Mobility and Fitness
You can't have one without the other. Mobility is absolutely crucial for long-term success. Whether it's stretching, foam rolling, deep tissue massage, strengthening stabilizing muscles, overcoming imbalances or building strength through a full range of motion, I cannot stress enough the importance of mobility in your daily routine.
Injury prevention while helping you move better is advantageous to your overall health and will help build more muscle over time.
I don't find mobility particularly fun either, so I dedicate at least one session a week where I head to the gym for a full-body mobility session without touching any weights. I find mobility the first thing to go when I'm busy so I dedicate an entire gym session to it. Yoga or group mobility classes are also great options if you are unsure where to start or find it difficult to get motivated.
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You know the straw that broke the camels back? I just got given that piece of straw.... I've been cramming so hard for my last exam tomorrow, but accepted that I'm failing it, I was even at peace with it, but now I've realized I read the test time wrong, so instead of just missing a part of the biggest snake show of the year tomorrow, I'm missing it all, and I know it doesn't sound like a big deal but this is the last one, the laws are changing and we won't be able to do them anymore... I have to go fail an exam AND miss something I committed to ages ago... and I can't fucking sleep. I'm so tired of this crap, I'm so tired of everything being a fight. I'm failing this subject because my stupid body is too useless and I've missed too much class, im having to write it tomorrow cuz I was in hospital during the first exam opportunity, and I'm missing seeing a friend I haven't seen in years because of it. I hate my life. I'm tired of this.... #chronicillness#chronicpain#invisivleillness#crohnsdisease#depression#sad#insomnia#tired#breakdown#spoonie
To all of those who make fun of my diet. This is why.
To all of those thinking I’m fine. I’m not.
This finally ends 8 hours of constant pain, animal noises of crying and throwing up, shaking, freezing and burning up all at the same time. What you see is what happens to me when I say I’m sick. What you see is a cold cloth, a heating pad, 3 blankets and me clutching to those comfort items. What you don’t see is me rolling around as tears come down my face because the pain won’t stop, or there’s nothing to throw up. I don’t want to have to watch what I eat, but then again... this feeling.... might kill me one day.
To dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free eating... any support or food advice 🖤 #fuckdayslikethese#crohnsdisease
Barnes & Noble (Tempe Marketplace). Tempe, AZ
For being what's considered the pinnacle of bookstores, @barnesandnoble has consistently had some of the worst bathrooms I've ever used. This place is littered with toilet paper. Everything is scummy and moldy and horrible.
Feng shui: 2/10
First off, it is very hot in here. The lighting is poor, graffiti is on the toilet and the dispenser, the toilet paper dispenser is held together with masking tape. The stall gaps are HUGE! Everything is horrible.
Likelihood of being murdered: 5/10
There is a line of people waiting to use the two available stalls. If the heat doesn't kill me, they will. #crohns#crohnsdisease#ibd#ibdlife#colitis#crohnsprobs#crohnsproblems#poop#toilet#ibdorknownasinflammatoryboweldisease
Nordstrom Rack (Tempe Marketplace). Tempe, AZ
It is shockingly clean in here, especially during the middle of Black Friday. It smells nice, too.
Feng shui: 6/10
It's very simple in here, but nice. The first song they were playing was nice, but now it's just Christmas music.
Likelihood of being murdered: 1/10
Nordstrom Rack sells mostly women's clothes, so when I had to pick which bathroom to use, I was guessing that the men's room would be barely used. I guessed correctly. #crohns#crohnsdisease#ibd#ibdlife#colitis#crohnsprobs#crohnsproblems#poop#toilet#ibdorknownasinflammatoryboweldisease
As I mentioned in the previous post, our intestines are influenced by our nervous system, in fact, our CNS determines digestive function. 💠Deep horizontal lines across the forehead indicates an overactive nervous system and poor intestinal health. <>
💠It may specifically indicate leaky gut, #SIBO , or a bacterial #imbalance . This will result in #acne in this area of the face as excess toxins are being pushed out to the skin due to the weakend state of the intestines. I have been focusing on getting my gut health back in order by #parasite cleansing as well as repopulating with probiotics.🐛🐜 My acne is no longer concentrated on my forehead!
💠 #Stress , #work , and physical activity are the #sympathetic nervous system which is #yang in nature (hot). Therefore, ensure #balance with Yin(cooling) activities like #rest , #relaxation , play and #sleep 😴
Other causes of problems within the small intestines include poor food choices (particularly foods that feed #pathogens like refined sugar and carbs 🐛) any form of #stress , #alcohol 🍷 consumption, and lack of time spent in #Nature . 🌿🍁 #Nourish this area by eating prebiotic and probiotic foods like raw cacao, colorful #veggies , and #sauerkraut . chew more thoroughly, eat only when relaxed, taking #probiotics and #digestive#enzymes with meals. bone broth, #collagen and #glutamine#heal the small intestine, practicing #yoga also activates the #parasympathetic#Yin state.
** Crohnie post **
As it's rest day & I'm cuddled up with this soppy dog again (pic was taken seconds before she slobbered on me btw 😂), I thought I'd share a bit about my Crohn's journey so far...
So... I was diagnosed in 2002 & by the time I got diagnosed, I was so ill that I ended up having emergency surgery (resection) 3 months later & then spent years on a combo of pred, budesonide, infliximab, aza, 6mp, pentasa & a hideously random concoction of supplements - just because I was so desperate for something to work. Sadly none of it did & the only thing that kept me sort of ok was liquid diets... but they turned me into a miserable cow! 😕😂
I spent years on & off liquid diets - sometimes being ok-ish for months at a time, then flaring again. Same old cycle over & over. I struggled massively with chronic fatigue, pain & weight loss. At my worst, I dropped below 7 stone... not a good look when you're 5ft 9in!! .
Eventually I had one of those 'enough is enough' moments after being told I needed to wait 18 months for an op to fix a stricture at the site of the previous surgery & I had to stay on liquid diets until I had the op... 18 months with no food?! Wtf?! 🤤
I decided I had to do something productive to help myself & preserve my sanity, so I started studying Nutritional Therapy. Throughout the studies I made massive changes to my diet, refined the supplements I was taking (saved myself a fortune in the process btw 👌) & by the time the surgery came round, I was a different person! I'd managed to get myself so healthy that I was back at work after 5 weeks... it should have been a 12 week recovery! 💪
Since then I've gained 2.5 stone in a healthy way, got rid of the fatigue, managed to stay med free & liquid diet free for 4 years & now I'm on a mission to see how good I can actually feel. 😀
The 12 week programme I'm doing atm is going to end with a fitness photo shoot - something I never thought I'd have the ability or confidence to do! I can't wait to see what I can achieve & share the before & after pics with you!! 🤗 I'm also on a mission to help my fellow Crohnies so if you want more info on what I've done, just drop me a message. Big love! ❤
so today i have had possibly one of the worst days of my life. not only have i been in constant pain and never off the toilet i have also been sick everywhere. i am NEVER sick. so when i was this morning it was quite alarming. i just feel awful and so exhausted. i am so sick of this stupid disease ruining my life, thank god i have my family & my little pooch to help me through it all 💜#thebeautyinibd#crohnsandcolitisuk#crohnsandcolitis#crohnsdisease#crohns#ibdwarrior
If you know me, you know that the concept of me “spinning” is somewhat ridiculous. As you sit there snickering, about to scroll away, please take a second and consider donating. This Saturday, I’ll be spinning for a cure for Crohns and Colitis and since it’s already Black Friday and you’re spending crazy amounts of cash, might as well throw some to a great cause right?
Please! Make my sweating to the oldies worth it! (Link in profile)
It’s been a while since I posted and that’s because I seriously haven’t been well.. I haven’t been eating properly, I haven’t been sleeping properly and I’ve been in a TON of pain and feeling nauseas etc 😩 Every single day has been super difficult.. but I’ve tried my very best to push through it! I’m very very lucky to have such amazing and supportive people around me. Last week, me & my wonderful boyfriend @williamjaketaylor went to see the fireworks and the Christmas lights turn on in our local town with our 2 best friends @housetargaryenn ☺️ we had an amazing time and something that means the world to me is that everyone kept asking me if I was ok, if I was in pain and if I needed to sit down etc. It’s so nice to have such amazing support! I literally cannot thank everyone enough for being so kind and understanding to me, it really means the absolute world!! 😘
You know why Nike came up with the slogan just do it? Because that swish works! Stop thinking, stop talking, about it and #JUSTDOIT It’s the only way to find out what your capable of.
They said I couldn’t, so I said watch me. The only thing I’ve got differently then you, is stamps in my passport of life from accepting the journey. Your passport awaits beautiful. So pack you bags and say goodbye to talking about it and hello to going for it! #justmove
My very first weights at around age 9 ---- were shampoo bottles!!!! 😁
Coming from a huge family (4 sisters & 2 brothers)...no way would I have asked my parents to buy some free weights. Times were tough... so shampoo bottles (then 2x4's, yard work, helping build our house with dad, tons of physical labor---all shaped my passion for fitness)!
Working out, dancing to my mom's old Richard Simmons videos... was the saving grace to being EXTREMELY ILL as a kid. Finally diagnosed at 17 with Crohns Disease. Shoved on tons of meds which sucked... and subsequently took myself off them (my choice). Decided to self treat with Native American herbs, strength train, eat clean...etc. Went from about 85 lbs in the hospital as a teen to a healthy 125lb young woman. From there successfully made it a mission and way of life to dedicate my life to researching natural methods and experimenting until I find what works. So far so good. Have been in remission for over 14 years!!! And then...
In July of 2017, was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Again had no significant progress with the meds so between my own research and the counsel of a fantastic Naturopath, am working my tail off to succeed at remission. On the right path, just takes an enormous amount of dedication.
Even on bad days, I force myself to MOVE. Using mental willpower to do something, even if just a walk.
So my advice, whether it be shampoo bottles, or a quick dance to your favorite song (yep, dance like you mean it, I do)!!!!.... The answer sometimes is right in front of your face. Just open your eyes to see it. 🌞🌟💜 #homegymlife#crohnsdisease#crohns#lymedisease#lyme#fitness#fitnessanywhere#health#healthylifestyle
It’s so great not being sick. I ran non-stop, twice the distance of my last run (18 months ago!) I “ran” until I needed to stop. Then I turned around and walked slowly until I just about recovered and then ran back faster.
If I go one house further and recover a little quicker each run, that’s a good enough win for me!
Feeling poop once again with ulcers all over my throat and another lot of antibiotics despite having no tonsils 😭 but on a positive note happy 10 months to roma the Stoma and I can’t believe I’ve made it to 900 followers! Eeeek🎉
Nothing settles my stomach when it is acting up like #kombucha does 🙌🏻 after yesterday it is much needed!
Plus, Christmas decorations are starting to come out ❤️🎄When do you start decorating for the holidays?!