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Monday, October 21, 2013

I fell off the proverbial wagon 10 months ago, when my immune system almost completely shut down, and my problematic knee weakened and made it so that my walking sessions actually were off-limits. I honestly felt so lost at first. And then I was frustrated and sick of having pain. Thank goodness I went to my chiropractor, who urged me to do an enzyme evaluation. That's how we discovered how bad off my immune system was, which made my stomach lining inflamed. Once I started on enzyme formulas to correct those problems, and was instructed to weight lift INSTEAD OF walking, I began to see immediate changes. I didn't have to take ANY OTC or prescribed medications (the enzymes are considered dietary supplements), I lost 2 inches of swelling from my neck and shoulders, which also thinned my face, and I had so much more energy!

While I did lose inches around my thighs and tummy, and managed to slim my calves and arms, I actually gained some more weight. So I cut down on gluten and wheat, and tried to get more proteins from veggies and legumes. But guess what? I wasn't getting enough protein, which in turn made my sinuses go haywire, triggering my kidneys and urinary tract to become inflamed! Plus, I was supposed to embrace a more raw-foods diet of fresh produce, baked or stove-cooked meals (no microwave), and lots of water (especially to accommodate all the enzyme tablets per day). I know I was eating more because of my renewed metabolism to boot.

Only this morning did I finally become comfortable trying SP again to see if it is possible to use this with my new lifestyle. I had to stop weight lifting for a while, and have since been cleared to walk again (yay!). Ironically, weight training is still a must to keep my knee from weakening again, and too much walking can keep messing it and my back up! Sooo I am trying to juggle between activities. It doesn't help that during the school year, I can't have my trainer at the gym who I've liked, because of his conflicting schedule. We do have a community gym in our subdivision though, which I used to use before hubby and I joined a gym. I prefer a quieter environment, so lately I've tried to freestyle some weight lifting...but I'm not so sure about what I'm doing! This morning, though, I walked. And it felt good! From now on, I'm going to take things one day at a time - FOR REAL. MUST KEEP MOVING!
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    I am just getting back to SP after almost a year of on-again-off-again commitment. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and just needed to get back to basics and let my body get back on hormonal track...and now I am trying again to lose the same 30 pounds. lol. It should be easier now since my body isn't fighting me...right?

    Anyway, just wanted you to know you aren't alone - I'm starting over again too! Try looking on the internet for videos to weight-lift to until you feel comfortable doing it yourself. I'm sure SP has some strength training videos for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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