Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 11 - Take Time To Read

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 11 for my EPMC 2018 Wellness Passport is to read a book of your choice (preferably a wellness topic).

I chose to re-read a book that inspired me. I have been having a very stressful time in late February, all of March and and the beginning of April as I have been house hunting for a rental place (a chore here in Estes Park.) as well as some other things.

I was boxing up books and saw this book and thought - you know it inspired me when I first read it, I need to reread it and use it for my wellness program book review.

The book is Spiritual Gangsta; the search for truth  by Bailey Chase.



Bailey is an actor. He has starred in many things from Saving Grace to 24:Legacy to Longmire. I have been fortunate to meet him in person at LONGMIRE DAYS in 2016 and 2017.


The thing about the picture above - I was almost 190# in this picture from 2016. I was very unhealthy. In 2017, when he talked about his book I figured I'd buy it just because it was Bailey, not realizing it would help me want to start a serious change in my life.

He wrote the book as a part memoir of his life and part self-help book.

He talks about things that happened in his life from growing up to school to his acting career but he also talks about finding Meditation, Yoga and other things that help him stay in the moment.

Reading this the first time inspired me to get off my rump and do Yoga. Rereading it this time - I took so much more from it that I obviously was not paying attention to the first time or just wasn't in a place to comprehend the first time.

What I mainly took in this time was to control how we react to things. I am a redhead with a hot temper and a lot of passion and righteous indignation.

He talks about witness consciousness - there is no judgement just acceptance and awareness. He talks of getting out of that reactive mode of emotions and think first to see clearly and speak with your true self and not your emotions. Turn off entitlement and expectation. You are not owed anything in this life. Take ownership for one's self.

This is something I have struggled with all my life - my emotions. It's part of the reason I have had such rough relationships and health issues. Reading this a second time really helped me to see what I need to work on and step out of my ever present emotions.

It struck home the need to pay attention to my feelings, be responsible to myself, hesitation changes everything, accept who I am and play the hand dealt me, love myself, be interested in others and let go of my ego.

The first step to wellness is the right mind-set; thoughts and emotions can help or hinder us on our journey. I look forward to practicing meditation, visualization, yoga, having a clear mind, and an open heart. I look forward to changing and working on my perspectives and seeing how this helps my wellness journey this year.  In doing so, I inspire to be a Spiritual Gangsta.


Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 6
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 9
Wellness Program – Challenge 10
Wellness Program – Challenge 12
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Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 15
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 18
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities


Saturday, March 3, 2018

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 8 Destress and Connect with Yourself

So - I am a bit behind on keeping up with my fitness. I am not happy with my progress, but I am still working on it.

Here was my February Measurements:


February I was down an inch on waist and hips, but two pounds higher in weight.

March - I am very disappointed in myself.

Weight: 178
Waist 37"
Hips 43"
Chest 40"
Thighs still 22"
Arms still 13"

I lost chest, gained 6# and did not come out as good as I thought.

I did challenge 8 in my Wellness Program book - I went to a public Yoga class - I learned a lot more from that then the videos I have watched and taught myself from. It was nice to see all body types too.


So February was not a good month but I am thinking March will be better and I am working on things - this was my motto for March:

SO I am going to try not to be too hard on myself and work better.

Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 6
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 9
Wellness Program – Challenge 10
Wellness Program – Challenge 12
Wellness Program – Challenge 13
Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 15
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 18
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month

The month of February 2018, I am participating in the Facebook group NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month. (very image heavy)

See group here


In January I really wasn't sure I would be able to get anything done, but I pleased to say I signed up and have completed my model.

I won this set of Earth Pigments and my model from a drawing in the Group! I was very excited! I hardly ever win anything model horse related and this was so very exciting for me!!
 

I also decided to do a second model just to do it. I wanted to try my sculpting skills. Here is a before and after of my sculpting - I am still struggling with my sculpting ability. 

 
 
  

Then it was onto Primering. Very hard to do in cold weather but I managed.


It was posted in the group to take a selfie with you and your model - Here is me with mine and then the full collage of participants with theirs. 



There was a sad moment where everyone was posting pictures of their pets with them and their models. I don't have a pet right now to post pictures with and was reminiscing. I shared an old picture of Gabby with a model I was working on in 2006 or so. 



I did a painting day on a day off from work. I also did a video - it can be seen on my facebook page here.

  
  

Then I spent yesterday and today and I completed my Official model and my secondary model. 

Official Model: with real horse I used as partial reference. 


Secondary Model: with real horse I used as partial reference. 








Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Wellness Program: Challenge 2 - Where do you Stand?

Challenge 2 was to obtain a wellness assessment from the Medical Clinic and get your scores.

I needed to have a blood test 24 hours prior to the assessment. I did that yesterday, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. I did it fasting because I wanted to see results without food in my system.

Today was my assessment. These were my results.



One of the first things was blood pressure - yeah that went way up because I wasn't at home and I was sitting in the doctor's office.

Second was 1 3 minute stair-step test - OK 3 minutes is a heck of a long time when doing stair steps to a metronome. This definitely showed me where I need to work on things.

Third was a stretch test. I am very limber for a short, fat girl.

Fourth was a grip strength test. I managed to pop all my fingers while doing this.

So the overall scores:

This is my blood test scores
Cholesterol - 156  (desirable is under 200)
HDL Cholesterol - 50 (desirable is under 40) - I am a little high here.
Triglycerides - 143 (desirable is under 150) - this needs work to be lower
Chol/Hdl ratio - 3  (desirable is under 4)
Calculated LDL - 77 (optimal is under 100)
VLDL Cholesterol - 29 (optimal is under 30) - want to push this number lower
Glucose - 5.2% (normal under 5.7%) - this is what they base diabetes scoring on.

This is my wellness assessment scoring
Resting Heart Rate  - 83 out of 110 (this was in the yellow range - ok but not great)
Step Test Heart Rate -  159 out of 171 (this was in the red zone and a definite need to work on area)
Flexibility Test - 40 out of 50!!!!! YEAH!! Gymnastics and Yoga and years of horseback riding flexible
Hand Grip Test - 65.6 lbs out of 100  - this is higher of the yellow range and almost into green
Total Physical Score - 7 out of 16 - Mid yellow range

Blood Pressure - high today
BMI in the yellow but close to the green side
Body Fat - yellow range but close to red side
My BMI and Body Fat are in the obese range. 

Composite Wellness Score -  66.5 out of 100
For someone my age and gender I should be at 67.7 so I am not horribly off but I would like to improve - lose weight and get myself in better shape.

This was really an eye opener and a motivation piece. I am going to so stair step exercises definitely. And work on walking, hiking, running, yoga, and so much more. I am keeping daily track of my exercise and the ultimate goal is 60-70 minutes per day.

Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 6
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 9
Wellness Program – Challenge 10
Wellness Program – Challenge 12
Wellness Program – Challenge 13
Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 15
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 18
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018 Wellness Program

The hospital I work at does an annual Wellness Program. I joined this year's program to try to continue the weight loss that started after my surgery in September 2017. This is a blog on how I started my journey.

This is a before shot of me in 2017. This was taken in August.

    

I am really embarrassed by these images but to do this journey right I need to post them. 

After my hysterectomy on September 5, where I had a Softball size tumor removed along with my uterus, I lost 12 pounds and 4 inches. I was at a 42" waist and dropped to a 38" waist. 


    

After that weight loss, I have stayed at this plateau. So, I decided that 2018 was the year of change.

I took my measures January 1 and began a folder in my Facebook of my journey.

  

Then it was announced at work that they would be putting on a Wellness Program. There is a "Passport Book" that you have to get stamped/signed off on for each event in the book. 

I started mine on January 5 and I will turn it in on December 13, 2018. 


 

As I complete each stage - I am going to post it on my blog as a way of keeping myself accountable and to share my journey. Challenge 2 is to get a Wellness check - I will post my results when I get that done next week. 

Here is to a healthier 2018!!! 

Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 6
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 9
Wellness Program – Challenge 10
Wellness Program – Challenge 12
Wellness Program – Challenge 13
Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 15
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 18
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities