2015 edition of BikeMS

I know I’ve been neglecting my blog and I apologize. I will say, in my defense, I have been training for this day for the last couple of months. What day is this, you might ask? It’s BikeMS weekend in Oregon, and today was ride day! Last year was my first year riding BikeMS, and I was not able to finish the whole ride, calling the SAG wagon about 3 miles after the Buena Vista Ferry crossing. This year, I had been training 2-3 times a week in Spin Class (Les Mils RPM interval classes are my favorite-shout out to Erin, my amazing instructor), and my goal was to go further than I did last year.  Continue reading

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Started off very slow

I began the new year on Solu-Medrol for a relapse in my MS, and big plans… Those plans have taken a while to be put into action. I had begun 2014 with plans on taking back my life; my life I had before the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in October. I wanted to lose the weight I had started to gain back. I wanted back into the gym. I wanted my damn motivation back!!!!!

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Walk MS and Bike MS

I have put a page up above that talks about the Walk MS and Bike MS fundraisers that I am registered for. My family and friends will be doing the 5k walk in April in Portland. And come August, I will be getting on 2 wheels and riding anywhere from 33-100 miles on my trusty bike. I highly doubt that I’ll be anywhere near 100, but it still looks cool in the paragraph! 😀 So take a look, donate some money and I’ll be super happy!  https://droppinghalf.wordpress.com/walk-msbike-ms/

Thanks everyone!!!!

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Moving along!

Today I met with my Neurologist, Dr. Egan, to go over my MS diagnosis. I was able to see my MRI images, which were kind of cool, in a sick and twisted sort of way. 🙂  So here are the pictures of the images that were on the screen, hence why they look bad. But you can see a bunch of white spots, nothing that was glowing, showing an active lesion. But I am in remission right now so that explains it.

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This is the spot that is messing with my vision. I’ve been told this will not cause blindness but double vision.

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Motivation comes from the challenge

This week I’ve been spending time at the doctor due to the right side of my body being numb (think pins and needles, or Novocaine effects). I had this happen around Labor day and it took about 2 weeks to go away which sucked. I am numb from top of my head to toe. What was worse was that I was seeing double on the left. Um, not okay! So my Doc ordered a MRI of my brain to rule out MS, Stroke, TIA, brain lesion, etc. We are really hoping it’s just a pinched nerve. I missed a couple of my anxiety meds, which can cause the double vision, so getting better about taking at the same time at night has helped that symptom! So Wednesday I’ll be having a brain MRI to check. But I am praying it’s just a nerve that’s really pissed off.

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Motivation has returned!

After having some “low” weeks with a knee injury, gaining weight, and not wanting to track, I am finally back! Back to the gym that it! 😀 Last week I made it to the gym a couple of times, hit the Dojo and trained. I moderated the jump and spin kicks, but did great with some fun combos. It felt great to be back and sweating! Best yet, when I went to WW on Friday, I was down .6 lb. It’s amazing to me how FAST you can gain 4 lb and take FOREVER to lose it!!! Oy! So I am still up 3.8 from my lowest, but I really hope being back full-time to working out this week puts a nice dent into that number.

But while I have been recovering with the knee, we have had some fun family stuff. My awesome Mama turned 60, so we had a big celebration dinner for her. Here are some new pictures! Lots of fun!

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Summer in full swing!

Summer is NOT my favorite season by any stretch of the imagination. Sure I enjoy the long days, the *warm* not hot evenings, but I really hate the heat and the fact that school is out until after Labor Day. Last summer I planned on going to the gym and eventually summer “got in the way” and I didn’t go. This year I said the same thing, but even as summer has gotten in the way, I’ve kept my commitment to hit the gym and keep going. I have the “My 24” app on my iPhone and it is quite cool that it lets me see when I’ve been to the gym. I can say I’ve been there the last 7 days, training hard. Woot! I’d show a screen cap, but their website is down. But…. Continue reading

Black Belt Test

On June 18 and 20, 2013, I embarked on a test that was nearly two years in the making. I was invited by my instructor, Angel, to test for my black belt in Taekwondo (TKD). I knew about the test about 6 weeks ahead, which enabled me to train much harder and focus my time in the areas that I was lacking in. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would be at 24 hr fitness  doing cardio for about 45 minutes and then I would work on my Poomsae (forms) in the Group X room for about another 45 minutes. Eventually I added doing the same on Tuesday and Thursdays as well as the usual TKD training we’d do in class. On June 17th I did a light cardio workout and ran through my Poomsae, and realized I was indeed ready. I wasn’t nervous, I knew what I needed to do, I practiced, I visualized the self-defense moves, and how I’d spar. I was good to go. Bring it on!

On Tuesday at 5:30 PM, I show up to Black Eagle ready to go. Below is the agenda for the two-day test, each day was about 2 hours.

Agenda for the 2 day test

Agenda for the 2 day test

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Black Belt test here I come!

Today I was given the date for my Black Belt Test for Taekwondo! I am so excited to reach this point! I have been training almost 2 years and it’s an honor to be recognized that I am ready to do this test. This test is a test of mental toughness, skill, training, instincts, and conditioning. It’s going to be a two day test, and last two hours each day. So I have five and a half weeks until day one! As of today, I am down 60.6 lbs. I’d like to be down another ten before I test. I am ready!

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My instructor Angel and myself after earning my Brown Belt earlier this year.

Wish me luck! I am going to need it (and a lot of water and energy)!!!
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