energy levels. It is a spray that you take off and on during the day. Its main purpose is to help with energy and weight loss. I haven't lost weight, but I notice that when the MS heavy lead feeling comes on when I am working out or walking, It decreases it and even takes it away at times. I am able to complete longer workouts when I take it.
The other day my husband and I went up to Mt. Shasta and we looked through there rock and crystal stores. I was worn out after 3 stores so I sprayed it in my mouth. Then we walked back to the car about a .5 miles away. We stopped at a park to have a picnic lunch and waited to see if my body would recover so we could see the waterfalls. Well it did !!! We walked down a steep narrow trail to the falls and sat under the mist. It was so beautiful. The hike up was very steep, with a steep drop if you slipped. I concored my fear and hiked back up. I have a horrible fear of heights. As my muscles fatigued, I took a few sprays and was able to hike up the challenging trail. It was very impressive considering two days ago I had been chair bound due to severe weakness. Even when I feel bad if I take the spray I can manage a short workout.
Today I reordered the spray and the store was kind enough to give me a thirty percent off with the purchase of a book. It was quite a savings since I was trying to stock up. I didn't need the book as I already have it, but the savings more than paid for the price of the book and more.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
YEA !!! On 9-9-11 I completed one year of working out consistently !!! Firmly implanted in my daily habits is working out regularly. It's exciting. My journey has been filled with ups and downs with health issues and challenges, yet I pressed on. Nothing has stopped me in realizing my goal.
Working out started as a struggle especially since my body is challenged with MS. The workouts are harder for me than the average person. Many times when I was done working out my body would collapse into the floor and I would lay frozen for a bit until I could crawl over to the phone. My husband would always help me up like a wonderful hero he is. Day after day I pressed on, committed to improving my health.
Over time working out became a habit. I had to give up going to the gym due to the increase in MS symptoms that hit after working out. Instead I purchased lots of workouts of many different types to find out which exercises are best for me. On any given day I can pick from any instructor I want and get a workout in. I learned on days I feel very ill and weak I can do RESTORATIVE yoga or YIN YOGA and still get a workout in. My ability to walk distances has improved to 3 miles or a bit farther.
Now when I miss a day working out I feel very guilty. I do take rest days when needed though, as I listen to my body. I learned its good to do so because usually when I rest my bodies strength improves.
This year has been spent in learning how to be my own physical therapist. Lots of articles have been read, studied, and researched in attempt to find workouts that work with multiple sclerosis - helping my body rather than making symptoms worse. I have found several different kinds of workouts that help my body to move better and other ones to try out.
Recently, RKS kettlebell system sold me a set of bells for 75% off !!! Now I have three nice kettlebells to use. They also have a great set of dvds with tons of workouts on them.
Today I am happy to report since starting T-TAPP two weeks ago I am down 11.25 inches !!! I am shrinking all over. It's a workout that is reactivating my muscles that were trying to atrophy. My muscle tone is improving, my legs are looking better, my arms well you can now see a bulge of muscle peeking out under the layer of fat. My abs have shrunk dramatically. Its all about the muscle activation. If the muscles don't activate properly, one can't make as much progress. I will continue to press on making progress.
You can find the workouts at T-Tapp.com. They are plain jane workouts filmed in Teresa Tapp's living room and a resort. They are filled without music as your mind is supposed to have better neurokinetic flow without it from my understanding. The workouts for me are helping me to loose inches by activating muscles that I couldn't feel well when I worked out. Like my abs. I would do crunches and not feel my abs tightening up well. Now I can make them tighten up. It retrains the muscles to work. There is lots of stuff to learn with the workouts. Her movements are different from traditional workouts. She has you hold your muscles in linear isometric form while doing the workouts. Its tough to hold the form and do the workout, but its training all the muscles to work together. You use 5-7 muscles or more in any given movement. My balance is improving and my ability to walk with her workouts. Its really exciting. It also feels like my cognitive fog is clearing. The light is coming through.
My dear, wonderful husband has been feeling ill. We are afraid of what he thinks he has, being a long-time smoker. He has a lump on his larynx and we are waiting for a specialist to call to see him. His x-rays of his lungs has white spots on it. I encourage him to make a lifestyle change, but he has yet to listen to me. I pray that he will develop interest in wheatgrass juice and a healing diet and lifestyle. I love him so very much. He is the most wonderful husband one could ever have. Please keep up your prayers for him. I am trying to stay strong.
Monday, August 08, 2011
I saw the x-ray of my husband's lungs. . . I am waiting for the doctor to tell us. . . The problem is I saw lots of white spots in both sides of the lungs and the rear view.
It seems like I pray all the time for a Miracle. My husband is all I have in my life, the only person who loves me.
My body feels tired and weak since stress affects the MS. I try to stay strong while we wait for the diagnoisis. We are also waiting for him to get an app. to have his throat scoped. He still feel a knot in his larynx.
Tomorrow is my exercise anniversery, one year of being totally comitted. Its hard to press on while worrying.
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