Saturday, January 4, 2014

Move it, move it!

I've made it to the gym twice since my last post :) 
Getting started is always hard after a long break, but it definitely feels good to be back.  I have not really felt much pain and I know that's because I'm not really able to do a lot right now.  However, I am managing to keep moving and doing a mix of strength/cardio for at least 45 mins each time.  The first day I did two miles on the bike as a warm-up. That was a surprise because I can usually only do five mins before I get worn out.  Today I wasn't able to do as much biking because I'm having trouble with my right foot.  It just doesn't like to sit the way it has to for the pedals on the bike...so it causes quite a bit of pain on the top of my foot.  Still, I pressed on and moved to other things.

Planet Fitness has a room that includes a 30-minute circuit workout, very similar to what you might find at Curves.  So I worked on that for a bit today. It was a little confusing because the machines are weight based, verses the hydraulic resistance used at Curves .  This actually makes it so that my workout is beyond 30 minutes because I must spend time adjusting each machine to the right sitting level, then making sure it is on the right weight. By the time I was finished with that part, the 60 seconds I was supposed to be working out are gone.  Of course it will get easier to adjust the machines in time, but I still think it will still add about 10 minutes to the workout if you include taking time to also wipe down each machine after use. 

For these last two visits , I have just done some basic stuff to get back in the habit of actually being at a gym.  Hubby and I have an appointment for Monday morning to meet with a trainer to have a workout plan designed for us.  I am excited to see what she has in store, and scared at the same time!

So...you've been reading all about my plans for this year, be sure to leave a comment and tell me about your new year/new you fitness plan!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Figuring Me Out

In my previous post, I made a resolution: to lose weight by exercising with only the videos/games I have at home for my Wii and Xbox Kinect systems.  Unfortunately, I have discovered that , through no fault of the videos, I lack the will power needed to maintain the regimen I need to pursue such an endeavor.  KUDOS to any of you that do have it !  Will power is a huge thing for me--if it were not, I would not be in this drastic situation where I need to lose 100+ lbs just to be healthy!

So...please never think of me as a quitter! That is NOT what I am, nor what I am doing.  I will continue to use my games to enhance my other activities, and besides, some of them, like Zumba are just downright fun. :)

In the end, however, my husband offered me a late Christmas present---a gym membership! I know, I know, I said that we couldn't afford it.  I made a mistake.  It completely slipped my mind that a brand new gym just recently opened here.  Planet Fitness is a Biggest Loser partner.  They have a "judgement free" policy that allows anyone of any shape, size, or fitness level to come workout with out fear of being judged by others.  They also offered unlimited fitness training and a plan that anyone can afford: only $10 per month ! 

How sad is it that many obese people will not go to a gym because they are so afraid of the opinions of others who are there watching them?  What's worse is the people who are watching them!!  They should not be forming negative opinions, but should instead be encouraging and motivating them to keep coming back to that gym!  What's better for a person who's 100+ lbs overweight--to be hitting the gym everyday and burning calories, or to be sitting at home in total fear that some skinny person at the gym will laugh at them and make them feel more worthless than they already do? I pray that none of my friends would be that mean-spirited.

I would just like to say that I am sorry I will be unable to do my initial program idea, but I will still continue to blog about my progress and how it affects my arthritis as I take the weight off for good.  I hope you will be faithful to walk by me and offer that encouragement and motivation, because I really need it.  I am not a quitter, I just have to find what works for me.

Love,
Carla

Sunday, December 29, 2013

No gym, No problem!


Alright, yesterday I promised you big changes were coming.  I am here today to keep that promise! 
2014 is going to be a FANTASTIC year! 

Here is where we get started:  I am coming into this year at the heaviest weight I have ever been. Yes, that is hard to admit, but it must be acknowledged in order for change to take place.  What is my plan for that change?  I can't afford a gym membership right now that let's me work out how I need to, so I have to find other ways of getting exercise.  It is winter, and in Virginia, that means lots of cold, rainy days, and sometimes lots of snow.  All of that is preventative of getting outside to enjoy a walk or playtime with my 5 year old.  So I decided to do something totally WILD---I'm going to actually use all of the Xbox Kinect™  and Nintendo Wii "games" my husband has given me!!! 

You heard me right, I'm going to lose weight by using my Kinect™ and Wii !  
We have many videos for our consoles that are designed to help people get fit, from The Biggest Loser Challenge (Wii) to the Fit and Active workout on the Kinect.™.  Why not make my workouts both calorie burning, AND fun?  I can play sports, or even dance my way to fitness.  No gym, No problem!  I totally have this :)  

I know many of you are asking yourselves, "If she has all these videos and hasn't used them before, what makes her think she can get fit with them now?"  The answer is simple.  I have a purpose.  I want to reclaim my life.  I want to be healthy for myself, my family, and my friends.  I have finally awoken to the reality of what my weight is doing to my body, and how my life is limited because of it.  I have goals and dreams that are not being accomplished, and that ends NOW!  2014 is the year I have decided to take it all back.  
I have also decided to share this amazing journey with you--my very best friends and loved ones.  I will be blogging my results along the way, sharing with you my workout routines, successes and failures (of course there will be some, but we must learn how to use them to move forward and not allow them to drag us down permanently).  If my story inspires you, motivates you, or even if you just want to drop a line of encouragement, I would LOVE to hear from you !

That being said, I would like to introduce you to my first workout today ! 

I started the adventure with a fun but short Zumba class

It will take a while to build up time!










Day 1








After Zumba, I played some Racquet sports with hubby, we played 
 Squash and Tennis .
In total today I spent ONE FULL HOUR exercising and moving about, not bad for a gal who normally spends 3/4 of her time sitting on the couch with crochet hook in hand ;) Now let's see how I do tomorrow!









Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thank You!

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to my loyal readers ! It has been a year and a half since I last update this page, but I see that many of you have continued to check back for new posts.  As you all know, my life has the craziest ups and downs.  This past year has been no exception.  We moved from VA to MD in Jan., and then back to VA in April, where we ended up staying with hubby's parents for a month and a half before finally moving into our own place.  I was unable to visit doctors during this hiatus, and of course ran out of meds again. 

Long story short--Things are settling down somewhat and it's time to start another new year.  I have a very exciting plan in store, and I hope that you will join me and this amazing adventure!  I will be blogging the whole way through :)

Get ready for some PsoriMom amazingness in 2014 !!!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Springtime fun

Spring officially arrived a little over a month ago.  For many psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients, however, the cold morning/warm daytime/cold nighttime routine is a painstaking journey to endure on the way to the days of constant summer warmth.  Many arthritis sufferers welcome the summer because the heat of the sun seeps into our joints and gives us those all-natural shots of Vitamin D. that we need  so bad.  Another huge benefit is the extra surge of energy that comes when the D starts to work and help ease some of that nasty winter pain.

So what is going on in my world this spring?  I am really amazed at the amount of energy I manage to find in my days lately.  It's a really good thing I started that exercise regimen earlier this year, because I seem to be on the go a lot these days.  Between preschool and church activities, both of my writers groups, and whatever else life throws at us, it seems like there is barely ever a moment to just sit down and relax. 

A while back I was having some trouble with my knees bothering me frequently, so my doctor put me on 50,000 I.U. of Vit. D. per week.  I was pretty shocked at the high numbers, but she assured me that it wasn't too high, especially since my levels had tested on the low end of the scale.  I was amazed after a couple of weeks that I felt better.  By the time I went back for my 3 month checkup, I couldn't even remember how long it had been since my knees stopped hurting!  This has been a huge help and energy boost.  I am currently down to a max of 35,000 I.U. per  week, with an appointment scheduled for next Wednesday (5/9) to see where my levels are at now.

Also got new X-rays done today.  The X-rays are updates to compare with the ones we took last year so that we can see how fast or slow my arthritis is progressing, and what damage has been done to my joints over the past 12 months.  I have noticed some changes in the second toe on my right foot, as well as the index finger on my right hand.  My toe is completely out of "whack" , for lack of a better explanation.  It isn't broken, or dislocated, but it is very out of place.  Tomorrow I will try and post a pic to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about, but basically my second toe seems to be growing sideways towards my third toe instead of straight.  The problem with my index finger is that I have what feels like a large amount of bone deterioration in the upper joint.  If you feel of the finger, the best description would be that it feels like a huge indentation in the bone.  I'm hoping the X-rays will give us some insight into what is going on with that. 

In other news, I have taken on a new volunteer venture with Abbott, the company who makes my Humira medication.  I have joined their SPEAK Network, where I will be able to share my psoriasis story/journey with others in need of education, support, or research information.  I look forward to working with them to help spread psoriasis awareness, and hope that one day we will find a cure! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Feeling well

Often times when my psoriatic arthritis is doing well, I tend to get busy and forget to come here and make posts for you to read.  I wanted to make sure that I get in the habit of doing this, because it is important to let you know that, while every day is not peaches and cream, not every day is filled with massive amounts of pain and tears either.  There are  good days and bad days.  It is always best, though, when the good days outnumber the bad. 

I spent another lovely time at the park today.  This time everyone went, including Dad! I love going out in the sun when I can.  Right now my joints do not hurt and I have used enough energy to head off to bed at least 3 hours ahead of my normal schedule.  Hopefully it will be a restful sleep.

Good night all!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sunshine

Do you enjoy being out in the sunshine?  When I was first diagnosed with psoriasis, I was actually told that part of my prescription was to go outside and spend half an hour in the sun, EVERY DAY! I thought she was a little bit nutty.  To top it off, she wanted me to do this every day at high noon!   At the time, she couldn't, or at least didn't, explain why it worked, she just said that it was often very helpful.  I knew that from personal experience.   Since then, many studies have been done that indicate how well vitamin D works to help clear psoriasis outbreaks.  There are even topical prescription ointments that contain it.  For many people it works wonders. One of the best ways to get it, is to have it naturally produced by your body, and this means spending time out in the sun. 

Sunshine, like all things, must be taken in moderation.  I am not a good example of this.  I had "the most scathingly brilliant idea" (Haley Mills as Mary Clancy in "The Trouble with Angels") today, that I would take my son to the park. It was a nice, beautiful and sunny day, he had a good morning at preschool and it seemed like a great idea.  Dad opted not to join us since he hasn't been feeling well the past few days, so we called up our playtime buddy, Great Aunt Kathy (Dad's aunt).  Even though she is almost 60 years old,  she always enjoys spending time with my little guy, and often has way more energy than I do! 

We enjoyed a quick lunch at home and then headed off to the park.  The sun was beautiful, but a bit hot if you sat too long in one place.  We played in the dirt, I took some lovely photos of him playing,  and then we moved over to the "sandbox".  It's really not a box, just a sand-filled area near a small stream.  Anyway, he enjoys playing in the sand with his beach tools, and he was having so much fun that Mom decided she wanted to make him  REALLY smile.  I handed my glasses to Aunt Kathy, filled up his bucket with sand, then handed it to him with the explicit instructions that "you can only do this when Mom says it's okay"...and then I allowed my 3.5 year old son to pour his entire bucket of sand on my head!  I was sitting on the ground,  he was standing, so I was just as his level.  I really wish we had gotten photos of this, as I do not think I have ever seen any bigger shock on a little boy's face than when his Mom says it is okay to pour sand on her, nor any brighter of a smile when he sees her completely covered with the stuff. :)  I also wish I could have gotten a photo of the surprise on Aunt Kathy's face! That was definitely the last thing she expected me to do. 

You may be asking yourself at this point, why on Earth I've bothered to tell you about my day at the park.  Well, if you remember, we started out talking about sunshine and vitamin D.  This is how I choose to get mine!  Being out in the sun has always been a good thing for me.  It helps to clear up my psoriasis, and gives me a nice tan to boot.  But, like I said before, it must be done in moderation.  There is always the immediate risk of burning, and of course, the long-term risks of skin cancer.  The main point of this post however, was to show you that it's okay to go out and enjoy life instead of sitting home and worrying about your psoriasis or what people think of it.  Most importantly, don't forget to take time to enjoy the moments that are too few and fleeting :)