I'm Still Here - And Evolving
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Crazy busy but in so many positive ways.
So what have I been doing?
My priority has been getting to the gym. I have taken an inventory of my attempts over the years and came to the conclusion that I haven't really applied myself to exercising. I have worked myself up to 100+ minutes a day at the gym, except when weather is bad like today. Those days require a home workout. Going to the gym is a 45 minute commute each way, so that is why I am making sure my workouts are intense in cardio, balanced with toning, and consulting the trainer. I see my husband less right now because I have to fit in the gym after working the second job right now, but in April the job ends so workouts will be earlier, and he understands that.
He has seen the NSVs my working out daily has yielded. I have finally conquered the hill I live on. I used to throw up at the end of walking up the hill, now I can practically run to the top. I can walk the dogs with him now. It is wonderful time together.
I know I'm stronger because when my daughter, my very thin and an athlete through high school, was home from college we went to the gym for three hours and she struggled to keep up with my and hurt the next day.
Second thing is my health, of course. I am still diseased and heavily medicated for it. I have been having unusual skin problems that baffled my doctor. He wants to send me to a specialist. And I was ready to see that specialist until I saw a movie a few days ago called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and the man in the movie was my age, with my medical issues, and that same skin issue. I had a name for it now and started researching it to find out that it is a common side effect of many of the medications I'm on. What is supposed to make me well is making me sicker.
For this reason, we are transitioning our home to a vegan life. Once our dairy products and eggs are gone, we'll be replacing those items with nut milks and nutritional yeast. That'll be the first step.
I'm thinking of starting a blog off of SparkPeople to document the treatment of disease with nutrition and my transition away from medication.
My medical copays right now are nearing $300 a month. I have amazing insurance but I see numerous doctors and I am prescribed dozens of prescriptions. At 40 years of age I take more medications than my 99 year old aunt who is hospitalized right now.
Food got me here, food will have to get me out.
Peace to all!