Another one of those…

Long time no “see” blog posts. I decided I’d post what I call my endometriosis cocktail. Or a version of it as it changes depending on the time of the month.

One of my biggest struggles is dealing with my endo. It’s not a bad period, it’s not something to brush on the wayside. It’s serious. Did you know that endometriosis happens because  your immune system does not attack the endometrial tissue that is retrograde ( meaning it did not shed properly and flow out of the body instead it travels to nearby organs/ tissue outside of the uterus attaching to places like your bladder, ovaries, colon and so on). Now endometrial tissue is hormone based as we all know or I hope most people are aware. This is why we have periods. 

Now this same tissue is now outside of the body and still thickens like it would in the uterus month to month. This causes inflammation and bleeding ( because what does endometrial tissue do- exactly) this in turn causes the site to be somewhat like a blister on mentioned areas of the body and can cause in some women severe pain and even infertility even though they are not sure why. 

I’ve done a lot of research on vitamins and supplements to help with my endo. Mine isn’t severe  enough for any drastic measures( well last they checked it hadn’t consumed my pelvic area so this is good very good some women lose ovaries to endometriosis some have it so badly they have to have a hysterectomy) so here is my cocktail for my body and what makes me feel energized and not so crappy. 

Emergen-C, now according to a lot of sources women with endometriosis really need a large dose of vitamin C. I have a tumblr blog with all this info so if you want to venture over look for “The Endo Girl” vitamin C helps all those nasties get out of your system well think about it… Those endo blisters bleed monthly. Not what needs to happen inside your body around organs that don’t need that “poison” really it is what it is. Double the dose of Vitamin C and you’re clearing out that junk better. 

It also has B vitamins and minerals. Another thing women with endo need. And I mean a lot of it! As you can see I even have some extra B vitamins to take. If you’re recently diagnosed with endo you may be hearing things about the endo diet, which limits foods like wheat and certain meats. So up those B’s ladies. 

Along with is I have my female toner tea, magnesium ( I’ll save that for another post), ibuprofen ( inflammation high start taking it, as years have gone by I notice the subtle change and when I need to take it- if you’re trying to ge pregnant limit the ibuprofen you take and then remove it completely but this is when you really need to eat a anti-inflammatory diet) okay moving on see so much info so much! So little time. I also do cranberry pills and biotin. 

Oh and my allergy pill but that doesn’t count hehe! Anyway  I will see about shareing my tumbler posts here. This little cocktail does wonders for me. What do you have going for your health? 

Alexis 

DISCLAIMER: this is what works for me and I work closely with my doctor and other health/ wellness professionals. I suggest you do the same do your research and present it to those who are your health care providers. Always let them know what supplements you take. Like for example before surgery no cranberry can be taken. Some things interact. Best of luck 

 

Video Game Burnย 

We have Kinect Adventures and Fryuit Ninja 15 minutes of fruit ninja proved “worth it” 173 calories burned and I was having fun! I’m still a little sick so it was all I could do before a coughing fit ensued. But it felt great! I sliced the fruit with both arms and even tried out some kicking moves with my legs ( which didn’t go as well dang gluteal muscle was mildly angry almost there glad it wasn’t a serious strain). 

The munchkin also loves that she can play with us -mostly the Kinect adventures games so I’ll seemingly burn some calories while having a blast with the kiddo. Can’t beat that! 

Eh I don’t have much else to type. Good night all! 

Lexx 

2016 Here I come!ย 

So new year and everyone is setting goals. Technically my fitness goals have been set for awhile now. Each week I have a goal to lose one or two pounds, exercise five to six days, and watch what I eat. I log it all on MyFitnessPal. It’s a great motivator when you have other people doing the same. These goals won’t change but I’m sure new ones will emerge as I travel along the path. 

I suppose the newest goal is to make sure I’m stretching at night to help my muscles so I don’t acquire unwanted injuries that hinder my progress ( which my gluteal muscle injury is feeling better but I should be completing Hip Hop Abs earlier now it’s been delayed) . 

So here’s a list of my goals: 

  • Exercise 5-6 days a week ( the 6th day being a day to just keep active. Choosing a family oriented activity like hiking would be fun). 
  • Weigh in on Saturday every week record weight on my weight loss tracker. While my ultimate goal is two pounds I don’t beat myself up if it’s one. I just continue on. If I continue to lose one or two pounds by October I should reach my goal of 130 pounds. Even just losing one puts me closer to my goal closer to healthy, but I also remind myself that for losing a large amount of weight and wanting to keep it off envolves pacing myself, slow and steady. One day, one week, at a time. 
  • Take  body measurements monthly. Keep all measurement records.  
  • After completing Hip Hop Abs find another Beachbody workout set to accomplish. 
  • Keep up the motivational wall. Always have an outfit hanging up for added motivation. ( check out previous post on my motivational wall) 
  • Rewards at ten pound increments. I already have a list up until my final goal is met. Another great motivator! 

That’s pretty much it. Fitness changes as weight is loss so simple achievable/ realistic goals will get me where I need to be. Just keep on keeping on.

Lexx 

  

 
Latest weight loss and a pic. 

Change of Plansย 

I pulled one of my gluteal muscles OUCH. Delayed on hip hop abs. Realization that I need to stretch more. So working on stretching daily had to rest the first day I pulled and slowly working up to working out. Lesson learned for sure. I am also sick again this is not my year this winter. 

Anyway gosh some stretches are HARD I was doing the warm up and cool down with hip hop abs but I definitely need more stretching. I’m finding right before bed is the time for me to really stretch then relax those muscles. Let’s see if it also improves sleep. 

Lexx 

The Motivational Wall

So here’s my motivational wall in my bedroom . It’s ( the cork board) is getting a makeover currently so it’s a little bare. 

I have the hip hop abs workout schedule hung up, my reward list for when I weigh a certain amount- so at 22o ( example) I’ll be getting myself some adult coloring books um heck yes!  And it goes on like that. I might add I didn’t put clothes on there a lot because as you lose weight it’s obvious you’ll need new clothes not much of a reward if you ask me.  I have my last reward as clothing. But that’s my final goal and I am so going to have a huge shopping spree on Modcloth! 

Then I have my measurements chart and a weekly weight loss tracker. I’ll be adding my weight in big bold numbers like so: 

BEFORE: 245 

CURRENT: 233 

AFTER: 130 

So it’s always displayed. I’ll also add some quotes I like, etc whatever floats my boat. Along with this I also have some clothes hanging up that I would like to wear. Another motivational tool. I switch it out regularly too so it’s never the same top or bottom. Sometimes I do my wedding dress, etc. 

Changing it up makes more fun I say! So I do just that. I change up the quotes, etc. I’m also a very visual person so I need the visual cues to continuously help me. 

Well I think that is about it. I typed out the weight tracker, rewards chart, and measurements log on word then printed out. 

Now to find some new quotes that seriously speak to me. 

Lexx 
   
 

  

Skills

{I am republishing this post for today’s date so it can be found more easily to fit with the next posts I plan on doing}

I’ve been sitting here thinking about all the different skills I would like to have that will further help us with our love of sustainability. I have crochet down, working on my knitting along with sewing. Drying herbs is easy, food preserving is my next goal and growing herbs. I’d actually like to forage for medicinal plants and such that see local to the area… Anyway let’s move on…

Here is a list of ideas for those of you who want to incorporate homestead skills in the urban setting:

Crochet or knitting- nothing beats making your own hats, scarves, gloves, and whatever else you think you can whip up using this skill. While you can just go out and buy hats it’s better to make yourself using sustainable yarn- think organic- I also prefer wool- it’s warm-it lasts. It’s a skill you can barter with if something happens where you would need to. 

Sewing- you don’t need to make haute couture. But it’s nice to be able to sew on  button or fix clothes you always have. You can upcycle old clothing into a variety of things ( yarn included). I used a few old shirts to make some dresses for the munchkin. Old jeans can be turned into a skirt, etc. I suggest having hand and machine sewing skills. 

Canning, cooking, baking, persevering, gardening, livestock-honestly don’t these all fit together? Having a garden can offset your grocery bill. If you can have backyard chickens go for it- fresh eggs. And if you’re not a vegan/ vegetarian raising rabbits for meat is a cheap way to supplement your meat bill. Quail are also an option.  There’s so much a person can do. We bake our own bread, have a garden, chickens, and looking to get meat rabbits going. We also wouldn’t mind hunting and fishing. 

I suggest also learning how to cook with different methods. Dutch ovens, solar, fire, you name it! Have some fun with it. I love campfire cooking. 

There’s also drying herbs, jerky, smoking meat, drying out veggies for food storage, canning, fermenting. 

Woodworking, handyman & vehicle repair skills- I’m blessed with the most amazing husband. We had a deep clog in our kitchen sink. His skills enabled us to unclog it ourselves and not have to pay a plumber. He knows basic electrical, plumbing, can build just about anything and takes care of maintenance on our vehicles. It saves a lot of money. He also is the type of husband to pull me into the whole process and has me do half the work. Which I thoroughly enjoy! 

Again I’m so blessed, my hubs rocks! Sorry gotta gush there just a bit again. That’s one of the major keys to making an urban “homestead” work. I can’t say we are fully that but we try to come close because we dream of owning farm land someday. Okay back to that key business. Working as a team, sharing the work, doing the work together, and so on. 

We are gathering up such skills in order to have our farm/ homestead one day. That’s our ultimate goal really. We may be in a urban setting but there’s plenty we can do for the future. 

-Alexis 

P.S There are many more skills I could have mentioned for me these seemed to be the first few to consider as most important in the urban setting. 

Day 1ย 

Complete! I had started and restarted hip hop abs quite a few times. In my defense knarly sinus infection for two months along with some other nasties seriously kills your workout mojo. Stupid sinuses it was the worst out of all the others I was afraid with all the winter sickies we have had in the household that I wouldn’t be up for it. But it was like riding a bike and while I did/ still feel the burn I was glad I hadn’t regressed/ lost progress exercise wise. 

I’m sure y’all can relate? Working out isn’t a thing you do once or twice. You have to keep it up. With all the sickies kicking our rumps I was sure I’d be dying while working out lol! Thankfully no! I hope it’s the daily chicken coop and run cleaning I have to do that has kept me up to par. Some serious work there. Even when I’m sick the animals come first plus if you’ve read any other parts of my blog my 11 ladies mean the world to me plus I get fresh eggs ( yum). And I miss farm life. 

So anyway back to that day one business,food diary complete, workout complete, and feeling great on top of it I had a full day first it was to my college to finish up registration, I had to take placement tests, see advising, figured out my classes, printed schedule, came home and made lunch, video game time while the little one did her learning games on iPad, house chores, dinner, family home evening, etc. 

I like days where I feel like I had a bit of good free time ( video game) but still managed to get a ton done. Now for some sleep!