Sunday, October 7, 2012

Antioxidants and Udo's Oil

Yes I am back. I know it's been awhile but hey, I changed my working hours, trying to train for a half marathon, home schooling and trying to at least keep the laundry done. Fogeddaboudit.

I wanted to blog about something that I found to be a little bit interesting about myself. I have been plagued by bursitis in my hips for the last couple of months from running. I am a research oriented type person so I looked up all sorts of remedies and whatnot. 

Some tell you to ice some tell you let the inflammation do it's thing so you heal faster. Some tell you to use NSAIDS others say steer clear. Make an appointment with your doc and he says, "I don't know what you are asking me." (that's why they get paid the big bucks). Stretching and strengthening exercises. Supplements, pre-run and recovery regimens. They can't put anything on the internet that's not true right-WHATEVER. What do you do?

I tried everything nothing seemed to help. I finally started on a regimen of Udo's oil (omega oil preparation) and tart cherry juice (potent antioxidant). I really didn't think it was helping until I ran a 10k race with NO PAIN, and shaved 7 minutes off my 10k PR.  I then promptly forgot about it, ran out of cherry juice, stopped taking the oil (the oil is really hard to swallow)  and the pain is back in both hips now. I started back on the oil and juice today and hoping it isn't all in my head but something that actually helps. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

24 Pounds Lost That Don't Want To Be Found

 I lost 24 pounds  following the Dukan Diet. I have been at a standstill for two months now but have not been following the diet either. I haven't gained any weight though. I am running and exercising 5-6 days a week too. I also agreed to do a half marathon in January. A whole marathon has always been a goal for me so if I can complete a half marathon then I can do a whole one. The Boston or New York Marathon would be something I could reach for.

I have never been much for running but now that I am older and have gotten the hang of it I really love it. The shoes were the clincher. Just kidding but that helped. You have to have good shoes and fitted properly for the way that you run. The freedom that I feel when I run and the way that it raises my heart rate is really gratifying. Plus every week I can run farther and faster.

I still feel as though I need to lose at least 8 more pounds to get rid of the pudgy middle and I read that the lighter you are the faster you are at running. It has been hard but I am trying to think of food as fuel not as something to comfort me or for pleasure. Still every evening I am munching on something that I know I shouldn't. I do have a hard time going to bed without eating something I just don't need to pig out.

There are so many opinions about sports nutrition out there it's very confusing. I have read stuff that people swear by. Recovery supplements has been an obsession for me lately. Recovery meals are supposed to cut down on soreness after a workout. So far not any tricks that I have come across have worked, so I have decided they are all full of s**t. Although if I hydrate and eat a banana and some nuts I don't tend to feel like I am starving two hours after a long run or hard workout.

Gotta run.....

Monday, February 27, 2012

The AD/HD Medication Holiday Experiment

Okay so we tried the child off of his AD/HD medication for the last three days. General physician consensus does not recommend doing this. My child forgot to take his when I had to work on Friday and the babysitter was all impressed about how happy he was all day and playing and having fun. By Sunday night my husband was saying he doesn't need to be off his meds he has been out of control all day. I had to agree because all the cupboard doors were left open in the kitchen, a rolling chair was in front of one (you get the picture) and all of the soda and drink boxes were gone.

We took the medication today, he has been able to concentrate and has been fairly quiet but slightly irritable. As we speak both children are at the table doing math-quietly. My sister doesn't give her child his AD/HD medications when he is not in school (weekends, holidays, summer time). She says she just ignores his behavior because he can't help it. She only has him at home no other children so I can see that as being okay. My kid chases the cats around, turns furniture upside down, interrupts, eats continuously and takes way too many risks. I agree he can't help his behavior but am I doing him any favors by letting him be out of control?

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Guilt Trips

Of course the only time (in a long time) I turn on the Today Show they have a so-called expert who knocks medicating your AD/HD child. Saying it's (as always) the parent's fault that the child cannot sit still, concentrate, not genetics. I get really tired of seeing stuff like this on the television. No one who doesn't know first hand is or has a child with AD/HD can tell me that they know more about it than I do, period.

AD/HD runs in my family. It has to be genetic or why else would so many of my family members be living with the diagnosis? My child cannot remember simple instructions like go and let the dog out. He'll stop and say, "What was I supposed to do?" Just this morning he has already (just now) gotten side tracked by something he was supposed to do for me. 

Why do you medicate your child with powerful stimulant drugs if you are homeschooling? I have seen this question on forums, in books, on blogs, and many other places. Plain and simple I wasted a whole year trying to teach a child who was out of control, could not sit down to do his work, was easily irritated, and could often be violent toward us and our pets. When I started medicating him with the lowest dose possible for his size his concentration was better and the meltdowns were fewer. For his and our safety and for him to succeed we went this route. He now loves to do math and sits down and finishes a whole lesson. What took us the entire day to do now takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half tops. He can memorize violin music and we found that he is a great little performer.

A note about the diet: I have lost 8 pounds on the Dukan diet. It's not easy but it's the first diet I have been on where I am not hungry and I don't have to count calories just eat what is on the list and exercise. I haven't been able to lose the extra weight I gained since I was 40 not matter what I tried. 12 more pounds to go.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homeschooling and the AD/HD Child

I know there are thousands of people who are taking their children's education seriously and making the decision to teach their children at home. Hoping to teach them how to think outside of the box. I am one of those parents. We took the leap when my youngest went to kindergarten and my son who was in third grade had a (what I term as) a nervous reaction to the MCT test. I was tired of sending them to strangers every day and not knowing what was going on and being the way I am, fearing the worst.

I was not entirely wrong. I hear reports from acquaintances about 10 years olds trading their cell phones for bb guns on the bus. This coming from an area that is supposed to be safe and the school district excellent. Incidences like these either not reported or reported and swept under the rug. I just want my kids to grow up the way they should not the way someone says they should. Public education is a right but not always necessary for a growing number of families throughout North America.

Now being in charge of my children's education is not easy especially when one is AD/HD. I knew something was not right but I had no clue the he was AD/HD. I continuously had to teach him what he was supposed to have learned during the day at school. He brought homework assignments home each night but didn't have a clue what he was supposed to do. We knew he was intelligent that was a given--but why was he not getting what was being taught? He was also extremely forgetful and disorganized.

 The first day of grade three he didn't eat because he misplaced his lunch money and was too afraid to talk to the teacher. Imagine how it feels to be a mom and know that you are sending your child to fend for himself every day. I sent an email to the teacher and she never answered it. A week later I sent a note and she said she never used her email. Communication at it's finest. I do not knock the teachers they have a big job and don't get compensated for what they do (just like firefighters, EMTs,nurses, police). I just decided that was not the way I wanted to raise my children. All of my child's teachers always marveled at how well behaved he was.

Behavior wise my AD/HD was super polite and well behaved in school. We got the worst when he was at home. He would either get off the bus smiling and happy, sullen and quiet, or fighting mad. He has moderate social anxiety and rarely speaks outside the home. He has my introverted personality. In this world of extroverts, introverts really have a steep slope to climb. It always hurt me that my child never got invited to other children's birthdays. It never bothered him because he hated all of the anxiety that came with having to mingle with other kids and strangers.

Diet Update: I have lost 6 pounds on the Dukan diet this month and at least two inches. My jeans are too big. 14 pounds to go!

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year New Me (or Old Me)

I embarked on an effort to improve my weight and my physical fitness January 2nd. I started a fad diet (I know fad diets don't work) however I have never actually been on a diet before. All the times I have lost weight I just cleaned up my eating habits and exercised more. Now that I am over 40 (at least what I think is the problem) my weight won't budge no matter what I try. I injured myself at a martial arts class and consequently had to take a month off from any exercise including walking. I went back to running after a month, but the pain from the injury came back so I had to stop exercising again. I have been pain free for a month now and have joined the gym where I can use the commercial grade ellipticals, treadmill and weights. I have also shed 5 pounds and at least an inch (my jeans are too big).

I have 15 more pounds to go. The diet is called the "Dukan Diet". It's a three stage diet and it seems to be working so far. It's easy for me to follow although a little monotonous in the second stage but you only follow the second stage until you lose to your true weight. There is a website that you can go to that will help you find a realistic and true weight, and how long you will need to follow the stages ( A friend and I are following the diet together and that helps a lot. The diet is a low carb, low fat, high protein diet.

We are going to Disney World in April. I want to be at my goal before then. I think I should be able to do it. I am happy to say that I look forward to going to the gym everyday. I even went after work yesterday (that is a big feat if you ask me especially after a twelve-and-a-half hour shift). Wish me luck I will be posting my progress and am going blog more about living with and homeschooling an AD/HD child.