Sunday, December 30, 2012

Welcome 2013

I plan to ring in my New Year doing what it is I want to do for the rest of the year.  In this case, it will be exercising more and leading a healthier lifestyle.  I have already begun eating better, and at 11:59 tomorrow night, I will be working out, doing whatever I can to better myself and get more fit. 

I would like 2013 to be the year that I get stronger and start walking better.  I believe I can do it.  I truly believe.  Even if I can end the year soley using crutches, that would be a huge step in the right direction.  I just want to be stronger, no matter how small the incriment. 

I want all of me to be stronger and healthier.  I am tired of feeling so much pain all the time.  If I'm going to have to feel the pain, I might as well be benefiting from it.  I'm not a pill popper, so pain meds aren't an option.  Therefore, I will have to get my body to release it's natural morphine through exercise.  Maybe more exercise alone will alleviate the pain just from being more fit in general.

No matter what the outcome, I will not give up.  This year is my year to work hard physically and give it all I've got.

Never Give Up.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

15 Years Today

Today is my 15 year anniversary of contracting GBS. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. Just gonna get through the day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dailies: Day 11

Yup. Been doing my dailies. Just did them, and in fact added 10 more squats!

Good thing I got them done. My Dad is in town and it's time to go have a couple beers with the old man.

I'm getting stronger. My muscles feel tight and sore. I love it.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Dailies: Day 8

Did my 60, like a boss, and even added 10 reps of reverse pushups (that's what I call them, but not sure if that's the right name - works the very back of the tricep where women - like me - tend to get "lunch lady" arms).

The crunches are getting easier, although the third set of ten is still a little tough.  The pushups, too, are getting easier, but those also get harder at around rep 8 of each set.  Much better than getting hard at rep 4!  And, my squats are still about the same "style", but they, too, are getting easier to hold my form and get them done.

All in all after about 1 week (with a couple lazy days mixed in), I am getting stronger and I can feel it and I LIKE IT!

I'm already going to start adding things each day, but just to try out for now.  This will give me a better idea of what my next 30-day goal will be ;-)

Dailies: Day 7

Sunday today and I took the day off. I shouldn't have, but I did.

It's been a tough weekend. Working out is exactly what I should have done to help relieve some stress.

I guess rest is good so I won't beat myself up too much as long as I get back at it tomorrow. And I will.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dailies: Day 6

So I caught back up yesterday by doing double (ouch), and I managed to get them done today, too.

Geez if I keep this up it just might become a habit. ;-)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Twenty Children




No matter how many times I say that number, it doesn't seem to register how someone could take that many lives, especially not the lives of children. 

My heart aches for the parents who are suffering such a terrible grief.  It's absolutely unimaginable.

My God be with you all.

Dailies: Day 4

60 a Day for 30 Days - Day 4 (December 13, 2012)

I didn't do my daily 60!  I'm such a big fat loser, so today I am going to do double.  And I'm going to do some major power cleaning around my apartment as punishment for being a slacker.

There was no reason and no excuse other than sheer laziness on my part.  I was sore, but that's never a good enough excuse.  I was just lazy. Period.

One good thing; I weighed myself just now and I'm down to 178 in my birthday suit.  That works for me!  As long as I keep seeing those numbers go down, and as long as I stop being a lazy douche and do what I said I was going to do!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dailies: Day 3

60 a day for 30 days - Day 3 (December 12, 2012)

Yup, I did my 60, like a boss.

I also did some more concentrated and purposeful walking.  My legs hurt, but in a good way ;)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


You don't get a body like that sitting on your ass. Get up and move! :-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Daily 60: Day "2"

I did my 60. It was tough, and my arms are so sore I thought they would fall off, but they didn't, and I pushed through and did it.

Yay me. Tomorrow is gonna suck.

Dailies - Day 3

Technically, it's day 2.  I was so unbelievably sore yesterday that I skipped my dailies and licked my wounds instead.  But, no excuses, so I've added a day to my 30 which means my 30 will end Jan 11.  Eleven is my lucky number anyway.

I will do them today no matter how sore I still am, which ironically I am more sore today than I was yesterday.  You know you're way out of shape when you're so sore from doing that little bit of exercise that it hurts just to move -- two days later.  Ouch.

I have definitely been more out of shape in my life; like when I was over 215 pounds and drinking almost every day, but right now I feel like I'm more out of shape than I've ever been before.  I guess it's because back then I didn't care, and now I do.

I weighed myself this morning and I couldn't even believe it!  I ran out of my thyroid medication a few weeks ago, and went off my diet and had a little too much fun with family and friends over Thanksgiving, so I am definitely paying the price.  Between that and the fact that it's that time of the month for me, which always adds at least 5 pounds of bloat, I'm currently 185!  Double ouch.

Before Thankgiving I weighed in at 165.  Ideally, I would like to be 145.  Being 6' tall, that's a good weight for me.  So, nose to the grindstone!  Time to get the rest of this weight off and get back to work at getting stronger all over.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dailies: Day 1

Day 1 of 30 -

I did my daily 60. 

30 Crunches
20 Push Ups
10 Squats

And, what I learned from it?  Not only am I weak, but I'm out of shape.

Day 1 down.  Can't wait to see how much easier it is after 30.

Once In 28,000 Years

On December 21, 2012, the Earth will be in perfect alignment with the Sun and the center of the Milky Way.  This only happens once every 28,000 years.

Quite an intersting fact.  Whatever happens, I hope it fixes me and anyone else afflicted with a debilitating disease.

A Friend And Fellow GBS-er's Blog

A very informative and interesting blog.  Chocked full of information on the disease and it's side/after effects:

Guillain-Barre Syndrome for Dummies

Effort is Effort

60 A Day for 30 Days

30 crunches
20 push ups
10 squats

Starting today.

I know I haven't written anything in a while, and to those of you who are so loyal and caring and have emailed me, I apologize.  It does kind of get old always talking about it, and thinking about it, and feeling like my whole life revolves around my "disease", so I guess I just needed a bit of a hiatus to regroup and gather my thoughts about something other than GBS. 

I just decided that I need a new goal.  Like when I started this blog and I wanted to do so many steps in one year.  So, I figured there's nothing better than exercise, and daily exercise is even better.  I am keeping it light so as to keep it a goal that's achievable instead of overwhelming myself and subsequently failing.  I can do 30 crunches in a day.  I can do 20 push ups in a day. And, I can do 10 squats in a day.  They may not be the best squats, but I'll get as low as I can while holding on as little as I can. 

I am interested to see where I will be after 30 days.  30 days is nothing, really.  It goes by in a flash.  After this first 30 days, then I'll have to find something else to do for the next 30 days.

Never Give Up.