Ten Days into The New Year: On Target with Goals, But No New Hair Growth (Yet)

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We’re already 10 days into 2018 and I’ve managed to stick with my workout goals. Because of back issues that I had last winter, when I started working out November I’d been reluctant to go full-throttle when starting Barre3. To say that I’ve eased my way in would be vastly understating it but I got going with it nevertheless, and now I’m at a point where I’m starting to feel stronger, more flexible and more confident in the moves. I’ve actually gotten an extra workout in, too, and even did one straight out of bed at 5:45am yesterday! And I still love it. Yowza!

I’ve also been following the eating plan, though not too strictly, just about 90%. Why? Because I want it to work for both me and Scott, who is willing to go along with the recipes for dinner (the only meal we typically have together), with a few tweaks here and there. (If you’re curious about the plan I’m referring to, it’s Barre3 All-In, which you’ll find if you go to the Barre3 website, here. And no, I don’t get any kickbacks for this or any recommendations that I make, they’re just things I enjoy so I pass them on.)

One night, for example, we made (actually, he made) the black bean and sweet potato chili but instead of ground turkey, which he doesn’t love, we used grass-fed beef. And it was fantastic, even he enjoyed it! Another night we had chicken tacos with boneless, skinless breasts (his least-favorite way to eat chicken), but he baked them with a bunch of rub (from my cousins’ awesome barbeque shop, BBQ Pro Shop, here) and we chopped them up and they were fantastic with sliced radishes, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and onions. Another night, we had frittata with zucchini and asparagus and onions.

Not exactly as the plan lays out the recipes or the meals, but being able to adapt by making smart choices is, I think, the key to success, whether it’s goals for the new year or anything else, right?

And I think we’re both feeling great. So far, so good and it’s been easy enough that I don’t see any reason why we won’t keep going (the key is to prepare well with a thorough grocery shop each week). I’m also trying to be more aware of my “healthy overeating” and while the nutrition plan doesn’t dictate portions, I think it’s helping me be a bit more cognizant, which seems to be helping a bit, too. (Since my gut is healing I’m absorbing more calories than ever. Between that and the bitter cold, which kept me and Ella indoors instead of out on our usual long walks for more than two weeks, there can easily be significant waist expansion because as much as I love Barre3, I don’t think it’s a huge calorie burner!)

Alas, since I put an end to the supplement-induced implosion from back in October and November (resulting in a host of issues that I go over, here), there’s been no new hair growth. The missing eyebrow is still missing; the mostly-there-but-thinning eyebrow is the same, too (at least it’s not much worse, and that counts for a lot). The tiny bit of hair on my head seems to be hanging on so that, too, is good, although I haven’t felt any of the peach fuzz that started to emerge (back in August or so) since this whole thing happened.

Time will tell.

Happily, we’re mostly through holiday craziness (our holiday season always extends into January). I’m slowly getting an area of my business underway that I hope to expand this year while reducing another, and it seems that the Universe is supporting this in its weird ways (which, in this case, means by forcing a client to be put on hold due to non-payment–which frees up a tiny bit of time this week to work on the new stuff, at least).

And if it seems like I haven’t mentioned much about Doc in a while, it’s because I haven’t seen him since October. Initially, I was supposed to go six weeks after my last appointment, but I had to postpone because of travel. I haven’t rescheduled yet because of work and travel plans and scarce time around the holidays.

And if I’m being totally honest, too, I think I was somewhat reticent to reschedule because I was disappointed about the supplement issue. But this whole autoimmune and nutrition and applied kinesiology thing has been a crapshoot and frankly, I absolutely cannot believe how much better I feel today than I did a year ago. It’s a complete and total 180-degree turnaround in that respect, hair or no.

And so many other areas of my life are better now, and I think it all comes down to feeling incredibly well. For example, I just had my best (albeit busiest and craziest) work year ever, and I don’t think that the ‘old me’ could have powered through all that. I challenged my introverted self to do this amazing forest walk (shinrin-yoku) and it completely blew my mind and got me back in touch with how much I need that woodsy/campy part of myself, so that’ll be a focus of 2018. And I’m about to embark on a business venture that, I hope, will help create a more secure, more prosperous but slightly less crazy future.

And, in various ways, those are all due to the work that Doc’s done with me, if for no other reason than because I have so much more energy now.

So, I will schedule my next appointment and keep powering through toward the goals. I hope 2018’s starting out well for you, too!

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

{Photo credit: Photo by David Dibert from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/macro-photography-of-snowflakes-774664/}

 

 

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