Category Archives: Tai Cheng

So much to share!

Hi, all.

I guess I’ll start with the geek. What? Embracing my geek instead of hiding it relaxes me.  Relaxation is good for the cardiovascular system.  Not to mention the mind and spirit.  I can’t believe Doctor Who is over until November!  And it ended on the weekend after the kids gave me this.

Yes!  Whovian for life!  Tom Baker was my first Doctor.  Who was yours?  I feel the sadness/excitement about Supernatural, too. I love the Winchesters and still mourn Bobby.

On the home front, the dogs and kids are giving me this look a lot lately.

I’m not sure what I’m doing or not doing that warrants the ‘you crazy,’ face.

I’m eating a lot of this for breakfast with fruit and extra walnuts.

Vegan, gluten-free goodness makes me happy.

On the health front,well, things are what they are.  I will be moving slower for longer than anticipated,but as long as I get back to me, I’m happy.  Until then, pain, stiffness, and physical  therapy are mainstays.  And the drugs, oy.  Caffeine is out because the mix of it and my meds are dangerous for me.  No one likes stroke level blood pressure.  And sodium consumption has to come down even more.

But that’s ok. I’m pulling out Eat to Live, my Happy Herbivore cookbook collection, The Get Healthy, Go Vegan CookbookAppetite for Reduction, Crazy, Sexy Diet, and The 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart books for inspiration. And cooking more from the heart.

Oh, and did I mention that the physician’s assistant said I should go for nutritional and alternative therapies in addition to the traditional ones?  I could have hugged her.

When I work, I stand every 30 minutes so I can stretch a bit. PT schedule is three days a week in addition to work at home.  Yoga, Pilates, Tai Cheng, and walking primarily with light resistance.  And the handy dandy foam roller  is on hand at all times, too. why did I wait so long to get you?

Until next time, do what you need to do to improve your health.  Small steps are better than standing still.

**Disclosure: The book links are affiliate links.  TheTai Cheng link goes to my Team Beachbody shop.

Random chatter

I love my husband! This was a surprise gift. 

‘Ello. I’m still feeling the love after last night’s Supernatural Saturday. Not a Whovian or into Orphan Black?  Give them a watch. Trust me.

What else is happening?  Well, turns out I’m not the only one in my family with back issues. Dad had some and had to wear a hard core back brace on occasion.  Thanks, dad. Cardiovascular issues and spinal issues.  But seriously, I wish you were still her so I could hassle you a little.

The spine is still kinda crumbly, but I’m going to work with instead of against them.  Can’t lift or jump or run right now?  That’s ok, doc.  Low impact cardio? Sweet!  Shaun T, Tai Cheng, Pilates, yoga, walking, and body weight resistance to the rescue!  I won’t overdo it. I’ll star with 2-3 days of more than walking and add more as I get stronger.

Shaun T and low impact don’t seem to go together, right?  But before Insanity, there was Hip Hop Abs and  Rockin’ Body. Besides, I love dancing. I spent many, many nights (weeknights and weekends) dancing and still have random afternoon dance breaks.  And, you know, he is very nice to look at and listen to.  I mean inspirational.  I meat hot.  I mean motivating.  Actually, he’s all of the above.

 Interested in Rockin’ Body or Hip Hop Abs?
‘They’re on sale for $19.95 each right now.  

So, do you want to share random chatter with me?  Food, drink, fitness, dance, other? Give me a shout.

Until next time, peace.

Changes

**This is a crosspost from my SparkPeople blog.**

Happy 2013!  What are your plans on this first weekend?  Changes are on tap for me and mine.

My workout plans included Les Mills Combat, but my body has other ideas.  I wasn’t going all Combat for every workout, but once or twice a week with Tai Cheng, 10 Minute Trainer, and yoga in the mix.  But my back, shoulder, and hip have decided that that’s not going to happen.  I have to pull back and go gentle.  So Tai Cheng with walking and occasional strength training is the new plan.  I’ll still hit the gym with hubs on occasion, but the bulk of my plan is on the gentler tip.

My food plans included a low gluten veggie menu, but my tummy said nu-uh.  I cannot have some things without major tummy distress.  So the fab cake I made, although nummy chocolate vegan goodness, is off the table for me because I used wheat flour.  I also need to watch the starchy stuff for the same reason, so it’s a lower carb veggie menu for me.  I’m still on the PCRM Vegan Kickstart, but doing my own menus.  100 net grams of carbs seems to be my max, so I’m sticking with that.   That is high as far as most low carb people are concerned, but it’s my top average overall.

No bad changes, just necessary ones considering my body and what works best for me.   And that’s what it’s all about right?  Doing what’s best.

What are you up to?

Until next time, peace.