Immobile

Folks, I have never considered myself a very active person. I’m more of a “if I am running, you better be as well, because something is wrong”.

I rejoined Planet Fitness and have been good about going 3-4 days/week, only eating out when absolutely necessary (Starbucks doesn’t count) and making sure I am walking Pippa more often.

This doesn’t mean I gave up all sugar or did some wild and crazy diet. It just means I have made some lifestyle changes.

When I tipped the scale at 215 about 6 weeks ago I almost lost my mind. I can’t remember the last time I was over 200 pounds. I am assuming the stress and massive travel I have been doing (and eating out) caused a majority of my weight gain.

I finally hit under 200 pounds again this week! I was making progress! Until I hit a brick wall!

A week ago today I fell, it isn’t an exciting story, so I’ll spare those details. Instead I’ll show you what it looked like after 8 hours.

Shockingly it wasn’t broken, but f**k it hurt. The emergency room looked at it and said mmmhmmm, it’s a hematoma and gave me a big ass boot to wear. I was less than thrilled.

Made it through last weekend, but now I am restless and even though my boot is gone, I still have a brace. No running, long walks, stairs and especially no driving because of torn tendons and ligaments under the swelling. That has also meant no gym for me.

I have been trying to eat right, but being immobile has equaled no major activity.

Tomorrow I am forcing myself to at least work on abs and arms at the gym, just so I do not lose the progress I have been making.

I need to drink more water and rally back. I’m just hoping that this week didn’t put my progress too far back.

Help me keep going. Motivate me. Kick my ass in gear. Help keep me accountable. I will do the same for you.

Trauma Can Happen Anywhere

trau·maˈtroumə,ˈtrômə/

noun

1. a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.

In case you didn’t know the definition of trauma, there it is. 

Maybe you should note the words distressing or disturbing.

Let’s talk about what those two words mean. 

dis·tress·ing

dəˈstresiNG/

adjective

causing anxiety, sorrow or pain; upsetting.

dis·turb·ing

dəˈstərbiNG/

adjective

causing anxiety; worrying.

Those two words alone spell out trauma with their definitions. Anxiety can be traumatic and worrying can be traumatic. 

What’s traumatic for one is not necessarily traumatic for another. Many also call trauma PTSD and relate this to veterans and what they experience in war.  The thing is, PTSD doesn’t only happen to veterans.  

For example a woman who has previously been beat on may be traumatized when watching a television show where a woman gets hit.  Because of this the woman may choose to only watch certain television shows and movies. 

Another example is someone who may have been in a car accident can be traumatized when in a car with someone else or even driving themselves. Due to past trauma never getting in a car again is a possibility. 

These are kinda extreme examples, but hopefully you get the point.

Think about bad things that have happened in your life; storms, car accidents, natural disasters.  

If you have lived in Cleveland the blackout about 12 years ago was traumatic for some (by some I mean me on the 50th floor of Key Tower). 

For some September 11, 2001 is traumatizing and on its anniversary each year people want to hide in fear. 

Can trauma be overcome? Sure, over time and with the right support services. Counseling is one option, cognitive behavioral therapy is another and many prefer group therapy or peer support to get past things that happen in their life that they can’t shake. 

I focus on trauma today because there have been many traumatic things that have occurred in my life.  The odd thing is, the trauma doesn’t always surface immediately.  It can take years, as was the case this week. 

What can you do for someone suffering from trauma?

Listen – sometimes they just want to talk it out. 

Respect – it’s their trauma, not yours.  Don’t make fun of it and don’t put them down for their feelings. 

Ask – ask them what you can do to help, maybe it is just helping them relax. 

Validate – validate their reactions and their feelings. 

The closer someone was to a traumatic event the harder it may be to overcome the traumatic event. Know that you aren’t the problem, but you can help and be a part of the solution. 

Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.

January Essential Oils

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Each month I order from Young Living and pick up a few of my “essential” Essential Oils. This month I ordered Lemon, Thieves, Lavender and Tea Tree oils. These are four of my go-to essential oils or what I like to call Everyday Oils.

Up first, Lavender – Lavender is universally regarded as one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils, and the uses for this plant are almost endless. Lavender essential oil is one of the main Young Living products because it offers a host of benefits and a sweet, floral aroma.

Uses of Lavender
  • Add 8–12 drops to water and spray under beds and in closets for a fresh, pleasing aroma.
  • Apply 2–4 drops to skin to moisturize and enhance skin radiance.
  • Diffuse at night for a calming aroma during sleep.

Next up, Lemon – this is my favorite oil for everyday uses and some very different ways to use this oil.  Lemon’s many applications make it one of the most useful essential oils to have on hand. The fresh, zesty aroma is refreshing and up-lifiting.

Uses of Lemon
  • Use Lemon essential oil as a dietary supplement in your daily routine.
  • Substitute Lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasoning to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts.
  • Keep Lemon in a purse, backpack, or car so that it is always in reach when you need it.

The oil that keeps the germs away is Thieves. Many don’t know a lot about Thieves or its’ rich history.  Thieves owes its pleasant, spicy aroma and flavor to a balanced blend of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, and Lemon essential oils. This is a one of a kind blend that can be be a lifesaver to keeping up your immunity.

Uses of Thieves
  • Add to food or beverages or take internally to enjoy the benefits of the powerful natural compounds d-limonene, eugenol, and eucalyptol.
  • Dilute 1 drop of Thieves in 4 drops of carrier oil and add to a capsule.
  • Take once per day to maintain a healthy respiratory system.

Last up is Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia).  This essential oil can be found in a wide variety of skin care and spa products. It possesses powerful properties that are amazing on the skin. Tea Tree oil can moisturize and beautify the appearance of the skin and I personally put it on everyday.

Uses of Tea Tree Oil
  • Moisturize the skin by rubbing 1–3 drops of Tea Tree oil into the palms of your hands and gently massaging over areas of concern.
  • Add Tea Tree oil to your favorite massage oil to elevate your massage experience.
  • Diffuse Tea Tree oil to create an aromatic, healthy and spa-like environment.

If you haven’t used essential oils before, feel free to ask questions, I didn’t know much about them when I first started and I spent a lot of time asking questions to get to the point where I am now.

I still ask a lot of questions and there are days that I have more questions than answers. As the world leader in essential oils, Young Living offers hundreds of essential oils and oil-infused products, each containing the optimal levels of specific, naturally occurring constituents to maximize their benefits. Whether you use the oils for aromatherapy, personal care, or household solutions, every aspect of daily life can benefit from the incorporation of essential oils!

Check out my quick video on the oils that I received in the mail this week: