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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stepping Stones To Wellness, an Update

Time sure does fly! At the end of May I made a post, Journey To Wellness. I had talked about the need for changes in various areas of my life, and said I'd post an here it is!

An update on my journey to health and wellness.

Brian and I have now been on our supplements for just over 4 weeks. The science behind these supplements is amazing, and the results of studies can be seen here- The Freiburg Study. Of course until we have blood work done, we can't say for sure what our results will be as far as cholesterol levels and other markers go, but what we HAVE noticed is something unexpected...We've both lost weight without making huge changes to our diet. Probably because we are getting the nutrients we need, we just aren't as hungry, so we're not snacking as much in the evening. This has aided in my attempt at intermittent not snacking in the evening, the length of time my body has to rest before I have my first meal of the day is extended. I sleep better, and wake up more refreshed. In 4 weeks Brian has lost 16 lbs, and I've lost 7 lbs!

Oral Lichen Planus
Two weeks after starting on the supplements, I had a check up with the doctor to check my Oral Lichen Planus. My mouth was a little uncomfortable, but not nearly as bad as it had been. I'd been applying Frankincense, Tea Tree, and Peppermint essential oils to soothe the irritated areas. It's still about the same, some days worse than others. The best way I can describe it is the feeling you have when you drink something too hot, and scald the inside of your mouth...not the initial pain, but the after effects. Then there are times when I get a sore on my tongue from it rubbing against one of my teeth. Unfortunately, I have a big of my talents is my ability to touch my tongue on the tip of my nose....ya, I know right? Lucky me! The doctor's only advice was to maybe have the offending tooth pulled!  So for now, I just live with it, and keep doing what I'm doing. I have an appointment with a specialist in November, so hopefully will know a little more then. 

Not a very clear picture, but you can see the white pattern, and some of the sores on the side of my tongue, as well as the swelling under my tongue.
Oral Lichen Planus

It may sound strange, but in a way, I'm thankful for this little 'thorn in my flesh'. For years I have just ignored my health, and joked that what I didn't know would eventually kill me! Ya, not really funny, but that was my attitude. Even after seeing a doctor and being told I had some health issues, I didn't take steps to correct least not anything that lasted. Now I have a constant reminder that my body will NOT be ignored...what better incentive to keep me on track!?

Some good news...I also had my blood pressure checked. She did it once, then asked me to sit and relax and she'd come and check it again because it was quite high. The second time, after much relaxation, and prayer, it was down to 114/78...and pronounced perfect! So, whether it's the supplements or just a case of white coat syndrome, I don't have to be concerned about my blood pressure.

Reducing stress is another thing I had listed.... but so far, I haven't found a way to do that, and I doubt I ever will! It seems there is no end to things that will cause stress in this life, so the key is to learn to not allow these situations and circumstances to have a negative effect. Easier said than done! hahaha Seriously though, the only way to do this is to look to God. I recently had an opportunity to put this into practice. I won't go into detail, because the situation isn't the important part...the important thing is that God is faithful. He brought to my remembrance something that had happened many years ago, and the verse that helped get us through it...

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Although I have leaned on the truth of this verse many times, I may have let the cares of this life keep me from fully trusting...something else that needs to change! I had mentioned in a post recently that I know there are many things in this life that we have no control over...the timing of the last breath we take being one of them.... but I also know that until that day comes, God expects me to be the best that I can be, both spiritually AND physically. 

As I was writing this post a song came to mind. Here's a portion of it.

Stepping Stones (you can listen here)

Sometimes our problems block the view, and we can't see which way to go.
But God always makes a way out through rocks and rubble on the road. 
Don't let them be a hindrance; let Jesus help you lift that load.
Just pick up those rocks and move them.
Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
If all we see are stumbling blocks in every trial that comes along,
then we're bound to trip and stumble, on something meant to make us strong.
Don't look for tribulation, when there's a blessing down the road.
Find the good that God is working.
Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
With each valley we come through wiser; with each trial we overcome,
we're laying down the stepping stones that lead to higher ground

This is merely another stepping stone along my that's meant to make me strong. 


Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful words in that song. Trusting God is often so much easier said than done.

Deborah said...

Thanks, Ruth! And yes, oh so true!

Danielle F said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! Now that you are on this journey to wellness, I am sure you will continue to find solutions to problems, and while there may be setbacks here and there, or days your body is just detoxifying itself, you'll continue to feel better and better. God bless you on your journey!

Deborah said...

Thanks Danielle! Glad you stopped by.

Michelle said...

I'm glad you're succeeding in your effort to become healthier. I've been working on that, too, so I was interested to read your update.