Wog This Way

Wogging My Way To a Healthier Me

Fear of the Unknown Race Course

 

I have a half marathon in nine days. My training has been lacking, mostly because oh my extremely tight calves, and doctors orders to reduce high intensity exercise. I know that I can complete 13.1 miles, it is in me and I will.

The thing that screws with me about Fueled By Fine Wine is that they change the course every year. It takes place during a hot time of year (that is subjective since I live in Oregon), partially in vineyard and partially on asphalt, and is uphill for very long stretches. When you can mentally see yourself on a course, it takes one more stress out of it all. Now, yes they publish the course, but it is convenient to go run it ahead of time, I have drive pieces of it. It is different than imagining the course under your feet, this is one of the ways I take away the stress before a race. So, Fueled by Fine Wine really screws with my pre-race anti-anxiety precautions, but luckily not my enjoyment of wogging a half marathon.

Do you have a pre-race ritual?

 

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Sweating off Stress

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Since getting healthier, exercise has been my stress reliever. I work a high stress job, I am one of those people who thrives on a bit of chaos. I get a lot of that working in event planning and for a start up. Which I’ve learned since having this thyroid/adrenal diagnosis is probably a symptom of it. I “need” the stress to make me keep going and feel alive. One of things I’ve had to do to start healing is throttle back my workouts. No more HIIT, no more Turbo Fire, it’s really hard for me to not have this exhausting type of workout.

Lately, my work has been more and morestressful, we are on the hunt for a house to buy, and my doctor told me I need to start meditating 20 min a day to try and bring my stress levels down. I am really trying and it’s hard because I find my mind wandering and I have to reign it back in and focus on the breathing. During the day though I find myself feeling like I am being squeezed by a vice, that I am slipping backward in the progress of getting my body better. And all I want it is an all out crazy workout to just make me go ahhhh! *flop* 

What’s your favorite stress reliever? 

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Me and My Cha-Cha-Chia

As a kid I always wanted one of those damn chia pets. The Saturday morning cartoon commercials would drive me into a chia wanting frenzy. I’d ask for one for Christmas, my birthday, and never saw one. Santa didn’t get the memo.Image

Fast forward a few years, and with all this new healthy eating talk. I keep hearing about quinoa, acai, and chia seeds. I kind of scoff at these fad healthy foods, but then I decided to try quinoa and it was tasty. Then I was at a Healthy Living Expo for work, when I was asked, “Wanna try some chia?” Normally, I would say no thank you and keep on walking. That day I was in a try new things mood and I said sure. Next thing I know I am trying all the flavors of Mama Chia and every texture squeemishness I normally have, wasn’t activated. I loved the stuff!! Protein, Omega 3, I understand all the ingredients! Now, if my healthy addiction wasn’t so pricey I’d be even happier. I case of Blackberry Hibiscus (my fav flav) at Costco would be a dream.  My advice give it a try, because if you don’t like it, it’ll definitely be an experience!

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Disclaimer: No one paid me or gave me free product for this review. I love Mamma Chia and just wanted to share my love with the world.

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Finding Hope the Natural Way

During my appointment with the naturopath, it was the first time I was listened to. She actually got upset when she heard how other doctors had treated me. She spend TWO HOURS going over my medical history. I think the last time I spent 2 hours with a doctor, I was in surgery. It was amazing to have her listen and take notes, going over everything she could imagine. Then stopping and saying, “Well first off, you’re not just meant to be fat. It sounds like your poor body is exhausted.”

After some discussion she suspected adrenal fatigue and low cortisol  levels are wreaking havoc on my body. I had extensive testing done, blood, urine, and saliva, that verified I was very far down that road of adrenal fatigue, with my cortisol levels on empty and my thyroid conserving every last calorie I am ingesting.

What now?! A lot more changes than I expected, including throttling my exercise way back, gluten free, dairy free… It’s like all my favorite things are being taken to make me feel better. I am OVERWHELMED, and it all makes me wanna take a nap. Which I hear is a natural response to having adrenal fatigue, maybe I’ll just curl up in a sunbeam and nap like that lil kitten.

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I know I have a long road ahead of me, and I will share, because I am sure there are others out there who have been told they’re not doing enough, when they’re doing TOO MUCH!

Where if your favorite place to nap?

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