May 30, 2009

Getting Healthy

I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying the exercise I have been getting. I especially love the running program I started because it gets me out of the house and into the fresh air! Every time I finish my workouts I just feel so good about myself and I get excited about the weight that I'm losing. I can feel my body getting healthier and that is just one of the best feelings I've ever experienced. I still cannot believe that I have been doing what I've been doing! I never imagined I would start a program to train my body to run 3 miles. It's crazy.

Eric has been doing better, but he is still suffering the effects of a Crohn's flare-up. This has definitely made life difficult for us. It's stressful and has put a strain on our finances, but we are doing what we can to make it. He finally has filed for disability, which takes a little while to process, but hopefully he will be approved. We really want him to be able to get on disability payments and go to school in the fall while working part time. I will probably need to work part time as well, which I'm not thrilled about... in fact I'm pretty sad about it, but I will do what needs to be done. Meanwhile I'm looking for ways to earn some extra income from home.

The in-laws recommended a book called The Inflammation Syndrome: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies, and Asthma which is meant to show you ways to change your diet in order to improve your health and the symptoms of many diseases. So we're planning to look into that and see if it helps Eric's symptoms, but also to improve everyone's diet. There is a great health forum for those interested in all aspects of health and illness, there are lots of information about natural and alternative ways of dealing with health problems. A valuable resource for getting ideas and networking with other people who are looking to improve their health through natural medicine.

It just feels so good to be getting healthy!


  1. oh ash that is great- keep doing whatcha doing girl!
    has eric ever been tested for a gluten intolerance? i agree with the fact that the right diet can improve health. you would be amazed at how many foods make people ill and they don't even know it.
    i am prediabetic and had no idea that certain foods raise my blood sugar faster than others and i thought all the while that they were good for me because it was a fruit or a vegetable.
    anyway, i mentioned gluten because a friend of mine was diagnosed with celiac but the symptoms mimicked crohn's, so at first they thought it was that. there is a link between gluten and flare ups if you google crohn's and gluten you will find lots of info on the connection between the two.
    thanks for mentioning this book- i see jack challem has also written books on insulin resistance and prediabetes which is what i have. i will be buying these books! my father just passed away yesterday. he was diabetic and lost three limbs. i can't help but wonder if he would still be alive today had he changed his way of eating before it was too late. i must prevent it from happening to me or my children!
    since my diagnosis i have changed the way i eat and have lost 16 lbs! i will get my bloodwork redone in july and i am confident that my blood sugar will be below 100.
    sorry to ramble, my mind is trying to process too much i think.

  2. I know what you mean about feeling healthier... when I miss more than two days in a row I just start feling sluggish. I'm so happy for you!

  3. you go, girl! i've become a gym nazi myself. i love the feeling after a good run or workout. and being sore the next day is just as fulfilling cuz that's when you know for sure that it's working. keep at it. the coolest is when you realize it's getting easier and you can handle stepping it up a bit!


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