Life Update

Religion:

About a month ago I started going back to the Mormon church. I had been missing it lately. I like being back. I know it’s where I need to be. From now on you’ll see Mormon related posts. I’ll still post about other things so don’t worry. I’ll still keep some Pagan practices as well. I’m actually doing a 90 day Book of Mormon challenge on my Instagram if you want to join in. My IG is @ldsgingerasrai.

Health:.

I don’t think I ever updated you on my thyroid levels. I went to my general physician and Endocrinologist and they both told me that my levels are normal! That’s awesome news. I still notice symptoms from my Hashimotos, but I have a lot more good days then bad days now. I really think that it was my Graves medication (Methimozole) that kept me sick. My new Endo said that my old Endo was over medicating me. She took me off my meds at the beginning of the year and ever since then I have slowly started feeling better.

I still haven’t gone back to doing Whole 30, but I’m really trying. When you’re on it you have to cook every meal. But that’s been hard because I don’t have the energy most days. I know that if I go back on that I will have energy. It’s a vicious cycle. I also need to plan my meals better, that’s a huge part of it. I’ll get back to it though. I really want to start taking care of myself. I want to keep my thyroid levels normal and get my Hashimotos under control.

I have signed up at Planet Fitness 3 weeks ago. I really enjoy going (when I have the energy). I try to go even when i don’t have the energy, but some days it’s really bad. I did good the first week, but these past two weeks I’ve only been a few times. I’m still losing weight most days. I’ve lost a total of 24 pounds!

Family:

My sister has been on her mission for a month now. Only 17 months left! I miss her so much, but she is doing the Lord’s work. She’s really enjoying it. I knew she would, she’s a great missionary.

On July 30th, my nephew Carter turned 3. I can’t believe how big he is getting! He’s such a character.

Weekly Review + This Week’s Goals

Review for 6/6/16-6/12/16

Health– Well I didn’t get as far as I wanted to with my health goals this week. I only did strength training one day, I didn’t walk at all, and I still couldn’t get to sleep before 4am. I also had too many “reintroduction” days. I at least I know for sure which foods I can and can’t have now.

I did however get blood work done at my doctor’s. I don’t go back for a review until July 5th.

Spirituality-I still didn’t meditate. It’s hard for me to actually mediate on little to no sleep.

Work-I worked as many hours as I could and did some much needed advertising.

Art-I finished painting all but one of my mini altar sets. Now all I have to do is make the pouches and they’ll be ready to list on Etsy.

Goals for 6/13/16-6/19

Health– Work on the goals I didn’t accomplish last week.
1. Strength training 3 days a week.
2. Walk 3 days a week.
3. Get to bed before 12am.
4. No reintroduction days. They just make me sick.

Spirituality-Actually meditate instead of just talking about it.

Work:
1. More advertising.
2. Add complimentary water and beverages.

Art– Pouches for the altar kits and get them listed.

Blog-Now that it’s kind of slowing down at work, I want to start writing more articles/posts pertaining to Paganism and Witchcraft. I feel like I don’t have enough in here. I want to write them geared more towards beginners like myself. It’ll help me learn too. I’ll be posting which topics I plan to cover later this week.

Weekly Goals 6/6/16-6/12/16

Health:
Get more sleep: These past two weeks I haven’t gone to bed before 4am. It’s been horrible. This week I’m going to really try to get on a better sleeping schedule.
Start walking again: Because of my lake of sleep I’ve gotten behind on my walking.
Add in strength training: My sister called me dainty. I don’t want to be dainty. I want to be a warrior!

Spiritual:
Meditate more: I always talk about it, but don’t actually do it.

Work:
Work more hours: It’s a slow week so far and I need monies.

Art:
Finish my mini altars: I want to get them listed by the end of the week.

Day 31

Yesterday marked Day 30 of my Whole 30 diet. I’m so supposed at myself that I made it this far. Usually when I start a new diet I give up as soon as I’m hungry. Or if I do “stick with it” and have cheat days. Not this time! I stayed pure the entire 30 days! It was really hard and I wanted to give up most days. Instead, I kept at it and I’m so glad I did. In the book it says if you cheat you have to stay over. The reason is because this is the cleansing period. Your immune system reboot. I definitely didn’t want to start over.

Here are my results so far:
-More energy
-Less pain
-Down 6.75 inches (all over. 2.5 just in my waist).
-Down 7.2 pounds

I was surprised at such great results in just 30 days. I’m so proud of myself. The only downside I’ve experienced is my insomnia has gotten worse. I had to think about why that is. These are the reasons I came up with:
-Even though I’ve had more energy, done of my spurts come late at night when I go to bed. Causing me top not even get tired until 3 or 4am.
-Being hungry late at night and not wanting (due to poor meal planning) and having to cook a late night meal. Not being able to just grab a snack.
-my chronic pain isn’t completely gone and still keeps me up.

Now don’t let you discourage you from doing the Whole 30 if you were planning on it. I already had insomnia prior to starting. But I’ve come with a couple solutions.

-Go for a walk during the day. Hopefully this will burn out most of my energy and I’ll sleep nicely tonight. I already did this one today. Almost a mile. This was my first time exercising in a very long time.

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-Eat more protein or good fats close to bedtime so I’m not hungry.
-Journal more. When my late night energy kicks in, my mind usually goes on over drive and I can’t shut it up. It’s also when I get my best ideas. If I wrote everything down, I’ll hopefully be able to go to sleep sooner.
-Stop using my phone an hour before. I think most of us are guilty of this one. I’ll be on FB while laying in bed.

These are just a few things I came up with to help me get better sleep. Hopefully they work. We’ll see.

Even though I’ve completed day 30, it’s not over yet. Now cones the reintroduction period. I’ve only decide to reintroduce honey, beans, and rice. Today is rice. So far no problems. I’ll eat rice in my diet for two days, then go back to Whole 30 for 2 days. If it doesn’t make me sick, I’ll keep it in and go on to the next food. If it does make me sick then obviously I’ll cut it for good. After I’ve tried all three foods again, I’ll stick with this eating Whole 30. Like I mentioned in my other post, it’s a lifestyle change. I can’t/won’t go back to bring sick and in pain. I’ve already spent 3 1/2 years doing that. I’m done. On to the next chapter in my life!

The Whole 30 “Diet”

I recently started a new eating regime (26 days ago to be exact). It’s called the Whole 30 “Diet”. I put diet in quotations because for me it’s not really a diet. It’s more of a lifestyle change.

For those of you that don’t know what the Whole 30 “Diet” is, let me tell you. It’s a diet that is good for people with autoimmune diseases or anyone qho wants to cleanse their system. It is basically a 30 day elimination diet that eliminates inflammatory foods. It cuts out gluten, dairy, sugar, rice, legumes, and any processed foods. Yes it sounds strict but it has really helped me. Here are the benefits that I have experienced so far:
1. More energy
2. Some of my chronic pain has gone away. You know, the pain I had for three and a half years that the doctors couldn’t seem to do anything about.
3. I’m not as angry as I used to be.
4. My skin is glowing (according to coworkers).
5. My clothes are looser.
6. I’ve lost a total of 4 pounds so far.

While the weight loss is nice, it isn’t the main reason I’m doing this. I’m doing this to get my Hashimotos under control. So far it seems to be helping.

Once your 30 days are up, you can start reintroducing foods that you cut out. The way you do it is one food at a time. You pick your food, let’s say rice. You add rice back into tour diet for 2 days. Then you cut it out again and go back to Whole 30. If you feel fine, then continue eating the rice. If it makes you sick, then you know it’s am inflammatory food that causes your flare ups and cut it for good. You do this with all the foods you want to reintroduce. For me, I will only be reintroducing legumes, rice, and honey. Maybe occasionally sugar. Gluten and dairy I already know I’m allergic to, so I won’t even bother with them. I will keep them out.

This has definitely been a hard thing to do, but the benefits have been great. I know in the ling run it will rally help with my Hashimotos. That’s what I keep telling myself to stay motivated. I don’t want to go back to my pain filled fatigued self. I like the direction I’m going.

I’m telling you that you should go on this “diet”, but I am digesting you should at least check it out and do your own research. There is a book called “The Whole 30 Diet” and Whole30.com. There are also support groups on Facebook.

My 30 days will be up in 4 days, but only I haven’t been keeping track. I don’t see the point in counting the days since it’s a lifestyle change for me. The only reason for me to count would be to know when to reintroduce some foods.

Let me know if you have any questions about the Whole 30 and I’ll try to answer them. I will also be posting some tips I’ve learned so far.

If you are already doing the Whole 30 diet, let me know and we can be support buddies! I will again in 4 days with my finally measurements and pounds lost before I start the next phase. Until then, stay healthy lovelies!

Emergency Heart Stint

Dear Followers, I have client/friend who is in need of an emergency heart stint. They found 90% in one artery. The total procedure costs $17,500. He only has to pay 25%, but that’s still a lot. Especially since he needs it done as soon as possible and doesn’t have the money. Please, if you could help by donating, it would mean a lot. Anything helps. If you can’t donate please help by reblogging this. Thanks. https://www.gofundme.com/uqyzjf7w