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.



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.

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


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