Thursday, 28 February 2013

Checking In

Just a quick one to let you all know I'm OK, and finally on my steroids. 


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I've actually been telling everyone I've been at Rekall...

Little different this time, I'm usually given 500mg a day for 5 days which is a ridiculously high dose. This time, I'm playing guinea pig and being given 1000mg. That's right, a whole gram of the strongest steroid you can get. 
The good news is though that it's working, I've got the steroid buzz which I don't often get now where I'm on them so much, and I'd even go so far as to say that today I thought I saw a very very slight improvement in my sight. 
Tomorrow is the last day of my course which is great because going back and forth to hospital everyday and having my venflon in constantly (it sucks when it's cold as you have to layer up, not easy with a bunch of wires sticking out your arm!). 
Depending on how I'm feeling tomorrow I might go to the gym. Even if I just do 10mins on a bike not being at the gym is destroying me mentally. 

In the mean time I suppose I had better get to Mars...

Sunday, 24 February 2013

New Tattoo!

And a little update. I'm relapsing :( 
My steroids were ordered on the 11th and I'm still waiting for them due to a worldwide shortage. The soonest I can get an IV for 3 days is Wednesday so as you can imagine I feel like crap. One good thing about this relapse though? This is the first I've had since going to the gym 5 days a week, and I feel exactly the same as I did when I was diagnosed (when I was also exercising). It's just my sight. Half blind but mobility wise isn't as bad as when I usually relapse. Now though that the relapse is progressing obviously it's like I've been hit by a train, but still. Waiting so long for my medication hasn't helped anything either. I was due a relapse, but it going untreated for so long is hell and not what I was expecting. I just want to get better, it's really put a black cloud over my mood progress.


Anyway, let's have some good news, yes?



On the 16th I toddled off to Brighton for the Tattoo Convention. Very silly and dangerous going on my own but it's not like I was going anywhere where I wouldn't be safe if something was to happen like I collapsed or suddenly lost all movement in my limbs. 



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I wouldn't have gone if it wasn't for something important of course...


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Can we take a moment to appreciate the little bicep I've got going on here??


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And fresh out the shower when I got home...


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The journey home was hell and really did a number on me. Lot's of delays and changes :(

A week later and it's healing well for someone that generally doesn't heal. I've kept a close eye on it to see what it does and so far so good! 

Also I am so excited for the PS4. I watched the event live and squealed all the way through. Put my preorder down on Friday :D 
Now, Back to Metal Gear! 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Why Use Whey Protein?


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I LOVE MY PROTEIN!!

This is a question I get asked a lot and many are surprised at the answers, especially women. There's a lot of confusion and stigma surrounding protein supplements so hopefully I'll be able to debunk some of these myths for you.

First of all, What IS Whey Protein?

It's a great source of essential amino acids every body needs every day and made from cows milk. Whey protein isolate is whey in it's purest form and contains no lactose, cholesterol and little to no fat at all.

What is it for?

Most people associate high protein intake as essential for athletes to gain muscle mass. But it does so much more! For weight management it takes more calories to burn a high protein meal (the thermic effect) and also helps to stabilise glucose levels, reducing hunger and making it easier for the body to burn fat.
It can also help with hypertension, the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.
It has even been shown to inhibit the growth of tumours.
Have a colicky baby? Try a whey protein based formula! Also great in pregnancy.
It can help prevent bone loss (something I have to keep a very close eye on even at 25).
When the body is healing it requires more protein, so a high intake of protein can help wounds heal quicker.

Now I must point out that it is by no means essential that you use whey if you workout, but for someone such as myself who needs a little extra nutritional help it can be extremely beneficial. Personally, I have 2 shakes a day. The times vary as one of them I have after the gym. After just a week of using it I noticed a difference even though I wasn't working out at the gym. The thing is, for someone with MS, just getting out of bed and getting through the day is a workout!

Recommendations?

I LOVE the Phd products. They are divine and have something for everyone. I currently use Phd's Synergy ISO-7 and I buy from www.Dolphinfitness.co.uk. I highly recommend that supplier, great prices and great service.  

Daily Motivation

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Monday, 11 February 2013

Fitness - My Story


For a long time I've wanted to merge my fitness obsession in with my blog, but without turning it into a pure fitness blog.
People who are 'obsessed' with fitness also have lives and other passions and I want to share the whole package with you and not just the fitness side of things.
The time has come.

So I guess my story is a good place to start?

Well it's much the same as any other woman's. Have a child, gain weight etc. But I took it to a whole new level. I went from a petite uk size 10 to a whale-tastic 20/22/24 depending on where I shopped. At my heaviest I was 18 stone 7lb.
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Christmas day 2009

One day I woke up and realised that I had spent all this time and energy and bloody hard work into stuffing my face all to build this wall. A wall of protection from god knows what. I wasn't hungry, but I'd still make myself eat. Sometimes I was so full that I would even throw up, but then 20mins later was eating again. Anyone who says that getting fat is because you're lazy needs to realise that it takes hard work and dedication to get to the size that I was. Laziness would be not eating at all.
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January 2010

I had to change. My Doctor was threatening me with a gastric band and pretty much shouting at me that my tiny frame was being crushed. Something had to be done, and suddenly I realised that this wall needed to go. I don't need it anymore. Obviously I couldn't go hell for leather exercising so it was all through diet until I hit a plateau. That was when I discovered The Cambridge Weight Plan. I lost 3 stone on the plan and then following the basic principles of the plan. I also began exercising and discovered the amazing P90X, by then I had lost 5 stone.
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October 2010 - January 2012

Then came the biggest and most devastating shock I could never have imagined. On the 18th of October 2011 I went half blind in both eyes. After a lot of confusion, panic and worry, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Nearly a month in hospital really took it's toll on me physically and mentally. My whole life had to change. A month before I was running 5 miles and working out all day every day. When I got home I struggled to walk to the end of the road, even with a crutch.

I wont go on about my MS too much, there's plenty of that in my other MS tagged posts.

Since my diagnosis I have lost a further 2 stone just through diet alone. My consultants and nurses forbid me to do any exercise as I was relapsing over and over like clock work. In 2012, I worked out twice. TWICE. And I still lost those 2 stone. This year however I'm fighting back. I want to prove to everyone disabled or not that even if you do have a disability, you can still exercise. Modification to YOUR needs is key.

I have started working out again and finally been allowed to join the gym. I have the most amazing gym instructor who knows my needs physically and mentally, and together we are kicking ass. At home I'm modifying programs such as P90X which I will go into in later posts. In the gym I'm adapting my workouts to my needs on that particular day, everyday and I'm feeling the benefits already. Obviously my MS symptoms will never go away and will still get worse, but even though I'm wobbling all over the place I feel that my poor crunchy and frail bones are a lot more supported by the muscle. And even if I can't move a particular muscle that day, the fact is that the muscle is still there supporting my body.
My current total weightloss is 7 stone 5lb
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February 2013 mid Pilates workout 

Yes I'm disabled. Yes I turn up at the gym with my crutches half the time. Yes I get stared at. Yes it fucking hurts. But YES I'm doing it.
I have MS. What's YOUR excuse?