Fear

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being nervous that my doctors will refuse to support my decision to use the protocol. I could never afford the battery of tests required. When it seems insurmountable, I remember who’s in charge here. Its not them, its not me, its my Higher Power and if I am to have access to Dr. Coimbra’s protocol, it will fall into place one way or another. I work very hard to keep my thoughts in the moment at hand. Tomorrows moment is calling my doctors. Haven’t decided if it is best to request a short visit where I am expected to explain in five minutes or less, or request an appointment for a physical, but that appointment will take longer to schedule. I do think that its best to explain in person, not over the phone. Its ridiculous that we have to worry over being approved for something that works so well in comparison to other methods, is cheapest and has no side effects. Well, there I am deciding outcomes again, I don’t know what will happen. There, I said it, let it go now.

On a more positive and less fearful note, today’s water class was great. Usually when climbing up the ladder of the pool, I have to climb the steps like a toddler. At the beginning of the class, I climbed out the normal way and it was fairly easy to get my left leg moving up the steps! At the end of the class, I did this again and it was a little harder to do given the workout I just had, but I did it. In the cardio room, I was tired. I did my stretching and tried the elliptical cross country skiing machine (I used to cross country ski). I lasted two minutes, but the whole two minutes registered that I was doing something. Unlike the last time when the screen repeated, “Resume workout?”, over and over for the two minutes I lasted on it. Have to remind myself that this is an improvement.

All this energy I’m having as of late is making it a challenge to sleep, last night found me waking full of energy at 1:30 am. Didn’t go back to sleep till 3 am and then awake every hour after. Might have something to do with the tiredness in the gym this morning. Other than that, I don’t feel sleepy. I might have to consider not drinking any coffee. I’ve cut down from two cups to one, only because of the lack of cream and sugar, and then I’m only drinking half of a large cup. Adjustments, adjustments.

Bon Sante

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Tapping into the Light

Beautiful out today, we’ve had a weak of cold, dark weather. The sun is shining, the temp is 11 C (51 F). Walked two blocks to the bus at a fair clip with no rest. That’s good compared to the shape I was in a short month ago. Still very excited about what I learned yesterday and have taken action with an email to Dr. Tamburic about fees and tips on possibly obtaining health coverage for this. I’ll call my family doctor Monday to make an appointment with him hoping he will order the lab work necessary for the Protocol and that he’s willing to send the labs along to her. Then, I’m calling my Neurologist and requesting an appointment with him too and requesting that my last MRI and neurology report also be sent to Dr. Tamburic.

I am in the habit of turning my will and life over to a Higher Power. I have a belief in a Higher source that to me works like the law of gravity. I believe very much in the power of thought. A negative person can cause much destruction, inwardly and outwardly, whereas a positive person rooted in love and gratitude will have the opposite effect. I can choose to focus my energy on hate and fear or I can choose to focus it on love and gratitude. In the 90’s I was heavily involved in a place called The Drum in New Hampshire, a Native American Cultural Center. An Ojibwa Medicine man and his wife had come to The Drum from Michigan (or Wisconsin) to carry a message about Native values and spirituality to the East coast. He said he had a calling to do this because of a greater need. Because this region of the country had less pure Native Americans due to a longer history of European settlement and therefore a greater disconnect from the “Red Road”. Back then I had developed the habit of using the medicine Sage for a spiritual clearing of the mind of negativity and a vehicle to concentrate on connecting with this Energy source described above. I did this every morning and every night and anytime in between I felt the need. I hadn’t used this physical ritual since 2000. This is a good time to bring it back. I began using this style of meditation again about two months ago. I draw the smoke over my face, body and my cat (can’t forget Luna) saying, I have work to do, I’m healed, what next?

I feel alive and full of purpose again! Seeking further direction, which I have no doubt will come as I need to know it and do it. Just have to keep my potentially enormous ego in check! I use a Higher Power for that too.

“The creative power of the universe is thought. Anything that exists must first be thought of by someone before it can exist, and so all creation is but the concrete expression of thought. We are what we think.” Emmet Fox

Bon Sante

The picture is from Pixels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/wood-light-vacation-picnic-60006/

Dr. Cicero Coimbra’s Vitamin D Protocol

What a day! I learned a lot about Dr. Coimbra’s Protocol. I have his information listed under my Research page. I have a North American Facebook page to add to that. I’ll add it here too. First of all, I love this diet I’m on. I went to the gym today and I felt like the Tin Man rusted and being oiled by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. That’s what it feels like, my mobility has increased, joints are moving smoothly, like they’ve been oiled after being rusted shut for a very long time. So happy.

I asked on Dr. Wahls’ Forum on Facebook if anyone had heard of Dr. Coimbra and oh my gosh, what a discussion ensued. There is a lot to say about the science, I watched a 128 minute interview with Dr. Coimbra with English subtitles . If your interested you’ll check it out for yourself: YouTube interview with Dr. Coimbra  I’ll explain briefly. The treatment is supervised mega doses of Vitamin D which are putting people sick with MS and other autoimmune diseases into complete remission and in many cases, reversal of damage. Some have been on his protocol 12 years. It must be supervised, but not constantly, initial dosing is decided based on weight and blood work. Then combined with a vitamin (forget what) and Vitamin B2. No dairy whats so ever and must drink 2.5 liters of water. The patient levels are checked at 3 months and adjusted then again at one year, then every five years thereafter. So much for profit gain motives!

As I watched the video I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I have every single criteria he outlined for someone suffering from a compromised immunity system, which I am realizing, in my case, not all cases, I was born with. He said:

  1. Developing Toxemia or Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia during pregnancy can be an indication of a compromised immune system.
  2. Depression can be an indication of the same.
  3. There is a genetic condition specific for some Italians. In parts of Italy around 300 BC, there was a Malaria epidemic whereas the babies that survived had a deficiency in Vitamin B2 and that deficiency enabled them to survive Malaria, the babies that didn’t have this died. The deficient babies therefore passed on their gene that limits B2. Lower B2 contributes to a resistance to absorbing Vitamin D.
  4. Frequent Urinary Tract infections can compromise the immune system further.
  5. And finally, someone with all this then meets up with extreme stress, divorce, death of a child, whatever, some major cataclysmic event, Boom! MS!

So:

  1. I had Toxemia with my son’s pregnancy. I had to be induced a couple weeks early, it was bad, I was very sick. I almost fell off my chair when he said that.
  2. I have had problems with depression my whole life. I remember feeling depressed when I was four years old. I’ve been diagnosed by a Harvard Professor and psychologist with Dyphoric Depression, which means life long depression. I’ve learned to deal with it Holistically using exercise, meditation and positive thinking.
  3. I am half Italian, my grandparents immigrated here from Italy.
  4. I had four to five Urinary Tract infections a year for eight years till I realized it had to do with the need to manipulate the muscles because they weren’t working right from the compression I had in my neck.
  5. Everything I’m learning makes sense. The stress I was under when I got sick was tremendous, divorce, out of country of origin in a different language, single parenting without family support with an 18 month old and an 11 year old, my mother’s death within a year of all this, a move back across the US border to be closer to work, poverty………Boom! MS! 

I understand it and I have hope! There’s an answer for me. Between Coimbra’s Vitamin D protocol and Dr. Wahls Diet, I can see a future without MS!

  • To see the English Coimbra Facebook page, in Facebook search:  Coimbra vitamin D protocol for MS and autoimmune disorders

You’ll have to apply to join, its a private group, not a big deal, I applied and was accepted within 10 minutes.

  • To see Dr. Wahls Facebook forum: In Facebook, search: Dr. Wahls Protocol

You’ll need to apply here as well. Great discussions and experience on both sites. I am so uplifted!

Now the hard part, figuring out how I can get this covered in a medical system that won’t okay it unless it leads to an expensive drug.

This is the only Doctor in Canada who is trained under Dr. Coimbra. One Doctor in all of Canada (there is something wrong with that) This is her information:

Dr.Sanja Tamburic ND
Integrative medicine/autoimmune disorders
Vancouver Naturopathic Clinic
1308 W 8th Ave
Vancouver,BC
V6H 4A6
clinic: 604 738 2111
online appointments:604 710 0635

 

Wish me Bon Chance (Good Luck!)

Bon Sante

Support Groups

When I quit smoking back in 1996, five deaths happened in our inner circles and family, all smoking related, one after the other. At that time, I had been trying to quit and unable to stick to it for three years. These deaths sent a group of us, six people, to quit together. We used different methods, I went cold turkey, two used hypnosis (The Mad Russian in Boston) and three used nicorette gum. One using the hypnosis method dropped out 2 months in, one who used nicorette gum for the first few months, remained smoke free for one year, for a month or so, he kept an unlit cigarette with him for a month and then began smoking again. The other four, myself included stayed smoke free (I started smoking again nine years later in 2004 and quit again in 2009, still smoke free). What helped us all the most was quitting together. We stayed in touch and saw each other on a regular basis. We were all involved in another support group we all had in common and we used the principles of it to stay the course.

Dr. Wahls Facebook page and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis website both have very good public forums. I like that I can hear others striving towards the ideals on these diets. I am working the Dr. Wahls diet and so am following her Facebook page. I most like hearing the ones who have been doing this a while and hear the positive changes that have happened for them. I would like to start a solution based support group for autoimmune illnesses featuring these lifestyle changes. A face to face camaraderie of support and information will only strengthen my chances. Anything that helps, I’m willing to do.

Breakfast was a Smoothie with a small banana, frozen berries, kale, coconut milk and almond milk, 2 tsp’s cashew butter, dash of Kosher salt, a tsp of maple syrup and a tbsp of fresh ground flax seed. I had 2 slices of Nitrate free bacon. Who could imagine that having a smoothie and bacon for breakfast is good. I’m down with that.

Bon Sante

Picture from Pixels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/sky-field-flowers-blue-87056/

Write it down!

Today was a very busy day, this whole week has been. All good, just many things scheduled, all having to be done this week. That’s when I need to break it down by the hour, I’m not behind though and I am very grateful for that. I am learning the ins and outs of the Wahls’ diet. Important to get my perfectionism out of the way, it has no place here. I am using a daily food journal to keep track of my meals and make sure that I am getting 3 cups sulpher, 3 cups colored and 3 cups greens in. I am lucky to have a small Farmer’s Market from 3 – 7 pm every Wednesday just a block and a half up from where I live. I don’t have a lot to say today, I am very tired. To bed, MS-CAS tomorrow at 3 pm at the Bow Valley Christian Church.

Bon Sante

Picture from Pixels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/blank-page-book-close-up-college-299830/

Plugging Along!

I am having a very productive day! Getting caught up on……………..everything……………..! Got my floors done today, got organized, finishing paperwork, computing and making phone calls! Woo Hoo, feels good! This is my off day for formal exercise and is the perfect day to get all these things done. I have tons of energy, I did all that and I don’t feel the slightest bit tired, WOW! The picture above is a dish I made for lunch today. A recipe from Dr. Wahls’ new cookbook (info about her cookbook on my cookbooks page). This was good, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Its called Pork Skillet with lean pork chops, greens, asparagus (I used broccoli), onions, I added mushrooms, salt and pepper and a sauce (garlic, olive oil and chives) and I added a lemon squeeze at the end. Very good. I will do this one again.

To give an idea of what a day on this diet (Dr. Wahls) is like for me, this is what I am having today. Note: I have to have 9 cups of vegetables and fruit in these forms

3 cups sulpher vegetables i.e broccoli, asparagus, garlic, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, etc…. 3 cups colored fruits and veggies i.e. red and orange peppers, berries, red cabbage, etc…. 3 cups greens i.e. kale, spring greens, dark green salad, mustard greens, spinach, etc….

Breakfast

Smoothie (small banana, 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 cup kale, 2 tbsp coconut milk, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp fresh ground flax seed, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, dash of kosher salt, small amount of walnut pieces (less than a tbsp).

Black  coffee

1 cup greens    1 cup colored

Snack

3 oz of tuna in olive oil, drained and a glass of V8

1 cup sulphered

Lunch

2 small boneless pork chops, 1 cup spring greens, 1 cup broccoli (upper stems included), 1/2 cup onion, 3 white mushrooms, 1/2 tbsp saved Nitrate free bacon grease, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, a tbsp chives and 1 clove garlic, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.

2 cups sulphered   1 cup greens

Snack

1 cup seedless blue grapes

1 cup colored

Dinner

1/2 cup gluten free spaghetti, jarred marinara sauce, fresh greens salad with orange peppers, balsamic and 1 tbsp olive oil.

1 cup sulphered   1 cup greens   1 cup colored

(I think I am over the sulpher by 1 cup, I think that’s okay. Learning day by day, got a whole lot more to learn, one day at a time. My eventual goal is to eventually get to Dr. Wahls Paleo Plus which is the third stage and most recommended for someone like me. So, I have to get over a few things to get to this stage. First the science, its a Ketosis state (don’t understand yet enough to describe). I am in stage one and learning about stage two, which introduces organ meat, oily fish and fermented foods. Where as I am getting over no sugar and cream in my coffee, I’m not quite ready for that. However, I am mentally preparing myself for the idea and the know how to eat it in the most inoffensive, to me, way possible. Tough one, I dislike all things with a fishy taste and oily fishes are fishy. I love white fish and shell fish. Organ meat terrifies me, but I try to remember my father and his love of organ meat, brain cheese, tripe (cow stomach lining) and tongue (Italian old school). Our ancestors saw organ meat as a treat, not something to hate. I did love Liverwurst when I was a kid, not sure you can buy that anymore. I used to eat it with lots of mustard. I’m not sure its included on the organ bandwagon, since, other than liver, I don’t know what else its made out of. And the world of fermenting?????? Science projects on the kitchen counter. You see what I mean, more to learn.

But, I feel so good, if I gotta eat something’s heart and hold my nose while a I choke down a sardine, well good then! It pales in comparison to a bed ridden future.

Bon Sante

Working Hard: Hour by Hour

I’m working hard to establish my increased activity of two more days of exercise, blogging everyday, the MS Support group which is this Thursday and the time required to learn and implement this new regime of eating into my life. It is overwhelming, but I know from experience that in time, my schedule will become manageable. And as my energy levels are increasing daily, I know that its working. 

I am taking it hour by hour. This morning I messed up the time on my water class again, so I did my own thing. I am going to use the alert on my phone to help me keep my schedules straight. I did, finally, make a list for my gym bag. That helped. 

My house is disgusting, desperately need to wash, sweep and vacuum. I washed the vacuum cleaner filter, but can’t find the instruction book or remember how to put the filter back. I need to look that up on line. Job for this afternoon. 
Foodwise, I tried out a cereal called, “Holy Crap”. It’s chia seeds, dried cranberrys, nuts, etc. Its expensive, $10 for a small bag, but its only 2 Tbsp’s a serving for a total of 8 servings.  Its small dimensions make it easier for me to tote to the gym. I add around 3/4 cup fresh or frozen berries and 1/2 a cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk with 2 Tbsp’s coconut milk. You’d think that it wouldn’t be satisfying, but it very much is,  to the point where I wasn’t happy when the store was out when it needed replenishing. To save money, I need to make my own. That is part of the learning curve, but probably can do it for half the price. 

Well off to the second part of my workout, stretching and cardio machines. See if I can’t do more then 3 minutes on the eliptical….Woooot! 

Dare to be Batman

I tried to find out where this picture comes from and did find it all over the internet, but failed to get to its origination. I love this picture and its message. It has varied abstract meanings. What it says to me is to dare to be what you are and dare to do what you should, whether the status quo does or not. I’m 54 and had started smoking at 11 years old. My father started smoking when he was 9. He smoked four packs of non filter Camel cigarettes a day. I will always remember the sound of his Zippo lighter making, “Kaching” sounds repeatedly. His fingers were brown where he held his constantly lit cigarette. My father worked two full time jobs, one as a manager of the laundry department of a State Hospital and the other as a highly accomplished accordion player in an Italian wedding band. He had a touch of narcolepsy (tested and confirmed), often he would fall asleep with lit cigarettes, long burn strips on the bureau beside his bed, or his cigarette still in his hand, lit, with a two inch strip of ash where the cigarette burned down almost to the nub, in his fingers! And he was still sleeping. We were always knocking the ashes off his cigarettes. No surprise, these days, that he died from Emphysema at 62 years of age in 1995 after 15 years of sickness and disability. As I’ve said in other blogs, I quit twice. In 1996 (year my father died) for 9 years, picking up again in 2004 (year I was diagnosed with this illness), quitting the second time in 2008, smoke free ever since.

Back in his day and my early days, even in the 70’s, it was the norm to smoke. Everywhere you went were ash trays. Non smokers were rare. When you did come across a non smoker who complained about the smoke, they were ostracized terribly. They were outnumbered 100 to 1. It wasn’t unusual to see Doctors working with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. We smoked everywhere, I worked on a locked psych unit as a Mental Health Technician, and behind the nurses station, we smoked. We smoked in grocery stores, in the malls, everywhere. Everyone’s house you went to had ashtrays filled with butts. Even non smokers had ashtrays for their guests.

It was the mid 80’s that there began an inkling of change and a stand against smoking. The first public place I ever saw ban smoking was a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream Parlor in Western Massachusetts. Ben and Jerry’s was new and so was their stand on smoking. I refused to go in, I was so disgusted with this rule. It flew in my face and tried to take away my God given right to smoke! I saw a documentary ten years ago about the iconic Marlboro Man. Marlboro’s were what I smoked. The Marlboro Man was a tough modern day cowboy, handsome with his cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He appeared in every Marlboro ad. Rugged, tough, handsome, every man wanted to be him.

marlboro man

In a documentary, years later about Wayne McLaren (September 12, 1940 – July 22, 1992) who was an American stuntman, model, actor, and rodeo performer and was one of the Marlboro men. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer he became a spokesman against smoking. In the documentary that I saw, he told about how he was supplied with cigarettes, but noted that none of the executives for Marlboro smoked themselves.

So, why all this about smoking, which this blog is not about? Because, it is the same situation. All over the world, in western societies is an epidemic of grand proportions of autoimmune diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s, ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Type I Diabetes (which I just learned is also an autoimmune disease), heart disease and a hundred different forms of cancer. I spoke to an Access Calgary Driver from Afghanistan who explained that he spends five months a year in his homeland with his family there. He said, “You never hear anyone say that they know anyone with cancer.” On the subject of dairy, he said, “We do drink cow’s milk, but it is right from the cow that day.” Why couldn’t these diseases be caused by what we eat? Why is this such a strange notion to so many. It makes sense to me.

Well, Ben and Jerry dared to be Batmen, I guess I’m going to choose to be Batman to.

Bon Sante

Which door do you want to pick, each one has a prize.

I have been studying the different diets of which there are three I know of. MS Hope, Dr. Wahls Protocol and Overcoming MS (Dr. Jelinek).

  • Dr. Jelinek is a Vegan diet: Low saturated fat, no dairy, no peanuts, natural sugars in moderation, soy is okay and it is not gluten free (whole grains), however, he does advise to watch for sensitivity to eggs and gluten and to omit them if problematic. Flax seed and olive oil, no heating up these oils, rather cook with broths and water and drizzle oil on after cooked. Use a lot of Flax seed along with fresh wild caught fish for Omega 3.
  • MSHope and Direct-MS (Matt Embry and his father Dr. Ashton Embry): This diet is based on the Paleo diet, is low saturated fats, no dairy, no gluten, no peanuts. Lots of vegetables and fruit, little sugar (read labels, make sure that sugar is not the 1st, 2nd or 3rd ingredient). No soy, beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. There is no regimented guide, except the none of these list, these in moderation list, eat lots of this list (watch excellent five minute videos on MS Hope). Also, a lot of supplements to make sure you’re receiving the vitamins and nutrients you need, with an emphasis on Probiotics, Vitamin D3, Calcium/Magnesium, and Fish or Flax Seed Oil.
  • Dr. Wahls Protocol: This one is fine tuned for optimum health. It is very specific and is designed to cover all your nutritional needs eliminating the need for any supplements, except Vitamin D3. It is based on the Paleo diet with an emphasis on mitochondria technology. Her diet is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and peanut free. It uses more fat than the other diets, coconut oil, flax seed oil, virgin olive oil, nitrate free bacon grease and ghee (clarified butter).  Her diet Protocol has three diets (versions or stages) it is simple and straightforward, but requires a lot of learning and change.

Jelinek’s Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Vegan diet, I was on that diet for two years and didn’t know it. I attended a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brunswick, ME. Mostly medical professionals at this particular church due to a Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in town. My family doctor, Dr. Stephen Boyd was a member. And told me about Dr. Swank (look it up, I will be adding information about Dr. Swanks ground breaking work about these theories). That Church follows the OMS diet and are Vegans. I had started Copaxone and ended Copaxone at the same time as the diet and assumed, I did well and bad because of Copaxone, not the diet. Now I realize, that it in fact was the diet (Imagine my surprise when I read the OMS book and realized it was the same regime). Therefore, it worked for me.

MSHope/Direct-MS is a wonderful diet as well, closer to Dr. Wahls, loosely structured with supplements. It works too, when followed in the way it is explained on MSHope. My problem is, I think like an addict. If I can find a loophole, I will exploit it to the ninth degree. My weakness is carbs. I have decided to follow Dr. Wahls most closely because of its very specific direction. This works best for the type of person I am.

Dr. Wahls Protocol, I saw Dr. Wahls speak here in Calgary about two years ago. And I followed her diet for 3 months. The turn around on her diet was most dramatic for me. At the end of the 3 months, I was walking at a clipped pace, my energy was through the roof and I was taking on extra shifts at my part time job then. So, why did I stop at 3 months? There’s a few reasons:

  • One, I said it above, had to deal with my addiction and underlying issues surrounding food (of which there are many). I went to three different types of counseling to tackle the layered issues of the problem.
  • Two, I wasn’t prepared well enough. Financially, I wasn’t ready for the commitment. I needed to learn a whole lot more about organic foods and the best economic choices available to me to obtain said food. And I wasn’t fortified enough to handle the lifestyle changes and work necessary to learn to live this new lifestyle.
  • Three, I needed to learn varied ways to prepare the food. I ate so much Kale, that at the end of the three months, if I never saw another Kale leaf it would be too soon.

In summation: Some of us, being non-addicted disciplined sorts in the realm of food, will adopt one of these diets with little difficulty. Some of us may fail the first time (but, its really not a failure, I failed repeatedly for three years when trying to quit smoking and it finally stuck. Each time I failed, I learned another key to quitting unique to me and finally, I did it. Which brings me to the last “some of us”, some of us will need to overcome a whole lot to achieve this, it took another MS attack for me. I am prepared this time to see it through.

Meditation, sunlight and exercise are recommended by all. I got Dr. Wahls cookbook today and it will help a lot. In her forward, she emphasizes the need to “carry the message” by documenting your experience and changes via online media as a way to develop purpose that will help you stick to this and help others too. What a coincidence, that’s what I am doing. She’s a woman after my own heart! That is what all of these people are doing, via research (all three), messaging, touring, and living exactly what they’re saying.

Finally, I have made friends with Kale again, but am not limited to just Kale and I have so much energy I feel like I’m on speed!

Bon Sante

Addendum: See my research, books, websites page for links to all these sites and keep in mind that I am still studying and reading. I have not got these described perfectly, its best to look into it for yourself.

Note: The picture of Kale was obtained from https://www.pexels.com/photo/green-plant-51372/

It takes Time…….

I’ve done my water class and had breakfast (gluten free cereal with almond milk, dried cranberry’s and a small banana). Took my probiotics and fish oil. I’m trying to read the Overcoming Coming MS book, but I can’t read for long before becoming brain fatigued. l was an avid reader and still am, it just takes me about a month to get through a book, at one time, it was a few days, maybe a week. That’s okay, the information is fascinating, makes sense and fills me with the resolve to march on, one day at a time!

For reference, this is my exercise schedule:

Sun: 8:30-9:30 am-Deep Water Zumba, 10 am-11 am-breakfast and rest, 11-11:15-stretching/yoga, 11:15-11:40ish light weight circuit training

Mon: 9-10 am-Deep Water Tethered Aqua Jogger, 10:30-11:30-breakfast and rest, 11:30-11:45-stretching/yoga, 11:45-12:15-cardio machines

Thu: 9:15-10:15-Deep Water Aerobics, 10:45-11:45-breakfast and rest, 11:45-12-stretching/yoga, 12-12:20-light weight circuit training

Fri: 8-9 am-Deep Water Tethered Cardio, 9:30-10:30-breakfast and rest, 10:30-10:45-streatching/yoga, 10:45-11:15ish-cardio machines (lasted only 13 minutes today).

I’m upstairs in the gym doing my exercises. Today is a hard one. I’ve doubled my visits to the Southland Leisure Centre from two days a week to four. The hardest thing about it is that it throws my schedule out of wack. I have a hard time with that. All day, I’ve had to remind myself that its Friday, not Monday. The class is at 8:00, not 8:30 (I remembered 10 minutes before, not much time to be ready for a water class. But, I made it on time, wooo hooo. So, upstairs in the gym, I’ve decided that two alternating days will be circuit weights and two will be cardio on machines. I managed 10 minutes at the lowest setting on a seated bike. I want to ride bike like Dr. Wahls, (see her on my research page). Its a good start (I haven’t used cardio machines of any kind in six years). Then I tried the Elliptical. I lasted 3 minutes on the lowest setting as it repeatedly said to me, “Resume Workout”. Meaning it wasn’t detecting what I was doing, “Pathetic”, I thought. Immediately replaced that thought with, “No, you did it.” This gym has a sign that says, “The slowest here are moving faster then the ones on the couch!” “Damn right!”, I think. I feel good about this.

At home, I’m organized (have to be, no matter what), but the added schedule is making it hard to do washing, sweeping and vacuuming, I’m behind. Food preparation takes time, but, I’m determined. I know from experience that it’ll all balance out over time. “Timmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmme”! That word, we all hate. Back to the food preparation, (as I ignore the accumulated crumbs and particles all over the floors and carpets), I made fish with salsa on it, I made eggplant with tomato’s, garlic, oregano and basil and I made blue potatoes, sliced with Cajun seasoning and onions, roasted without oil. I add olive oil to the eggplant and potatoes after. I make enough of the vegetables to last a few days, giving me a break on one meal a day. Learning to cook this way takes time. I’m tired after the gym and the thought comes, “Order a pizza, you deserve it!” Oh, my addictive brain. I ask that one to be removed from my thoughts quick! What did I mean by that…..that’s a big subject for another day. Now I need to make a gluten free baked apple something……time to consult the cookbooks.

Bon Sante

Note: Picture is of the deep water pool where our classes are held.