Monday, November 30, 2015

Wrapping Up No Weigh November

A month without obsessing over that scale.... 

I've got to admit I have been pretty busy and fairly distracted this month. And I did have to be weighed a couple of times. I didn't ask for my weight.

It was actually freeing. So far I can tell in my cheeks and in my belly pooch the most. I haven't taken my measurements either, but I know I'm wearing some of my jeans again and I'm okay with that obviously. 

I have taken time to do a lot of soul searching. You can read about my struggles {HERE}. So many of you have cheered me on here and privately through messages, texts, and in person. Thank you so much. Each and every word built me up and made me strong. Some of your words made me cry tears of joy. Some caused tears of pain because you feel the same way I did. But mostly you brought me peace. Who would have ever thought this little blog would bring such awesome people into my life???

Most of you are chained to the scale like I was. I admit that I stepped on that thing multiple times a day. I bet that some of you do too. Mentally it's messing with our heads though. It's defeating us. 

Let's say I step on the scale first thing in the morning and I've lost a little. I'm pumped up and I'm determined to kick butt all day long! I'm feeling great! What if I am conquering the world when I get home from work and step on the scale to find that I gained four whole pounds? Sure, I know that my body weight can fluctuate during the day but it throws me off my game. It doesn't matter what my brain says, my heart feels the pain. It kinda gets me down and I might binge a little at dinner. Or I might not work as hard during class. But.... what if I handle it differently? What if I still make the perfect choices at dinner and workout like a beast? I wake up the next morning and expect to see another loss but I see a slight gain? DEFEATED. And then I give in to my emotions. I don't stop to take into consideration that maybe my hormones are varying or possibly my body is retaining water with something I ate two days before. I expected immediate results and didn't look at the bigger picture and I was defeated. My mind got in the way of my body. Then two things can happen. It can spiral out of control or I can become obsessed by the scale. Either way I am headed down a sad, lonely road. 

If you cannot give up the scale for a month, try every two weeks or even start out for a week. Stop putting a numerical value on you! You are more than a number. You aren't doing this for a number. You are doing this to feel better and to be healthier. The rest will fall into place. Trust me. I have been obese and I have been skinny. Now I just ache to be healthy and happy. I want that for each and every one of you. 

Quit focusing on the scale. Focus on drinking water. Stop obsessing over every fad diet. Obsess over fruits, veggies, lean meats, dairy, good fats, and whole grains. Instead of watching life pass you by, jump up and do something about it. You won't regret anything you put into it.

Oh.... and I did finally weigh today. I lost 12 pounds in one month by NOT obsessing over that dang scale. Leave it alone and go have some fun! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We have so much to be thankful for this year. It was our first year in our new home. We are surrounded by family and friends who love us. And we are much healthier than we even were a couple of weeks ago. No matter how tough things are, Ryan and I know we always have something to be thankful for. 

This was our year to cook for Ryan's family. On Wednesday night I assembled everything so that all we had to do was pop it in the oven and cook the turkey. I baked four skillets of cornbread and they came out perfect. I am so OCD about my cornbread, y'all. It's a Southern girl thing.

On Thursday we had lunch with my family. Zoey ended up being really sick all weekend and I felt so bad for her. She has had it rough! 

Caleb still has football fever even though our season is over. He had everyone out passing with him that afternoon.

My little nephew does not sit still for long. It's more like a grab and go kind of thing.

Ryan deep fried our turkey. I researched it for days before we attempted it. I made sure our home owner's insurance was perfect, I prayed, and Ryan's mama supervised carefully. And it was the most uneventful turkey cooking I have ever seen. Which obviously is a good thing. I made the mistake of watching lots of YouTube turkey cooking fails. None of that happened. But we did get a delicious, gorgeous turkey. Even Caleb, the child who would not eat turkey, begged for more turkey.

After dinner one of my favorite people and I decided to go shopping. My husband thought we were absolutely crazy. Honestly, it was not bad at all and I had the best time. It wasn't terribly crowded and the lines weren't that long. I didn't have to fight anyone and I got coffee. We didn't get home until 2 am, but it was sooo worth it! I didn't have a 6 year old begging for stuff and I was able to just enjoy everything. We are definitely planning and plotting things better next year to get more deals, but I think we did pretty good at the last minute with things.

I crashed hard when I got home, but Caleb let me sleep in until 10 the next morning. That really never happens. I was so worn out!

Over the weekend Ryan showed Caleb how to ride his new four wheeler. The surprising part was that my husband was an absolute nervous wreck.

He went over all the safety stuff first. They had a long discussion. It was pretty cute to watch. 

Caleb really just agreed to anything to ride.

But he listened better than I thought he did.

Ryan rode on one of our other four wheelers for a bit. He's still working on mine right now, but I was content watching.

Once Caleb went inside to nap, we both raced through the yard. I was lighter and faster. He hated that part!

Of course on Saturday he was back on the four wheeler again. He rode for hours.

Ryan's parents kept Caleb for us Saturday night so that we could have a date night. We went to dinner and a movie. It was nice to have some time to ourselves finally. 

I found this clock during our Thanksgiving shopping trip and had to have it. I've got an idea for it!

I have taken some pictures of our barn each season and I want to frame them around the clock in the living room. What do you think?

And I reckon if you stuck around this long I'll give you a health update. Last week my neurologist called me. He does not completely agree with the diagnosis I was given in the hospital. He thinks I could be having migraines, but it does not completely explain all of my symptoms. So I have to have an EMG (nerve/muscle test) in a week and then I have to immediately come to his office to talk. My husband is going with me. I have a feeling that this doctor thinks he's looking at something specific although I have no idea what. He seems very convinced that this test will show something. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Favorites

I was asked this week what posts on my blog I was most proud of. I actually do have my favorites and they also turn out to be some of yours too. If you're new around here, you may have missed some of these. Before we chow down on some awesome Thanksgiving feasts, I'll share some posts to get you back on track next week!

My clean eating beginning....

You can read all about it {HERE}. 

Then I set out to eat clean on a budget with our family of five. It can be done! I can show you how. You can read more {HERE}. 

{HERE} is another one. I gave you a shopping list with that one. 

If you'd rather just have something yummy this week and think about the healthier choices next week, I'll share my orange creamsicle cake balls too. Even though I am committed to making better choices,

Monday, November 23, 2015

Like A Beast

I've increased my new migraine medicine and I can tell things are changing. Why? Because I'm feeling like a super beast!

Seriously. I was in pain for so long and when it lifted I felt like I could conquer the world. Best. Feeling. Ever.

I'm trying to find my triggers and figure out what works best for me. It's a process, but I'll get there. In the meantime, I am enjoying Zumba® fitness even more. To be able to stand up in front of my Divas and dance it out is so exciting and reminds me exactly why I fell in love with it all over again!

Don't forget to like and share our latest Zumba® fitness choreography!

We are working on a new song this week, but trying to choreograph it together. I love stuff like that! But, the videos are nothing like the classes. There's nothing else like it. Imagine full energy, lots of hollering, and happiness.... Oh! And laughter! Always laughter.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? How are you staying on track this week? 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Super Bowl Saturday

This was Super Bowl weekend for my little boy and his football team! They went undefeated all season and no one else could claim that in our league. We are so proud of these boys and their coaches! 

I love wearing my little one's number and supporting him in all he does. On a side note, I was able to wear my size 29 jeans again. I've still got a long way to go, but I have finally made progress!

Caleb played at my Alma mater on Saturday. I was a nervous wreck for him and he was just excited to play. We had already beat the other team twice this year, but we knew they'd be tough.

My husband got me a new hoodie to fuel my football mom obsession.

Our parents and my niece, Zoey, came out to watch Caleb play too!

And we lost. I was devastated, but my dad clearly found it funny...

In all honesty, we had the best coaches Caleb could ask for. They spent so many hours teaching, guiding, and mentoring to our boys and it showed week after week on the football field. They weren't just coaches, they were friends. We could not ask for better men to lead Caleb on the field. 

This weekend was so much happier than last weekend for us. Last weekend I was in the hospital, we were all apart, and Ryan was out of town. We tried our best to make up for all of that. After the game, we ate a huge hamburger in downtown Chattanooga.

I am just so thankful to have my boys with me and to finally have some medical answers. It's just such a relief!

Ryan had a fire for us later on and we wrapped up a beautiful Saturday together.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Neurological Disorder

I'm not even sure where to begin. Friday morning I was feeling pretty rough. My blood pressure dipped, I was dizzy, and I just felt miserable. I contacted my neurologist in hopes of a temporary fix to get me through. I had several specialists I was waiting to see and I just needed some relief in between the waiting. I was surprised when he told me that he was admitting me to the hospital instead.

I panicked. I didn't have time to go to the hospital. I had Caleb's 6th birthday party that night and his last playoff game was on Saturday. This just wasn't going to work. Clearly I wasn't thinking because my parents and Ryan told me I was going to the hospital. I literally dumped all of Caleb's birthday stuff on my mom and aunt, my dad was out of town, and Ryan had to unload boats from trailers. This was the worst possible timing. My mother in law drove me to the hospital and I was taken back quickly. 

I had so many nurses and doctors ask me how long I'd had my symptoms and I admitted that it had been going on since February. They all looked at me like I was crazy. I explained so many times that I was originally misdiagnosed. You can read about that {HERE}. I had so many people tell me I was way too young to be there. I totally agreed. But being admitted forced all of the specialists that I was waiting months for to come to me.

It took hours for me to actually get into a hospital room. As soon as I did, one of my Zumba® girls showed up with food. I couldn't believe she came all the way down there just for me, but it was awesome. My whole family was taking care of Caleb and celebrating his birthday, but Kris made sure I wasn't alone that night. Ryan couldn't make it down there that night because Caleb had a football game the next day.

The first night I had 17 tubes of blood drawn and a CT scan done. I had a steady stream of specialists coming in and we all went through my symptoms over and over. It was exhausting. At some point I had an MRI of my spine. I can't really remember and everything runs all together now.

Saturday was our last playoff game of the year and it was so tough. We went scoreless into overtime and barely won. Ryan was able to show me the last play of the game and I hollered in the hospital room when our boys won! We're going to the Super Bowl on Saturday.

I was put on a stroke patient diet while I was there. It. Was. Awful.

While I was stuck in a hospital bed, my husband decides to buy our little boy a four wheeler. Yeah. He did.

As they ran more tests, some of my restrictions were lifted. Food, glorious food! I scarfed it down!

On Saturday night Ryan was able to come stay with me. I was finally able to sleep! Having your person just makes all of the difference. The toughest part was knowing I only got a few hours with him. Ryan had to leave on a work trip two hours away. It had been planned for a while and we couldn't reschedule it. I was faced with potentially getting a difficult health diagnosis and not having my husband by my side. I cried when he left.

It was also tough seeing my little one. All I wanted to do was be at home with him and when he walked out I just bawled.

On Sunday a team of neurologists came to my room and did an examination. The main doctor began asking me all kinds of questions about my symptoms, but then he started asking things that no one else has ever asked before. He explained that I have genetic neurological migraines. At first I didn't believe him. I thought you had to have excruciating headaches to have migraines, but migraines are so much more than just a headache. They are a neurological disease with so many symptoms and you can actually have migraines without a headache. Every single symptom matches. I was stunned. It was the last thing I expected. I will have to take medication daily to prevent them and try to find my triggers now. I have done a lot of reading since Sunday and it's just really overwhelming at this point. I'm sorting through it though.

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I was discharged Sunday evening and my dad came to get me! I was so tired and ready to get home.

Seeing this kid made my day. My mama sent dinner and we went home by ourselves for the first time at our new house. Luckily we have the best neighbors in the world so I called to give them a heads up that we were without Ryan.

Caleb has been by my side non-stop. He's taken the role of "Man of the House" very seriously. He snores and talks in his sleep, but he sure is cute!

We went to Zumba® on Monday and football on Tuesday. I was just so ready for life to feel normal. I started my medicine on Sunday night but I didn't expect to see anything yet. This will be something I have to work up to over the next four weeks.


On Wednesday I felt a difference. Some of the nausea and brain fog broke long enough for me to feel normal again. It didn't last but it has left me with so much hope. I think I may be able to figure out how to use the medication and manage my triggers to control my symptoms better. I think I can get it under control.

I have a lot of emotions right now. I've had to depend on so many people, but I haven't had the one person I depend on the most. Ryan comes home on Thursday and we can begin figuring out how to tackle everything now. My neurologist wants me to still have an EMG and my gut reaction is fear. I am afraid he's looking for a secondary issue or maybe I've been misdiagnosed again. I have so much fear. I am overwhelmed by the friendships I have. Kris, Lori, Wanda, Allie, Gracie, Pam, and Charles made sure that I wasn't alone. Friends texted me so many times to check on me. Football mamas sent videos of the game. My Aunt Connie actually worked on the floor I was on and watched over me. Seeing all of them was so comforting when I was missing my family so bad. I am struggling for control. I want my life in order. I want things back in place and putting it all together is tough right now. I forget things. I don't have the energy to do all I think I can do in a day. My OCD is running wild when I cannot. I have high expectations and I realize I need to cut myself some slack, but I am not wired that way. 

Realizing that this isn't just something simple and something that isn't just going to go away is tough to process right now. I can't just take Tylenol and make it go away. I have a wave of symptoms that I realize will be a part of me now. I'm so much more than just a bad headache. I guess a part of me was still hoping that someone could make it all go away. 


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