18 Months In: Genetic Testing, Flex-Frenching and 10-Minute Challenges

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Hello, sunshines! I’m having such a hard time getting my head around the fact that I’ve been going to Doc for a year-and-a-half. Does blogging from time-to-time make the time go by faster?? It’s hard to say but it certainly feels that way. In any case, here’s an update.

I haven’t been to Doc in several months–we were waiting for the results of a 23andMe test, which I then had to send to a company called Strategene for some DNA mapping that might enlighten us a bit as to where the glitches are in my healing.

That said–and this is kind of weird and amazing because I was adopted at birth–I now know that I’m about 2/3 British and 1/3 French, with bits of Ashkenazi and Scandinavian thrown in. When you’ve never known your heritage, this kind of stuff is pretty remarkable and I’m still trying to absorb it.

And, stranger still, I currently have 1,001 (to be exact) DNA relatives in 23andMe, including four first-tier, which means parents, siblings, aunts, uncles or first cousins. Yowza. I guess the next step is to let them know about me via 23andMe (I’m not exactly certain of the process since I haven’t tried it, but it’s all there for the taking in 23andMe). That’s a road I haven’t gone down yet and I’m not sure when I will. But, I will at some point, I think.

And as for the Strategene mapping, Doc said that I’m in generally good shape with a few weaknesses regarding vitamins B12, D, A and a couple of other issues (I’ll go into this much more after the next time I see him, which will be in mid-September.) Perhaps pumping up these things together will help? If not with my hair, then with something? We’ll see.

And on the hair front, my eyebrows are still gone, gone, gonzo (though I think I feel little, tiny bits, the tiniest bits of stubble there) and I’ve got little bits on my arms. The hair on my head hangs on and, I dare say–and this is all relative–it may be the thickest it’s been in several years. And when I say it’s all relative, it’s all relative to total baldness. If I had 100 hairs when I started this experiment, I may have 400 now. Normally, I’d have about 40,000. So, at this rate, if I continue to quadruple the number of hairs I have each year, I can go without a wig in about 5-7 years or so…

In any case, I’ve been wearing this ridiculous platinum-blonde choppy bob wig all summer and I haven’t had to wear hats with it, so I’m thrilled. AND, it’s from the same folks who make my adored long pink wig, AND they make this shorter style in the pink that I love, so maybe I’ll have pink hair for the winter again. And ice blue, too…

And as far as my flex-Frenching goes, I’m over the moon. Although it’s in microscopic increments, I continue to lose several ounces a week, which will eventually add up to enough ounces down to get me back into my jeans. What more can a girl ask for?

As a final note for today’s update, beginning September 1 (because we all need hard start-dates, yes?), I’m going to restart monthly 10-minute challenges. Why? Because they are the perfect solution for me for meditation, for planks and abs and arm strength, for housekeeping, for moving forward. Without them, everything falls apart a bit. With them, I’m a powerhouse.

I hope you’re making the most of the warm days as summer winds down (if it’s summer where you are, and if it’s winter, well, then get ready for the sunshine soon!). I’ll update again when I see Doc next.

Cheers! xoxoxoxo.

(Photo credit: Photo by Magda Ehlers from Pexels, thank you!)

{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!}

 

 

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