Wednesday, May 01, 2013
My herbal regime is going well and Iíve enrolled in a personal interest herbalist certificate course, which will take about a year to accomplish on my schedule. Itís not heavy duty, I just want to learn more about which herb is good for what and most important, how much to take or eat and how often. I know there is a lot of information on the web, but I find it can be rather confusing at times, so thought maybe a structured course will help me out.
Just the fact that I am doing this is amazing as Iíve been tired and arthritic for many years and just 6 short months ago, before joining Sparkpeople, I wouldnít have even given this a thought. I attribute this new found energy and zest for life returning after a winter of disciplined exercise and proper eating. I have gained at least 2.5 hours a day of activity time by not sleeping so much and not having to nap during the day very often. For years, napping every afternoon was my life as I just couldnít get through my day without it and I feel asleep really early and slept in longer as my sleep patterns were and still are disturbed, but sleep is getting better lately.
Yes, I still get really tired, and have some pretty sore all over my body days, but my mental health has improved to the point of my taking only a small dose of anti-depressants and I hope to get off them completely before the year is up. I feel like my brain is finally waking up and part of that is because Iíve come off the amitripyline, it gave me awful side effects, short term memory impairment and feeling like a zombie for hours in the mornings.
I had a massage on Monday and the therapist hit so many sore muscle knots that I was achy for 2 days.. finally Iím feeling not so battered from that experience. I am hoping that a massage once in awhile, along with my yoga, cycling, walking and continued whole foods regime that I will continue to improve.
I am determined not to let my arthritic disabilities stop me from living life. As more activities become difficult, like gardening and my love for knitting, I am finding new opportunities opening up and turning my disability into an ability.
I went through a grieving period this winter when my right hand and wrist got bad, but now I ask for help when I need it instead of trying to do everything myself!!
Thank you Sparkpeople and the Spark community/friends, I couldnít have gotten this far without either of you!!