|An appropriate quote from www.fibroblogggerdirectory.com|
You’d think a mountainous half-marathon would more than do someone in who suffers from fibromyalgia. Instead, Robie Creek 2015 was a life-changing experience for me.
During the event, I can remember reaching the summit at 8.5 miles and seeing a sign that read, “Robie Creek can be a life-changing event.” I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me. The only thing I’m feeling now is pain and agony.”
But the words on the sign couldn’t be any truer. My old confidence and “can-do” attitude have returned. I’m getting myself back again. I no longer say to myself, “I can’t do that because I have fibromyalgia.” Instead, if I really want to do something, I can make it happen. No, I can’t do everything like a kid without a chronic illness. It takes planning, preparation and adjustments but I can still do it.
Post-Robie, I feel empowered and no longer afraid to take on life’s challenges. Yes, Robie created lots of sore muscles, fatigue and discomfort but I got over that and now, only a good feeling remains.
In the darkest days of my illness, I suffered with depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts. I would shut the door of my bedroom, throw myself on the bed and sob hysterically at times because of what fibromyalgia had taken away from me.
But I could never quite give in to fibromyalgia and just accept the status quo. Doctors I went to for help never saw the whole picture of fibromyalgia, and they never connected the dots. Instead, they treated my low thyroid or they treated my candida overgrowth or they recommended physical therapy for my pain or they prescribed medication for my sinusitis. I got slightly better but without the whole picture, I still floundered.
Then, I discovered the book, From Fatigued to Fantastic, by Jacob Teitelbaum. I recognized myself instantly in his descriptions of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. His “SHINE” protocol was right on target. Read more here: http://catsinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/12/lets-scream-for-acd-phase-1-ice-cream.html
I also found great nutritional support from the book, Fast Tract Digestion, by Norman Robillard. Read more here: http://catsinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2014/02/scrutinize-carbs-for-fermentation.html
I was on target to controlling this disabling disease when I crashed on my bike last November and fractured my wrist. Surgery, pain and medications brought all my symptoms crashing back and with it, my negative, “I can’t do anything anymore,” attitude. I was afraid to venture out on my bike or even walk my dogs because of fear of what might happen. I give credit to my husband and a close friend for not giving up on me despite my numerous meltdowns.
At the finish line, I heard my friend shout, “See, I knew you could do it. You’re a strong, fit lady.” I never thought I would hear those words again.
Don’t give up if you are trying to control your fibromyalgia symptoms. There’s no instant remedy or cure. It’s going to take a long time with a lot of ups and downs. Don’t let the “downs” define you.
Once you get to feeling better, stick with your protocol. Don’t get all crazy and think, “Oh, now I can stay up all night, eat like a teenager and just go wild.”
|Bailey, the husky, gives me an "I'm glad you are better" slup.|
If you want to beat the disease, make yourself a priority. Every now and then, reward yourself with a little treat whether it’s a special outing, extra "me time" or preparing a special recipe.
|Cookie dough frozen yogurt|
|Frosty ice cream plus cookie dough and chocolate chips|
Make one batch of healthy frosty ice cream + 1 T. of your favorite seed or nut butter. Recipe here: http://catsinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2015/03/exercise-can-be-part-of-fibromyalgia.html
Make one batch of homemade chocolate chips. Recipe here: http://catsinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2015/02/fifty-shades-of-carbohydrates.html)
Make one batch of cookie dough: mix 1 cup nut butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil or ghee, 3 T. almond flour, stevia to taste, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. vanilla powder; freeze in bite-size pieces on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
|Mixing in the cookie dough and chocolate chips|
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