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17 Apr

Have you ever had financial struggles? Or are my husband and I the only ones?

I gotta say, eating healthfully on a budget can be difficult. I look forward to the day when I can post about all my AMAZING tips on ‘How to Eat REAL on a tight budget’. The real downfall for me is, I live in the Golden Heart of Alaska…North Pole, Alaska…12 miles from Downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. Well, as you can imagine, it’s still COLD here…and will be for QUIET a bit longer. I don’t have an established garden. I don’t have a greenhouse  I don’t have a lot of space in my home. And as you can guess living in Alaska, food costs are HIGH for produce and such.

So, here I am, working to make my lifestyle change SUCCESSFUL. Sometimes, it can be stressful. Not EATING or buying, but affording. I long for a growing period longer than Alaska’s 90 days. I dream of Roseburg, Oregon’s typical growing season of 280 days….um…hello! Can you say, HEAVENLY!?

Anyhow…the stress of catching up on winters bills…and LIVING this whole healthy way with Alaska’s unique challenges was really taking it’s toll on me. I’ve not been a very good financial manager of our home. I don’t understand why, because I am a very bright woman and love details and love managing stuff…so then why the struggle with our personal money? Oh, why? Hmmmm…I’ll figure it out, sooner or later. Hopefully SOONER than later. 😉

The stress, added to the penny pinching in my pantry, left me with fewer options for healthful food. And I refused to eat ‘old school’. Then it just overwhelmed me, and the stress built up (I am very good at chiding myself for my shortcomings in the financial areas of our livelihood.) and I started craving crazy stuff. Stuff I haven’t craved or wanted or thought of in the previous 49 days. So, rather than beating myself up for ‘wanting’ carbs/sugar/etc…I CHOSE ‘serving’ sizes of particular things. I have two cups of coffee, with processed white sugar and half and half, (a total of 8 teaspoons of sugar, I like(d) my coffee sweet, hence the GETTING OFF coffee and switching to Green Tea without sweetener), and a serving size of Rocky Road Ice Cream (1/2 cup) and later in the day, I had 1 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese.

Well, let me just point out, EVERY SINGLE item I chose, even though it was small servings, etc, when you look at them, they are ALL the PERFECT recipe for a MIGRAINE! YAY ME!

STRESS

SLEEP ISSUES

SUGAR

CHOCOLATE

and drumroll…..

CHEESE

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I was actually dressing in the locker room at Planet Fitness, soooo wanting to get a good work out in…and I started having my visual disturbances in my left eye, flashing lights and impaired sight…ugh…sad face. I decided to not workout and stress my body under those conditions. By the time I came home, my ‘painless migraine’ turned not so painless…Needless to say, it was lame. 😦

Today was much better. I had a pretty bad headache, which felt more like my sleep apnea headaches. I was looking forward to my sleep testing tonight…however, sadly, both for me, but mostly for the tech, I had to reschedule. The tech had a family emergency, and no one could cover for them. I said a prayer for the tech, and rescheduled for Saturday.

I had a nice day, after the ‘blahs’ in the morning…and spent a couple hours with a dear friend of mine…and to end it, we walked. And it was fabulous. 🙂

So, my sucky day turned out very nice. I took it easy, and ate well today. It always amazes me how our bodies know what is good for them and how the elements of stress and sleep issues cause our bodies to crave certain things. Pretty fascinating. Yep, yep.

Be blessed. 🙂

Oh, I’m going to attach a photo I took the other night, trying to get a picture of the Big Dipper…I got a bit of the Northern Lights in there. What do you think? 🙂 Northern Lights Big Dipper 4 14 2013

Working Out, is….well, working out.

15 Apr

I know…I know, I wondered if I’d stick to working out, myself. But I gotta say…I am IN LOVE with working out.

Starting off with my little peanut for my lower back and core strengthening made ALL the difference in the world! I am so thankful I found it!

It seems I’m noticeably losing weight. I’m down 25 pounds in 50 days. I kinda think that’s cool. It doesn’t SEEM like a big deal, if I’m not really thinking about it…but if I think about it, WOW! TWENTY FIVE POUNDS! In less than two months…Never even imagined.

My pants, that were too tight for me, and prompted me to order the next size up…well, the ‘tight’ ones are falling off my butt, almost. I’m constantly doing the ‘hike’ up of my pants. I kinda like it, even if it’s a little tacky. 😉

I can actually IMAGINE myself in size 18, 16…and my happy dance will commence when I’m in a size 20! YES, 20! When I met my husband, I was wearing size 8 pants/skirts and size 10 tops. I had a 29 inch waist. (I am NOT attempting to get back to that spot, but it’s where I was 16 years ago.) I got up to size 26, I’m too small for 24, but too big for 22 now. And my waist…well, sure, I’ll be brave and share….47 1/4…there, I said it…GULP! LOL

So, right now, I just focus on BUILDING muscle and eating right, resting right and dealing with stress. Yay me! 🙂

Ok…so I’m off to the wonderful world of workouts! Planet Fitness, here I come!

Be blessed,

Karla Marie

Oh my goodness! I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT!

8 Apr

I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT! 

Oh my gosh. Planet Fitness offered an amazing membership option…a special sign up fee of $1 each for me and a friend, and a NO COMMITMENT membership plan of $10 a month. So, how could I NOT!?!?! My daughter and I signed up! And we rocked it!

We LOVED working out on ALL that amazing equipment! And to just use the treadmill….Oh MY GOODNESS! I did NOT KNOW I could do all the amazing stuff I CAN DO!

I have to say, right off, eating healthfully has made SUCH a huge difference! It’s given me the strength, the stamina, the energy to even WANT to workout! Wow!

I am just going to lay it all on the line, here, for you. I started, February 25th, on this leg of my journey. At a doctors appointment, to address ‘sleep apnea’ my weight was….(gulp) 301.+ pounds. That, is, um, large. (blink blink) This morning I was 278.2. That’s an average of 3.8 pounds a week. JUST changing my eating and getting more rest and DEALING with stress.

Um. Wow.

I am just now, these last week and a half, maybe two weeks, really starting to WORKOUT with any regularity….and like I said, I just WANT TO! Yeah! SHOCKER, RIGHT?!

 

Image I used this…a LOT! I like, like, like this one!

It’s called the Cap Barbell 45 Degree Hyperextension.

I wish I could find a list of ALL the equipment there. I want to make a routine, and ALL of the equipment is NEW and FOREIGN to me…! 🙂

I can’t even begin to express how I feel after a workout. Happy. Yes I can…I feel HAPPY!

Anyhow, I just HAD to share. I’m so thrilled to see this part of me blossoming. I love feeling MUSCLES under the fat. I am so happy that my ankles are getting stronger. That is amazing.

Wow. Ok. I’m done. 😉

Tomorrow is a low key day. Stretches and yoga.

I love loving my body.

Be blessed.

A little bit goes a long way.

2 Apr

So, it’s been a couple days. The Holiday is over. Life is returning to normal. Ish.

Long story short, I’m SO pleased with myself!

DISCLOSURE: I want to make it perfectly honest what I mean when I make statements

like that. LOL…If I’m brutal, let me just say, I was SO low key, activity wise before, that

it’s actually rather embarrassing. When I say I’m pleased with myself, really, it doesn’t take 

much. At all. So, just in case you were feeling lame for ANY reason, whatsoever, don’t. 

I tracked EVERYTHING, EVERYDAY….and I walked a lot more than usual two days. NOT today. Ahem. Let me check my step counter (keeping in mind, I use my iPhone and I don’t carry it around all the time, but TODAY was SUPER LAME on the stepfront.) Um….yeah. 529 steps counted today.

HOWEVER, I DID exercise today…! I did my Restore Core and Back workout. I ROCKED it even better this time! I was less than impressive (YET VERY impressed with myself!) on my first try, even though it was effective and fun…but this time, I did MORE of the moves completely, or at least maintained the simpler moves better, while the more advanced techniques were shown.

I have a muscle. Well, two of them, actually. My upper arms have some SHAPE to them now. Yes, I have the little (um, bigger than ‘little’ actually) flubby flab hanging down from my upper arm….but my biceps…wow. I’M SEEING PROGRESS! It makes me a bit giddy.

My legs, they are starting to FEEL sleek. Not bulging muscles or flabless, but DIFFERENT!

I spent a LOT of time on WHF (World’s Healthiest Foods) today. I LOVE reading about the broken down analysis of the foods I love and want to use for nourishing and healing my body, and supporting it. It truly fascinates me.

My husband told me I should become a nutritionist. Oh, HOW I LONG to do that. It’s one of those secret desires. I hadn’t even told him…more like a whimsical dream. But it made me giggle when he said it.

My hubby is proud of me.

I like that.

I think I’m getting ‘it’, guys. And that makes for a very special 35 days. I ‘restarted’ my path to a healthful lifestyle again, 35 days ago…and I’ve NEVER looked back. I have been TENACIOUS this time. Understanding more about the science of food and my body has been what it took to make it all CLICK for me. I’m so grateful that I’m learning everyday, what to eat, how to eat, why to eat, how to move, THAT I CAN MOVE without pain.

I’ve had chronic pain for years….(not as bad as a lot of people, but enough to really put me off working out and being active.) and not knowing HOW to work my body and knowing there are so many options and keys, I suffered. Suffered in my own inactivity. Clung to the chronic pain, in fear of creating MORE pain. And I’m so THANKFUL I’m able to actually see, I CAN DO THINGS that WORK and not only does it NOT hurt, but it HELPS! OMGoodness!

Thank You, Lord, for helping me see You in this part of my life. It’s such a blessing.

Be blessed, all.

Karla Marie

Active. I’m trying to move ‘it’ more.

31 Mar

Ok, I see you people out there, in my little cyber space ‘space’.

Anyone have any INPUT? Or am I just so darn cute and witty, that you just peek in and admire my unique ‘ness’, blissfully happy to sit in silence?

I’m really looking for some fun ideas for foods…got any?

Anyone want to add to my back and forth debate as to which unit to purchase? FitBit or BodyMedia? My debate has run the gamut, between really leaning towards the BodyMedia for looks, sensitivity and accuracy…then sways to the FitBit for simplicity and not having to pay a monthly fee for online support/activity/connectivity.

Any of you into green smoothies?

Mostly veggie eater, but NOT a meat hater?

What’s working for you? What WORKED for you? What’s going on with you? 😉 LOL

Ok…so, on to the title of this post.

I’ve been loving being active lately…swimming, oh, man that was FUN! Walking…I like that too.

I’m anxious for the snow to go away….it’s teasing and working it’s way into slush and dirt/pavement. (Happy sigh…) until it’s all gone, I’ll walk a mile in Walmart, or Fred Meyer, or swim. Wish me luck…or send me some encouragement? 😉

I’ve noticed, however, that I’ve been TOO busy to get stuff in! What the heck?

I glance longingly at my little peanut, and wish I wasn’t dashing out the door for this, that, or the other thing…and trying to work around the pools schedule.

Oh well, I think I’ll go swimming Monday night. Take the kids? Maybe even the baby?

 

Be blessed.

I love the FLUIDness of life!

27 Mar

So, after my last post, having done a food audit of the 26 days previous, I have continued to delve into several informative and interesting articles.

I have found a site, one many people may have already found it…but it’s been a FUN and JUICY gem of a site, www.whfoos.org World’s Healthiest Foods

I’m going to link MY FAVORITE PAGE right here….LINK 

Can you say, YAY!? YAY!

So, anyhoo…refresher: I was attempting to customize a plan that included, Eat Right For Your Blood Type, the Leptin Reset, and Anti-Inflammatory eating. And I have recently taken it down a notch on the extreme ness of the Leptin Reset, keeping paramount the timing and thoughtfulness on stress and sleep, and no snacking.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be an ‘all or nothing’ girl. And I’ve endeavored to be thoughtful and not psychotic ‘eat right for your blood type’ follower, but instead, take it in balance. I maintained a semblance of balance, but I tweeked it a bit over the past two days.

I have POURED over and through all of these foods on the Worlds Healthiest Foods and look for collaborating information and I just marvel at God’s amazing attention to detail and thoughtfulness when He created all of these perfectly complimenting and life sustaining elements of FOOD to nourish our very bodies.

I just wanted to share my latest finds, and see what’s up with YOU!?

Enjoy!

Hi, My name is (anonymous), and I am a PERSON.

24 Mar

Ok, so this post is about me. And, again, maybe you, too…?

I’m overweight.

By a lot. No, more than that…yeah…that…A LOT!

I have come to grips with my inner beauty. I have learned to appreciate my family and friends adoration regarding my outward beauty…(ahem)…and instead of stressing when I was getting too fluffy for my size 24 Lane Bryant jeans, I pulled out my LB credit card and order me some size 26 jeans, and was thankful.

HOWEVER…I am fat. (Don’t be offended. I can say it…lol.) I don’t LIKE being fat. But I was okay with it…until I started understanding, I’m not fat because I’m not strong enough to say ‘No’ to food, like it’s DRUGS or something…but instead, I’m fat because of SO MANY THINGS I didn’t even UNDERSTAND! And, here is MY LIST.

SLEEP APNEA

SLEEP ISSUES/INSOMNIA

STRESS (DEALING with stress, NOT suppressing OR passing over STRESS)

FOOD CRAVINGS

ENORMOUS PLATEFULS OF FOOD LATE AT NIGHT

INFLAMMATION (rosacea)

So, having done my Green Smoothie thing, and it being INSANELY effective, and then having done a lot with eating for my Blood Type, and that being effective, as well, I found myself back in my rut. Yep, that’s where I’d been, off and on for the last year. You? Where have you been?

BUSYNESS is what really happened, and not having an understanding of WHY my body ‘needs’ what it ‘needs’ or at least THINKS it NEEDS! 😉 I had parts of it right, but there was SO MUCH MORE to it.

I love my body. I TRULY DO! I think that is evident in my fervent searching for wholeness on my body’s behalf. And I’m finally learning, my body and what goes in and on and around it is one amazing relationship, and in a healthful, fulfilling relationship, two people SUPPORT each other…and I came to realize, I was NOT supporting my body in the way it needed. It was a messed up relationship.

The catalyst that really HIT HOME for me was this post by Wellness Mama. I found it on Pinterest…happy sigh. It helped me understand it’s NOT just about FOOD.

The Leptin Resistance that I was introduced to, showed me that even though I have plenty of hormones (leptin is a hormone in our fat cells (adipose tissue) that communicates with the hypothalamus to alert you that you’re satiated and full enough, so stop eating already.) to communicate, HOWEVER, the message wasn’t being RECEIVED! Oh, my…THAT’S why it’s been so hard.

Well, that sort of kicked me back into gear…and an issue I’ve been ‘ignoring’ for a while, I finally chose to address….sleep apnea.

I wake up with headaches. I wake up several times a night, and I’m completely miserable. Dry mouth from snoring, headache, and sometimes I have/had a problem going back to sleep. I was sleepy everyday. Going to bed wasn’t easy for me. I thought it was just because I’m a night owl…but really, my insomnia was contributed to by the hormonal imbalance in my body and my habits created by that, or visa versa…either way, it’s like I said in my previous post, it’s all CIRCULAR.

I went in to the clinic, to get referred to the sleep specialist, and he ran some blood work first, to be sure I didn’t have any extenuating issues, such as thyroid problems.  The blood work came back great, except an elevated red blood cell count, which is indicative of … drum roll please … SLEEP APNEA. 😉 LOL

Needless to say, for being what doctors call, MORBIDLY OBESE, I am VERY HEALTHY! ??? I know, right? Go figure. LOL Yet, I am JOYFUL over this circumstance!

That being said, after almost 4 weeks of really being devout to the Leptin Reset (and I was pretty darn amazing, if I do say so myself), I came to understand, the Leptin Reset is for people with major health issues, disease and debilitating things, like arthritis and such. So, I have since altered my customized plan. I have stayed EXTREMELY close to the recommendations. In particular, where timing  and environment are concerned.

To start with, once Wellness Mama got my desires rekindled, I adapted a plan for me that tried to include Blood Type eating, and anti-inflammatory eating as well as the recommendations in the Leptin Reset.

It was time consuming and fascinating! I’ve loved it.

I started up my myfitnesspal.com again, and started tracking my foods again. I got a fun app called Striiv on my iPhone to track my steps and motivate me to get off my butt occasionally. I was lucky and got it when it was still free, but it’s like $4.99 now. But, knowing what I know about the app, I’d totally buy it. It’s very fun and has challenges on it…and the best part, even when I ‘lose’ a challenge, I WIN! I got OFF MY BUTT! LOL Since I’ve gotten the app like, three weeks ago, I’ve tracked 64,105 steps altogether, been active 1,063 minutes, walked 29 miles, and burned 10,224 calories. Keeping in mind, I don’t carry my iPhone around with me ALL the time…there are a lot of steps and activity that don’t get counted…but HOW FUN IS THAT!?

(On that note, I am looking to get a fitbit, or a bodymedia sometime soon. Does anyone have a one of those and want to share what they think of theirs? I’d appreciate it!)

Anyhow..back to the plan.

After changing my food stuffs again, in 13 days, I had lost 13 pounds, while on my girly time, nonetheless. Which, ladies, in and of itself, is amazing…because the hormonal imbalance I was never regular…and that’s changing, as well! (Gents, sorry if that’s TMI.)

As of today, I’ve lost 17.4 pounds, 27 days in.

I did an audit of my menu for the first 26 days, and found some interesting inflammatory contributors in my foods. Oops. LOL…so, I am fixing that and altering some of my approaches, as I stated, with the less intense Leptin Reset and more balanced leaning towards anti-inflammatory foods.

I am loving it.

Here are some of the links I promised:

Watch this video first…it’s fun…and so easy to understand. 

Leptin Reset

Leptin Info

Wellness Mama on Stress/Hormones

Raw Food for The Beginner

Livestrong’s article about Leptin and Inflammation

I have several books that I use as resources:

Eat Right for Your Blood Type

Live Right for Your Blood Type

Cook Right for Your Blood Type

The Complete Idiots Guide Anti-Inflammation Cookbook

Becoming Raw 

My last note:

There are so many opinions and science to support them, but many plans and diets tend to be EXTREME or missing elements. I do NOT FULLY SUPPORT ANY of these resources as a fix-all or even good in and of itself. As far as I’m concerned, and speaking for myself, I use them as RESOURCES.

PLEASE, leave some feedback…I’d LOVE your input, as always!