The Power Within

Dear readers, finding strength to keep our commitments is no easy task.  We plan, prepare and do our best to follow through and reach the goals we have set for ourselves. Many times failing along the way, and letting discouragement hit us fast and furiously.

One of the worst things we experience is discouragement, it just doesn’t let us move forward. It’s like a pond of moving sand that sucks us in with no way out. The thing is that we have the power within ourselves to change all of this.

We can reverse discouragement to encouragement just by changing our inner dialogues and setting an intention.  Remaining encouraged when dealing with body image issues related to weight gain is tricky.

Weight gain is troublesome for everyone who relies heavily on steroids,  myself being one of them.   Discouragement is a central part of how I feel when I fail to follow through on my well meant  plan of not eating at night.  Night munchies are difficult to control and if you add the element of the appetite you work up not only because usually steroids do that to you, but also because it causes yet another problematic situation, insomnia. So here we have yet another pill with multiple side effects.  All those calories consumed during the night don’t help at all if I’m trying to manage my weight.

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This been said, let’s talk about my journeys.

I’ve come up with an alternative plan on how to minimize the effects of mindless nocturnal munchies.  For three days in a row I begin something I call “My Three Day Journey”, during these three days I practice intermittent fasting, mindful eating and write my intention for the day in the morning and a highlight of that same day when it’s over practicing gratitude.   I use my bullet journal for this, so I can go back and read highlights from prior days that inspire me.

Very early  in the morning I set an intention of not eating nothing past 6:00 or 7:00 pm, only tea.  My mind is already telling my body that we will not be eating pass that hour, so I try to eat a light dinner prior to that hour and take 100 steps afterwards to boost my digestion.  These steps usually are around my house and not in a hurry, I walk in a mindful centered way.  If you are using a walking cane it’s fine, you just go little by little.  These  little things add up and make a huge difference on the outcome of how you feel later on throughout the days to come.

With the passing of each day you’ll begin to feel encouraged about your progress.  To feel better about yourself upon the completion of your journey.

After each  journey I’ve taken,  I become a little bit more aware each time about the importance of taking good care of my body even it it’s a little impaired.  Affirming my acceptance of loving myself just as I am makes it less a battlefront and more an exercise of compassion towards myself.  The beauty of my journeys is that I decide when I want to begin another one.

It’s great to wake up in the morning and not feel guilty about all the wrong things I ate the prior night, and to regain control of my weight.  These small changes have added up to significant weight loss during a span of time for me, and by changing them on a conscious level the pounds remain off.

Hope this helped or inspired someone trying to conquer MG or any other illness little by little.  Happy travels to anyone who decides to take on his or her own three day journey.  The important thing is to customize your journey, you are your best advocate and don’t forget to talk to your doctor about any small or big steps you plan to take.

See you around the corner.  Hasta pronto!

Back to Day One

Dear readers, trapped in the nuisance of dieting I’ve lost track of the days.

For starters, my husband got on the dieting train and he’s done much better than me.

I’ve mostly been haunted by PMS.  I’m still wondering why in the heck am I still getting periods at my age.  I will be more than happy when my period goes away forever.

Now getting back on track is going to take some willpower.

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For me it’s all about the cheese.  I love to eat cheese!

As I write  this post some cheese and crackers are laughing at me.  Teasing me, luring me into just taking a bite.  They  know I’m not suppose to snack on them.  However, my grandma would always say, “El que rie ultimo, rie mejor” which means thee who laughs at the end, laughs with more joy.

So, if I were the cheese that’s in the refrigerator and the crackers in the pantry, I would be extremely quiet because I could use some carbohydrates right now.

Which leads us to the most important part of this all.

Tomorrow I’m at Day 1 all over again.

And this time I intend to go straight to Day 10 without hesitation. Why Day 10?  Well, because those first ten days are crucial to staying on track.  My husband already is feeling the benefits of dieting, his size 36 pants need a tighter belt for fitting.

Finally I just need to add one word to this, FOCUS.

It has to become my mantra for pulling this off.  Each time temptation comes around the corner, I need to repeat FOCUS.

FOCUS on feeling better,

FOCUS on walking better,

FOCUS on living better, and so much more.

And don’t forget to do something that makes someone’s day better;  make me company on my way to wellness; and, repeat my mantra FOCUS.

 

 

 

MG & Weight Loss: An ongoing issue

Dear readers as you know we deal with a lot of mobility issues. I’m not going to get into the reasons of why this happens because basically all of us know that when weakness strikes we need to get some rest and that can go on for days and even weeks.

Which takes us to our next point, weight gain.

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We struggle with our weight.  If we gain those extra dreaded pounds it’s going to be tough to move around and this makes us go in circles for what seems a very long time.

 

I had gotten to a decent point after May last year, and my weight was down to 148, which for me was great. Then, after my last flare and hospital stay in December it went all the way up to 175.

Gee, was I frustrated.

My family told me,

“Don’t STRESS yourself, things will work out.”

“You’ll see in no time you are going to loose that extra weight.”

I thought to myself,  “Yeap, those 28 extra pounds are going to just melt away as I do my high energy power exercises!!!!!”

If they wanted to make me feel better they did it, but the high only lasted a couple of minutes. Nobody was talking about how I was going to get there.

To make my loooooong story, very short.  I began my depending on how I wake up in the morning weight loss program.  I simply started to count my calories and since all of us know exercise is almost out of the question some days.  The days I get up feeling strong I exercise around the house doing household chores and eat very carefully.

Yesterday I weighed myself after a week, and discovered that I had only shed 2.2 pounds. I was disappointed because I thought that I had lost more.  Which lead me to a war with half of dozen cupcakes I had bought for “Ian” at the supermarket.

All of a sudden I craved sweets and totally forgot about the low-fat yogurt I was supposed to eat.

After an afternoon on an emotional merry go round ride I finally curled  up in bed and read that shedding 2.2 pounds was more than good in a week.

Which made me feel good about myself, which took me back to the cupcake I had eaten earlier.  The good news is that I had eaten only one out of six, the rest are still safe in my refrigerator.  Ian will probably have some this afternoon when he gets back from school and the rest will be given away.

My archenemy strawberry frosted vanilla cupcake had won the first battle, but I won the following when I chose not to eat the rest of them.

So, my dear friends reaching that point where wellness surrounds us is tough, but we need to remember that our bodies our weak, but our will is strong.  And that is precisely what keeps us moving forward.

Plan your life because it’s yours and only yours,  and find meaning and purpose in each day reaching out to others. When we give it a try, it’s pretty amazing.

I invite you to come along on my quest for wellness not only of my body, but most importantly of my soul