I find myself in a stagnant phase - things are really good mind you, but I still have a long ways to go to get my overall health back. TSW and the gene mutation have not just affected my skin - my entire body has been drastically and negatively affected. I can feel certain parts here and there getting better. Sometimes though our bodies need a boost or a re-booting to kick things into a better state of healing. And I feel that I need to do a complete overhaul on my body! I am not doing any radical thing like water fasting (there is no way my body is ready for that drastic of a cleanse). Nor do I plan to try any snake oil (haha). Instead I just need to get a grip on a few things keeping me stagnant.
#1 I need to stop any and all processed foods! EVERY SINGLE BIT! I did this once about 5 years ago and it really did wonders for my then declining health. Because we have been eating clean about 70-80% of the time, this will not give me the same boost it did 5 years ago, but it will help a lot!
#2 Get my butt moving! I have been slacking on the exercise for no reason other than I have been busy with so many things! I also get tired 1 week of each month around my monthly. It has depressed me each and every month. I know my hormones still have a lot of healing to do, but seriously I can't move for that entire week. That then leads me to do a whole bunch of stuff the next few weeks and by the 3rd week I start throwing in some exercise but then my monthly comes around again. BAD cycle the past 2 months. I was exercising up to 3-4 times per week then I dropped down to 1-2 times a week and now its a few times every other week or so. I need to make it a habit like eating! :)
#3 Get my supplements fine tuned. I will be seeing my ND in 2 days and I plan on consulting with a holistic practitioner that had previously done me a world of good. Between these 2 consults I hope to fine tune things so that I don't have any over or under methylation issues any further.
#4 Get more fresh air! I had been a hermit for most of last year! It is time to get outdoors each and every day! I was up at 6 am and worked on my garden this morning (before the bugs came out!). There is much to be said about getting on one's hands and knees and playing in the dirt!
#5 The biggest one of all: Get closer to God. I miss my daily quiet time with the Lord. When I was in the bad parts of TSW I couldn't process anything I read, including my Bible. I sent up the flare prayers but did not have in depth prayer time - and now that I have become so much better - I have been thanking God but still not spending time with Him like I should And that needs to change!
So off I go on my re-booting. I have no specific start date - I will be making another road trip this week or next so I will be making up meal plans and going over a few things with the family first. I'll post some updates along the way!
As for my skin - stagnant. Dry on my hands wrists and ankles and my neck is still healing from the 2 day flare. It started healing rapidly that one day then it just stopped. No other flares, just dry irritated and sometimes itchy skin in a few areas. My hands look and feel good, but are dry and cracked in a few places. Ankles still have those never-healing sores to contend with. They had started to heal a few months back but then stopped and now they remain the same...no better but thankfully no worse. A few sores on my forearms remain but don't bother me. I also have a dry patch return on my chin. Other than that my skin is nice and smooth and clear.
Went to the acupuncturist today - went well - didn't itch all the rest of the day. But then again I really don't itch much at all these days. On a scale from 0-10 with 10 being the worst itching ever, I stay at around a 2. Some days like today are a 1 while on occasion I have a day with a 3 or 4. But I can't complain because the itching never keeps me from sleeping at all. I don't wake up in the mornings itchy at all. I have a few times throughout the day when I feel the need to scratch here and there. I have not had any bone deep itching in I don't know how long! It feels awesome to be at this point - all I have to do is go back in my blog to remind me how bad things were. So no complaints whatsoever - just giving an update! :)