The Importance of Blood Work

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog, boundaries, brain health, drug-free, Gluten-Free, Graduate School, happiness, Mood Disorder, Nutrition, Paleo, post-partum, progesterone, supplement, Uncategorized | 3 comments

As with all of my blog posts, it is my hope that I can help someone out there by sharing a story from my own journey. Sterling just turned 17-months old, and I am currently working part-time on this company.  I spent his first 5 months of life exclusively with him.  In the spring, I went back to my internship and my final semester of Graduate School at UT-Austin, and graduated in December.  The effort to complete my master’s degree, resume CrossFit training, and balance the baby and family duties was quite taxing to say the least.  This is an excerpt from my journal shortly after graduating. “12/6/13 Finally finished grad school.  I feel like my adrenals have been on over-drive pumping my veins with adrenaline to keep up with everything.  I want to collapse and do NOTHING for at least 3 days…. I am taking a [CrossFit] break to give my [parasympathetic nervous system] a chance to recharge my body.  I finally crossed the finish line and need to collapse and shudder all the excess away. .. Thanksgiving took a lot out of me. … I want to : yoga, meditate, get a massage, watch a movie, sleep uninterrupted, dance, laugh, take a hike, sit, NOTHING.” After a month of family time, I started LCR Wellness.  I thought my short “break” was enough to recharge my body, and I was ready to press on.  (Come on, moms.  We all know that taking time off to be with the baby is hardly a break.)  By March, I was exhausted.  None of my old nutrition or supplement tricks worked.  My energy and motivation had dwindled to a slowing trickle.  All I wanted to do was sleep.  My outlook on most things became quite negative, and I started experiencing intrusive thoughts.  I was well beyond the time frame for post-partum depression, though I presented with similar symptoms.  After all I have been though in two combat deployments and my time in the Army, I felt ashamed.  Here I was, an emerging Wellness Coach, yet I felt that I my own health needed help.  This was not something I could suck up and endure. One evening, we ended up in the ER as my hands started to tingle and go numb.  The ER doctor recommended I go on anti-depressants based on my symptoms.  It saddens me to think of how many women have been in a similar circumstance and decided to take the advice of doctors such as this.  How unfortunate that our societal norm is for professionals with over a decade of medical training to hand out pharmaceuticals without hesitation.  Seriously, this needs to stop.  Instead of popping a pill, I knew my...

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Choice and Boundaries

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog, boundaries, choice, happiness, Wellness coaching | 2 comments

This area has taken me years of work, and I know I still have some work to do.  When it comes to your health and overall life satisfaction, the ability to set and maintain boundaries is very important.  I’m not talking about being lazy and not contributing to the team.  Quite the contrary.  I understand that sometimes work and life circumstances call on us to do things that we would rather not do.  Trust me, I’ve been there.  With 11 years in the military, I completely get the value of Selfless Service.  As the mother of a 13-month old, I totally understand when “duty calls”.  And, I’m not talking about standing up to your college professor and saying, “I’m just not feeling this project.”  Yes, we all have responsibilities and commitments to uphold.  Buckle down and get ’em done. What I’m talking about today is the CHOICE to set your own personal boundaries.  I was conditioned in my youth to respect my elders, and I always had a strong sense of duty.  If anyone I deemed an authority figure told me to do something, I would do my best to do it on time and do it well.  While the thrill of the “atta girl” was pretty rewarding, my biggest motivation was to not get reprimanded.  I loathed getting in trouble.  It gave me a sour pit in my stomach.  Perhaps that’s why I kind of liked the Army.  During peacetime, if you do the work, and keep your head out of trouble, you’re good to go.  I am very appreciative of some excellent life skills I learned in the Army, but setting and maintaining boundaries came after I took off the uniform. There were times in my life that I had to simply say, ENOUGH!  I would over-commit myself and try to be everything to everyone.  Instead of doing a great job at a few tasks, I would do a mediocre job at several tasks, and I was burnt out and spinning.  I finally learned how to put limits on my availability after Sterling was born.  With the baby as my priority, I could not pull a full-time job, keep the house and family running, finish grad school, regularly train at the gym, and keep some semblance of friendships going.  This was when I really learned to set limits. What I did was look at the realistic timeline of each of my days and figure out what needed to happen.  After considering childcare options, I could plan out what needed to be done sans bebe and what Sterling could do with me.  Then, I’d fill in the holes with work, school, projects, and of course, some time for...

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