Thursday, December 13, 2018
Hello blogger land! Winter has definitely started here in Minnesota, time for an update on this blog.
I am doing well, but I am now among the many people who are challenged by gastrointestinal issues. I found out about a month ago that some of the gut challenges I’ve had since summer are related to something called atrophic autoimmune gastritis. What this means is that the lining of my stomach is being attacked by my immune system and is thinning out. On Tuesday I saw a Functional Medicine Internist who specializes in autoimmune recovery and nutrition. I will have a number of food restrictions including no gluten, dairy, soy, and corn among other things as my stomach heals. I am learning how to cook and eat in a very different way and remain hopeful that I will be able to manage my symptoms and create greater longevity for the lining that I have.
As a result of my gastric challenges it is been very easy to lose weight for the first time in my life. I am simply not able to eat a lot and what I do eat is incredibly nutritious and not loaded with calories, fats, sugars etc. Now I have the converse problem of trying to stabilize my weight after losing about 15 pounds in the last 2 to 3 months. Despite my challenges in my G.I. system, I have maintained my exercise and strength training that I started last summer. I exercise for 30 minutes almost every day and try to get to the gym to work on the circuits 2 to 3 times a week. Cross country ski season has started and I am really enjoying that.
I also have the opportunity to travel to Spain (for work ) and the Netherlands (for pleasure) recently. Enjoy some pictures! Take care of yourselves and have a great holiday season.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
I am continuing to chart out a healthy lifestyle. I have exercised for the past 158 days for at least 30 minutes, a record I am able to keep track of thanks to my Apple Watch. I do a combination of things lots of walking, hiking, cycling, and also rollerskiing. Now that I am spending quite a bit of time in Port Townsend Washington because I’m on sabbatical, I am able to do a lot of hiking in hills and even some mountains and also cycling with hills as well. I am certainly not a very fast walker nor a fast cyclist but I do believe every time I get out there I am getting slowly building my stamina and endurance.
My summer was plagued with some gut challenges and what I loosely call irritable bowel type syndrome. This has led to some weight loss just because I have had very little appetite to eat. My doctor recommended the FODMAP diet. It is fairly restrictive in terms of what I can eat with elimination of wheat and dairy products and many fruits and vegetables. I also have given up my beloved yogurt. Over my weight loss journey yogurt has been my go to for mid morning or even an afternoon snack full of protein and lots of fruit. I am really good at making fruit smoothies that have a yogurt base. My favorite is Greek yogurt: nonfat. I am on day two and so far doing OK, but I am certainly craving my yogurt. Stay tuned for more as I figure out what’s aggravating my gut and digestive system.
For years I have waged battle with life and work balance. Last week I read a really interesting blog post that helped me to think about it’s not really life and work balance it’s carving out time to do the things that you really like to do, and every day. So that is my focus from now on for now so that is my focus for now. Doing something I really enjoy every day. Every day. For me right now that has been placing a premium on reading books and going to the library. I also am stepping up my exercise to at least two different kinds of exercise every day because I have the time and because I so adore being outside. For is very mild here so far in the Pacific Northwest. Temps have her in the 60s most days with lows in the 50s perfect temperatures to be outside most days with very little wind.
Do something that you like every single day, Michele
Friday, August 31, 2018
Hello blog world!
Already the last day of August. We are having wonderful early fall weather: mild and sunny days with a little bit of wind. The summer was a little bit different for me because I’ve been a bit off of my exercise regime because of dejuvarex tenosintovitis: a musical name for a sort of tendinitis that I have in my wrist. That has made it a little difficult for me to keep up with my cycling and upper body strength conditioning. A few times I rode my indoor bike when I felt my wrist needed the rest. I now am sporting a purple cast to help stabilize the wrist and immobilize it somewhat. I have not been able to do many miles of hiking and walking but except for the hiking walking does not get my heart rate up as high as when I am cycling. I remain reasonably fit but I’m still not getting thee cardiovascular aspect of it all.
I do plan to be a bit more active on this blog this year as I am on sabbatical. I am hoping to continue to work on that 20 to 25 pounds that I believe will really help ease my asthma and help me to continue my road to being fit and strong.
In the meantime, enjoy a few pictures of my summer. Hope all is well with all of you in the blogging world. Michele
Sunday, June 10, 2018
It has been a while since I made some time for blogging, but, now that it is summer, I hope to do a bit more. Blogging has always been a way for me to process this journey toward continued good health with other readers. I have enjoyed good health and I continue to exercise regularly. Below are some recent pictures of camping with my grandbabies. I hiked over 25 miles with them and on my own over four days. Prior to my weight loss, I could never have managed that kind of a trip.
I have continued to keep the bulk of the weight that I lost over five years ago off however, I would like to shed another chunk of weight (20 or so pounds) for a number of reasons. I also want to make strides in keeping my monster of a sweet tooth at bay. I joined Weight Watchers over a year ago dropped 15 pounds and then gained back 10. My sweet tooth had a lot to do with the return of the ten. So, before, I relapse more, I thought I would give blogging another try.