I’m Back!

I’ve been really busy, and then there was a glitch in the Matrix.  It appears the administrative part of my WordPress Site was not working.  Still on the FODMAP diet.  So onions are a no-go at this point in time.

Started on Allergy shots a couple of weeks ago.  I went through them 24 years ago for a couple of months, and then the doc put a stop to them.  Trying again, this time I am taking Steroids and Zyrtec in the morning before my shot.  And I have to do PFT testing before every shot.  So far just minor reactions.  Keep your fingers crossed.  My asthma is more severe than it appears to be, I can walk and talk and blow a 20% of expected on my PFT with low Oxygen levels.  So it gets kind of aggravating when you tell someone you are having problems and need to go home and they tell you that you look absolutely fine….  Same kind of thing with my seizures…  Have had more than a few people tell me allergy shots didn’t work for them.   They might not work for me, but I have to try.  When you blow PFT’s that would mean hospitalization for most people, and you have huge reactions to Grass, Dogs, Cats, Dust and molds.  And allergic reaction could be deadly to me.


This is your weekend update!

Still in the elimination phase of the FODMAP diet….

Oatmeal is on the list of foods I should be able to eat.  Ordered some at Starbucks a few weeks ago, and after eating had severe cramping….  remembered back to the last Oatmeal Raisin cookie…. You know those bastard cookies that make you think they are Chocolate Chip… But one bite and…. nope….  Last time I ate one of them I got instantly sick.  So this weekend I made a batch of Steel cut oats and had a scoop, and…. no fun.  My stomach was shot for the rest of the day.   I also reacted to Cantaloupe and Raspberries which are supposed to be Low FODMAP.  Before I went on the Low FODMAP diet I read about not eating vegetables raw, that seemed to help and could explain the Raspberry and Cantaloupe reaction, I can’t imagine cooked Cantaloupe would taste very good though.

Didn’t get a chance to bike this weekend, helping Flash with stuff around the house.   Tried a different Beachbody workout called Cize!  It was a  lot of fun.  More on Beachbody on an upcoming post.

I’ve been breathing pretty well since June/July.  Working on Diet and Exercise, check!  Physical therapy check!  But then the weather starts to change and then I remember why I don’t like September.  Even though I’m working out and eating correctly and taking my meds on time.   That weather change is something I can’t beat.  So woke up and hit the nebulizer.  Heads stuffed up, chest congestion, headache.   Hopefully all my hard work paid off and I will have a short adjustment period.


I want to ride my Bicycle!

I want to ride my Bicycle!

Introducing my new bike. I named it Excalibur!

Got my new bike a couple of weeks ago.  I named it Excalibur!  Been riding a couple of times and put 18 miles on it this weekend.  It is a nice stable bike and very comfortable to ride.   Right now I am just riding on paved flat trails.  Pretty boring, but I am building up my strength and endurance.  I immediately replaced the seat with a nice wide cushy seat.  I am starting a new Beachbody challenge today and tighten up on the eating for a month or two.  Trying to lose 20 by Christmas this year.  I think that is an obtainable goal.


“Happy” Dance!

Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy!

Friday Happy Dance!

I have been using Facebook for 10 years now.  And a lot of people have something that brands them on Social Media.  Mine is photography, food, and my Friday Dance!  The first 6 months and if I am being honest last November/December was not a happy time for me so I really got away from my Friday Happy Dance. Around June my depression and anxiety started to become manageable.  In May I started Physical Therapy on my Shoulder and in July I decided that I needed to start on a regular Workout plan.  I saw that Beachbody was on-demand like Netflix which made it affordable.  And of course me being me, thought I’ll try P90X… Nope…  So then I saw a new challenge starting up called Shift Shop that was a three week challenge starting July 24th.  I had July 28th through August 13th off for vacation.  The workouts started out at 25 minutes, next week 35 minutes, third week 45 minutes.  The first week I would break every 5-10 minutes, I highly modified the workout and I started to break out in a gnarly Heat Rash under my right armpit.  I still have the Heat Rash issue, but am getting better at managing it.  The second week I started off with 1 break in the middle and by the third week I could make it through the whole 45 minutes only taking the small breaks allocated in the video.  Of course due to health issues, I still had to modify, there were some moves I couldn’t do at all, so I would work my shoulders when it came to things I couldn’t do.  Then I tried Core-de-Force for about a week, and it was fun, but still too many movements I couldn’t do without pain, so I decided to wait on that challenge.  Tried a couple of the routines from Rockin Body and liked them, decided to then try YOUv2 which was kind of fun, but once you try the Shaun T workouts, I wasn’t having as much fun or looking forward to the work out.  I think if I had tried YOUv2 first it would have been a different story, because they really are fun and great when you are getting back into working out.   So back to the Rockin Body Workouts!  I think they are a Blast and they are definitely putting the Happy Dance back into my Fridays and everyday of the week.

 


Quick and Dirty on the FODMAP diet.

I have been on the FODMAP Elimination diet to determine what is causing my IBS and Acid reflux.  What does FODMAP Stand for?  Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols which are short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols.  This causes the small intestine to poorly absorb food and then it starts to ferment and then that attracts more water to my intestines and causes all sorts of fun things, but my least favorite thing is the “BLOATING”  and gas and other nastiness isn’t that much fun either.

So right now I have to stay away from artichokes, asparagus, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, lentils, mushrooms, onions, and peas….  Pretty much half of what I eat.  Most everything I cook starts with onions and Garlic.  Quite a few of my favorite fruits such as Blackberries, Cherries, apples, peaches pears, watermelon.   I am supposedly supposed to be able to eat Cantaloupe, raspberries and bananas but those also cause me issues.  Lactose in Dairy.  Butter and Whipped Cream are okay.  The only kind of cheese I eat is Mozzarella, and I don’t drink milk or eat yoghurt.   Products made from Wheat or Rye, but I can eat real Sourdough bread since it is fermented.   Gluten isn’t an issue as far as the FODMAP diet is concerned.  Oatmeal is supposed to be okay, but it causes severe abdominal cramping…..  Sugars I can’t eat are HFCS, Agave Syrup, Honey and non-sugar alcohol sweeteners: sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol.  The only big deal there is the Honey as I like Raw Local unfiltered honey, so I hope that isn’t one of my triggers.  Nuts are with moderation but no Pistachios or Cashews, most of my homemade milk was Cashew…..   No dried fruits.

Before I saw this particular Doctor, I had stopped eating Raw Fruits and Vegetables and that seemed to also make a difference.

So that is my quick and dirty rundown on the FODMAP diet and IBS.


Gonna Fly Now!

Gonna Fly Now! 

Today starts Physical therapy on my Feet, Ankles, Knees and Hips.  And I figured Gonna Fly Now! is a much better title Physical Therapy on my bottom Half…..

When I wake up in the mornings, and when I am riding in a car or the train, there is a period of time that my ankles are tight and hard to move.  And I have a real hard time walking for about 1 minute.  This isn’t something related to my weight.

I also can’t do Pushups or Planks or anything that sustains my weight for more than a few seconds on my hands, wrists or feet.  My extra weight has something to do with this, plus I haven’t really been exercising like that lately.  And when I do Pushups from my knees, that actually hurts worse than a regular pushup.  I can’t stand on my tip toes for any sustained amount of time.

Latterly my Hips aren’t that strong, I think this is a common thing amongst Computer Jockeys.

 

My flexibility is getting better but it isn’t that great yet.  So Lunges and deep knee bends are no fun.

So off to Physical Therapy and the ability to get stronger at Kicking Ass on my workouts!

 

 


Thunderstruck!

2CELLOS – Thunderstruck [LIVE]

AC/DC is one of my favorite groups to work out to.  Thought I would find a unique version of one of my favorite songs!  Enjoy!

In order to establish good work out patterns the first organ you have to engage is your brain.   And when your brain is overwhelmed, stressed, tired and overworked it is almost impossible to take care of yourself.  And to top it off, I have a neurodivergent brain.  So I over analyze, over think, over plan and think I have to have everything perfect before I proceed and then I get Stuck.   I started studying different workout plans on Youtube and talking to friends.  I then decided to try Beachbody.  Put feelers out on Facebook for a great Beachbody Coach.  Got a couple of suggestions and chose the one I thought would be best for me.   I signed up for the 14 day free trial and I liked what I saw so I signed up for a 3  month membership.  And on July 23rd started a 3 week challenge.  I was on vacation July 28th through August 14th so I had a lot of time to give to establishing good work out patterns.

What I like about Beachbody is I don’t have to go to the Gym! You don’t have to have any special equipment.   You do it on your own time and your own terms.  I can modify to fit my own needs and when I can kick ass on an exercise I go all out.  I feel like the Coaches are in the room with me cheering me on.  And there is no one there to judge the way I work out.  There are many workout plans, and they are on demand.  And you can actually change the Audio and some even have the ability to change the video to show a person who is modifying the exercises.  Program Files are attached to each workout and you can print out a calendar and Recipes, handbooks and more!  We used a Challenge app and I  could track my measurements, weight, pictures and get encouragement from coaches and other people participating in Challenges.  I am undergoing Physical Therapy on multiple parts of my body, and there are particular exercise I just can’t do.  So I am free to modify.  I really like that I can personalize this to fit my needs.

Beachbody has what looks like some really great supplements and a line of nutrient drinks called Shakeology.  I am currently following a Doctor recommended diet so I haven’t tried them, but they appear to be a good option.  They have an on demand cooking show, and portion control containers.  They have diet plans that go with a lot of the workouts.  And all the cooking ideas look on point.

I have been doing it for about 6 weeks now, and I really notice a difference and my hubby also notices a difference.  It is a lot easier to even get dressed in the morning.

I am having great success on this program,  if you want more info hit me up and I will put you in contact with my Beachbody Coach.


I.B.S.

I.B.S. (I actually found a rap song about it)

Went to see a Gastrointestinal Doctor this morning.  And she confirmed that I have I.B.S.  So we are working on an action plan.  I will be going on an Elimination Diet and following a Low FODMAP diet plan.  FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols) are problematic for those with IBS.  My doctor recommended a Couple of Books, so I am going with the book listed on the following Webpage.  IBS Elimination Diet

I have already started eliminating processed foods and trying to cook most of my food at home.  Since June I have lost 18 pounds.  Hopefully I will find out what my trigger foods are and I won’t look like I swallowed a Basketball anymore.


Changes!

Changes

From here on out I am going to title my posts with a Song!  Cause I’m a Rocker Chick, the Beast from the East!  So how did I get to where I am today.   And what made me make the Changes I am embarking on.

I was born close to Pittsburgh PA.  It was a tough and long labor for my mom, in fact they didn’t think either of us where going to make it.  I actually had my Last rights given to me.  But after about 100 hours of labor, I was finally here!   A few birth Trauma related issues such as two different kinds of Epilepsy.  Hip and Leg deformities.  And Asthma allergies.  They expected my brain damage to be worse and they thought I would have more problems getting around.

PE was not my favorite class.  I wanted to be athletic, but for multiple reasons I wasn’t, that is a whole blog on its own.  We moved from Pennsylvania to Renton Washington when I was almost 13.   My parent’s pulled me from PE.  Two days after we moved here on February 13th, I met my husband Flash.  Despite not being in PE, I have always been a Tomboy and a Daredevil.

I didn’t start having weight issues until I was around 23 and had some severe asthma attacks and bronchitis.   High doses of Steroids, Antibiotics and Theophylline and I packed on the weight.  I started hitting the Gym and Hiking and biking and by my 10th High School reunion I was fit and trim.   By my 20th High School reunion I was quite heavy.  I joined Weight Watchers for the first time and easily lost the weight before I turned 40.   So I hit my goal and decided I knew what I was doing and stopped going to Weight Watchers and then put most of the weight back on.  I then joined Weight Watchers again.  This time I made Lifetime and then lather, rinse and repeat.  And in November 2013 my job duties became more stressful than ever before and issues with my parent’s health started to escalate.   And both of my parent’s were heavy smokers, and they were no longer able to get around.  To top it off I was hitting that delightful age of hormonal and temperature changes.  Hooray!   My anxiety issues kept building, and both of my parents got sicker and would go back and forth between Home, the Hospital and Nursing homes.  I was able to visit them when they weren’t in their home.  In January 2017 my Mom passed away.  My dad then went into the Hospital and later nursing Home and he passed away in April 2017.   I was trying to handle things as well as I could, but my depression and stress levels were at a breaking point.  So my doctor put me on SSRI’s at the beginning of February.  In April I fell and hurt my shoulder.   And frankly, I just don’t lose weight as easily as I used to.  In May I started Physical Therapy.  In April I fell in love with a bike, and I did some Photography and Marketing work for Flash and as long as I was able to sell my old bikes, I could pick up my new Bike.

Fast Forward to about mid-July.     After completing Physical Therapy on my shoulders, and selling my bikes, and being on the SSRI’s for about 6 months, my attitude started to improve.  I was scheduled to take 2 weeks of vacation, so I decided it was time to make a change.  So I decided to find a BeachBody coach and started to try the different work outs.   And on the 23rd of July I participated in a challenge called Shift Shop.  The challenge lasted 3 weeks.   It was really above my ability, but the beauty of BeachBody is I’m doing it at home, I’m not worried about anyone laughing at me, and I can modify it for my current Health and ability.  And I really did a lot of modifications.  I completed it, and lost 5.6 pounds, and 5 inches.  Continuing with the BeachBody because it seems to be making a big difference.  So stay tuned for more updates.


Physical Therapy Phase 1.

Lets get physical! About mid April I fell in a parking lot and extended my left Arm out and landed with all of my weight and hurt the AC joint in my shoulder.   I couldn’t go to Physical Therapy right away, so I waited until May.  And after working with an excellent Physical Therapy team, my shoulder feels much better.

I will be starting Phase 2 of my Physical Therapy on my legs, knees, feet, ankles and hips.

Hopefully soon I am in monkey mode again.  You know monkeys are cute and flexible.