It’s been my rest day, a much needed rest day, both mentally and physically. I had a stressful week at the school. I have been placed to work with a very intense child all day. The two day break from him is going by fast but it’s great to have this reset time. Physically I had a lot of exercise this week. Two times this week my back was on fire. My back is feeling good today. I have three appointments this next week to help heal my back: massage therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractor.
The new focus this week is to take my vitamins. I started taking vitamin D, Omega 3s, and vitamin B12.
Here is a little information about Vitamin B12 from Spark, www.sparkpeople.com/reso
. I really do feel I have been having a deficiency in these areas. With B12, I don’t eat much meat. It’s very rare I will eat meat. For most of the time, like 95% of the week I don’t eat meat. Since vitamin B12 is in meats I am lacking this vitamin. Already, I suffer from anemia, but with the lack of B12 I have a double whammy. Two months ago I suffered for a three weeks of really bad nausea, poor appetite, and stomach pain. I thought I was sick and I went to the doctor and she couldn’t figure out what was going on. She placed me on a bland diet. Looking at the symptoms I have had a lot of them: weakness, fatigue, palpitations, nausea, and poor appetite. I am unsure how long it will take for me to start feeling better from B12 but will ask my medical team. I have heard it can take one month to six months to feel the difference. Thinking of one month or six months’ time away, envisioning myself I see in one month’s time is I will have at least 8 pounds lost, I will have more strength and muscles built up, and I will have formed healthier habits. In six months’ time I will have lost at least 48 pounds, I will be doing more activities for exercise (in and out of the pool), I will have natural healthy habits formed. Either way, if the vitamins are working to help me feel better or not, my healthier habits will make me feel better.
Next is vitamin D. There is a nutritional article from Sparkpeople, How to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D, www.sparkpeople.com/reso
. I recommend reading it. Lately I have been extremely sick. It seems like nonstop sick from the children I work with. Every time they catch something I have been getting it and for four months I have been sick with five different viruses. The worst one lasting over a month, which I still haven’t completely shook off. By having my vitamin D I will help strengthen my immune system. The next time I go to the doctors I will ask for a vitamin D test.
Finally Omega 3’s. I use to be big on Omega 3’s, I even made my son take them when he was in first grade. I even made him take primrose hips. It was a great way to help him with his ADHD and sensory disorder. After a few years we got out of the habit and until now I’m starting it back up. There is a nutritional article from Sparkpeople, The Mega Benefits of Omega-3's, www.sparkpeople.com/reso
. I am suffering from back and hip issues. By taking omega 3’s it might improve my joints. If that’s the case then it will help with the healing process for my hips and back or at least help them from being stiff. The reason years ago that I took it with my son was to help the brain. I have noticed the last few weeks I was getting forgetful or not remembering things. I thought it was just being tired from long hours at work and then having to workout. Also, since September I have been suffering more from my asthma. I have been taking my inhaler more frequent and this just might help my lung health.
Today I have read more and have almost finished “The Spark Solution” book. Once finished I will read the book, “Eating on the Wild Side” by Jo Robinson. My friend and I are both reading it, she recommended it to me. I can’t wait to start it.
Looking back at this last week, I have done my exercise goal; I drank plenty of water; I lost 3 pounds instead of 2 pounds; I tracked most of my calories for both intake and outtake; and I brought healthy snacks to work all week.
Goals for this week:
- Do at least 60 minutes of exercise for 6 days.
- Drink 9 cups of water daily.
- Lose 2 pounds.
- Track calorie intake and outtake.
- Take my daily vitamins and minerals.
Plans for tomorrow:
Five things I'm grateful for:
1. The Spark Solution book. I am able to have good reminders and read up on a few things I am learning about.
2. Naps. I only get a nap once a week, usually on my rest day and it’s sure wonderful.
3. True Friends. The kind that will support me no matter what but it’s a major benefit when they also are on health plans too.
4. Sales. I was able to get a lot of organic foods for a very good price at my local market.
5. Resources. I love this day and age. We are able to search for news, articles, and facts about things. I warn you, have a critical eye and know your internet safety. It sure is nice to look up information.