Finding the lifestyle that works for you…

Over the course of many years, I have tried every “diet” there is out there. Atkins, Paleo, Whole30, Metabolic Type Diet, Fast Metabolism Diet… and the list could go on and on! But I think I have finally found the one plan that I can truly call a Lifestyle plan — The Keto Lifestyle.

I discovered Keto about 14 months ago. It was recommended to me by a friend, who at the time, was also trying to recover from mold exposure. Since that time, I have gained SO many benefits from this type of eating. I actually feel that it’s the one thing that I am able to maintain on a daily basis without feeling restricted or starved!

Things that I have gained from this type of eating style are:

  • Little to no digestion issues or bloated belly
  • Way less inflammation in my entire body
  • Better overall sleep and sleep patterns
  • Clearer thinking and focus
  • More consistent energy levels and stamina
  • Less meal and food prep time
  • Feeling full for longer periods of time
  • Improved stamina and strength during workouts
  • Financial savings on groceries overall

A lot of these things are such a HUGE improvement from where I was 2 years ago! And super important to my lifestyle of being a business owner and addicted to fitness! 😉

But I understand it might not be what works for everyone. The sound of “eating high fat” kind of freaks people out. I have had clients that were so against it for that reason until they tried it. But the thing is, it’s not all about the HIGH FAT, it’s about increasing your healthy fats and finding the right range that works for YOU! Hence, it being a healthy lifestyle plan. And as we all know, our lifestyles can be ever-changing, so we need to make sure we are prepared and make those changes based on where we are at in our life.

The one thing that I have not experienced (YET!) as I have seen many others experience is the drastic weight loss and fat loss. While I do not have a ton to lose, it would be nice to see some things change or even for my pants to fill just a little bit more comfortably.

So, I have been researching and talking with others about trying some intermittent fasting on a more regular basis. There are days I do it unplanned, but I am going to try to add it into my weekly routine 3-4x per week to see if it can help to jumpstart some fat burning.

Because of my previous adrenal issues and stress levels, I need to make a more conscious effort to not put extra stress on my body (and do more mindset work on this as well!!) So I will listen to my body, and not my head.

It’s been so many years ingrained into my brain, to eat and eat regularly. So I find myself eating when I don’t necessarily need to just because I feel I am supposed to. But on the other end of that, if I am hungry, and it’s been a while since I last ate, I am going to eat!

If you are new to Intermittent Fasting or IF, it is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. Most of us do this every night, from the time we stop eating until we wake up, which could be anywhere from 8 to 10 hours. But to gain the benefits of true fasting, you need to increase that time frame to 14-16. There are other ways to practice IF, but this is the one that I will be focusing on.

Because I am doing Keto, I will also be using my KETO coffee in the mornings to help me prolong my fast. Again, there are lots of ways to do IF, but this is the way that I am choosing to do mine. Others might not agree it’s a true fast, but if I get the results I am looking for, then it works, right??

I have done so much healing over the past few years and now I am finally ready to step it up and challenge myself again. I am ready to turn on that “beast mode” and make some changes that I have been wanting to see happen the past few years but was unable to make them happen.

It’s never too late to make progress and achieve your goals. All you need is the right tools and I finally feel like I am finally there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anything is Possible, with the Right Mindset!

"Your attitude will determine where each and every day will take you. Change your mindset and watch your life take off..."

I get it… some days are HARD! Heck some years are hard! I was there, stuck in a place of fear, anger and frustration. And I felt so lost, I didn’t know how to get out. But I did. It didn’t happen overnight. It took a few years, but I made it.

 

And it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it! 

I was just talking with some of my #fitchickfam this past weekend and one of the girls asked me how long it took to get better from being exposed to mold for almost 3 years. It took me a second to think about it, but then I realized it took almost a year and half from the time we moved out of the moldy house that I could really start to feel my entire body feel better again! I had more energy and my sleep was so much better. I no longer had dark circles under my eyes and my hormones were starting to normalize…well, as much as they can for a 45 year old! 

 

But if I am to be honest, it’s actually been longer for me to get my head back to normal. Not only did my body suffer, but mindset suffered as well. I talked the “big game” a lot. Trying to be okay with where I was. But honestly, I was still in the mindset of being “sick”. 

I remember talking with one of my trainers who kicks ass all the time and is an inspiration to me!!–  and her telling me to just “get over it” and “just do it!” At the time, I recall being angry with her for not understanding, for not giving me any sympathy, even though I am not one to want a lot of sympathy. I felt like I had gone through so much that people did not understand, and that I should be allowed to say NO to things. 

But she knew me better. She knew that I was not one to settle. I was not one to stand down from a challenge. I was tougher than that. And I had lost that tough person. It’s still hard… I get emotional just thinking about the person that I became because of my health issues. And still 2 years later, I still struggle with finding that tough person again. 

So I have been journaling a lot on this. Why do I still feel this way? What am I afraid of? What is holding me back? It’s the fear. Fear of getting sick again. Fear of not getting enough sleep. Fear of feeling like complete shit and trying to hold it all together while I run my business.  Fear sucks!! 

 

 

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." ~Jack Canfield

So, I wanted to start off 2018 with a theme of such. Something to remind me of how I want to live my year. I wanted to live #FEARLESS again! I wanted to be that person who stepped up to a challenge, instead of hiding. I wanted to be more social and enjoy time with friends, instead of worrying about getting enough sleep. (Well I still like to be in bed early , but that’s just a preference!!) I wanted to lead by example (and not just by my words) and show my #FITCHICKFAM that anything is possible if you just have the right mindset! 

 

Just putting it out there… it feels so exhilarating!!! There is so much I want to do to make up for the past 4 years!! I want to be that person that people look up to and think, “Man, she is amazing and kicks ass!”.  

It’s time to take action, because as you know it’s the action that truly moves you forward. We can talk about what we want to do until we are blue in the face, but if we do not set that intention into action, we will continue to be stuck. 

 

This year is the year of YOU.. of ME of US!!

 Let’s push past those fears, those limiting self beliefs, those doubts and move forward! 

If you are feeling lost and not even sure which direction you want to go, I would love to help you with that! I have had incredible results from working on my journaling and doing daily mindset work and I know it would help you too!

Frustrations of Being Stuck…

Some days I just feel like screaming!! And so I do. My poor husband, he has to listen to it.

It might not help the situation, but it helps me to feel better, if just for a moment.

Why do I feel like screaming? Because I feel…stuck! Stuck in the same place as I have been for months. The scale doesn’t move. The measurements don’t change. I look in the mirror and look the same!!!

But I work SO hard!! Seriously… I do!!

I love to workout, so when I do it, I do it right and push hard. There is no half a$$ing it.

I follow KETO about 85% of the time. Duh– I still want to ENJOY life and have a drink here and there or some potato chips!   #moderation365 (love this  hashtag from Jill Coleman!)

So why am I stuck?? And why does it bother me so much?

I am not one to compare myself to others, I got over that a long time. Working with tons of women over the years, I learned that comparing one woman to another is ridiculous! No one woman is the same, has the same genetics, the same body type, the same stressors and not to mention those darn hormones! Ugh!

The WHY could probably be my hormones. I just hit 45, so that is when those things tend to get a little touchy!!

For the past 8 years I have been trying to figure those things out. I do have to say that looking back, just even a year ago, they have come so far! It definitely is good to look back at how far you have come to where you are today. If I didn’t have that comparison, I would think I was still a mess!

I am really trying to get to a place where I am okay with where I am at. Don’t get me wrong, I am not that unhappy with where my body is, I just know it could be better, and knowing it can be better is what frustrates me! I am not one to give up, I just don’t, I will find a way. And for the sake of my clients, I want to show them that you don’t HAVE to give up! BUT you do have to be okay with where you are and learn to love your body for what it is and what it provides you at the present moment.

This all comes back to what I preach to my clients …. it’s about creating a healthy lifestyle. Am I healthy? YES!! Do I feel awesome? YES! Am I stronger that I have ever been? YES! Am I able to do anything I set out to accomplish? YES! Do I eat junk once in a while and enjoy it, guilt free? YES! #healthylifestyle

I do not want to be perfect. Perfect is too hard. I want to be ME and feel GREAT in my own body. And honestly, I do… I don’t hate my body, I just want to make some changes. And that’s okay. It’s what keeps me getting out of bed each day. It’s what pushes me to work harder in my workouts. It’s what makes me feel alive!!

How do you deal with frustrations of feeling stuck? What can you change that will help you to learn to love where you are at presently, and still find focus on what is really important to you? I would love for you to share with me below!! 

Why the Keto Plan Works for Me

Being a healthy lifestyle enthusiast for many years now, I have tried every single “diet” plan there is out there. It’s just been in the last 7 years that I have made serious changes to the way I eat based on how my body feels.

7 years ago, I was basically eating Paleo style. I liked it and felt good on it. I didn’t feel like I had to give up much and eventually, all the things that I did crave (such as breads, pastas) I no longer even cared for. On the Paleo, I discovered I was lactose intolerant. Give me a drink of milk or bite of ice cream and my stomach would blow up!! So that was easy to give up, as I hated feeling that way.

About 3 years when I was moved into a toxic environment (mold) and didn’t know it, I started developing a lot of food sensitivities and product sensitivities. Certain foods bothered my eyes, my stomach, made my head itchy, and just made me feel crappy. So I struggled with how to eat or even WHAT to eat! I felt like I had already given up so much doing a Paleo diet, what else would I have to give up! But I found a way. NO more wine or beer, or high sulfate drinks, nuts made my head itch, I had to find swiss processed decaf coffee to avoid moldy coffee, no night shades (basically tomatoes) as they made my break out and itch. I’m sure there were others.  It was very frustrating, but I did it, Not knowing at the time it was the mold that was stopping my body from being able to process certain foods. It sucked!

This past year, as I have moved out of the toxic environment and started to heal, I was able to start adding other foods back into my diet. But honestly, at that point, I no longer really missed them. BUT I had gained weight from the mold and really wanted to drop it.

It wasn’t until I started the Keto diet this past November, that I finally started feeling so much better! I completely cut out gluten, which I had tried in the past, but never stuck to it. I  have experimented with where my calories needed to be and my macros needed to be where I felt good and started to lose weight, and I did. When I started, things slowly started moving. I lost a few pounds and inches. But it slowed. So then I decided to cut out dairy, as it has a tendency to cause inflammation. Things picked up and the weight started to drop again.

You might be asking what I DO eat then if I cut out all that stuff?! I try to focus on meats such as beef, chicken, turkey and pepperoni. More fibrous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and salad. My fats tend to come from coconut oil, fat bombs, bacon fat, eggs/yolks and avocado.

I know there are people who do not agree with the Keto Diet. I get that. It took some time to get my husband to wrap his mind around it, but now he loves it! He no longer has any digestion issues and feels great!

My point is all of this is that no one diet works for everyone. Even different times in our lives we may need to try or eat differently. Some may do great on the Whole30 Plan or the Paleo. Even some may be successful and feel great on a Low Carb Meal Plan. Genetics are different for everyone, so what works for me, may not work for you. It’s about finding what works for you, your body and your lifestyle without feeling deprived. So you may need to do some experimenting to find what works for you. I had to. 🙂

I may not stay on this Keto Plan forever. I may do a combo of Keto/Paleo eventually. But for now, this is where I am at and where I finally feel great and am making progress in my fitness goals.

What types of Nutrition Plans have you tried? Which ones worked for you and which ones didn’t? I would love to hear your stories!

Setting my Intentions for 2017

I came across my Intentions blog post from 2016 the other day. It’s always fun to go back and see what my intentions were and how and if I fulfilled them. Here is what my intentions were from last year and I crossed off ones that I did fulfill:

Move into a new home with healthy air quality allowing my body to recover the way it needs to.

–Continue to feel better, have more energy, better sleep as I continue taking the CSM to clean out my body.

–Start up and stay regular with my cardio. At least 2-3x per week walks and/or intervals. If I am feeling up to it, longer runs! (I decided cardio is “not my thing”…more to come in another post. 😉 )

Build up lost muscle by continuing with a healthy Bulletproof lifestyle.

–Continue Self Care in form of massage, rolfing, chiropractic and acupunture.

–Take time to notice when things become too much and slow down. LISTEN to my body and RELAX when needed.

Wow, looks like I did pretty well last year! Last year was truly an entire year of healing for me. And I can honestly say that I accomplished it!! Looks like it’s time to switch up my intentions some and see where this year takes me!

I have already set my goals for 2017, we do it every year and put them in a jar. Again it’s a great way to see where you are heading and how far you have come! 

Do you know the difference between setting goal and setting intentions?

Here are three differences between goal setting and intentions:

  1. Goals are focused on the future.  Intentions are in the present moment.
  2. Goals are a destination or specific achievement.  Intentions are lived each day, independent of reaching the goal or destination.
  3. Goals are external achievements.  Intentions are your inner-relationships with yourself and others.

I just love this that I found about intentions: “Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.”

 -quote reference: http://www.chopra.com/articles/5-steps-to-setting-powerful-intentions

So on that note, it’s time to set some intentions… 🙂

I want to…

-Continue to learn about my body and what feels good and works for it, and leave what doesn’t work behind and be okay with it.

-Focus on my inner strength and abilities to set and achieve any goal that I set in any area of my life.

-Continue to listen to my body when it needs rest and recovery and not feel guilty about it.

-Step out of my comfort zone and open up to people more often, allowing them into my life  while taking the time to do the same for them.

-Focus on believing in myself and what I am capable of doing in my business without any fears, only success.

-Continue to be grateful for each and every day that is given to me.

I would LOVE to hear your intentions for 2017!! Please post below! 

Finally Found What Works for ME!

The past 3 years, dealing with all the issues that came up due to the mold, it’s been a struggle with my weight and finding the ideal nutrition plan (I dislike the word DIET!). I have tried Paleo, low carb, high carb and Bulletproof. I always felt like I was eating healthy, and I was compared to many others. But it just never made me feel like I wanted and NEEDED to feel until now.

Have you ever heard of the Ketogenic Lifestyle? It’s similar to the Bulletproof Diet, but also different. If you want to see the differences between the BPD, Paleo and Ketogenic, click HERE.

If have been following me, you might remember I did try the Bulletproof Diet for some time. I actually liked it and did start to feel better by eating that way. But still never got the results I was looking for. I was probably not 100% either, which can be frustrating as well. my personality does not do well with having to be 100% on ANYTHING! But that could have been why I did not get the results I wanted.

The basics of the Keto Diet = high fats, low to minimal carbs and medium protein. 

After watching a client of mine, (yes, they inspire and motivate me too!!) do the Keto diet for a few months and she started looking even more amazing than she already did, I decided I would give it a try. The biggest obstacle was my hubby. I had to have him on board first, otherwise it would be more difficult for me to do this. And convincing him that a HIGH FAT diet was going to help him shed body fat was a huge feat!! I had been trying to convince him for years that more healthy fats are better for you, but he never believed me.

It took some time, but I finally convinced him to commit to just 30 days of it with me, and he did. We started the week before Thanksgiving. Probably not the best time to start, but hey, better than waiting until the New Year, right?! The first two weeks was a period of adjustment and working on getting not only the ratios of Carbs/Proteins/Fats correct, but also it took our bodies some time to adjust. The “keto flu” is not awesome. Thankfully, we didn’t eat that horribly before so it was not as bad. Still, if we slip off some and eat more sugar or carbs than our bodies are used too, some of the symptoms come back.

You might we wondering how we are eating? The ONE thing to keep in mind with this type of nutrition lifestyle is to ONLY eat when you are hungry! That took some time to get used to for myself, being a 5-6 meal person. 🙂

I do tend to eat the same things just to make it more simple for myself. When I get bored with the same thing, I change it up again. I am also a more simple person. No big recipes or elaborate meals, just simple and easy to make and track.

So here is a sample daily meal plan that I follow: 

Breakfast: eggs, bacon, pepperoni or sausage crumbles, cheese and avocado. All of this is cooked in butter or bacon fat. ALONG with my decaf coffee blended with coconut oil or MCT oil, almond milk, salt and sometimes collagen protein.

Late Morning: sliced deli cheese and deli meats- pepperoni, salami (I try to eat fattier meats) chicken, turkey- always adding salt!

Late Lunch: Chicken thighs, ground turkey, ground beef, pork (other types of fatty meats), small amount of green veggies (salad, broccoli, brussel sprouts) and small amount of cheese. *I am trying to cut down on my dairy intake as it causes inflammation but I LOVE cheese on my foods!*

Dinner: Same as above, just changing out the type of protein and veggies.

If during the day I am feeling hungry, but really don’t need to eat, I will pop in a fat bomb as the healthy fats keep my hunger levels down. A fat bomb for myself is pretty much melted coconut oil, salt, cocoa and some nuts, frozen into a small muffin tin pan. Quick and easy!

So in almost 2 months, with the holidays being in there and me not being 100%, I am down 1.5% body fat and 4 lbs and almost 4 inches overall (waist/hip/thigh) at my last weigh in which was a few weeks ago. Might not sound like a lot to some people, but for myself it’s what I needed to see. After trying so many other things to lose the inflammation and weight that was caused from living in a moldy environment, this made me super happy. Not only was the weight dropping a plus, but overall I felt amazing! More energy, better sleep, better moods. I am finally feeling like I can conquer the world again! My hubby has lost about 8lbs so far. Of course those darn men!! Lose it so much faster!!

I am ready to make some serious changes this year. I know this Ketogenic lifestyle will help me get there too. So to put it OUT into the universe, my next goal is to drop another 4 pounds, and by mid February. Dropping some body fat would be great as well, so I’ll set that goal at 1%. 😉

If you would like to know more about this diet and how I am doing, just send me a message and I will give you more details.

 

New Year #NoExcuses

I have decided that this month, not only in MY life, but at Fit Chick Express, we will make 2017 our #NOEXCUSES year. I am ready. I have used all the excuses I can the past few years. I am tired of them. I want to make a change. I want to SEE a change and I want to BE the change. 🙂 LOL

But the thing is, you have to be ready and accountable. Excuses are so easy to have when life gets tough or doesn’t go the way we want it to. Even if we set goals and struggle to meet them, it’s easier to make excuses than to admit we just didn’t work hard enough or commit fully enough.

Why do we struggle with goals and making things happen? I think its because we don’t truly want them to happen. Yes, we may tell ourselves and others that we really want to lose 10 pounds, but when it comes down to it, we choose to eat chocolate instead. 😉 (myself being an example of just that). That is when you really have to take a look at what your goals are and decide just what exactly you are ready to commit to to make things happen.

As I was healing from the mold this past year (and had gained almost 8 lbs!!), a good friend kept trying to get me to commit to eating keto style or bulletproof style of eating. If you do not know this type of diet, it’s very low carb and absolutely NO starches.

I did try, but I didn’t commit. I would have a burger with a bun, at least once a week, telling myself that it was only once a week. I would have some “gluten free” toast on the weekends. I could not control myself when chips were in the house. I kept telling myself that I was eating 90% better than most people, I should be able to have those things and still make progress, but of course that did not happen. NOTHING changed. My weight stayed the same. Because I didn’t commit fully. I didn’t want it bad enough. Maybe it was because I still didn’t feel 100% or because I really was okay with where my body was or maybe it was just all the excuses I kept telling myself over and over that kept me from making any difference. Whatever it was, it was my fault. No one else’s.

Finally in November, my husband and I decided we both need to do something to drop some weight as we were both just not feeling happy about our bodies. That is when we started on the Keto Diet. We were both in this together and were ready to COMMIT! We not only WANTED to see change, we NEEDED and were READY to see some changes.

Almost 2 months later, I have NOT had any form of gluten and had a few chips at Christmas time. Of course the holidays in there we were not 100% on our game, but I am down 1% body fat and 4lbs and almost 4 inches overall (waist/hip/thigh). But the best thing that I have noticed is how much better I feel! My energy is amazing, my sleep is finally back to 6 to 8 hrs instead of 4-6 and my tummy bloat is gone. My muscles are tighter and my clothes fit better!!

You need to find your “WHY”. You need to determine just how important it is to you and then COMMIT with #NOEXCUSES! This is what we will be discussing in our Goal Setting Workshops coming up this month.

If you dream it, you can do it. Your desire and “why” just has to be larger than your EXCUSE!! Now who is ready to commit to a #NOEXCUSES 2017 with us??

Finally Back to Me!

December 20th, 2015. That is the day I first started taking the cholestyramine to help clear the mold from my system. I even remember one of the last days before Christmas, when it was time for my workout with my girls and I felt so crappy, I sat in a chair, wrapped in a blanket with gloves on, and watched THEM workout. It was hard. 🙁

December 2oth, 2016. That is the day that I was finally able to respond to the question, “How are you feeling?” with a, “I FEEL GREAT!”

If you want to catch up on what has been going on with my health, you can read HERE and HERE!

It took just one year, that felt like many years. Moving out of the “moldy environments” both work and home were detrimental to the healing process and that was completed last May. Taking care of myself, taking tons of supplements, getting adequate sleep (when I was able to) and I was just waiting to finally feel like myself again.

The last, and most annoying thing to fix, was my dry, irritated eyes. Everything was still bothering them. Until last week, I thought I was getting sick, so I took some Vitamin C we had in the cupboard. WHAMO! My eyes no longer bothered me! NOW, every last thing that had been “broken” in my body was FIXED! I remember thinking that I would never get here. Thinking how frustrating of a life it would be to live this this forever. But now I am here.

It’s been a long process to say the least. Just ask my husband. Probably just as frustrating for him to have to deal with all that I was going through when he was feeling fine. I am sure there were times when he thought I was just plain crazy!

I am happy. I am healthy. I am full of energy. I am sleeping great. I am ready to tackle 2017 in a way that I was unable to the past few years.

Taking a Step Back to Heal

ffb2b41b15ab95e693ebfd19a97c7dc8Yes, that is me. Resting? What is that? I just don’t DO that well. Even over the past few years as I have been dealing with this CIRS I have had a hard time listening to the Dr when he told me to slow down and just walk and do yoga. Yea, right? Did he know what I did for a living? He expected me to just do nothing?

At one point, I did slow down, quite a bit. It’s only because I didn’t have the energy to do anything, so that made it easy.

But now, as I have been healing for about 8 months (can’t believe its been that long already!!) and my energy has increased and I am feeling so much better, I want to push myself. I want to work off this inflammation weight that I am carrying around. I want to do everything again! I am an endorphin junkie and working out makes me feel better!!!

Well, as I have done that the past month or so, my body is finally telling me to stop again. My adrenals are not holding up. I wish I could just go to the store and buy new ones. They seem to be so hard to build back up! I have been taking adrenal support for years, but with all the stuff my body has been going through, they are being over worked.

Not sure what your adrenal glands are? 

The adrenal glands, located at the top of each kidney, produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. Two of the most important adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone. The adrenal glands also produce adrenaline and small amounts of sex hormones called androgens, among other hormones.

How do I know its my adrenals and not something else? 

*Low energy

*Not waking up rested after good nights sleep

*Weight Gain with more exercise and clean eating

*Cravings for salty foods and chocolate!

*Lots of joint and muscle pain and not recovering well from exercise

*Light headedness/low blood pressure

*Frequent urination

Yup, all of that. Brings me back to last year, when I had all the same things happening. 🙁

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So I am making the decision that I do NOT want to go back there again. I need to let my body completely heal from all that has been going on the past few years before I decide to go crazy with workouts!

My husband is even on board with me and said he will hold me accountable by making sure I do NOT over do it!

I have a plan for the next 30 days and what better day to start than on the 1st day of August! (And its my 2nd Wedding Anniversary!)

Over the past few months, I have tried many different nutrition plans. But as I am learning (and sometimes the hard way) the best way to eat to help with adrenal fatigue is to eat every 3-4 hrs to keep you insulin levels up. Going for long periods of time without eating or fasting is the WORST thing you can do for them! It just makes them have to work even harder.

Nutrition Plan Goals –Eat 5x per day, 3 meals and 2 snacks. Paleo style foods, eating a variety of foods at each and every meal. Limit carbs to fruits and veggies.

I love working out with weights. Not so much a cardio person, unless it’s a circuit with body weight. Both have not helped me heal lately.

Workout Plan Goals –1st 2 Weeks — ONLY walking and Yoga and PIYO (I have to teach it!) Last 2 Weeks — Add in some Body Weight Workouts to help me maintain my muscle.

At this point, this is not even a “want to do” it is a “MUST DO”!! 

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But again, being honest, it’s going to be super hard for me these first 2 weeks to do nothing but yoga and walking. I will need to be held accountable from YOU!! I can guarantee, I will say, “I feel good today, I think I will join the workout!” or “I feel like I could do some intervals!”  BUT DO NOT LET ME!! I need your support through this!! 

In the long run, I know this is the best decision I can make right now, but that doesn’t mean its an easy decision. I know that healing will not happen overnight, which is why I am committing to 30 days. I KNOW I can do this. I KNOW this will be the best thing I can do for my body! So here is to HAPPY HEALING! 🙂

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Making the Choice…

ghZV18W It’s true. You have the choice to throw in the towel when any obstacle comes your way. To lay down and refuse to do anything about it. You ALWAYS have a choice and that choice is only yours to make. 

It’s been a rough 3 years. My health, well it’s been pretty rough. Here is a timeline just to show you where I have been…

October 2013 – Moved into “moldy” house. Only we didn’t know it was mold.

Jan/Feb 2014 –Started having lots of hormonal issues, sleep problems, sensitivities to foods and chemicals (makeup, lotion, shampoo), workouts started to get harder, recovery time longer, weight started to creep up.

-Started seeing Naturopath to work on hormones. Then went to Acupuncture to work on hormones, run tests, etc.

 March 2014-May 2015-Continued seeing acupuncturist to try and level out hormones, etc. They did improve but not a lot. Continued testing and working on them, but felt worse. Lots of other issues started to come up. Issues with my eyes – dry, burning all the time, lack of sex drive, adrenals were tanked, never had any extra energy, brain fog, swelling of the tongue (affected my speech), handwriting was awful, no focus, wanted to sleep all the time. Lacked the energy to teach my classes that I loved so much!! That was really difficult for me. 🙁

May 2015-  My chiropractor suggested I test for mold, as she had been dealing with mold issues as well. We put out simple mold testing kits just to see what showed up. This was our Master Bedroom and our Living Room. We didn’t even test the basement at that time! This was enough for us to pursue more about the possibility of mold issues.

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We had someone come out to do further testing of the home, which determined that our crawl space, which was dirt, was all moldy. This was the air that was being distributed all through our HVAC system into the entire home.

October 2015- Went to see Naturopath in Boulder who specialized in patients who had been exposed to mold. He ran a TON of tests to determine what exactly what was going on with my body. Sure enough, we discovered I had CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) caused by mold.

December 20, 2015– Started on Cholestyramine.  This was to bind the mold/toxins in my body and remove them. I had to take this 4x a day away from food and supplements. I usually got in around 3x a day, which was better than nothing! It was a nasty powder that had to be mixed with orange juice to even be able to swallow it! YUCK!

*Keep in mind, that over the course of discovering the mold in the home, we were communicating all this to our landlord, who really didn’t see it as being a big deal. They tried to “remediate” the issue, but he was cheap and didn’t do it correctly. Resulting in us breaking our lease to get out early and get away from the mold. We found a rental just a few blocks away and had it tested for mold before moving into it as a precaution. It came back clean.

February 2016 – Moved into new “mold free” rental. Being on the cholestyramine and moving to a clean environment, I could already tell I was feeling better! Still not 100% but about 65 to 70% which was a HUGE jump from feeling like total crap!

Ran tests again to see how body was responding. Numbers were going down, which was as good thing, but there were still a few numbers that needed to drop before I could go off the CSM and start the next level of healing. It also made me wonder if maybe my business was keeping my numbers from lowering. There was water damage on the outside wall and I noticed when I was there, I felt more tired, my eyes were more irritated. So I made the decision to get out of there as well. Best decision ever.

May 2016 – Moved into new “mold” free building for my business! Within a few weeks I could definitely tell so much difference!! I was feeling about 80% better! My energy levels were back to about 90%! I was working out more regularly, and able to push myself to do more. I was running, and I hate running, but being able to do it again.. YIPEE!  My body was recovering at a much better rate. I was sleeping tons better! My hormone levels were leveling out. To feel this way…. it almost makes me emotional. I never thought I was going to get here again!

June 7, 2016 – Went in for Blood tests again

June 30 2016 – Got call from Dr about test results. Some numbers were still high, but based on how I was feeling, he suggested we move to the next level. I am SO ready!! I will begin taking VIP (how ironic the name.. lol)

Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) is a neuroregulatory hormone with receptors in the hypothalamus. This hormone/cytokine regulates peripheral cytokine responses, pulmonary artery pressures, and inflammatory responses throughout the body. Low VIP levels are present in mold illness patients.

The VIP should lower my inflammation levels, which I do still feel a lot of in my body, make a lot of my sensitivities go away and in general make me feel like WONDERWOMAN!! HA!!

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This all comes back to choices. I do think that for some time, as I was told I was “sick” from mold, it became a mind thing. I decided I was sick, so I felt sick. It was just in the last few months, as I started to feel somewhat better that I actually made the CHOICE to say, SCREW IT! I am deciding to be HEALTHY! I am deciding to PUSH HARDER!!  Accept no limits! And I cannot tell you how much of a difference that made in my daily life. Amazing what the mind can do!!

I have an entire new set of goals. I have been focusing so much on trying to lose weight over the past few years, it’s become and obsession. Not to mention, nothing I tried to work. I eventually learned that someone fighting CIRS will most likely not lose weight no matter what, until they are healed. I have had to go through a lot of self image issues in the past few years. Not to say that I never have before, but they have been really difficult lately. On a positive note, it has helped me to relate to my clients who struggle as well. Learning to love my body for what it CAN DO instead of what it looks like has been a good lesson for me.

My new goals are to focus on being strong and building muscle– running as a way to de-stress and not to lose weight, be healthy and just love me for who I am. 🙂

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