Hmm. I'm not sure- guessing I have to figure out how to SIZE photos because it's not really my intention when I post my pictures to have them 7 feet tall but -- whatevs. Y'all know that I am only now learning a lot of cool stuff my blog can do. I'm late to many parties....yea. But as you can see above today in Chicago at the end of March, right before my birthday, as usual (what? Oh my BIRTHDAY IS APRIL 2ND just like it's listed on my AMAZON.COM WISH LIST was that obvious?) - it's snowing. I have 2 shirts on, jeans, boots and a coat. SIGH.
But-- that's ok! Because I was just telling my fabulous PR friend and advisor Imal that - with this peek of Spring, (meaning earlier this week when it was 70 degrees) - I feel that the weather is a parallel to my LIFE and what's going on-- with me finally seeing the SUN, the light on this maddening hormonal balance problem(s) that has haunted my life for the past 4-5 years. I feel like every day I am thawing, coming out of a phase, a haze....I've been off the Pill a little over 2 weeks and I'm telling you, call me crazy (many do) but I feel and see my body changing already. Still having like withdrawal headaches-- but not MIGRAINES as I got when ON the Pill.
Is that you as you read my feedback about the pill- trust me, I would not exaggerate. I am just, I can't describe it y'all- I am so FULL OF CERTAINTY for the first time in years, TO KNOW that I am being taken care of and that my life is going to change dramatically. I thought I got up every day before - excited, grateful -- positive, I mean - able to be that way even when things in life kept beating me down -- I always have been able to have faith, and get back up again and keep going but this hormonal hell I've been in has been DRAINING both physically and emotionally. I feel in many ways that I put my life on hold during this time. NOT ANYMORE. So now I've got a little strut going on all the time....
So-- yesterday I thought of another example of how we need to QUESTION EVERYTHING and become our own advocate for our health-- because when I was in Phoenix with Whitney I had my left shoulder worked on, and I was telling her how this happened to me about 3 years ago. It would really hurt with overhead press and it got so bad that when I would go to put my seatbelt on in the car or put my coat on- IT WAS AN ISSUE.
I WENT TO PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR 3 MONTHS. Twice a week at $50 a pop after insurance. $400 a month for 3 months-- and NOTHING WAS BETTER. I remember saying to them, "um, when should I expect to see results or improvement??" she goes, "probably AT LEAST another 6 months maybe more" at which point I was all like:
Meaning I was getting the HECK OUTTA THERE. Then I went to my hot yoga class and asked to see Corey, the totally jacked bada&& hot yoga Zen guru -- they had a whole chiropractic/massage/sports conditioning side to the business and I thought he could help me- THANK HEAVENS I did that, with one look (that's all it took) Corey told me he could see I was all messed up and crooked and he could tell without me telling him which shoulder it was, and then he started to poke around on my arm and neck and he hit ONE SPOT on my neck I about dropped to the floor in pain-- MY NECK, people, NOT MY SHOULDER. He said it's my neck causing the shoulder pain and he asked if I slept on my side, with my arm up under the pillow, GUILTY AS CHARGED. I went to see him for 2 SESSIONS ON MY NECK-- TWO!!!! AND THAT SHOULDER PROBLEM SOLVED.
For that wasted $1500+ I gave to the physical therapy company- I could have gone shopping like a boss. COME ON!!! I would have started at Kohl's (please note, I became OBSESSED with Kohl's and their freaking amazing deals and very cool clothes and makeup and jewelry and lingerie and home goods early last year when my friend Laura took me there in Atlanta to buy a replacement suitcase. They are now a client, so I must disclose that "bias" although my bias was created well before they joined FitFluential-world.)
Here is what is funny about Kohl's- it's good funny. They have AMAZING prices. They have unreal selections of fitness brands although I first became obsessed with their Apt 9 line- because it's age appropriate for things like shorts in the summer (I am not trying to wear Daisy Dukes at age 45 y'all. come on!) and just jeans, because Levi's I have found are just different now.....but now they have Lauren Conrad, Jennifer Lopez and AWESOME MAKEUP. Oh and JUICY COUTURE. Yesterday I was totally using their 20% off Friends and Family coupon to get some sick shapewear (I am late to this party too in realizing how much good shapewear can change your outfit and you just FEEL better when you look more smooth and tucked all in and stuff, you feel me?) - and then, literally- I go to my mail and I had a $10 rewards card from Kohl's plus then my order confirmation came and I had $10 in Kohl's rewards again so my next purchase (LOL which will likely be Friday) I got $20 off already! COME ON!
Do you see what I mean about great fitness gear? So- killer selection and then discounts on all that, go get you some.
So- back to the shoulder thing. I am NOT saying that all doctors are bad, I am saying ASK QUESTIONS and if your gut tells you something is wrong or you aren't getting treated and instead are just being moved through 'the system'- ASK. Do research, find answers. It can change your life and save you money too most likely. ;-)
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A LONG-STANDING MEDICAL ISSUE AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CANNOT GET IT ADDRESSED? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. I'M HEARING FROM MORE AND MORE OF YOU THAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH SOME STUFF AND THERE ARE BETTER SOLUTIONS THAN ANTIBIOTICS AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS! tell me in the comments....
Here is my anti-depressant. New running shoes from Mizuno-- LOVE THIS COLOR Too. I've used their Wave Riders in the past and they work for me. I find that they have really solid support and yet they are COMFY. Some running shoes when you try them on they are sooo mushy, you feel comfy but yet, maybe your feet move around too much. NOT with Mizuno. I love all of their shoes. So many of our FitFluential ambassadors that run like Forrest Gump do too. SOOO READY for Spring to come back here because now I feel good my back pain is not here, I now UNDERSTAND how and why all my stretching and foam rolling and paying attention to my body is of utmost importance...this means I will not get sidelined by dumb injury again.
That is my theater of pain up there. My foam roller, the homemade thing for the front of my calves from Whitney, and my Trigger Point Therapy. Good times. Swearing included.
Gotta run ya'll-- please enjoy your latest ramble-on-a-thon from Aunt Kelly.
Now. Good evening, I am off to enjoy some down time. Because I am learning that the more I give myself a break- the more refreshed and productive I am at work. I don't need to feel like I have to work 24/7. Well, let's get real. I will feel like I SHOULD for a while...but as we hire, every day I get more able to let go a bit more, but a big part is just getting more efficient, more productive when I DO work and giving myself permission for balance and relaxation. All good.
SOOOOOO - hope y'all hit me up and SUBSCRIBE to the email/newsletter list that you've been telling me to do for like 3 years. I'm late to that party too. But if Aunt Kelly is gonna hook you up, you gotta be on that list. ;-)
DO YOU WORK OUT ON THE WEEKENDS OR TAKE THEM OFF? DO YOU STAY ON POINT WITH YOUR DIETS ON THE WEEKENDS, OR DO YOU LET YOURSELF EAT WHATEVER ON THE WEEKENDS? OR DO YOU DO A "CHEAT DAY" OR "CHEAT MEAL"? TELL ME EVERYTHING.
I just love OREOS. No other reason to post this. But- I like the original. Double stuff. And dipped in Creamy Deluxe white frosting in the jar. Don't judge me.
Disclosure: The shoes featured in this post by Mizuno were sent to me as part of a FitFluential campaign- Mizuno is our client, but all opinions are obviously my own.