As survivor of multiple auto-immune diagnoses I have learned that one of my best weapons against symptoms is to DE-STRESS. I have found that Stress exacerbates symptoms more than anything and my first line of defense against stress is SWEAT!!! I wrote about this a little in an older blog post “ Sweat Nirvana, Pansy Budgets, and other Non -necessities.”
Diet and exercise can be a precarious topic because there are so many different programs to follow for either one. This is why I don’t follow any -partly due to a rebellious streak I have, and also because I have an aversion to COMMITMENT. Ask Dr. McHottie… I had one foot out the door for the first…probably 12 years. It’s a good thing he’s the Greg to my Dharma. Back to the health-I’ve personally found that when it comes to exercise, cardio is the only thing that has been effective at staving off the stress. It’s because of the sustained sweat factor and the endorphins that are released the MOMENT you break a sweat. I’ve found that I need to keep up a sustained elevated heart rate for 34-42 minutes in order to achieve what I call Sweat Nirvana. Sometimes this means I do Cardio for an hour, because it takes a while to get my heart rate into “sweat pouring” zone.THAT IS my Science.The sweat pour. I know. It’s not very official or professional sounding, but if I can keep the sweat pour for 34-42 minutes, it takes out the stress. This is my anxiety medication right now. But I also do weights and kettle bell exercises after cardio to build metabolism revving muscle!
NOW In the spirit of transparency, I had COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST TODAY. Don’t follow me if you want someone who stays completely sugar sober and practices what she preaches 100% of the time. Leave me now. I am an ACTUAL HUMAN, so if you need one of those million dollar abs and 0 g of sugar ladies, I’m not your girl. The cookie mix I use is actually semi-healthy by cookie standards (King Arthur’s Gluten Free),and if you’ve ever tried this mix- you KNOW. “They put an addictive chemical in them that makes you crave them fortnightly …” (To steal a quote from my favorite 90’s movie). And apparently the craving is also morningly. The grams of sugar per serving are actually lower than most cookie mixes, so I’ll call this BALANCE 😋 Sugar negotiations are a strength of mine.
And if we’re honest- the “bar” that most of us have for breakfast is basically dessert. Do you see me rationalizing this before your eyes? I know- I’m so good at sugar justification. This is me eating a cookie for breakfast while at a photo shoot this morning. So don’t anybody tell me that models do not eat.
Here is an excerpt from one of my older blog posts.
“Sweat Nirvana, Pansy’s budgets and other non-necessities.” :
Something magical happens when sweat starts pouring. It’s like a sort of nirvana. Smells like saving money! I can not count the number of issues that I have solved over the phone with my bff while on the spin bike. Sure, she has to do most of the talking at times, but she just saved me 150$ an hour on Therapy. We have a LOT of things to take care of in Bike Therapy. We have teenagers in our HOMES. She’s also saved me money that would have otherwise been compensating launderers and cleaners because you can breeze through chores when immersed in dissecting Maroon 5 lyrics. Levine is DEEP, man. And I specifically remember the exact day I told my husband that we needed to choose between a Y membership and a Wellbutrin Prescription . Not in the budget? Budget is a Pansy word. I HATE the word budget. The notion of a budget is right up there with sorting toys and daily showers. #unnecessary. I understand budgeting is useful and ultimately keeps us out of jail. But don’t try to put me in a box! Or spending categories! Ok we can just take from the grocery budget. We need SANITY more than food right now. And my kids will kiss me on my FACE if I give them 3$ Velveeta shells and cheese tonight instead of the stuffed peppers I was planning. Considering the cost of organic peppers and ingredients therein, I’m looking at a 78$ savings, EASY. Win Win.
End game : money is going to be spent. It is either the Y membership, where I sweat out resentment while getting validated via cell phone… or a Wellbutrin prescription. Take your pick!!! $300 a month for the Wellbutrin, (because I don’t care what you say, the generic is NOT the same), or $45 a month for the Y. There have definitely been some very puke-inducing, closet floor-laying, “what the f@#$*?!!!” – screaming intervals of time when I was both going to the Y and taking Wellbutrin.I like to call that juncture : “Endorphins & Bliss in the midst of a total sh%&*tstorm.”