Change is Unavoidable

Where have I been all this time?

Since the last time I blogged I have been to New York and Pennsylvania. Visiting Westpoint Military Academy for my Dad’s school reunion and PA to visit family. What exciting times!

 

I am a little over 4 months into my eating plan and going strong! Was hard at first trying to come up with things to eat but now am doing great and feel fantastic! 🙂

Being proactive in my recovery I hired (September) a personal trainer to help me continue my rehab (since I am not allowed back to therapy til next year) Workouts have been going really well and it has been empowering to me to actually be able to work out! We did a recent measurement and I am down to 24% body fat! I also just recently weighed myself and between eating well and working out I am a more toned 160 lbs

The Changes Coming:

-On December 28th I have a pretty important meeting with a doctor at a Hyperbaric Therapy Facility http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1464149-overview to see if I am a good candidate. (The results of this meeting will be rather interesting!)

-Chris, my trainer, informed me that he and his family are moving back to New Jersey. Therefore in the new year I will be getting a new trainer.

-In March I reach my 2 year anniversary. What will my recovery look like then? (Blessed to say I have already made huge gains!)

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”    -William Pollard

Here’s to the new adventures waiting in 2017!

 

I’ll take that in a salad…

It’s been a little past a week now, since I embarked on a new eating adventure….

The journey began with my chiropractor, their branch is part of a bigger franchise by the name of Maximized Living. When I first began seeing them they issued and sent me home with a little home kit. Part of this kit was two small books. The main one I read was….

“Maximized Living Nutrition Plans: The Solution to the Dangers of Modern Nutrition: by B.J. Hardick, Kimberly Roberto, Ben Lerner””

In this book they mention an “Advanced Eating Plan”   At first I thought very little about it and quickly glanced over it. However, as time  went on, this little tugging at my conscious started to bother me. So much that I started entertaining that thought. Slowly, I began  praying and researching more about this plan. I asked my parents, friends, and chiropractor what they thought. All were very supportive.  Finally, I just felt that I needed to take the dive and give it a shot.

My short term goal is to give it a go for at least a month. See how my body feels. Long term I hope to stay on this plan.

What’s this “Advanced Plan” about you say? Glad you asked! Read more below and watch a short video. They can explain it better then I can :)…..

The Advanced Plan: Some individuals will require a more Advanced Plan to restore health and healing to their bodies. This plan may be used for short-term management of weight, disease or detoxification, or may be used on a long-term basis by those who are genetically suited for it. The Advanced Plan has been researched and formulated to maximize your body’s full potential for health, energy, recovery, and cognitive power.

The Advanced Plan is designed to reduce inflammation, restore cell membrane function to aid detoxification, regulate hormones, and promote the use of fat as the body’s primary source of energy.

Indications you may need the Advanced Plan: High triglycerides High cholesterol High blood pressure High blood sugar Low blood sugar High insulin High leptin Toxicity Inflammatory disease ADD/ADHD Autism spectrum disorders Cancer Chronic fatigue Fibromyalgia Heart disease Digestive dysfunction Obesity Genetically intolerant to grains There are many others who will benefit from the Advanced Plan. Those listed above absolutely need it.

The Advanced Plan may at first appear extreme. However, it is actually the easier meal plan to follow as it is designed to completely eliminate cravings. This is something several generations of low-calorie and low-fat diets have been unable to achieve, so it should come as no surprise that this plan is noticeably and fundamentally different from others you may have experienced.

3 Rules on the Advanced Plan

1. Fat: Increase your intake of healthy fats.

2. Protein: Moderate your intake of protein.

3. Carbohydrates: Eliminate grains, sugars, and fruits.

Video: (Grab the popcorn 😉 )

 

New Horizons

Last Wednesday I had an appointment with the Neurologist.

Now let me back up just a minute….. We had been trying to see this doctor since October of last year! Back and forth with rescheduling because of weather etc.

(At first I must say that I was pretty nervous for the appointment. Yet as time went on and we prepped for the appointment, I knew in the back of my mind what the doctor was going to say. )

So the day finally arrived, we made sure that on this rainy day, that we would be there early as possible to assure there was not even a chance that we would miss our appointment.

We met with the Doctor and asked him a few questions. Such as what other health issues (besides a stroke) should I be aware of? What is the likely hood that I have another stroke? What can I expect for my recovery in the months ahead? Am I on target?

His answer to all of these were what I expected…

“Each person is unique. I simply don’t know what to tell you to expect.”

It was disappointing to wait such a long time for that appointment just to hear those words (even though I had predicted he would say that). However, In my heart I had determined that no matter what the outcome. Good or bad. Or unknown. I was going to trust and lay my outcome in the hands of Jesus.

After all….

“Worry is like a rocking chair-it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.”
To close the doctor issued a blood test to see if my cholesterol is high or changed any, (My grandfather had high cholesterol and with God’s help he lowered it. If God can do it with him so can he with me!)
He also wants to do a sleep test and make sure my breathing is ok and to check for sleep apnea.
(Sarcastic Tone) That means I get to sleep over and get all wired up 🙂 Which means a long night and crazy selfies 🙂  O joy!
Going into the future my trust is in God alone!!

I’m Back (for now;))

I apologize that I haven’t written in months. Time just goes so fast and I’ve really been trying to work hard on my rehab. I dunno I guess just putting my head to the ground and working as hard as I can and trying to live a normal life  again.

That said I figured the best way to let you know what I have been up to is through pictures. 🙂 Enjoy!

Side Note: All the rehab pictures took place months before my trip to Oregon 😉  We went to Oregon and watched my younger brother get married. I got to see many of my friends and was reunited with them 🙂 )

1yr Anniversary

new-life

Life… Opportunity…
Breathe…. Thankfulness

Exactly a year ago, this exact same day, I was hospitalized and learned I had a mild stroke. The memories of that dark day still ring fresh in my mind….
Through it all, I can see God’s hand of provision and sovereignty.
My recovery goes slowly and I still have a long ways to go…. Yet God is good
Thank you Lord for allowing a way through the darkness!!
Thank you to all those family and friends who have stood by my side!

 

 

Marching on!

Was it really January when I last did a entry?   Where did February go?  The beginning of this year has just gone by like a blur. I can’t believe that in 19 days I will have reached my 1yr. anniversary of my stroke.

In less then 13 days I begin what will be the beginning of several doctors appointments. I’m anxious to see what they have to say. What does my future look like? All in all, I have to remind myself that God writes the final doctor’s note on my life.

March Madness-

As most of you know March means March madness. I’ll admit I haven’t been super interested in basketball this year. In fact I was even contemplating not watching the tournament this year. Mean after all it was around that time last year that I had had the ugly episode of my stroke. I’d rather not be reminded of that. Even the tournament that comes along with those flashbacks.

I was thinking about this and felt God was telling me “You know, this is really silly. Your letting fear get the best of you”  Then I remembered my favorite quote by buddy Bob Goff always uses.. “Fear is a punk”

For one thing there is no arguing with God. I’m letting fear rob me of living my life. Second Bob is totally spot on. Fear is a punk! It only want to rob me from my joy and have me creeping around like a scared cat.

I choose to kick fear to the door, and embrace whatever comes my way. Knowing and trusting that I have a God who died for me with my best interest in mind.

What’s keeping you from greatness?

 

A Scare, A Lesson, and A Blessing

The Scare:

Tuesday last week I suddenly happened to wake up around 3:30 in the morning.  Immediately I was aware of the fact that my left arm was tingling and lying in a position where it had fallen asleep. Psychologically, this worried me and played with my mind, I couldn’t help but think “Here we go again”. So I lied there in bed,  just praying and trying to move my arm around til I was calm enough to fall back to sleep.

The next day (Wednesday) I felt fine for the most part but was very aware of my body (was to familiar for me!). I particularly noticed that my left wrist was tingling and felt as if every time I sat down It would fall asleep on me.

Lesson Learned:

My sister’s family had been over and the house was very busy with little ones running about. That morning mom was busy helping with the kids , but they stopped by my room to say good morning and help me with a few things. I lightly mentioned my symptoms but they went in one ear and out the other. I figured it really was nothing anyway and ignored it.

Throughout the day though, my symptoms would come and go. This had me puzzled but I remained silent still, not wanting to raise a false alarm.

Later that evening after the kids had gone to sleep I again mentioned it. Of course not meaning or wanting anyone to worry. Long story short, we prepared as if to go and stay at the hospital. I called a friend to pray with me. Mom called the emergency room to see if it was worth worrying over. During her call she was ended up getting transferred over to a doctor by phone. She handed the phone over and he ran my through a series of questions to see what might be going on. He determined I was not having a new stroke, and by the way I had described things thought it sounded like it was from over using my left arm. That I may even have pinched a nerve or something by the sound of it.

Glory to God that it was nothing!

I learned a valuable lesson though.  I need to be better at raising attention and alerting others when things are off with my body. Being a selfless person this is hard for me to learn but I have to tell myself that it’s ok (if not important!) to bring this kind of attention to myself. It’s not being selfish!

 

Blessing:

I had applied for Disability Assistance back in October. I was told it would be at least til February til they notified to tell me whether I was approved or not. My expectations were expecting them to deny me and that I would have to through the lengthy process of appealing their denial etc.

Yesterday was January 20th. To my surprise I received a letter from Social Security telling me I was approved for financial aid. I was honestly floored at this news! I couldn’t stop giving thanks to God and tried to call my friends to share the good news. First try!

God is so good!