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Heal Thyself page 4

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!!


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JULIACOLLINS62 5/2/2013 9:19PM

    Wow, you like hit so many of my life points in this blog. I'm so glad I have an opportunity thru Sparkspeople to read your blogs and be inspired by you and others. This life is a roller coaster, and you seem to be enjoying the ride thru all the twist, turns and shouts. Keep blogging and doing what you are doing. I have found so much hope here. We are not alone, and seeing you get thru the day gives me hope and strength. Thanks!!!!!
I have also learned lots of water after a massage is important. It, massage, is an intense form of exercise. It is wild how intense massages can be. Take care. Sincerely, Julia

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LADYSMITHC 5/1/2013 8:45PM

    Your class sounds intriguing and I hope we get to hear more about it as time goes on.

I've had massages too and I've found that yes, they can tend to make me not feel so well the following day. I hear that this can be normal since it is working toxins out of the body, but that the more water we drink the easier it is to rid the toxins. I am wondering if you had heard this too.

Good Luck! I believe you are on the right track! emoticon

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