I spend so much time one social media these days that I never seem to get the chance to write blog entries. Life is good! Except I made the mistake of drinking a double dose of ketones at work yesterday, both of which were caffeinated so I’ve been WIDE awake since like 2am. Anyone want to join me for a run kind of awake. It’s been so long I can’t remember where I left off!
2017 has been a good one for me after a rocky start. Career realignment when I stepped down to part time at sport chek and started working with my dad. Still not entirely sure if that is going to live up to all the dreams we had for it, but it still has potential in my mind.
Got engaged to the most amazing girl 😍
Found success for myself personally with drinking ketones. 😁 I have way better and more consistent energy. 😁My brain fog is no longer a challenge I face daily. The inflammation I can physically see has improved big time, which makes me believe the systemic inflammation has improved as well. I’m in a really good mood like all the time. 😁Oh! And I’ve lost nearly 20lbs 😁 Have you heard of ketones? If not, watch this!!! Or drop me a comment or whatever. katemcdowell.experienceketo.com
Just got back from vacationing in Florida again. Timing and coincidence could not hav worked out better for this round! Festivus Games happened for the second time for us while we were away! At first I was bummed cause I thought we were going to have to sell our spot when we decided to go away but I was able to switch our location so we could complete in Bradenton. Then right after we finished our last WOD we jumped in the car and drove 3 hours to Orlando. Yup. Right after finishing 4 WODs. No more explanation is likely needed than getting out of the car was a stiff situation.
Any-who… made it just in time to get to the stadium for the National Women’s Soccer League championship game where Amanda’s team (Portland) won! 😁 That was our insanely crazy day and the rest of the trip was beach walks, sunshine, and just enjoying each other’s company. My mom is still not really talking to me cause I didn’t invite her to join us to watch the sunset on our last night there, but happy Kate doesn’t stress over stuff as much. As my sister said when I told her – “yeah! I totally invite my roommates on dates when me and my boyfriend!” Well put Claire 😉
This is one of those posts I was torn on which blog to write it under… it follows the crossfit/nutrition path I often follow with this one, but will have a large amount of MS content as well. Anyways, it’s happening after quite some time bouncing around in my head.
2017 seems to be a year of “Full Circle” with me. What I originally saw as full circle in terms of going from working at Sport Chek in Milton in 2005 to Henry’s and right back to Sport Chek in Milton in 2016 wasn’t even the whole picture. Before Chek I was a professional photographer, and now I’m getting back into that scene as well 🙂 Not the same format however, but once again shooting something I’m passionate about. It’s a whole different game now though, but exciting none the less!
Another full circle journey is my attempt to improve my life with my disease through nutrition and exercise. I’ll come back to the exercise topic in a minute, but for now lets talk nutrition. In 2012 I stumbled upon this: Dr. Terry Wahls – Minding Your Mitochondria and I was curious. In 2012 I wasn’t in a good place with my mind and my health and I needed to try something, so I gave it a shot. Cut dairy and grains from my diet and figured that was enough and don’t get me wrong, it did make a difference! I was able to eliminate a drug I was taking just to stay awake as my energy improved and combined with exercise and just being overall fed-up with conventional medicine and the downward spiral it seemed to cause in terms of my quality of life, I eventually eliminated drugs all together. That’s where I stand now. A little over a year drug-free, but I still deal with the effects of my disease every day and would like to see if I can take things further to improve that. I’ve done some of my own research lately and learned that relapsing-remitting MS typically transitions into secondary-progressive over time. My relapses have certainly tapered off, either through my own influence with diet and exercise or simply as a progression of the disease, but the pain is still something I live with 24/7. It used to be occasionally almost unbearable in intensity, but now it gets to that point pretty much every week and some days I just sort of crack emotionally. Not something I’m proud of, but some days I just can’t be strong anymore. Bright side – I have a massively supportive girlfriend who will be there for me every step of the way. I came home last week and Dr. Wahls’ book The Wahls Protocol was waiting for me on the counter 🙂 Inspiration take 2! This book is absolutely awesome! So many of the things she mentions have me staring wide-eyed like “oh my god! That’s ME!” And you know it’s true love when your girl says “I’d try liver if it will help you” ❤ Liver! GAG!!! I’m weird about the odd bits you find in a boneless-skinless chicken breast! But if it helps with the pain, I’ll give it a try.
Another part of my spring re-vamp involves the crossfit routine. I took Coach Jen’s advice a few months ago and scaled back the WODs while introducing some lifting days back into my world. Between the Open and helping Amanda prepare for the Festivus comp, the whole WOD portion has been all but abandoned for longer than I would have liked. I went to a class this week and cardio-struggled (as expected) and ball hockey has been harder than I’d like. Coach Jay and I crossed paths after the WOD Thursday and he said “how was that?! Been a LONG time since you’ve gone a class!” Sad face. It probably showed! My legs were NOT happy with the box jumps or the wallballs, but at least the cleans were a piece of cake right? Festivus is today, so starting Monday I hope to get back into the WOD routine so I can confidently call myself a legit crossfitter again! Oh, and I’ve added a short run to my morning routine as well. Hoping it all helps 🙂