Body First

Day 7/8: ):

posted Nov 2, 2014, 8:04 PM by Sarah Guthals

It's been a tiring weekend.

Saturday:
Slept in (until 10)
Had my Detox supplements
Had eggs for breakfast
Relaxed all day
Had rice with raita sauce for lunch
Rolled out my back a bit
Made an appointment with the gm-wellness massage therapist for Tuesday
Had steak and asparagus for dinner
Massaged my arm like Qing suggested
Used the rolfing techniques on my back and shoulders

Sunday:
Slept in (until 9)
Had my Detox supplements
Had eggs for breakfast
Relaxed a bit since I'm not feeling 100%
Had salad for lunch
Went to work for a couple hours
Had a delicious chicken and rice soup with a ton of veggies (using our gluten-free fried chicken from last week)
Going to roll out a bit

Tomorrow I go to the gym :)

Day 6: A Little Tired

posted Oct 31, 2014, 10:28 PM by Sarah Guthals

Today I woke up and went straight to the gym. 

I did 75 yards of flutter kick, 25 yards of frog kick and 200 yards of freestyle, then went in the Jacuzzi for 10 minutes and the sauna for 15 minutes.

Then I had a protein berry smoothie and went to school.

I had a meeting, then went to lunch with my good friends Qing and Rick.

For lunch I had a chicken kabob and a side of veggies.

Qing showed me some great places to massage my arm to release the pressure and pain on my thumb tendon, going to massage it right when I get off the computer.

Then I went to Whole Foods and got a Detox supplement kit, probiotics, Vitamin D and some multi-vitamins. Going to start that regimen tomorrow.

For dinner I had a bit of tuna with rice and salad (with hard boiled eggs). 

I also had a tiny bit of a gluten-free chocolate orange cake (recipe courtesy of my friend Graemme).

I drank lots of water, had two Excedrin and two Ibuprofen for my headache and joint pain.

My knees, in particular, feel swollen and are hurting. My right hand hurts a bit as well (so I will massage it).

I also made an appointment with my mom's trigger point therapist for Tuesday afternoon, maybe he can kick start some change :)

Day 5: I don't feel good

posted Oct 30, 2014, 7:15 PM by Sarah Guthals

Well the Ibuprofen last night worked. I will do that again tonight I think.

I woke up not feeling well, I have the chills and I'm just really tired.

I worked from home today.

I ate two eggs for breakfast, and some Gluten Free Chex cereal. 

For snacks I had some cheese.

For lunch I had Chipotle (bowl, so no tortilla).

I had lunch late (around 3), so I'm in this awkward hungry, not hungry place. I think Ill have some white corn popcorn popped with hot air (no oil).

My knee still hurts, I don't really understand how this cortisone was supposed to work...but I don't think it did.

In any case:
Knees hurt (right more than left)
Wrists hurt (right more than left)
Lower Back/Hips hurt
Head hurts (mildly)

Doing to bed early again tonight :\

Day 4: Anxiety Attack

posted Oct 29, 2014, 10:23 PM by Sarah Guthals

This morning started off ok. My legs were both a bit sore. 

I ate two eggs and a banana and then went to the gym.

I swam 200 years freestyle, did 100 yards of flutter kick and did 50 yards of breast stroke kick. The breast stroke kick hurt on my knees, I don't think I move them that way often.

I then spent 10 minutes in the jacuzzi and 15 minutes in the sauna.

Then I went home and made some homemade pumpkin seeds and some gluten free pancakes. I also ate a few pieces of cheese.

Then I went to school and worked a bit and had some tea.

When I got home, Adrian and I had salad (with ranch), beef ribs and gluten free mac n cheese for dinner. (Though I didn't eat the mac n cheese....wasn't so great). 

Then we went to bed, except I had a major anxiety attack. My nose is really stuffy and through the crying my ears started clogging. My whole body just hurts, my wrists, ankles, knees, hips, low back and head. I feel horrible :\

Adrian helped calm me down. 

I don't know what's up, but the cortisone shot didn't take the pain away....and now it's just freaking me out knowing it's there (I tend to way over think things). 

Hopefully I can fall asleep tonight. I took Ibuprofen, so hopefully that will help.

Day 3: Cortisone Shot

posted Oct 28, 2014, 7:51 PM by Sarah Guthals   [ updated Oct 28, 2014, 7:53 PM ]

Well, today I got my cortisone shot. 

Let's start from the morning though:
Breakfast: Two eggs with a tiny bit of salt and a glass of water
I rolled out my ankle on the Trigger Point Therapy tools

Went to school and had a large black/mint tea with no milk or sugar.

Then I went to Round Table and had 6 chicken wings (non-breaded) and a garden salad with ranch (no croutons). Also had water with this meal.

Then I had an apple and a bottle of water.

I worked at my computer from about 11am to 2:30pm, with lunch in between for about 1 hour.

I then went to the doctor for my cortisone shot. I asked about my other ailments and he said I should see a rheumatologist and gave me a recommendation on who to see.

The cortisone shot HURT. When he first gave it to me, it didn't hurt, but then a dull, strong pain shot throughout my entire leg and I still feel that pain...also my whole body just feels painful and tired.

When I got home I ate a banana, left over gluten free pasta and had some water.

I worked for a couple hours and then I had dinner (left over gluten free fried chicken and salad with ranch). 

I had a couple more glasses of water.

I'm also going to bed fairly early tonight. 

Tomorrow is gym day, though if I feel like I do today, I will probably just go for a short swim and then spend a while in the sauna :)

I also talked with my good friend Andy, who suggested some great books I plan on looking into:
For Gluten Free Diets:
      http://www.amazon.com/Wheat-Belly-Lose-Weight-Health/dp/1609611543#

On putting you body first, especially after a PhD...
      http://marthabeck.com/books/

The 2-Volume Trigger Point Manual:
      http://www.amazon.com/Travell-Simons-Myofascial-Pain-Dysfunction/dp/0683307711/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414545800&sr=1-1&keywords=janet+travell

On Whole Body:
      http://www.amazon.com/Jobs-Body-Deane-Juhan/dp/1581770995/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414546115&sr=1-1&keywords=jobs+body

I'm definitely checking these out :)

Day 2: Maybe I'm sick?

posted Oct 27, 2014, 10:44 PM by Sarah Guthals

This morning I woke up with a headache. I hate waking up to headaches :(

I rolled out my leg a bit, ate a bowl of oatmeal/coconut and a power bar, and went to the gym.

I worked out hard with my personal trainer: Mike Kallal. Towards the end of my workout I got a bit light-headed, and had to slow down. I don't think I ate enough. Next time I will eat eggs.

When I got home I just relaxed a bit, then I ate a big salad (romaine, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, carrots, ranch) and drank some water. 

My right side is still hurting. My right hand/wrist is visibly swollen and my right foot, ankle, knee, shoulder, hand, wrist, all hurt.

I finished the day by eating some cheese and bananas as snacks, and having Gluten Free Quinoa Pasta (with tomatoes, basil and parmesan) and Gluten Free Fried Chicken (with Quinoa based flour). 

I'm also having an after-dinner snack of white-corn popcorn popped using a hot-air popper (no oil).

I rolled out some more and have drank a lot of water. I also had a glass of black cherry juice. 

I also took Excedrin and Alleve and I am still in quite a bit of pain. 

I'm tired, but have to finish one thing before I can head to bed. I will be able to sleep in a bit tomorrow though, so it should be ok.

I also have a bit of a stomach ache..maybe I really am sick?

Day 1: Goodness my body hurts

posted Oct 26, 2014, 5:48 PM by Sarah Guthals

My body hurts, it's been hurting, and it's about time I do something to make it feel better. 

These blog entries won't be very long, however they will hopefully help me keep track of the changes I'm making in my life to better my body. 

First: What's wrong
Head: 
My head hurts, often. I get migraines, I get sinus headaches, I get neck/head pains. It just hurts. Migraines feel like a metal helmet that is slightly too tight and way too heavy. To alleviate the pain, I usually take two Excedrin Migraine. If I take them right as the headache is starting, then the pain doesn't get too bad and I just smell blood for a couple hours. If I take them too late, or don't take them at all, then my head hurts for 10-30 hours and the only thing that helps is sleep and distractions. I also get pain in my jaws, most likely because I grind at night.

Shoulders:
My shoulders just have extremely tight muscles with big lumps in them. Something that often helps is using a baseball. I put the ball in a sock, and put it between my back and a wall. I lean on it and breathe through the pain. Then I move the ball up. I go from my mid back to my neck and on my shoulders on one side, then I do the other side. It's good to also to the front. If I don't do this, then it just hurts, but it is something that I have had for years.

Wrists/Hands:
My hands are in pain often. I have pain in my thumbs and in the muscles right below my thumbs. They sometimes swell. I also get pain in the pinky side of my hands and the pain radiates on my inner and outer parts of my arms all the way to my elbows. I also get swollen knuckles on my fingers. To fix this pain, I try just moving my hands around and then wearing a brace that keeps my thumb in place.

Back/Hips:
My back hurts often, I explained my upper back in the Shoulders section, but my lower back also often hurts. I have two fractured disks in my lower back, though I don't think they have caused me trouble since I stopped gymnastics (when I was about 6). Lately the pain has been in my lower back and hips. I get intense pain in my waist/hips and sometimes they spaz out. To help this, I try rolling out on a foam roller or a pvc roller. I also try stretching forward (since I have a naturally curved spine, I don't often bend it the other way).

Knees:
My knees have intense pain. It hurts to walk up or down stairs and I cannot put pressure on them when bending or straightening them. My right knee is often worse than my left knee and will hurt even when at a rested position. To help this, I try rolling out around my knee, and putting icy-hot like substances. I have also been trying mud and  Alleve to help with swelling.

Ankles/Feet:
My ankles don't hurt often, but sometimes my ankles and toes swell and begin to hurt. I don't do much to help with this.

Overall, I have been feeling pretty horrible. Some things to try to help that I will be doing:
The doctor said to take meds for migraines. (Done)
The dentist said to switch to Sensodyne for grinding. (Done)
The rolfer suggested the baseball for my back and shoulders. (Need to do more often)
The doctor said to wear the braces for my hands, that it was arthritis. (Done)
The doctor said my patella tendon looks frayed, so I will be getting cortizone on Tuesday.

I also plan on taking a more natural approach to solving these problems:
I'm going to do the ALCAT test for food sensitivities.
I'm going to try eating Gluten Free and Sugar Free. 
I'm going to make sure I sleep 8 hours a night.
I'm going to roll out in the mornings and evenings.
I'm going to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. 

Today, all of the pains above are hurting. All of them. This has been a horrible weekend. 

Here are the steps I have taken today to help:
1. I slept 9 hours last night.
2. I woke up and rolled out.
3. I ate breakfast (two eggs).
4. I tried just relaxing.
5. I ate lunch (Ceasar salad).
6. I took a nap.
7. I ate a snack (carrots and tomatoes).
8. I rolled out.
9. I am relaxing. 
10. I need to eat dinner, then sleep.

Here's to one step closer to becoming healthy!

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