Stumbling Blocks

Hi!  Hope all of my followers are good!

On our journey to a healthy and fit life there are always stumbling blocks!  As I told you in one of my blogs I have experienced a few!  My journey has veered away from my strict healthy eating and fitness because of my fathers cancer.  I stopped putting myself first and my time is very limited.  Bad habits also started to surface.  More recently my mind has been very foggy.  Sometimes when I speak I am not always able to get the words out that I know I want to say.  I walk into a room and don’t remember why I am there.  Now we all do stuff like this.  Most times it’s just because we are so busy and have so much on our minds!  These things combined with hair loss, irregular heart rate, anxiety, feeling overly hungry all of the time and extreme tiredness I thought that life was just getting in the way of my journey!  Now listing these things for you seems lengthy but all very easy things to write off as problems we all sometimes go through as a result of general life stuff.

I was having another medical issue and asked for additional bloodwork to be done.  As a result I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease.  If you know me you may know that I do NOT like to take medicine of any sort.  I have seen an endocrinologist that I like very much.  I agreed to try a low dose of medicine twice a day for one month.  I am currently doing my research to find an alternative to medicine that will fit with my lifestyle.  I write this to tell all of you when you hit a stumbling block you may need to take your time to get up but when you do be fearless!  Get up!  Educate yourself. Ask questions!  Research!  If you know something about this disease please reach out.  Don’t disregard the signs your body gives you!

The universe threw me another curveball but this will not keep me down!


Continuing the journey with an Injury!

I have worked through pain before!  When this journey began and I would run on the treadmill my lungs would burn.  That is the pain you fight through.  An injury is different.  We have to respect our body and the consultation of a doctor, chiropractor or therapist.  I recently was involved in a car accident in which a car struck my vehicle from behind causing issues with my back, neck and shoulder.  These injuries were not serious but still had to be respected.

It was so difficult for me to go to the gym everyday like my normal routine and not be able to do what I would normally do!  I had to lower the weight during strength training.  I had to give up most of my cardio workout too because my back and tailbone were in such pain.  I had to really think about what exercises I did to not cause more pain.  Sometimes I would do an exercise and realize…um that was not a good idea!  I ran on the treadmill and had tears in my eyes because my back hurt so bad but my head said push through because I am so used to pushing myself hard.  After 5 minutes I realized I was being stupid!  This has been the hardest 6 weeks to find my way though.  I am a creature of habit and the gym is my sanctuary.  I know I am not the only one that has been through this!  Keeping positive, seeing my chiropractor, eating well and respecting what my body was telling me has allowed me to remain on my journey and not feel like I fell off track!

I signed up for the Spring Lake 5 mile run a long time ago.  It is this coming weekend and running has been out of my life for about 6 weeks or more so my plan is to go and do the best I can and listen to my body.  I just want to finish!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend all!  Here is a great recipe for a healthier version of ice cream I made!

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 ripe bananas, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder and 2 Tbsp. sugar.

  1. In a microwaveable bowl or cup whisk 1/2 cup almond milk with the chocolate cocoa,  protein powder and sugar until fully incorporated. Microwave for 40 seconds and then stir.
  2. Place bananas plus the remainder of the almond milk into a blender along with the cocoa mixture and puree for about 10 seconds.
  3. Place mixture in the ice cream maker and process for 20 minutes or until thick.
  4. Serve right away or store in the freezer for later use.  I take mine out for a few minutes before serving so it’s not so hard:)  Hope you love it as much as I do!