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Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Rough Day

I spent the day doing pretty much, ummm, yeah, nothing. I decided I would spend the day reading a book on my Kindle. I succeeded in reaching my goal. While it felt great to just relax and read all day, I realized that came with some consequences. Lying in bed all day actually hurt my back. By the end of the day, my back felt worse than it did yesterday. By the time I realized this, it was too late to hit the gym and get some exercise in on the arc trainer. And to top it off, the boys were home from camping so I wasn't going to get any quiet time to do a little yoga. I won't make this same mistake again.

While I ate healthy today, I came to the realization that weekends are not good for me when it comes to drinking water. I definitely feel the effects of that as well! Drinking more water is definitely going to be a key to reaching the goal of sanity.

I have felt more out of sorts today between the lack of exercise and water today. Add on top of that a nice heaping of no money in the account to go to the store just about sent me a few steps backwards on this road I'm on. But, I decided to look at the lack of money in a different light. It's not like we have no food in the freezer. On the contrary, we have plenty of food. But, our youngest is not able to buy his food at school and will have to make it at home instead. Is this a bad thing? I think this is putting us on the right road! AND add in the fact that I could use this as an excuse as to not to go to the store to buy my son's friend and himself soda for the night was an added bonus. :)  I am slowly weaning him off that horrible stuff.

So, for all of you out there that find yourself in the same predicament I'm in, with the lack of funds that is, take heart! While it all seems like a bad dream, look for the positive side and all the blessings that you have. I am blessed to have a family, home, job, and wonderful friends that are supportive of me on this journey. Thank you, Lord, for that!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tempting foods part 2

This blog about tempting foods is fabulous! It reaffirmed what I did today with yoga and excercising at the gym. Check it out and if you haven't changed yet, I highly recommend thinking about changing your lifesty. Tempting foods part 2

Jalapeño and Lime Hummus

Jalapeño and Lime Hummus

I plan to try this tonight! This looks so yummy! Thanks, Karina the Gluten-Free Goddess!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Loss is a Gain

I not only joined the "Biggest Loser" competition at work, but I also signed up for the Sunny 104.5 Winter Meltdown. Last week was the initial weigh in. I weigh in every week at work, but will only weigh in again for the Winter Meltdown in April. I was very nervous going in to weigh this morning. It has been a rough week. I spent the majority of the week in severe pain after I caused my lower back muscles to go into spasm and inflamed that annoying bulging disc. Tuesday it became worse when I turned "just right"; I ended up not working that day due to the pain. Needless to say, any hope to work out this week was destroyed on Tuesday. I kept up with eating fresh fruits and veggies and I stayed away from soda. (Yay, me!) I really hoped that what little bit I could do would prove beneficial.

I was right, I benefited from it. I stepped on the scale and discovered I have lost 2 pounds! Now that may not seem like a lot to an average person, but for me that is a huge gain! I have struggled for years to lose a little bit of weight with no progress. Dr. Rhoads (my new chiropractor) has me on supplements to help my immune system (which actually kept me from getting sicker this week when I thought strep was setting in) and get rid of all the bad stuff in my stomack and put the good stuff back in. He swears that this will help, and it looks like it is. I am not craving sugar and sodas like I did last week and I've lost weight!

I worked out tonight with my son, and we had a great conversation about getting healthy. I am excited about the weight loss and I can't wait to get back in the gym tomorrow!

Eating Real Foods and The Grecian Garden

As I was perusing through my Facebook updates, I came across this website that was shared with one of the gluten-free websites I subscribe to. The article I read was about eating real foods. I highly recommend reading this article! It is filled with good information and reafirms that what I am doing to change my life is a move in the right direction. Go and check it out now while you are thinking about it! You won't regret it!

http://thegreciangarden.com/2012/01/06/real-food-real-health-strawberry-fig-muffins-and-a-giveaway/

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Starting the Journey...again

Journey again, you ask? Why again? It seems this journey for a life with no chaos is one that I have started many times, and subsequently stopped just as many times. What makes this time different? I am finally fed up with being 41 and feeling like I am 80. So, I begin this journey again with a new starting point, and I can thank my bosses for the opportunity. One day before we left for Christmas break, they brought in a massage therapist and her co-hort who was trying to get us signed up to check out Ozark Wellness Practice. I was intrigued with what they had to say, so I ventured out last week to visit this chiropractor at Ozark Wellness, Dr. Tim. During Dr. Tim's assessment of me he asked me when was the last time I felt good, with no pain. He guessed a long time...he guessed correctly. His question made me pause, reflect and ask myself when was the last time I felt good. Honestly, I'm not sure. I know I had energy and felt good after our daughter was born in '94 but after our son was born in '98 things started to go downhill. So, my best guestimation would be at least 13 years ago was the last time I felt good--mentally and physically. After our son was born I was dignosed with PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and put on medication. From then on I've been on one medication or another. I've also had other surgeries and incidents that have affected my body--a gallbladder removal, total hysterectomy, serious bronchial infection (several times), and a broken tibia and fibula (possibly caused by the medication I was on for 6 months that weakened the bones). Doctors have not listened to what I've been saying--I think stress, not eating healthy, and medications are causing the majority of my problems.

So here I am, walking into another doctor's office in the hopes of finding a solution to the chaos that is called my life. I call it chaos because I feel that all the medications I'm on have helped create a chaos in my life (and head)! I'm 41 and on 8 different medications and feel like I have an 80 year old body that hasn't been taken care of. Imagine my delight when I heard this doctor voicing everything I have concluded was wrong with me. Not only did he say he could help (after taking multiple xrays of my back and neck and doing an assessment of my health) but he said I am on the right track with my nutrition. In May 2011 I discovered I was allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs, and beef. I first cut out the wheat, and haven't had a migraine since then. Yay! I cut out the eggs as well just because it could send me into anaphylaxic shock. No need to add more chaos to my life so I just look longingly at others as they eat their eggs. I have substituted bison and turkey for the beef whenever I can, and as for the dairy, well, well that is the one area where I cheat. I can't help it, I love cheese. :)

With all of these substitutions, I am on the right track. All I need to do now is increase my vegetable intake. That will be a difficult task. I always told my younger siblings that I couldn't eat vegetable because I was allergic to them. Yep, they believed me! While I eat more veggies now than I ever have before, it still is but a small drop in the bucket of where I need to be. It looks like my next few weekends will be filled with searching for recipes on yummy veggies. How can we make it taste better without killing all the nutrients? Ladies and gentlemen, that is the question of the hour!

It seems I have digressed a bit. So, I walk in to the chiropractor's office today in severe pain. This is my second visit (the first one was yesterday) and I managed to really put Dr. Tim to the test by causing major muscle spasms just by looking for oncoming traffic before pulling out of my driveway this morning. So much for having a normal day today. I shuffled into the office (there is no normal walking with pain this severe) with my shoes in hand. Shoes? you ask. Yes, shoes. My assignment was to bring in shoes that I was willing to wear with my orthotics (which I guiltily explained yesterday that I only wear during work out sessions). Dr. Tim is more than just a chiropractor that adjusts your bones, he looks at you as a whole person--feet and all. I was promptly told that the shoes I have are too small and I am not to wear them. Hmmm, sounds like a shopping trip is in order! :D He approved of my white Sketchers that I was wearing at the time. After a little adjustment to my back and placing my orthotics (the ones that weren't worn down) in my Sketchers he had me walk up and down the hallway. I felt like a miracle had been performed! I was actually walking and not shuffling! The pain is still there in my back, but definitely not as bad as it was when I walked in to his office today.

Now I have the conundrum of deciding what to eat for dinner. So far today I have managed to avoid all vegetables of any shape or size. I would blame it on the fact it wasn't a normal day for me (sleeping all day with muscle relaxers in me) but this is my time of no excuses, of changing my life, and being honest with myself. I avoided those veggies just because I wanted to and the fear of not being able to make a dish I liked, therefore wasting food. This will be my biggest obstacle as I struggle for that life with no chaos that I desire to have. Since I am the only one eating tonight, I believe I will just make a simple dinner of baked fish and a small salad. The big question for tonight, will I be able to put those cherry tomatoes that my hubby so lovingly bought for me in my salad???