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game plan

Today was so incredibly interesting!  I’ve mentioned before I find nutrition fascinating and this morning I finally got to a body composition and nutritional counseling session I’ve been trying to make happen for a few weeks.  Won’t lie and say I wasn’t nervous of what I was going to hear on the body composition side.  I fully expected to be pretty disappointed in the weight and body fat percentage stuff, but I’m pretty happy to admit I was kinda pleasantly surprised.  The weight was in line with what I had expected, but my lean muscle mass is actually pretty good!  (happy dance in my head).  Anyways… the main reason I wanted to get to see Jen was for the nutritional counseling.  My stomach has been wrecked pretty much since I took myself of the Tecfidera in January.  I’ve also been frustrated for years as weight seems to slowly creep up again even though I eat super-clean and exercise a shit-ton.  A bunch of people have given different suggestions and opinions, but I wanted to talk to someone with the educational background to support her point of view.  Plus, forever I’ve heard and suspected I’m not eating enough.  Well, great.  Need more information than that to make a change.  Not like I can add anything I want and have a positive impact… I mean, I could easily eat more bacon and a whole jar of peanut butter but pretty sure my workouts would suffer and NONE of my clothes would fit.  Anyways, for once I have a plan.  It might not be perfect, but it’s a place to start and I’m pretty excited 🙂  Excited enough that the commitment to no more Quest bars or peanut butter is one I think I can live with.  Plus I have a follow-up session in like 2 months, so I have some accountability to stick to the plan.  Good.  Game on.

Guess I should be a little more clear as to what I’m hoping to accomplish.

Goals:

  • 5lbs ish increase in muscle mass
  • revamp of my daily food plan:
    • 140-150g protein
    • 100g or less carbs (rest day) / 140-150g carbs (active day)
    • 75g or more fats (but less nuts!  more avo/seeds)
  • timing of carbs to give my body the fuel it needs for workouts.  Sweet potatoes are BACK!!!  Woot!!
  • Figure out what the hell is going on with hormones.  That’s a whole topic on its own, but not getting into details.
  • Bottom line – I want to feel better, sleep better, lift heavier and look good naked.  Doesn’t seem like too much to ask lol!!

Post session with Jen, Amanda and I jumped right into the warm-up for this treat of a workout.  Had to arrive to the body comp thing with an empty stomach, and after Sharon’s bday WOD Thursday night at 5:30 I went to watch my girl play hockey and completely missed dinner too!  A tbsp. of peanut butter (tisk, tisk I know!) was my only fuel post Thursday WOD and pre Friday WOD.  Fail.  I suffered.

Fri. Aug. 5:

“Daniel”

50 Pull-ups
400m Run
21 Thrusters
800m Run
21 Thrusters
400m Run
50 Pull-ups
Time – 21:14

OMG sooooo hot out this morning!!!  The run tried to suck any remaining life out of me.  Pretty sure I actually asked Amanda if I could lay down at one point.  Otherwise pretty happy with this one 🙂  Got through 30 of the opening pull-ups before scaling and the thrusters felt pretty solid as Rx.  Wanted to continue with the pull-ups in the final batch, but even well-chalked I just couldn’t keep a grip on the bar.  Progress though!  My still-sore abs didn’t even complain all that much about all the kipping!

Thurs. Aug. 4:

AMRAP in 30:00 Minutes
3- Back Squat (Heavy)   #95
6- HSPU
9- Burpees

Result – 10 rounds + 1 back squat :p

Today should have been my rest day… except it was Coach Sharon’s birthday WOD so I really didn’t want to miss it even though it sounded pretty awful and I was already tired and sore.  I finished it.  That’s about all the credit I can give myself though.  I DID stick with the HSPU all the way through aside from 1 round where I thought regular push-ups would be a good little break but was sadly mistaken.  I don’t usually sandbag WODs, but I certainly didn’t give this one the effort it deserved.

Last note – I love my new shoes #ReebokNano5

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when all else fails

Well, I guess the sh*t hit the fan.  I’ll back-fill a bit briefly before the actual rant begins… January I decided I was DONE with Tecfidera.  Couldn’t live with the side effects any more and unhappy with the fact that the nerve pain still followed me around every day of my life.  So I stopped.  Just like that I was done, cold turkey.  Doctor’s don’t recommend that, but I didn’t care.  I mean, I do everything in my power to help my body fight this disease on its own, so I wanted to see if that was enough.  I eat really clean, I exercise regularly, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water, take all the vitamins and supplements they recommend… so I should be good.  My recent visit to my MS doc brought up a comment of “you’re going to live forever!!” when he took my blood pressure.  And for half of January, all of February (even with 29 days!) and much of March, life was grand.  I no longer felt fluish every day.  I no longer had to hide in the office several times a week to ride out a flushing attack.  I was sleeping fantastic and had plenty of energy.  I felt “normal” again.  Till mid-way through the Open when my hands and everything below my knees went numb.  Functional, but without feeling.  Believe me, I had a few moments of thinking “oh shit!  What have I done?!”, but carried on.  First relapse in more than 3 years, but not like I haven’t been trough these before and this one was pretty mild.  Lasted for a little over 2 weeks then I started to regain feeling.  Cool!  Piece of cake!  Except a few days later I had a rough day.  The every day nerve pain was amplified.  It was a long day at work cause we had a staff meeting at the end of the day, so 13 hours straight in my store.  My wonderful girlfriend drove out to give me a hug cause she knew I was feeling rough.  🙂  A moment of smiles at least!  I fought through it and the next day things felt a bit better.  The day after that, better still.  That tough day was last Wednesday.  Yesterday, was another tough day less than a week later.  Tougher than I’ve had in a long time…  The pain was so bad I fought of feeling like I was going to barf all day long.  Stoned on pain meds I at least managed to sleep and woke up today feeling a bit better.  Ok, it’s progress.  Went to the box this morning, cause that’s just what i do and scaled the sh*t out of the workout.  Sucked a little cause it was heavy squats and I like heavy squats, but let me put things into perspective – If someone had been able to promise me yesterday that I would never have to deal with the nerve pain again if I would give up crossfit, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.  And I LOVE CROSSFIT.  No one can tell what causes this nightmare, or even how to prevent it… but I’m going out on a limb maybe and guessing that heavy lifting doesn’t help.  😦  I’m not doing a very good job right now of pleading my case to live without the daily injections which have been once again suggested…

dust bunny

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Need help with house work?  Yuko will retrieve the Swiffer, no problem!  We have yet to master anything beyond that though.  I’ve learned it’s a wise idea to make sure it’s a brand new one if I’m going to ask him to get it for me.  The joy of shaking the hell out of it on the trip back is too tempting to resist!  No one wants to add old dust to the new dust before the cleaning even begins.relentless 1

Finally stopped being lazy and loaded the pics from the comp.  Part of my disinterest in getting it done sooner may have come from the fact that I hate seeing pictures of myself, but I’m not getting in to that today.  Actually making an effort to avoid that road right now.  I love this photo 🙂  I generally like the artsy stuff and the back set of fuzzy wall balling hands are mine!  Yesss 🙂 lol
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CF has been tough this week.  Was thinking I wasn’t quite mentally prepared to pick up a wallball yet today, but killed them.  Competition brings out the best in some, I’m not sure that’s the case for me.  Or maybe it was just an off day.  Today I sat on the rower waiting for the 3, 2, 1 GO! and told TB “I’m not going hard for this one”.  Pretty sure her response was “pfffft!!! Yeah, ok!”.  I think she was right.

Fri. Jan. 29:

For Time:
50- Calories on Rower
20- Burpees
30- Alt. HEAVY DB Snatch
40- Wallballs
10x 20m Shuttle Runs
40- Wallballs
30- Alt. HEAVY DB Snatch
20- Burpees
50- Calories on Rower

Time – 20:57

Thurs. Jan. 28:

Part 1. Clean and Jerk Complex- On the Minute for 10:00 Minutes: 
1- Power Clean + Push Jerk followed by 
1- Squat Clean + 1 Split Jerk
*Climbing in weight*

#55, 65, 75, 75, 85, 85, 85, 95, 95, 100

Part 2. 5 sets of the following complex:
12- Deadlifts + 9- Hang Power Cleans + 6- Push Jerks   
#75

Part 2 also had a *climbing in weight* clause.  HA!! Noooo dice.  Completed 1 round and thought my wrists might snap.  Fought the urge to lower the weight though!

****Side note – next post hopefully I gather my thoughts enough to share a bit about Tecfidera.  The MS poison I’ve dealt with for a good year and a half.

siesta?

Tues. Dec. 19:

I need to come to terms with the fact that my body is begging for a break.  Like, more than just my usual 1 rest day too.  The Relentless Showdown comp is THIS Saturday.  My legs are tired, my shoulders are pretty cooked and my hands!  Oh, my hands…  Maybe I’m just being a baby, but they’re sore!  I went into the box this morning with every intention of NOT doing pull-ups.  My partner said “well, I’m not scaling” so sure enough… I jumped on the bar.  Duh.

partner WOD2

Today is another bring a friend day at the box.  That means BIG classes!  Although I think it was pretty much all regulars this morning there was like 11 at 6am.  Not huge, but big enough.  I wanted to be a *new athlete* today, but my pull-ups need so much work!  I can do 1, then maybe 2 but for sure after that shit gets messy.  I can’t figure out the part of the movement that happens after you pull you chin over the bar!  Watched SP closely today… I don’t kick back in my kip at all.  Something to work on for sure. (as I write that my hands are weeping softly at the thought…)

In Teams of 2, AMRAP in 20:00 Minutes
“Cindy”
5- Pullups (*Situps*)
10- Pushups
15- Air Squats
* New Athletes*
Partner A works odd minutes
Partner B works even minutes, continue where your partner leaves off.

We lost count of rounds, but it was at least 25.  I did end up scaling this one to 3-6-9 for reps until about half way through when I realized I didn’t want to scale the push ups or squats.  3-10-15 I’m sure Coach Dave would not be so keen on, but it worked for the partner set-up and I definitely got a decent workout.  SP and I layered on 3 x 15 reps of GHD sit-up and 3 x 10 reps of GHD back extensions at the end “just for kicks”.  Now time for some rest.  My mornings will lack purpose…

nomNew girl can cook 🙂  Last night’s dinner was prepared by yours truly, but was a copycat of the dinner cooked for me last week in Burlington.  So easy and so good!  A quick stir fry of chicken, broccoli, zucchini and asparagus with a little garlic, chili powder and paprika.  Very tasty and totally WLC friendly.

roll with it

Hey Whole Life Challenge… I’m journaling here 🙂  I haven’t had a Quest bar, or any other cheat.  I’m still not in love excited with doing this thing again, but I’m also not willing to give up on it.  I made a really good and easy chicken soup in my Crockpot the other day that’s been a god-send with this lame cold.  Will make it again for sure!  Even considering a batch to freeze cause who wants to cook when you’re not feeling well?  Nope.  Just want to curl up with a good bowl of soup.

Crockpot Chicken Soup:

Layer your Crockpot like this:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Herb de Provence
  • 2 chicken breasts, bone in – skin on
  • fresh ground pepper
  • enough fresh water to cover veggies and half way up chicken

Cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove chickens and discard skin and bones.  Place back into Crockpot roughly shredded.  If you have issues with your chicken becoming overly shredded, get over them or don’t make this 😉  8 hours in a crockpot will do that!  Delicious anyways.  Enjoy!

Boo 😦  Steelers lost!  The lazy Sunday spent mostly on the couch watching football I’m hoping made for a little bit of improvement with this dumb cold, although the feeling that I swallowed a bucket of razor blades that appeared this morning would suggest maybe not…  Anyways, I’m still alive.  Looking out my front door to find yet another fresh 5cm blanket of the fluffy white crap wasn’t entirely welcome, but the pure bliss with which Yuko bounded out into it made me laugh a little at least 😉  And I PR’d my front squat.  Not too shabby way to start the week!  Although my original plan had been to go light and easy this week cause I don’t want to be tired and sore for the comp this weekend…  Couldn’t help it.  Just moving too well today to let the opportunity pass me by.

Part 1. For Max Reps:
5 minutes of max reps: Burpee Box Jump Overs  52
5 minutes rest
4 minutes of max rep 10m Shuttle run  55
4 minutes rest
3 minutes of max reps: Power Cleans #155/#105  27 #85
3 minutes rest
2 minutes of  max reps: Wallballs   45
2 minutes rest
1 minute to complete one set of max unbroken reps: Chest- Bar Pullups   6

Part 2. 
Back Squats 2-2-2   #155
Front Squats: 2-2   #135 + 1 @ #155!!

PR BABY!!!  😀

Sun. Jan. 17:

Ok, I’m sorry for complaining about the cough. It has purpose now, I won’t get too graphic but I don’t know how I could have so much shit in my lungs.  Not ideal conditions for the WLC baseline workout, but that’s reality I suppose. Our mini team hasn’t discussed the game plan yet, but I’d like to use the “official WLC workout” from 2014:

In 11 minutes:
1000m row
In the time remaining, complete as much of the following list as you can:
30 Air Squats
30 Sit Ups
30 Plank Ups
40 Lunges
40 Bicycles
40 Push Ups
50 Squat Jumps
50 Flutter Kicks
50 Mountain Climbers
100 Burpees
Your score is the total number of reps you complete.

Result – 201 reps (made it to 31 push-ups) 

11 minutes of hell, but I made a little vow to myself after the last WLC that I would never do that baseline workout again. Or at least not until the memory of how horrible it felt fades… I’m not there yet. Not even close.  Today’s selection was challenging, but didn’t destroy me for the rest of the day thankfully 🙂

Finding purpose

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Hey! Don’t think I shared… I won a camera 🙂 a Fuji X-T10!  It’s pretty sweet 🙂 fresh snow clung to the trees Thursday so Yuko and I went to our fav. trail for a camera test drive.  I have some playing around to do still, but I’m a fan so far 🙂

Today I’ve got a bunch of stuff.  This week has pulled in 100 different directions, but thankfully the crazy part is done now. I think…

Day 1 of another round of Whole Life Challenge. This one could be interesting just cause I’m in a different place mentally than I was last time. When I signed up for round 2 I was in a bit of a rut with nutrition cause I think it was in the middle of my December work insanity. I was eating cookies and candy canes and chocolate and really felt I could use the challenge to clean my act up in the new year. Today, the only thing I need to cut out of my diet is Quest bars. Again. Clearly that one doesn’t stick when the challenge ends. I have set a goal to eat better though. You can eat squeaky-clean but still not eat to perform. Like all the nights I skip dinner to spend time with my girlfriend should be re-jigged. Also need to food prep for snacks again. Chopped up fresh veggies will help me stay away from looking for a few dates and a handful of nuts.  Also need to find peace within my own mind with me for me.  I’ve known that for a long lime, but it’s easier said than done.

Segway into my second topic – Thursday I went to Healthoholics for food sensitivity testing. I clearly find the powers of nutrition pretty fascinating, so I was curious. They test you for more than 600 things! Also can locate any troubles your body is having in terms of digestive process and any deficiencies for vitamins and minerals. I think that’s the Coles notes… We talked about a LOT! I was not surprised to confirm wheat and dairy are not my friend.  I didn’t expect potatoes to be on that list too, but they were. Thankfully not sweet potatoes! We get along just fine. She also told me fatty acids were low. “Eat nuts and seeds” was a suggestion. 😐 I do! Too many! But need to change something cause I’m not absorbing the nutrients, probably just the fat… on my thighs :p

Amanda gave me her cold on New Years. The way I do things is I catch a cold, then my body seems to feel the need to put a whole new spin on it. Make it all my own… And hang onto it forever. It’s January 16th and everyday I seem to wake up to a little something different. Yesterday I had this annoying cough that didn’t really feel like it was accomplishing anything, but my abs are sore today so maybe I shouldn’t complain. May have had nothing to do with the cough… Anyways, shortness of breath made this bad boy even more awesome:

Fri. Jan. 15:

3 Rounds:
12- Deadlifts #275/#185  #135
24- Box Jumps
36- Wallballs

Time – 12:00

I made it to Sharon’s 7:30 class for the first time in ages 🙂 December is finally over… Life is returning to normal. Also got to WOD with TB, who I’ve missed seeing 🙂 This WOD kinda sucked. The wallballs are 110% to blame for that too.

Week 1 of WLC has a lifestyle component of journal writing 10 minutes every day. I’ve just completed my mission. 😉

competitive? who me? ;)

Mon. Jan. 11:

Part 1. Every Minute on the Minute for 10 Minutes: 3- Front Squats  #135
Part 2. 3 Rounds:
10- Bench Press #135/#95  #75 2 rounds, #85 last round
20- Abmat Sit-Ups
10- Bent Over Rows #135/#95  #55
20- Hip Extensions

After 2 1/2 ish years of playing this game with consistency and rarely giving it less than 100%, it still manages to completely kick my ass some days.  I guess that’s the point of “constantly varied, high intensity”.  Anyways, I’m sitting writing this with ice packs draped across my traps and quads after Monday’s ass kicking. Partnering with my trini friend always guarantees a competitive push. Love working with that girl cause we’re pretty close when it comes to 1RM for squats and stuff, and communicate pretty seamless in partner WODs. We’ve been squatting a lot lately it seems, so I didn’t hesitate to load the bar pretty heavy. Post-WOD my legs were tired but otherwise felt good, then Tuesday was the reality check! My brilliant idea to take my front squat 1RM, strip off 10lbs, and perform 30 reps maybe wasn’t that brilliant after all.  The struggle is real :p

Tues. Jan. 12:

5 Rounds:
5- Strict Handstand Pushups
10- Power Cleans #135/#95  #75
15- Burpees
20- Kettlebell Swings 24kg/16kg
25- Wallballs   #12 4 rounds, #14 last round
3 Minute Rest after each round completed

I don’t sandbag WODs.  Don’t get me wrong, I often scale the weight, but never aim to make things easy.  Today my entire body was angry about Monday, and on top of that I woke up not feeling great.  Don’t know why, although I spent the rest of the day shivering so I know something was off.  I made it to round 4 of this spicy little dose when Coach Dave noticed I had grabbed a 12lb wallball and called me on it.  Fair enough.  We’re less than 2 weeks from the in-house comp which I’m signed up for so I shouldn’t be scaling a wallball.  Since I wasn’t feeling well I felt justified, but I grabbed a 14lb for my last round.  To my credit, I set a plan from the beginning to complete the cleans, KBS and wallballs unbroken.  I stuck with my plan till the last round too.  The text I received in the evening after SP completed this monster – “Worst WOD ever.”  Yes, pretty awful!  What does it tell you when the burpees are seen as a “break”?

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