We’re a quarter of way done with 2015… how am I doing with my word-of-the-year, Focus?
There’s been ups and downs. At work, I’ve been laser focused… and then the spring weather hit. The pollen and high temperatures are huge distractions. Thankfully we’re having a VERY random cool down… which is refreshing, even if it still is above average temperatures! The cool down has helped me get back on focus, and hopefully stay focused when the heat returns.
Right now I’m in the middle of trying to go without eggs or dairy – to see if I could be sensitive to either one. In my teens I was allergic to eggs if they weren’t baked into something else. I’m going insane over this, I had JUST come to terms with the idea of fermenting things beyond kombucha and milk kefir… and then I had to go and give up dairy. Yeah there’s vegetable starters out there, and I could do wild ferments – but the starters I’ve found could be cross contaminated with wheat, and I’m still too chicken for wild ferments.
And this is my better hand… Need lots of prayer that we can figure out a solution for my eczema. It clears up and then stress brings it back, and things that always cleared it up in the past – I now react to. My fingers on my right hand are stuck in a c-shape because they're so bad bending or straightening them is too painful. Not good when you need to type. And yes, I've tried coconut oil. It's the only thing I'm not reacting to now, but it's a horrible moisturizer. I'm waiting on our new insurance to get into the ND or my GP, but since I know stress brings it on… I'm not optimistic.
Why am I giving up the dairy and eggs? Well, crazy bad eczema. If you follow me on IG… you’ve seen how bad it got. We’re pretty sure the eczema is caused by stress – but we wanted to be extra sure that dairy and eggs weren’t contributing.
Thankfully, my grandparents sent a case of avocados from their ranch – a HUGE lifesaver. Avocados are my favorite food – especially now that I can’t have sushi – so it was most definitely the best care package ever.
So health wise, I guess you could say I’m staying focused on keeping in line with food stuff. It helps that we’re able to get meats and most foods at a huge discount thanks to Jeff’s new job 🙂 At the moment I started tracking food again to make sure I’m staying low carb and getting plenty of protein.
Since the weather is being nice, and because our fitness center is currently unavailable – I’ve been going on daily walks with friends. It’s much more motivating than a stuffy small room. Checking off my movement focus goal too 🙂 I’m thinking about investing in something like a fitbit to make sure I get in enough movement each day – but for now, that’s not a necessity.
Overall, I feel pretty positive about 2015 – there have been a lot of stressful and horrible days and weeks, but the positives outweigh them.
Including a surprise I have later this week – something that will hopefully change your life for the better, like it’s significantly helped mine.