Fibro Can Bite Me

Fibro is a bitch. I don’t think that I’m exaggerating at all. Unpredictable, vicious, petty, and all-around sucktastic.

Most autoimmune diseases, like fibro, go through cycles: really sick, sick, okay, good, great, REALLY sick, and so on… You get tricked into thinking that things are going well, so you start thinking that you’re getting better. That’s when the bitch comes back!

I started a new job a few months ago. I love it! I get to talk to great people and pet animals. What’s not to love? Due to bad timing and low staff, I’ve had to work a lot. No problem. For a week. Two weeks? Eh… So, on my first day off in a while I feel really rundown.

This has lead to a downward spiral. Knowing what’s happening and what you should/shouldn’t do is totally different when you’re going through it.

So, I’m slowly regrouping and planning. Honestly, I feel that I should just do it. Planning leads to procrastinating. Procrastinating leads to laziness. Laziness leads to the Dark side.

Part of what kicked this all off was hurting my back. I was doing a program that I’ve done before. No biggie. There wasn’t a big OW moment. Halfway through, I just started hurting in my sciatic region. The rest of the day was brought to you by ibuprofen and hot water bottles.

This “same day” appointment service provided by a hospital in Pittsburgh actually would have been a month. So, I didn’t see a neurologist. I saw a orthopedist. 😐 I didn’t know if that was a good thing to do, but the operator did. What a waste of time! Like I already knew, he said that it wasn’t a bone issue.

Now, I just need to focus on me: diet and core work. Step by step (“Ooo babaaayyy….”)…. I’ll get there!

Week One of Shift Shop

Yeah, so I’ve been a bit M.I.A. Sorry about that. I started a new job lately. Actually, I was working both jobs, plus taking care of the house and family, PLUS leading my BB business. It was rough there for a bit.

Last month, I joined THOUSANDS of others in a new program, called Shift Shop. I describe it as football drills. That’s what it reminds me of the most. Some plyo, some strentgh training, LOTS of fun. 🙂

The food part is a little tricky. It utilizes the Portion Control system, which is the easiest eating plan that I’ve ever tried. There’s less carbs than in most plans, though. It’s not keto, but it’s sorta similar. I can’t do just protein + carb+ veggie = meal. That’s not me. I’ve been cooking a bit. I had Chicken Chickpea Curry, Turkey Brussel Sprout Frittata, and Slow Cooker Chili. The chili is the bomb! 

This week had six 25-minute sessions, plus a couple of 12 minute ones thrown in there. Next week, the workouts will become 35 minutes long. A little bit more intense, apparently.

It’s a challenge. It’s a struggle. I really wanted to sleep in every day. But, I decided for myself and my family that I would not be a lardass for the rest of my life. To become a good example for others, you have to be a good example. Yeah, I never said that I was Confusius.

Four pounds down this week. I’m hoping for ten more. No. I’m going to lose ten more. See? I have to remind myself to be positive. It’s not just you. 😉

Lately….

Injury sucks BIG time. There’s nothing so defeating as not being able to do the usual things. I strained my hamstring a few days ago and I’m reminded of my limits daily. Sitting on the toilet, walking upstairs… you name it, it hurt.

So, that’s where I’ve been. I’ve had that going on plus starting a new job. Lots of changes are coming, I hope. 🙂

I stopped doing keto. I will say that I believe that it works and it’s good for you to do once in a while. The reason that I stopped is because of protein.

Last year, I discovered that my hair was falling out. Not in chunks, mind you, but the shower drain was starting to resemble Polamalu’s head. A dietician friend told me about your body’s response to losing weight and how it can result in hair loss. Hair is protein. Your body freaks out because it thinks that it’s going into starvation mode. That’s when it shuts down certain processes that are normal. Like hair production.

So, I kept drinking my Shakes (mega protein and nutrients) and increased my protein. Over a few months, I started noticing a thicker crown. YAY! But, with keto, you reduce your protein since it can convert to carbohydrates. Hence the shedding.

So, I’m stopping that and going back to my Portion Control. Hey, if it ain’t broke, right? Now, I just have to work out this hammy!

STOP!!!!!!!

If you’re thinking about buying some exercise programs, Shakeology or the colored containers from Beachbody and are worried about cost, please listen!

I’ve seen people reselling these items on sites like Ebay, Amazon, or Mercari. I cannot believe that people are buying this stuff! It is SO much more expensive on these places than getting it through me. Honestly, I just saw an older BB program listed at EIGHTY DOLLARS! It DOESN’T cost that much! Not only is that too much money for it, but for just a little bit more, you can have access to ALL programs-past, present, and FUTURE.

People are paying $150 for a bag of Shakeology. WHAT??? I just wish that I could reach through my computer screen and shake some sense into them. 🙂 Also, by buying this way, they don’t get a support system. That’s the difference between making a change and living the change.

No pressure with sales. No hounding. Just unwavering support.

Can I help you? :-)

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In an interview, when I’m asked, “Why do you like working in retail?” I usually say, “I really like helping people.” That’s not bull. Truly, honestly, I do like helping people. It’s pretty hard to make that sound genuine,   though. It almost sounds like the stereotypical beauty pageant cliché: “I wish for world peace!”

This morning, I was talking with a family member about growing up and doing things in our church. That’s when it hit me. I’ve been volunteering for helpful roles since I was 10! I volunteered for the Lion’s Club glass drives once a month. In church, I was in the choir, bell choir, a junior deacon, an acolyte, and I served coffee at the monthly Donut Sunday.

What drives a child to  do as much as possible at the same time??? I don’t know. I guess it’s my personality. For the past 20 years, it has slowed down because of my Fibro and CFS. But, things are changing.

That’s why I love coaching. I’m able to help so many more people than I could before.  I had someone to help me and now I want to pay it forward.

Pre-Memorial Day update.

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So, here is how the keto process is going. I’m down 8 pounds in less than three weeks. And there was much rejoicing! (yay…)

What they say about keto is true. You don’t feel hunger. Sometimes, I have to remind myself to eat. I never thought that I would ever say that. Ever. How do you forget to eat? Well, I don’t forget exactly. I just don’t feel the trigger to go and eat.

If you want to try keto, I recommend doing LOTS of research, like I did. There’s more to it than you’d think. Also, it’s not for long-term eating. No, you shouldn’t go nuts and start eating ice cream and french toast when the diet is over. That’ll just make you sick. The old saying “everything in moderation” is true in this, too.

Track EVERYTHING. You’d be amazed at how the extra carbs can sneak in: lemon juice for your water, the extra teaspoon of mayo that you approximated….

I use cron-o-meter to track my foods. You can add recipes and change your macro targets to your liking. No, I don’t have an affiliation with them. I just like the app. 🙂

I’m aiming for 10 lbs. by the end of the month. I think that I’m going to make it!

Howdy! Update.

So, you wanna know how the Atkins thing is going? I really thought that I was going to be shaking and trembling. A pale(r) shell of my former self, writhing and moaning on the floor in sheer agony.

Nope. I’ve been working out.  Yeah, I’ve been getting some hot flashes. Sure, I’ve been shaking a little bit. But, honestly, I feel pretty good. This is just the first week. I’m looking forward to when this really takes off!

Eggs with bacon for breakfast. Hamburger with creamy tomato sauce for lunch. Yeah, you heard me. CREAM. I’ve been using heavy whipping cream in my cooking AND grass-fed butter. Honestly, I should buy stock in Kerrygold. It doesn’t hurt my stomach. I guess that eating  real, whole food really IS the answer. Who knew?

I’ve made fudge, shrimp scampi with zoodles (pictured above), lots of bacon, pepperoni/cheese chips, and chocolate-coconut fat bombs….  Lots of variety!

Now, with Atkins, they eat quite a bit of protein. In Keto, the protein is kept to only 20% of your calories. If you have a lot of protein, your body will turn it into carbs. I didn’t know that before this. So, I’ve been keeping the protein low. I can’t wait for my silicone molds to come in the mail so that I can make more fat bombs! There’s a strawberry cheesecake one that I’m DYING to try!

Toodles!