Current Happenings

Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


Painful lessons

I swear I never learn.  I know the answers, I know the consequences and I still keep making poor choices.

My husband retired and we had a party.  (Well YEAH!)  This is not a problem.  I had a responsible amount of celebratory refreshments and healthy proportions of food on my plate.  My dinner plate that is.....

Given that he’s probably only going to retire once, I convinced my daughter to bake home-made cinnamon buns.  She is a genius in the kitchen and her cinnamon buns are scrumptious.  Since we’ve been on this healthy kick, we haven’t had them in years.  Literally a couple years.  So PARTY TIME = Once in a blue moon cinnamon buns.

And given this is an incredibly rare occasion, and they so absolutely amazing, didn’t I just pig right out and have a couple of them, not just one.  You really haven’t lived until you’ve experienced one of my daughter’s cinnamon buns hot out of the oven.  YUM!

Yeah, well, the next morning was NOT so yum.  Every single joint in my body ached, no muscle pain, just EVERY single joint.  It was exactly the way I felt 3+ years ago when I thought I had arthritis.  Was it the wheat?  Was it the sugar?  Either way it was a bad idea!!!  

When I stepped on the scale it was 6 pound difference from the day before.  My normal daily fluctuations are 2-3 pounds - not 6.  The body was clearly NOT happy.

I wish I could claim that we cut out wheat on the basis of knowledge.  We didn’t.  We cut carbs and the only way to do that is to cut out sugars and flours of all descriptions.  This massive re-introduction netted me a allergic type of inflammatory response in all my joints.  Sigh.  I knew this would happen.  Re-introducing allergens when you’ve been “clean” will often yield an exaggerated response compared to previous constant exposures.  And that is exactly what happened.  Sigh.

Chalk it up in the lesson department:  No more indulging.  It’s really not worth all the pain the next day.

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