Friday, 15 January 2016

Chronic Pain steals moments #30dayswithdi


Today i went to the Chiropractor.  I typically make it in to the office about once every 6 months. I seem to only go when the pain in my lower back gets to be so bad that i can't sleep, sit properly or even sometimes think straight.  My achiness is from an old back injury I received while riding about 12 years ago.  During my fall off my horse I damaged 3 vertebrae,  9 ribs, and did some pretty amazing soft tissue damage to muscles and tendons primarily on my right side.  Old news... but is it?

Chronic pain is sneaky... it starts slow, and builds.  As it builds you "make do" by stretching, hot pads and Tylenol to get some sleep.  When that doesn't work any longer you add in massage and more pain pills and then finally.... you make an appointment for the chiropractor.  You walk in gimpy and walk out feeling 95% percent better.  WHY DO WE WAIT SO LONG???

Why do we tolerate pain in our lives?  Who are we trying to prove something too?  Do what you need to do, to get to the bottom of it.  For some of the pain in this life (emotional, spiritual, mental) there is no "easy fix". However, often what is going on physically in our bodies can be worked towards a bit more balance and hopefully find some relief and sometimes a solution.

Chronic pain is something that steals.  It steals slowly, you don't realize what it's done until you look back and take a good hard look at it.  Subconsciously it makes decisions for you, and you don't even realize what's happened.

It steals moments...

  • when my little boy jumps on my back playfully, instead of pinning him down and tickling him, I wince and give him shit for being full of energy. 
  • not having the energy to fill my own cup with the things that I love to do.
  • avoidance of situations where I know I will run out of energy before everyone else (I don't want to be the kill-joy on the ski hill, park, hike, ride).
  • saying No to my daughter when she asks me to bake with her, because standing on the tile in the kitchen in the afternoon after sitting in the office for too long is going to hurt.
  • not taking the dog for a walk in the sun because he's going to want to go further than I want to go.  If I'm going to disappoint him, I may as well not even leave the house.
  • snapping at my partner without thinking because he asked me a question that made me use a different part of my brain that pulled me from the mindless numbing task I was on and now i hurt.
I am now and have been for several years very active with my self care.  I exercise, eat healthy, meditate, regularly schedule massages and I do the best that I can to stay on top of health issues as they arise.  I know I am so very blessed.  My issues on the scale of life challenges are minuscule compared to so many of my dear friends, colleagues and what others struggle with on a daily basis. I am also very grateful that my career has allowed me the freedom of choice and flexibility. 

My point is only this, please be aware of what your quiet chronic pain is quietly stealing from you.

xodi

#30dayswithdi

Clean eating has been going really well!  We had Portebello Mushrooms, shrimp, eggs and Asparagus for dinner yesterday.  It's a favorite meal in our house that one of my RVP's Tova Vanderveen made for me one day.  Weight loss is continuing, feeling strong, sleeping well, sun is shining. :-)



Wednesday, 6 January 2016

My facebook Feed is Bipolar - Day 3 #30dayswithdi

I knew it!  It was YOU wasn't it... you know your friends are trying to be healthy this month, and eat clean with quinoi (sp??) and salad and shit, so you just HAD to go and post that video with the sour dough bread cut in squares with the cheese and the butter and the baking and then you follow it up with The ICE CREME BITES video... your welcome. :-)!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  :-)

Half my profile is running on clean eating, cooking and exercise, and the other is running a flatout undermining campaign.  It's really entertaining actually.  It's like the major retailers know that many people fall off the wagon about week one of their plan... And they want the first thing you think about when you throw in the towel is their decedent bread bowl.

Because of YOU I had a Large English toffee half decaf (not really, i just wanted it).

Day 3: Clean eating: Gluten free toast, above stated coffee (and maybe a half pot more), lunch was a protein bar, a couple of Gluten Free pumpkin nut crackers for snacks, Chicken, basil and tomatoes for supper. Tea right now... and I have not started the 7 day cleanse yet. Tomorrow. But I am down 2 pounds so far.  xodi

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Vacation after a Vacation - Day 2

I had a full plate of things to do yesterday, and then had the chance to stop it all and go visit a dear friend in Town for a couple of hours. Catching up, and entertaining each other as only we can, we had a great time. She fills my cup and I am grateful to her for that.  We don't always take the time we need to stop and go play as adults... but we need to.  Even after a holiday, and especially after the Christmas holidays, we need a vacay after our vacay.

Today was a blissfully full day, I dropped kids off at school, coffee with my parents, went to my Personal Trainer to get my butt whipped into shape (It will be 4 years in March I've been seeing my dear friend Belinda twice a week!), Business calls, paperwork, booking calls, and now i'm avoiding the kitchen hiding in the office while hoping my daughter starts dinner. ;-)

Exercising in a way that works for you is key.  I know me, and I know I need to have someone hold me accountable every single time or it just doesn't happen.  Most people find their "sport" or passion in exercise... I loved riding, but after an accident 12 years ago, i'm pretty selective on when, what horse and where i go riding. So going to Chilliwack 2 or 3 times a week works for me, especially now that both kids are in school, and i can schedule my work appointments around my gym schedule.

#30dayswithdi
Day 2: Eating clean today went well, I still had my coffee, Hot Fizzy tab at Gym, Gluten free toast this morning, shake for lunch, no snacks so far and a balanced dinner coming.  I'll have detox tea and i'm starting the 7 day cleanse tonight.




Monday, 4 January 2016

30 Days with Di - Day 1

Today is Day 1 of our 30 Day's of clean eating. It's something I love to do, and do annually with several of my clients and many of my team.  I've always had great results, and am excited to jump in with both feet (well..1 foot and 3/4).

Morning off to a strong caffeinated start, had coffee with my parents as we always do.  Instead of my toast, butter and jam, I had hot cereal, It's swapped out for my grain later in the day, and I'm planning on a Protein shake/or our Fruit Protein bar for lunch.  Fizzy tab and tea in hand right now... and a bit of paperwork staring at me.  I'm set for the day.

Cutting the coffee out i can feel is going to be the most challenging piece.  I rarely have alcohol, so that will be easy, and we normally eat pretty balanced(ish).  It's about replacing slightly bad habits with slightly better... and having some fun with the accountability of it all. :-) #30dayswithdi

SELF CARE:

The self care piece of this is just as important as the food, drink and exercise.  Today I'm going to take the time to do a guided meditation, and fill my cup with some 2016 goal setting.  For the last 2 years I have had a detailed "Authentic Map of Me" that I create at the beginning of each year.  It's amazing how putting pen to paper helps to keep you accountable in the best possible way.

Have I mentioned that today is the first day the kids are back to school!!! YAY!!!  Yes it was wonderful having them home, and our holidays seemed to flow surprisingly effortlessly, but to have my house all to myself for a few hours today is indeed bliss. :-)

Until tomorrow... xodi


Monday, 10 March 2014

Falling off the CLEAN EATING WAGON, and clambering back on ASAP!!!

This last Thursday, my darling sister and her husband booked Scott and I into Harrison Hot Spring's Hotel for a relaxing night out.  They even babysat the kids for a night.  It was a thank you to Scott for all the help he has been while they are renovating their new house.

I've been really good with my clean eating since January 6th.  No Dairy, Caffeine, Alcohol, Red Meat, Gluten... and been pretty good on all level's. (With the exception of the Coffee... Monday's are definitely a coffee day).

We had a relaxing time in the hot springs, I've never been in the actual springs... funny how you can live 20 minutes from a tourist site, and have never taken the time to literally immerse yourself. They were beautiful, and definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the area.  We had a really great time!

So since we were on a mini-vacay, I thought... i'm going to treat myself!!! OMG BAD IDEA!!

So, that evening I had two Apple Ciders (Gluten free) one before the springs, and one before we went to dinner.  Then we walked to the Black Forest German Restaurant.  We had Sourdough bread, and I had Ham and Cheese Schnitzel, (with Potatoes and veggies) and an Apple Strudel with Ice Cream and Whipped Creme. The food was very, very good!  I didn't take the pic, but thanks to other food picture snapping people, i easily googled a pic of my dish of choice.

As soon as we got back to the room I had an EXTREME stomach ache, and was little to no fun for the rest of the evening. Scott who also has been eating CLEANER due to association, had a similar effect on his stomach. (he had the cheesecake). We were asleep by 9.  We were not visited by any of the local ghost's, this time. ;-)

The next morning, I awoke to the worst "hangover" EVER!  It took two day's to get my system to feel normalized again, that includes brain fog... and irritability (this is only somewhat normal).  I have learned my lesson.  And have officially realized that i NO LONGER wish to eat anything that doesn't feed my body properly.  Lesson learned!

But... oh the bread....


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Month End, Momentum, Magic, and March!

Welcome to March of 2014!!!

What is this month going to be for you??  For me it's going to be EPIC!!! I've got so much to look forward too.  We have amazing outings planned for the family, and I have some fun (aka work) planned for myself as well!

Last night we just had another amazing Magical Month End in our business.  We had another amazing team member make a push for a large pay raise to Area Manager.  Her and her team all came together and made it happen.  I truly know that I am in the right business.  When people work together to make things happen, they don't climb, stab, or undermine each other.  I still have to pinch myself sometimes when I realize that this is what I get to do for a living.  It is SOOO worth the learning curve, the cancelled appointments, the late nights, the hours and hours of coaching calls.  I couldn't imagine anything else.  I am TOTALLY UNEMPLOYABLE! :-)

And on that note...last month I had a new first for me.  I taught my first class at the University of the Fraser Valley. I'm facilitating an amazing group of people working towards a Management Diploma.  The class I'm teaching is Momentum, Delegation and Giving Feedback.  It was a blast, and I'm looking forward to the next 4 day's of class's.  It was a fun hearing other's experiences with their careers, both positive and negatives.  There is always so much to learn in a good story.  I am looking forward to teaching a few classes a year (if they will have me back ;-).  It's always a great experience to push yourself in a direction that you never expected to be in.

Self Care:

I am still behaving(ish) on my clean eating challenge.  It is amazing how when you make something a habit, after a month and a half... it truly becomes second nature. I don't crave the sugar, etc. But I will confess to a coffee as well as a celebratory cider that may have slipped into the schedule yesterday.  My weight continues to drop, slowly but surely.  I also am noticing a decrease in back pain, but I believe that has a lot to do with the activity at the gym.

I am still loving taking the time to Meditate almost daily.  I find it has helped with my focus, and really centered this rather random brain of mine. I read a study once (well I read an article that referenced a study, let's be honest) that Meditation had the same effect on the ADD brain as medication.  And since I won't be taking anything medicine wise, this has been a great alternative that I will be happy to continue.

Going to the Gym took a bit of a hit last week.  My kid's took turns being sick, and I was sidelined after a busy couple of day's of bad hwy driving, event's and teaching... my migraine returned combined with a bit of whatever it was the kids had.  So I missed a week, but am now back with a vengeance... and new goals.

Make a memory, connect with friends, be kind to a stranger.  We are here only for a few heart beats... make each one count!  xo di




Friday, 21 February 2014

Self Care: Kid's, Drugs, Clean Eating, Coffee and Balance... check(ish)

OK, after hounding the doctor's office, we found out what we kind of already new about our little man... ok, so now what?  Choices are drugs that make him sluggish, drugs that make his kidney's MAYBE have an issue, and all so he won't fall and hurt himself during the off chance in the next two years he would have a seizure... oh, and if you forget to give him his med's by even a couple of hours you will have GUARANTEED to give him a seizure.  The good new's is that he will grow out of "this" in the next couple of years.

umm... what??? He hasn't had an issue in almost a month and a half... ugghhh.  I'll take a broken bone over an altered brain thank you very much!  I'm very lucky that Scott and I are on the same page on this.

INSERT STRESS BALL MOMMA COFFEE HERE!!!  Oh and did you know Timmy's is rolling up the RIM?? NO idea how i know that... just don't forget there are TWO sides to the cup this year! 

Missed the Gym, because Little man also has STREP, and how lucky are we to be in a country where you can literally have a doctors appointment every other day and all it cost's you is your time.  We forget that sometimes as Canadians. Now our big girl is sick... off we go to the clinic again.  It's a good thing i don't have a real job! (As my comedian husband would say)!

Last 3 days have been pretty good eating wise... did you know PANAGO has a Gluten free bread.  It's pretty good  (and no one noticed).  My Arbonne fruit bars have been a life line, when I get busy and don't make a shake, they keep me fed... so I don't indulge in a snack that I shouldn't. 

Self Care: Had a massage with the wonderful and talented Shasta Angel.  Worked on my neck which has been an ongoing issue and worked on my shakra's.  Realignment of the odd one that may be out of adjustment just slightly (how else would my shakra's be if not off centre just a bit).  If you would have asked me what those were 6 month's ago... i would have been clueless! Learning lot's every day. 

Meditating: Yep, finding time when the house is quiet, looking forward to getting outside when it isn't quite so how-do-you-say "seasonal". Also found that just before bed is the best time, as things are quietest, and i sleep much better!  I even picked up some incense... it`s official!  It`s only taken me this long Anna!  

Work: yes, I fit that in here as well! This month I've been doing several event's, a couple of parties and many call's strategically scattered throughout my day.  I have an amazing team of leaders, who are so much better at this business than me.  They are off building their empires.  SOOO Proud of you guys!  Going to Kelowna on Sunday... don't tell my mom, she'll have a nervous breakdown.  Let's all cross our finger's that my neighbour Helicopter owner/operator got the avalanche patrol up there to the top of the mountain today to blast away the snow on the Coquihalla so i can go to Kelowna and meet some brides.  (see, the world does revolve around me). ;-)

OK... this is SOOOO GOOD!  It is Spelt Cinnamon Date toast. (from Preserved Seed- Previous post)  It taste's and smell's just like Cinnamon bun's.  And it is GOOD FOR YOU!!! 
This eating clean is getting to be more fun everyday!

oh... and i'm a bit smaller today than i was yesterday... and maybe just a bit taller. 

xo
di