I’ve been incredibly busy since my last post. I have been on a long-term work assignment in another state and have almost finished my second class at Hawthorn University. Since coming here, my routine had to change a lot. Basically, I traded yoga for CrossFit, thinking I was healthier and lighter and it would go well. It started off okay, but then I started having some problems again. I sprained my ankle, twice actually, and during the second rehab, completely jacked up my back. It’s better now, but still not fully recovered. Needless to say I am not doing CrossFit anymore and that really was hard for me, yet again.
In fact, physical therapy has helped me see that I might have a connective tissue disorder called Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome (hyper mobility type). I had never even heard of it and I haven’t been diagnosed, but I definitely am hypermobile and it clearly has affected some of my joints pretty badly (both of my shoulders and both ankles can move in and out of the joint, maybe others too, as these are the only ones I’ve had tested). It takes a long time to see a geneticist for diagnosis, but it’s looking pretty promising.
As a result, I’ve had to change the way I do yoga and focus more on strength and stability rather than flexibility. In fact, there are certain poses I just shouldn’t do anymore, even though I can. I have also become involved with a local animal shelter and have been fostering shelter dogs. That’s been great for helping me walk more (one of only a few activities that are actually good for me these days).
All of this has been hard on me and that caused me to suffer nutritionally. The good news is that I am still in a much better place than I was last year at this time, so that encourages me. Even more so, I know how to get back to where I was. I am in two Diet Bets and a Healthy Wage bet and just yesterday signed up for an online yoga certification to help me redevelop my personal practice in a way that will work for me.
I haven’t been posting my papers for Hawthorn, but I will catch up on that, either here or on ScienceSpeaks, depending on the subject matter. Several of my assignments will fit this blog better, as they are personal assessments, not technical. So, hopefully before the new year begins, I will be mostly caught up.
I finishing up a 100-day goal to reduce stress in my life to improve blood pressure, sleep, and maintain my weight. I think I am going to achieve my specifications, or at least come really close to doing so! I am on day 84/100 and the final determinations will be made during days 90-100. I’ll let you know how I end up!! My goals were:
-Average BP less than 120/80
-Longest sleep interval of at least 240 minutes, five days per week
-Weight between 120-130 pounds
I’m in a good place, just not a perfect one… but, the journey is still good!