You know summer be comin....
If you're anything like me, you need some kind of accountability otherwise September is here and you never got that summer body you were hoping for🙄
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Yasss!! I challenge you to reflect on the personal barriers that keep you from doing each of these. Sometimes I find the only thing in my way is me. What can you let go of that is no longer serving you? Self doubt? Fear? Frustration? Guilt? Whatever it is it’s usually there if you allow it to be. So let it go and be free my friends!!! ❤️❤️❤️
It’s the day before race day and I’ve been hit with a triple whammy...a cold, a UC flare (continuation of where I had been but just the worst possible symptom before a race), and my sciatic nerve pinch is also flared up. Fabulous. BUT, I’m not letting it stop me. I will not. I persevere in the face of adversity. I stare down those demons and give them a wink. I take on those obstacles and conquer them because without grit, The oyster will never make a pearl...and this warrior chick will not move forward...I am never satisfied with less than my beat. I am not satisfied with mediocrity. I am not just showing up. I may not be 100%, but I will give it 100% of whatever I’ve got that day. I am tenacious. I am determined. I am persistent. I will overcome. #ucwarrior#autoimmunedisease#myibd#warriorchick#spartan#spartanba18#ambsdr#gritandgrind#overcomingobstacles#vcnstrong#vcnfitness
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
Having faith in yourself is easier said than done. Illness can make you question your abilities, make you second guess your strength. For a long time I was afraid of taking on anything new because I was wary of what my gut might do under stress. I felt suppressed and not myself. It took faith and a lot of support to help me move forward to take steps to heal my body and enjoy life like I deserve. Don’t let your illness hold you back from living the life your want!!!
I’m finally coming out of my hermit hole since returning from vacation, catching up at work AND wrapping up yoga teacher training!!! I’m so excited to graduate this weekend and am looking forward to what the future holds! Namaste y’all!!!
Literally spent the entire day in bed yesterday - the fatigue was real! Even taking a shower was off the list, so getting to the gym was out of the questions. Of course I laid there arguing with my body, but in the end it one - as usual. But I’m back and although I’m still feeling fatigued, I was able to get somewhat of a workout in. Here is one of my favorites lately. Do this combo a few times in a row - I dare you😈
How do you know if you're on the right track?! 🤷🏽♀️ How do you know if you're doing what's right for you?
There are so many ways to track your progress when it comes to your health. I may have posted a picture of physical changes, but I mentioned the emotional changes as well. There are also SOOOO many other things that have been affected it's crazy! 😱
Check out my blog post about goofy ways of tracking and knowing if you're doing what's right for your body! >>> https://wp.me/p9squK-2h <<<
Ohhhh yes! 🙌
Vanilla chia pudding with homemade blueberry jam #getinmybelly
🍓1 cup coconut or almond milk
🍓4 tbsp white chia seeds 🍓tsp vanilla extract 🍓Tbsp fresh orange juice (add zest if you like)
🍓Maple syrup, raw honey or rice malt to taste ⠀⠀
Mix together well and transfer to serving jars. Refrigerate ⠀⠀
🍓1 1/2 cups preferred frozen berries 🍓 1 Tbsp fresh orange juice 🍓 2 tbsp water, as needed
🍓Maple syrup or raw honey to taste 🍓 1 tbsp chia seeds ⠀⠀
Simmer until it thickens. Allow to cool before layering on set puddings ✌️
Tip: be sure to let the puddings set before you layer the jam on top. ⠀⠀
STRESS. It’s a real thing. It can really affect our health. For me it actually affects me a lot because of my colitis. It’s a trigger. Sometimes I won’t even realize I am stressed until my colitis acts up and then I know I need to do some things to destress. I circled my main three from this chart. What are yours?! #stressmanagement#ucwarrior#healthylifestyle
There is nothing more satisfying than picking up prescription refills💜🙌🏻 Now if I can only remember to take 11 pills everyday🤦🏻♀️ Anyone else have trouble remembering to take their meds or am I just a scatter brain😏
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” I heard that tonight and it hit home. A lot of what I want can be attainable. if I would just get over my fears! Comment some hearts if you have ever felt this way. #mindovermatter#ucwarrior#healthymind
A huge thank you to @crohnsibdcolitis for sharing this video (although it took my about 20 takes to make it🤣). I started this page a little over a month ago because I felt isolated due to my ulcerative colitis. I never met anyone else with the illness and I had hoped to find others who might understand what I was going through. What I found was a large community of support, positivity and love from people I have never met before - and for that, I am so incredibly grateful. My advice to those with ulcerative colitis is to keep fighting and know you are not alone in this battle💜
So this is me bare face, pimples, no makeup, 4 hours sleep and in a bit of pain. This is the result of having an unhappy tummy. For the last 3 weeks my stomach has been so unsettled and crampy. I’ve put it down to stress, lack of sleep (out of my sleep I pattern again..), and my tummy not being able to heal because of the lack of sleep. My skin acts up meaning pimples and I get really bad dry rashes too, and also I get those lovely dark circles under my eyes. Gut health is so important. Your gut is what takes all the goodness in that makes you look and feel healthy. When your gut isn’t healthy you not only feel it but it’ll show it too. This is the worst my skin has been in about 4 years. Yes it may not be the WORST you’ve seen but I’ve had bad acne before and my self esteem just gets so low because of it. So it’s a huuuuge thing for me to post this sort of photo. But I felt like talking about it and how my disease not only affects my insides but when it’s bad it can affect my outsides too. Been to the doctors today and got everything I need to help me get onto the road of recovery again!
Sweet sweat on the brow
The 💪 to 🏋 is not easy when you have UC. When your feet feel like lead and with every 🏃your stomach is heavy and perhaps might send you to the toilet. No shame in my game to say I have a form of ibs/colitis it is what it is. But it doesn't stop me from pushing. Doesn't stop me from getting fit. It might slow me down. It sometimes feels like I'm constantly exhausted. However, I keep pushing. It's so fitting that today's message from church paired fitness and walking with Jesus. I'm getting 💪 for both so I know I'm on the right path! God will send you clues! Clues to find your way! But we have to pay attention.
Never underestimate your ability to push past your circumstances because we are 💪than we sometimes give ourselves credit.
Currently enjoying the sun, sand and salt life right now! I realized that I haven’t taken a day off work for non medical reasons since November (yikes). It’s awful what we do to ourselves without even noticing it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to enjoy some much needed vacation and really going to make a habit of scheduling more tiny bits of time off into my life. Hope you are all well my friends! I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming soon. ✌🏼❤️🙏🏼
Before I get started with this post, I DO NOT endorse nor recommend the practice of this particular diet that is mapped out in this book. Our diseases affect us differently and our biological makeup is also different than others as well. However, it is a good read about the author and his journey and battle with Crohn’s disease and I will give my account of how I came across this book. To start off, I had a skating buddy that was a mentor to me. However, he had no understanding of what I was going through and there were times he would get annoyed with my constant urgencies to run to the restroom. As time went by, he met author Jordan S. Rubin at a convention and had a conversation about this book and the author’s own struggle with Crohn’s disease. Later on, he came to me in a very heartfelt and apologetic nature and recommended me this book which he gave me. At the time, I was in my 20s and desperate for some sort of “cure” that would help me to get into remission. Well, to make a long story short, it did not work for me! The vitamin supplements that are recommended for us to take were not exactly easy to find because they were made by the author’s own company and you would have to hunt down some of these supplements at a vitamin specialty shops that carried them. Some of the foods that were outlined in this book ended up messing me up further! Instead of slowing down the inflammation, it felt as though it just triggered it worse than before. That’s when I came to the realization that Crohn’s can affect us in different ways and that one plan can work for one but not the other etc. I will admit that the author’s journey is what fascinated me about this book and why I held onto for all these years. As I’ve met most of you on here, I can’t express how amazed I am at the stories and journeys you all have overcome and endured! We all have a story to share and they give us hope and once you have hope, anything is possible 💜
Flora is in Seattle Children’s Connections Magazine 😍 She has come so far and is thriving on SCD. And I am so grateful that Dr. Suskind was the attending when she was admitted to the hospital the first time. He brought up SCD as an option from the beginning, and once she started the diet the difference in her was astounding. The diet has made the world of difference for her. #scd#scddiet#specificcarbohydratediet#ibdwarrior#ucwarrior
So it turns out that I am not in remission after all😔 I just had a follow up visit for the colonoscopy I had done a few weeks ago and my doctor said that although the inflamed areas of my intestines are healing, there is still inflammation. I am upset to hear this news, but it does explain why I am still experiencing bleeding, pain and constant trips to the bathroom. •
I felt really defeated leaving the doctor’s office, but the Balsazide is working and my diet is playing a key role in healing the inflammation. I was prescribed mesalamine enemas, because the inflammation is in the lowest part of my intestines, so hopefully the new treatment does the trick. I am just going to stay positive and continue to take care of my body the best I can.
As always, I am here to share the good the bad and even the ugly of my #reality . Last week #ulcerativecolitis brought me bloating, pain, fatigue, and other unmentionables 💩. Today, #myIBD has impaled me with a killer migraine. It brought me to tears, nausea and a highly unusual midday nap. I started out the day with this but it was mild and just grew in severity and intensity until I had to fold, give in and allow myself grace, although it meant canceling 2 clients 👎🏻. This is life with an #autoimmunedisease it sits dormant just waiting for the wrong moment to strike fast and hard, without warning and without mercy. I’m a fighter, and admitting I am hurting slays my ego, but it’s important to share the #truth . I am #onlyhuman . #ucwarrior#chronicpain#invisibledisease#mystory#myjourney#vcnstrong#vcnfitness
For this throwback Thursday I thought I’d share a side by side pic of me in my early 20s during a real bad flare and a current pic of how far I’ve come along. As you can see, I was so thin, I was literally swimming in my clothes and putting on weight wasn’t easy. I will share my Crohn’s Journey for those that are getting to know me.
I was 16 years old when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I had never heard of the illness or was I even prepared for what I was getting into when it first hit me. When the symptoms started to manifest, I blew it off as something that would go away. Unfortunately, it kept getting worse. My mother dragged me to a doctor to figure out what was wrong with me only for him to tell her that I was on drugs probably doing cocaine. My mother flipped out and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, not only should you never piss off a Latina but don’t EVER piss off one who’s a single parent and worried about her kid’s health. She took me over to another hospital where I was better treated and diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. As the years passed, I noticed that I would have flare ups in the fall/winter but would have remission during the spring/summer semesters. They were rollercoaster flare ups and by the time I was 21, I had finally been in remission for 4 years until I hit 25 and became hospitalized because of my refusal to take prednisone. That’s when I first learned of remicade which was a new treatment for me at that time and it did wonders for me! By the time I hit 29 I had a bad flare up that just permanently scarred my colon. I toughed it out for 2 more years until I just couldn’t handle the exhaustion and tendencies of wanting to pass out. By the time I was 31, the option of having my colon removed came up. The doctor had noticed I had polyps and the original plan was to have my colon removed then after I healed remove the polyps and then talk about a reversal. After about 6 months of having my ileostomy, I went to see the doctor about removing the polyps. It turns out that they were pseudo polyps and it was my illness trying to flare up only there wasn’t anything it could do. (This story will continue in the comments)👇🏼
When I came home from the hsoptial on Monday, my tee from @gloryvsguts was waiting for me on the front stoop. Seemed only fitting I should wear it to post a little update. 5 days post op and I'm feeling pretty snappy. Just taking tylenol for pain during the day and the good stuff at night. I don’t want to seem overly positive and for sure it’s been ugly at times, but on the whole, I’m pretty impressed with this body and feeling grateful it has so far risen to the challenge I’ve set out before it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What a crazy long weird road this has been. Thank you everyone for being along for the ride. 💜
Warrior Wednesday! Day 11/100.
My muscles couldn't make an appearance today. Can you tell that I'm getting ready to start my modeling career? Jk jk.
I'm a UC warrior and even when I technically don't have the disease, thanks to my colectomy, the fight continues. This year I decided to be a product of my decisions instead of my circumstances. I'm grabbing hold of my destiny and not letting that struggle get in the way of what I want and what I can do.
Happy Remission Day!!
1 Year ago today MY UC Warrior was given the news that after 3 years of ups and downs that she have reached remission. For the past year our focus has been staying healthy and keeping her UC inactive. This next year our focus will be on getting stronger and healthier. We are going to wake up our fears and go big. #thatsmyucwarrior#ucwarrior#uc#remicade
TRANSFORMATION POST *warning* long, different and vulnerable.
ME before Coaching VS ME now -
Come to find out, my Coach was scared to invite me to this opportunity because of how I looked in my profile pic (photo on the left). Honestly, I don’t blame her.
I thought I was happy, but looking back I wasn’t. I was pregnant (I’m not one who loves pregnancy), vulnerable, insecure about my body, insecure in my marriage, focused on negative and couldn’t understand why my life wasn’t changing. I was working at a job that I hated going to. I was making next to NO income, but still going to work because I “had” to. I used to scroll through social media for hours, bored, comparing myself to others, judging them and just criticizing things I had no business criticizing. Every time my husband left the house I would literally call/text him to see when he was coming home because I had nothing else to do with my time but worry. I had no hobbies. I would think about how it would be when our son would arrive, I would think to myself “Good, now I will actually have something to do with my time”. Even though it seemed I had my shit together, I really didn’t. I STILL DON’T, but I have come so far.
Coaching has changed me. As I write this it actually makes me super emotional to go back to the girl I was before it. I am far from perfect, but I have worked my ass off the last 2 years to change my mindset to see the positive in all, to be grateful everyday, to get out of my comfort zone, to get out of my introverted head and into my life. I fill my days with personal development to get my mind right, I help other women gain their confidence, I get to be apart of a team of women that lift each other up every single day. Eventually, that shit affects you IN SUCH AN AMAZING WAY. I also have never felt more on the same page as my husband, and that right there is a huge blessing!
I get to connect with other women, serve them and work on creating the life I deserve and my family deserves.
When people shy away from this opportunity bc of fear, I get it. I was the same. But I am so thankful I didn’t listen to my feelings. I understand it’s not for everyone, *continue in comments*