Friday, October 30, 2015

Beautiful, Creative & Inspired Link Party #9

Welcome to The Beautifully Creative, Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informative and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and many more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here. New bloggers are always welcomed!


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Two great things happening on the blog this week:

Finally, Some Pain Relief is a post about me finally getting some help, the link between the pain and dairy and my DDP Yoga progress. If you are experiencing pain you would want to read this.

In the Book Club we have we have started reading Intuitive Eating so that we can be weaponized for the holiday eating season. Please join us and grab the reading schedule here!


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Here is my mixed bag of features for this week!



I totally enjoyed this clear and compassionate piece by Mommyziod about her decision to return to work


These Monster Door Stoppers are by The Art Stop Blog.  Toddler Girl and I will be making them today.


And lastly, but definitely not least this awesome post about making simple changes over at Grammie Time.  I bet you didn't know warm lemon water could do so much for you!

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Book Club: Intuitive Eating

Who announces what the next book will be but not the reading schedule?  Oops, I guess that would be me!  I think I got a little caught up with Finally, Some Pain Relief.  So sorry guys.
 
As you know the book that we are currently reading is Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.  This book was republished a handful of times so please note that we are reading the third edition.  The photo link below is displaying the copy we are reading.


Invite your friends and family to join us by clicking to tweet!

"We are reading Intuitive Eating in the MirrorWatching.com Book Club. Join Us!" click to tweet

Scheduled Reading
Oct. 28th:  Chapter 1-4
Nov. 4th:  Chapters 5-8
Nov. 11th:  Chapters 9-12
Nov. 18th:  Chapters 13-16
Nov. 25th Book Review Publish

Did you notice the review date?  Lol, my goal is to have us weaponized for the holiday season!

Happy Reading!!!!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Finally, Some Pain Relief!

This has been a week.  One of great highs and lows, but victories either way.

By the way,  click here to find out the winner of last week's Book Club Giveaway and the title of the next book.


In my post Blame It On The Chiropractor I revealed that I was dropping out of a half marathon I had been training for since May.  The reason for dropping out was Pain.  This week's NSV's are a type of progress report.

Non-Scale Victory One - Lower Back Pain
If you follow me on Instagram you will see my posts usually with hashtags #lowerbackpain, #lowimpactexercise or #rehab because I have been in constant pain for months.  To be exact I believe it has been since May when I started training for a half marathon.  Freaking PAIN, difficulty wiping my butt, numbness, tingling toes, can't stand, sit or lay down for any length of time kind of pain.  So as you could imagine I was exhausted from the pain, yes strong pain saps strength, but also because I was not sleeping so everything started to just collapse.  I honestly could not figure out how I was going to continue on.  I stopped talking about it.  Saying my back hurt just didn't seem to sum up all that was happening to me.



My chiropractor recommended DDP Yoga.  I probably would have passed if he hadn't shared his story of pain and how he healed his own back with the program after everything else failed to provide relief.  I immediately went out and purchased the program and scoured the internet to find out all I could about it.  I heard nothing but good things.  I have commitment issues, lol but I decided to committ to the program for the 13 weeks at the beginner level.  Today I have entered week five.

The NSV is that early in week three I awoke in the morning feeling different.  I was pain free with minor stiffness for half a day.  I was scared all day.  Last week I awoke again without the pain and was able to jump right out of bed without pain.  I was pain free for the entire day.  I felt rested and vibrant.  The pain was back the next day, but not with the same intensity.  More like an aching tiredness, but I was able to do regular things and I spent the entire day out at a toddler party, walking for hours at a festival and shopping.  Things I haven't been able to do in a long time.  Today I awoke again without the pain, but I kept it light.

I am so grateful I have committed to this program and immensely thankful that my back is healing!


Non-Scale Victory Two - Roaming Pain

Can I confess.  Even after telling you about lower back pain, this roaming pain business has been the scariest of all for me.  I called it roaming pain because it seems to do precisely that, roam.  There seemed to be no rhyme or rhythm to it initially, but over a matter of months I began to see that it presented itself most strongly over ovulation and menstruation. The pain moved from joint to joint over the course of the day. Caused serious swelling and stiff that sometime that joint was immobile.  I will say that it seemed to contain itself to my wrist through fingers and ankles through the toes.  At it's worse, the strength in my hands would be diminished for a few days as  my finger tips would feel like they had nodules in them which made touching and gripping things painful.  My feet at their worst I experienced weakened ankles and the sensation of walking on golf balls for a few days, which was very painful.  Crazy, right?



As you can imagine, I began to think there was something seriously wrong with me.  My symptoms looked like Bursitis, Gout and the scariest one that caused me to have a tearful breakdown, Rhymtoid Arthritis or RA.  With the other two a few things were not quite right, but with RA my symptoms were looking like a near perfect match.

The NSV?  As part of the DDP Yoga program, there is a suggestion for you to go diary and gluten free.  I wasn't one hundred about this part.  I wasn't eating any deliberate dairy like cheese on my food or creamy sauces, but I was still eating baked goods here and there.  I did notice the pain was much milder, I had more energy and I was more functional.  At the three week mark I decided to share in some ice cream with my daughter. Within hours my hands and feet started to swell and the pain was intensifying.  By the morning I was on fire with nodules, golf balls and everything.

I have known for a few years that my tolerance for dairy was decreasing and every now and then I would get stomach sick if I ate ice cream but nothing like this before.  It has been a crazy few days flushing out my system and getting thinks back to normal, but while I was in all that pain I was celebrating because now I have an answer.  There may be some additional issues, which I will continue to pursue, but clearly I am allergic to dairy.  Needless to say I am now #dairyfree!

Week Four DDP Yoga & KIM Strategy

Sunday
DDP Wake Up & Energy

Monday
Swimming
DDP Wake Up & Energy

Tuesday
DDP Wake Up & Energy

Wednesday
DDP Wake Up & Energy

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
DDP Fat Burner

How has your week been? Any new NSV's?


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

And The Winner Is...


Good Morning #FitFam,  Caroline H. Is the winner of the MirrorWatching.com Book Club Giveaway!  
The prize was a copy of Tracy Reifkind’s book The Swing, A Revolutionary #Kettlebell Program!  Congrats to you Caroline H!  You can see my review of this book here 
The giveaway was in celebration of our new book club which will cover topics that we cover on the blog such as weight loss, health, fitness and wellness.  I hope you will join us. 

Our next book will be Intuitive Eating 3rd Edition by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch.  As I shared in my post, “I’m So Tired Of Counting Calories”,  why I’m done with the whole tracking business, how I have benefited from it and how I plan to move forward.  This book Intuitive Eating is a part of that plan. 
 I hope you will join me in this read and share your comments.  I will present the book on the blog November 20th.  So check your library or purchase your copy.  Join the mailing list here to connect with the Book Club and  #teamMirrorWatching, we got this!

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Facebook: Valuable health, fitness and wellness info
Twitter:  A little bit of everything above
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Beautifully Creative and Inspired Link Party #8

Welcome to The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informative and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and many more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here.

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If you have every been to Spin Class then no explanation is needed lol.  Read what I have to say about one of my awesome Spin Adventures here.

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Here are the two posts that I am highlighting from last week, both are by Healthy Helper Blog.

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