Big Day in My Little World (But No, There’s No New Hair)

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Happy February, all!

Today’s a big day! I’ve officially wrapped up January’s Barre3 All-In Challenge, I’m about to kick off my February 10-Minute Daily Challenge and I went to my primary care physician (for readers who aren’t familiar with that, the PCP is the doctor that handles your regular care, who you go to for annual checkups, my not-Doc doctor).

Here’s the lowdown:

The Barre3 All-In Challenge was great, loved it all. Got in 26 workouts over 31 days. Some were only 10 minutes, one I barely made at all, but I did it regardless, blasted through the goal of five workouts per week and stuck pretty well to the nutrition plan (or the basic premise of it, at least), with a few notable exceptions. Toward the end, I ate fairly junky for three days–and felt it–because I hadn’t done a good grocerying, which means poking through whatever sad things have strayed too long in the pantry and freezer. Alas, though, a quick trip to the local co-op cured that.

I hadn’t weighed myself since last May or June and hadn’t felt like I’d lost even an ounce (Barre3 is many wonderful things but not, I don’t think, a huge calorie burner), but I decided I needed to bite that bullet before heading to my PCP this morning, as I knew I’d get weighed in at the office. In some ways, I was really surprised to see I was up four pounds since my last weigh-in (last spring), especially since my clothes still fit and my measurements have actually gone down the tiniest bit. Granted, I can think of a couple of reasons why I might be up a couple of pounds this week (’nuff said), but still.

Alas, though, when I stopped weighing myself last spring, it was because I didn’t want the scale to dictate how I felt about my health or my body, or determine whether I’d have a good day or a bad one. And I’m sticking to that.

Yes, I’m an overeater and even healthy overeaters still take in too many calories. But my body’s also changing (healing, I believe) and according to nutritionists all around, when the gut starts healing from chronic unwellness, it’s common for there to be weight gain. See, before I could eat 3,000 calories a day but only use/absorb probably about two-thirds of that, so my weight was generally stable. Now, if I eat 3,000 calories, I’m absorbing most of them. So, along with the good (I’m absorbing more nutrients) comes the less-happy side (excess weight). It’s not an extreme amount, though, and I still won’t let it (weight) rule my life. I’ve made so many positive changes in the last year and I’m sticking with them, and eventually it will all work out.

And speaking of work outs, I’m absolutely getting stronger than I had been and I’m definitely getting more toned and more flexible, both of which are important to me. And, even more important still, I’m willing and able to move my body in ways that I hadn’t or couldn’t for a year (since I blew my back out over Christmas 2016). I will continue with this (Barre3) indefinitely, for life I hope, I love it that much.

Today also starts my February 10-Minute Daily Challenge and I’m optimistic that this will make a difference. It has to, right? After all, even the most skeptical people out there have to accept the growing body of evidence about the bizillion ways that meditation helps us overall. And with a laser focus on an issue that’s particularly challenging for me, I hope to reap the benefits even more. My goal isn’t to beat it down but, rather, to make peace with it, embrace it and let it exist without overwhelming me, in 10 minutes a day, every day. And I think I can do it!

And, today’s PCP visit was swell. I got blood work done prior to the visit and all was good, except one thing that was skewed. I wasn’t too concerned, though and he wasn’t at all, he said that everything looks great (he didn’t even mention my weight which, at his office, was the same as this time last year, even dressed and after breakfast). I did realize, though, that I’m eating about twice as much protein (some days, three times as much!) as I need, so I’m scaling that back.

Otherwise, all’s the same on the hair front, except that maybe I’ve lost a bit more from my good eyebrow now, too, but I’m not freaking out about it (that’s what wigs with bangs are for, yes?). And I found a new version of my platinum wig that I might like for spring/summer, though it needs a few tweaks to get it ready for the world. I think I need to add some pink to the bangs, too, since I haven’t had pink hair in a while and I miss it.

My next visit to Doc is in two weeks. If anything interesting happens between now and then, I’ll be sure to update you, here. And if not, I’ll keep you posted after that visit, which is exactly 21 years to the day that this whole immune issue kicked in (or, at least, the most visible part–the alopecia areata/totalis/universalis/ophiasis). I’m also going to make a daily note about my 10-minute meditation and will post whatever I find out when it wraps up.

Good luck and best wishes to anyone who’s taking on the February 10-Minute Daily Challenge, let me know how it goes! And thank you for following along, those who I know are reading and those that just happen to find this.

Cheers, all!

{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: Pixabay via, thank you!

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