From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

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Sleep- Another great night thanks to the fact that my hubby was off for Labor Day. Since he works nights, this meant another night of passing out on his chest.  The real test will be tonight now that he is, sadly, back at work:(

Exercise- CrossFit at 9am.  Warm-up- 400 meter run, stretching, worked on snatch and jump shrugs, worked on plantar fascia with a lacrosse ball.  That hurt.  Apparently, mine are tight!  While the rest of the crew worked on snatch pulls (I think), I worked on overhead squats with a 15 pound bar.  This was the first time I have been able to get my arms overhead without serious pain in weeks, so it was a big moment.  The WOD today was 5 pull ups and 100 meter runs, AMRAP, 10 minutes.  I used a blue band and I got 9 rounds.  Later, I did a 12 minute Bodyrock with Doug and there was a new exercise on there called the Spiderman and it kicked our booties!  While the kids were visiting next door with my parents (yes, my parents live next door and it is fabulous), I did a 25 minute rebounder routine that I found in a magazine and wanted to try out.  I watched a rerun of Mike and Molly which I love.  Melissa McCarthy is so freakin’ awesome! LOVE HER!

Food

Breakfast

2 organic chicken sausages, avocado, sweet potato hash browns

Lunch- Ok, so I didn’t really eat lunch, but is was because I made snacks for the kids for the week and I couldn’t help myself from trying them.  And once I did, I wasn’t hungry for lunch.  Here’s what I made, for the kids of course;)

Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate chips- made with almond flour and a little honey

Essentially a Paleo Smore

I made a big batch of what essentially is a paleo graham cracker. The recipe is from Eat Like a Dinosaur.  It is made with a combo of coconut flour and almond flour.  I am freezing them so I can have them for when the kids need a “treat”.  I had just enough natural peanut butter left in the jar that I couldn’t help myself from slathering one with it and then popping on a small square of 72% dark chocolate.  It was yummy.  Oh, and the kids liked them too:)

Dinner

Spaghetti Squash with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes

I had leftover spaghetti squash so I decided to make a version of a recipe in Well Fed.  I just sauteed garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil then added some salt, pepper and parsley.  When it was done I topped it with the almond flour crumbs that had been toasted in coconut oil.  And for extra decadence I threw on some grass-fed cheese.  It was super simple and good.

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Daily Log (of sorts)

Just felt the need to check in.  I still don’t really know where I am headed with this blog.  I do want to keep up with my health journey, but the daily logs were getting overwhelming.  Between work, homeschooling, CrossFit, cooking, cleaning, church responsibilities, and all my other relationships and responsibilities, I was just running out of time.  And to be honest, I don’t like doing this blog at night.  I really ant that few minutes to chill or read a book.  So for the moment, I am just going to check in, hit the highlights  and pray about where I want this to go.

My sleep habits have been pretty good for the past week.  Still having some wacky dreams that are waking me up, but I am just thankful to be sleeping.

CrossFit is going well.  My shoulder is about 70% better.  If I do too many overhead squats or push ups it still wants to act up on me.  I am in the process of earning my level 2 band, but it will probably be a while.  The only thing I have left is the overhead squat at 50% of my bodyweight and the clean and jerk at 75% of my body weight.  Today was the first day I had even done cleans without a trainer hanging over me and I did them at 55 pounds.  I could have done a little more, but still taking it easy on the shoulder.  And the overhead squat, fuggetaboutit!  It will be a while before I can do that one.  Still doing Zumba on Monday nights while Finn is in acrobatics.  And still doing Bodyrock and running with Doug whenever time permits.

There are a couple of other big things going on.  Big in my world at least.  Finn is in the process of a talent showcase.  She wants to act, so we are getting her an agent.  She got picked up my a scout who thought she was super cute, talented,etc. so she is supposed to have an agent by mid October.   We are spending a lot of time learning lines for commercials and a song from GLEE that she is singing for the finale.

The other big thing is that I finally turned our finances over to my husband.  I realized last week when I went shopping at J. Crew and then got physically ill, that I was not dealing well with spending money.  I thought I was getting sick but then realized, oh no, I am actually having a physical response to spending money that I am afraid we don’t have or should be spent (or saved) else where.  For some reason I have always handled all our money and it has never gone really well.  I pay the bills on time, our credit is good and we have never gone without food or electricity, but I have also never been able to get us out of debt or really save anything.  I definitely feel like God is calling me to allow Doug to be the head of our household.  It really has been me for the past 14 years and I don’t want the job any more.  I am totally ready to submit to Doug on this.  I can already feel the stress lifting off my shoulders.

I am planning on posting some progress pics as soon as I get Doug to take them.  The ones I was taking looked crazy!  I am hoping he will do a better job.

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Catching Up

Ok, so I know I have been remiss about posting over the past week.  I expect all of you to forgive me:))  Just as everyone else on the planet, I have been crazy busy.  I am also trying to decide where I want to take this blog.  I feel like I may have outgrown the current format.  I still want to document where I am going, especially with my health and fitness journey, but it make take me a while to find a new groove, so hang with me, will ya?

My sleeping habits have been all over the map since my last post.  A couple of nights of no sleep, a few nights of deep dreamless sleep, a night of truly erotic dreams (gasp!) and then one dream where Jesus came to me.  I know, weird. FYI, Jesus didn’t speak to me this time, He just comforted me when I lost my daughter in the dream.  Still, it was the first time I had seen Jesus (asleep or awake) and it was pretty cool.  Not sure if the image was based on reality or  my own personal idea of Jesus’ appearance, but either way it was magical.

I have been working out consistently since my last post.  CrossFit, running, Zumba and Bodyrock.  I am improving upon my run time, slowly but surely.  My last 3 mile run was 29:24.  CrossFit has started this new Levels testing.  We had the tests for achieving Level 1 today and I made it!  Yeah me!  I don’t have my sheet in front of me but I think I can remember most of it.

1. 500 unbroken jump ropes

2. 20 unbroken box jumps (20 inches)

3. 15 unbroken thrusters (55 pounds)

4. 80 air squats in 2 minutes

5. 60 sit ups in 2 minutes

6. 20 burpees in 1 minute

7. 400 meter run 1:55 (finished mine in 1:35)

8. 15 unbroken push press ( 55 pounds)

I failed with the wall balls, which was 15 unbroken wall balls with a 14 pound ball.  I only got 7.  Since we only had to pass 8 item I was still good.  I also did 3 consecutive pull ups without a band so that was big stuff for me.

I went to a new accupucturist last week.  It was interesting and I loved my time spent on the table.  I find those needles totally relaxing.  Very zen.  However, after my first treatment my hair started falling out in clumps.  Small clumps, but clumps none the less.  Very strange.  I don’t think I am going back right away.  Also, I am out of money.

Other health news, I have spoken on here before about the state of my thyroid.  The last time it was tested, it was at 5.9.  Much too high, and in need of medication according to my doctor.  Of course, I refused medication and told her I wanted to work on it on my own first.  She is gracious and lovely and knows that I never do anything she says, so she said fine.  Come back in 3 months and let’s at least make sure it isn’t getting worse.  I went back last Friday and got the test.  My results came in today and my numbers was 2.274, a huge success.  The normal range is 0.35-5.50.  I still think it needs to come down a little more, but this is huge progress.  It does however leave me wondering why I haven’t dropped some of this weight and why my hair is still falling out???  Maybe with a little more time that will improve.  I’ll keep you posted.
The food around here has been good, but pretty standard for us.  I did make a new chicken nugget recipe called Fool’s Gold from Eat Like a Dinosaur tonight and the kids loved it.  Finally.  Most of my recipes lately have left my boys going to bed hungry.

Fool’s Gold Chicken Nuggets

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Sleep- Another night of falling asleep drooling on my husband’s chest.  Sexy, right?  I know that is what all guys are looking for:))  So maybe not sexy, but a peaceful and safe way to fall asleep in my opinion.  Again, slept until almost 8:00.  Pretty awesome!

Exercise- No 9am CrossFit because of Labor Day.   Doug and I went for a 5k run instead.  Clocked in at 33 minutes exactly.  My goal is to be able to do it in 30 minutes, but I’m not in a big hurry to get there.  Today I just wanted to enjoy the run with my husband.  Around 5:00pm we did a 12 minute Bodyrock workout that was pretty tough.

Food

Breakfast

2 egg omelet with spinach, red peppers, cheese and sausage; organic strawberries

Very weird picture, but it really is and omelet.  Some of the sausage was just piled on top.  Doug made these for us after our run.

Lunch

Organic apple with sunflowerseed butter

Breakfast was really filling and kinda late so I wasn’t super hungry at lunch.

Snack

Mini DQ Reese’s Blizzard- 1/2 Empty

So I promised my daughter ice cream if she did well getting her picture made today.  Parker aka “Booger Mustache” is also a professional photographer so he came back today to get some shots of Finn.  She insists that she wants to be on TV so she has an audition with a casting agency on Saturday.  We have to bring some non-returnable photos to give them so Parker is helping us out.  Back to the snack, all the kids and Parker had a dip cone, but I got a mini Reese’s blizzard and just had half.  As soon as the really good bites were gone, I chunked it.

Dinner

Thai Hot Plate from Well Fed

Once again I thought this was delish, but the kids wouldn’t touch it this go around.  My boys have gotten crazy picky over the last week.  One of my sons ate nothing today except the dip cone.  He now claims he doesn’t like eggs or sausage so breakfast was out.  At lunch he claimed not to be hungry, but since he didn’t eat breakfast I don’t know how that is possible.  At dinner he said he was hungry but took one look and decided he would rather go to bed.  Oh well, I don’t fix “extra” meals.  You get what you get at our house.  Here’s hoping he doesn’t starve!

 

 

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Sleep- Slept from 10:30 to 7:30 except for the few minutes when Jesus woke me up around 3:45.  And yes, you read that right.  Jesus spoke to me last night and woke me up.  I was having a dream in which I was speaking to my grandfather who is very ill.  The relationship is very strained and he does not know my kids because of it (his choice, not mine).  In the dream, I come to my grandfather (I am leaving out other details that I do think have meaning, but I’m just going to cut to the Jesus part) and he says, “So tell me about those boys.”  And I say, “They are loving, sweet, so smart and they show Jesus to people every day.”  And what really seemed like an audible voice says in my ear (loud enough to wake me up) “So do you.”  My husband works night, no one else was around.  I am convinced it was Jesus.  I am always so quick to see the good in my kids or my friends.  I always encourage others to tap into the divinity in themselves.  But often when it comes to looking at myself, I am a very harsh and judgmental critic.  I’m taking this as a sign to love myself and own my own little piece of the divine.  It will be a journey, but I am going to pray that Jesus continues to reveal himself to me.

Exercise-CrossFit at 9am.  Still can’t lift, but I did the warm-up- 300 jump ropes, 10-15-10 pull ups (blue and red band), 30 push ups (I started these and then my trainer said NO), fascia stretches for the achilles tendon. During the lift I did squats and sit ups.  The WOD had to be modified – 10 pull ups, 5 knees to elbows, 7 one leg elevated squats (each leg) 5 rounds.  My time was 8:40.  At around 5:30 I did 24 minutes of Bodyrock with Doug.  No weights, just cardio/bodyweight stuff.

Food-

Breakfast

Leftover Hot Plate with a scrambled egg

Lunch

Chick-fil-A 6 pack grilled nuggets kids’ meal w/unsweet tea

Alright, not paleo.  But it was worth it to share lunch and shopping with these 2 sweet faces.

Cooper enjoying fried rice and honey chicken at the mall

Presley doing the exact same thing. Go figure, twins!

Dinner

organic apple, sunflower seed butter, grass-fed cheese

Wasn’t super hungry and didn’t feel like cooking.

Snack- I made some Zucchini Bread from Eat Like a Dinosaur and I had a slice fresh from the oven.  Will try to post a picture tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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Sleep- Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  I slept for 9  hours!  It’s about time since for the past seven nights I probably haven’t gotten 9 hours total!  Now I feel like I can return to the land of the living and get back to blogging. My daughter didn’t even get up last night. No spider nightmares!  Totally praying this continues.  I am a much more effective mother, wife, coach, human being, etc. when I have had a good nights’ sleep.

Exercise- CrossFit at 9am.  My shoulder is much better, but my trainer has told me no lifting for the next 2 weeks.  I did some stretching then I did 50 ring pull ups.  The WOD today was wall balls and burpees.  I felt like I could do burpees, but trainer said no, so my WOD was 15 Wall Ball Touches (10# ball) with a squat and then 7 jump squats for 10 minutes.  I got 11 rounds.  At 5pm I did a 12 minute Bodyrock workout with Doug and then a 3 minute Bodyrock Ab Bonus.  Also 10 minutes on the rebounder.  I am planning on doing some stretching before bed, but as it is only 7:30, that remains to be seen.

Food- Let me just say that my food choices may be a little random since payday is Friday and we are basically out of food.  I am trying to make do with what we have which isn’t easy.

Breakfast

Sweet potato hashbrowns, 1 nitrate free sausage patty, 1/2 small avocado

Lunch

More sweet potato hashbrown, cauliflower “mashed potatoes”, organic frozen wild blueberries, peanut butter on gluten free crackers

Sorry for the fuzzy picture.  The cauliflower is from Well Fed and I thought it was awesome!

Dinner

Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes and Organic Broccoli with Grass-Fed Butter

LOVE me some grass-fed butter.  Everything is better with just a little bit:))

 

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Sleep- Better, but still not great.  Felt a little hot.  Kinda hormonal I think.  Finn got in the bed with me at some point as well.

Exercise- Due to my multiple injuries (both shoulders and left hip) I decided I should take the day off from CrossFit.  I did do a 12 minute Bodyrock circuit and a 5 minute Bodyrock abs with Doug in the afternoon.  I also did a Bodyrock yoga (mostly stretching) for 30 minutes before bed.

Food

Breakfast

Leftover Hot Plate from last night and Avocado

Lunch

Chipotle Salad with Pork and Guacamole

Finn and I had lunch with a friend today.  We ate at Chipotle.  I had a salad with pork, pico, salsa and guacamole.  It was delish!  Finn had been begging me for ice cream, so I took her next door to Yogurt Mountain.

Cake Batter Yogurt with Gummy Worms Anyone?

I let her put 2 gummy worms on her yogurt which she thought was super awesome.  I must mention that I did sample the peanut butter and the espresso and they were both really good!

Dinner

Country Captain Chicken and Mashed Cauliflower

These recipes were from Well Fed.  I have been really pleased with the food from this book so far.  I could have eaten the entire bowl of mashed cauliflower, but I restrained myself because it makes me “blow up” if I eat too much of it.

 

 

 

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Sleep- The absolute pits!  It took me forever to fall asleep and then I never felt like I got into a very deep sleep.  Finn came in twice so that certainly didn’t help things.  Strongly believing for a great night tonight:))

Exercise- CrossFit at 9am.  Didn’t feel my best due to lack of sleep, but I muscled through it anyway.  Warm-up- 500 meter row, 7-9-11-9-7 chin up (blue and red band), 15-20-15 push ups (on knees), then some stretches with the lacrosse balls.  Lift- Tall cleans (?) I think that is right, but not sure.  I decided because I am now nursing a couple of lift related injuries that I am going to step down my weight a lot and really focus on form.  I have a tendency to go all or nothing and most of the time that hasn’t served me well.  I have learned over the years that sometimes it is just fun to play.  I feel like I have to treat this like a marathon, not a sprint.  I still want to be able to do this years from now.  Point is, don’t be expecting a lot of big numbers on my lifts for a while:)) I practiced today using a 15# bar.  I did more reps than required and just worked on form.  We also worked on power cleans.  WOD- It was supposed to be overhead squats, but because of my shoulder I had to do backsquat (65#).  3 backsquats, 7 burpees, 7 or 8 rounds (I forgot). My time was 10:42.

Then I also did a 12 minute Bodyrock circuit with Doug around 5pm.

Food

Breakfast

Last Night’s Leftover Thai Hot Plate- Still Delicious

Lunch

Tuna salad, avocado, veggie chips, organic berries

Snack

Slice of Banana Chocolate Chip Bread with Grass-fed Butter

Dinner

 

Eastern European Hot Plate from Well Fed

This is the same one I made last week.  You can’t really see the purple cabbage, spaghetti squash and parsley.  It looks like a big bowl of meat, but it really is mostly veggies.

 

Dinner

 

 

 

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Sleep-  Fell asleep easily which I am always thankful for.  I did wake up at 3am for some unknown reason and after that I slept til about 6:45 but not very deeply.

Exercise- I took the day off from CrossFit because of my biceps tendon issue and my left hip area issue.  I felt like these “strained” areas needed a little rest from the heavy lifting.  I did go for a run because the weather was so nice.  It was like 70 and breezy which is CRAZY for August in Memphis.  I ran 2 miles and my time was 20:01.  I would really like to decrease that time over the next few months.  I have never been a fast runner.  I have pretty good endurance and I have run up to 15 miles at a time, years ago.  I have no desire to run long distances any more because I feel like it is too hard on my body, but I would like to run 2-3 miles in a shorter amount of time.  Moving on, when Doug got up I did a 12 minute Bodyrock workout with him.

Food

Breakfast

Sweet Potato Hash Browns, 2 scrambled eggs, avocado, organic dark cherries

Lunch- I had the leftover leafy green and salmon cakes from last night.  Still yummy.

Snack- I actually didn’t eat one of these, but I did take a small bite.  They came from Eat Like a Dinosaur. Of course, my daughter loved them and ate 2 of them but my boys didn’t love them.  They ate one, but only because there was nothing else. I thought they were pretty good, but not as good as my almond flour muffins.  The flip side is, since I am avoiding nuts right now, these would be a good alternative since they only have sunflower seed butter.

Nut Butter Cups

Dinner- Sorry about the terrible picture.

Baked Hake, sauteed red cabbage, baked squash and tomatoes

 

 

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Sleep– Slept great and no kids in my bed:))

Exercise- CrossFit at 9am.  Warm-up- Lots of new stretches, 5-10-15-10-5 Push ups, 3-6-9-6-3 Pull ups (blue resistance band); Lift- Backsquat- 2×10, 1×10+ (85#) last set did 11 or 12?, Overhead press- my biceps tendon is inflamed and screaming at me so I just used a 35# bar and worked on my form.  WOD- 12 minute AMRAP- 5 pull ups with blue band & 10 thrusters (trainer wouldn’t let me so thrusters because of injury so I did front squats) with 35# bar- 10 rounds + 5 reps.  At about 6pm I did a 12 minute Bodyrock workout with my hubby plus a 4 minute Bodyrock abs routine.

Food

Organic raspberries, sweet potato hash browns, 1 sausage

Lunch

Jim N Nick’s salad with pulled pork, minus the croutons

Finn helping me eat my salad:))

Dinner

Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes, avocado, mixed organic leafy green and a pat of grass-fed butter- Yummy!

 

 

 

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