February 6, 2013 by Rex
February, 5 2013, 05:11 PM
So I want to change the blog and move the health stuff over to another blog. Why. Well, the things I'm VERY interested in right now are not Frugal, they don't really involve farming or the family.
So “thehealthobsessedhomesteader” is born. Now… I have the daunting task of moving everything over from the one blog to the other.
And right now I AM obsessed with fitness and health. I really don't have much interest in farming, right now, as I can't really DO anything outside. There's just too much snow on the ground. So I finally decided, since this winter is SO crappy this year. Why not do what I've wanted to do the last two years. Work on my body, health and strength. I've threatened to do it before. But I've always gotten distracted. But last year was kinda the cracking point for me.
I feel I did very little in the veggie bed area and hence we did not get as many veggies as we have gotten in the past. I don't feel I did as much work around the homestead and so we really had a bad time with seedlings, plants and getting fruits and veggies for ourselves.
Also, I did not lose the weight during the summer as I had the previous summer on a similar diet. I then proceeded to put on 10 lbs in two weeks over Christmas.
By mid summer it was hard to even walk or stand for long periods of time. I started needing reading glasses. i pulled my left bi-cep in July lifting a big screen Sony TV onto the truck bed from a yard sale.
I FINALLY went to Michael (my doctor) to find out what was going on. I thought it was because I wasn't fully recovering from the umbilical hernia surgery I had in the middle of January, and that certainly contributed and even could have sent the body down the road it took, in trying to compensate for the lack of strength in the stomach area.
But to find out I had SEVIER: Pelvic Tilt, Pariformus and Iliobital Band Syndromes just kinda got to me. When your 45 and want to feel 32, and your doctor is telling you he'd sign the handicap form for me to get a placard for the car. Well, there's just something that don't quite sit right for me.
I don't know if I was fighting through some depression in there also or not. Maybe a little. But I was dang busy with so many things. I'm not sure I really had TIME to be depressed. But the more I think back on it right now. I didn't have much energy. Sex drive was low. But also, Deb (my wife) just had Jake (our fourth kiddo) so I tried to shut myself off so as not to pressure her.
And I have to admit, during the Fair, my center of body was hurting. It was hard to walk around. I would have to stop for a moment out in the parking lot, and do some bend over leg stretches to make the legs feel better.
I had started to do the stretches I had found on the Internet and they were helping. But, I wasn't finding time to lift. I put a LOT of time and energy from about September through to the second week in December in fixing up the inside of the house. Then I wasn't really doing the stretches much because where I was working on the house was putting together our gym and library areas. So it was a little messy in there to lift or even stretch.
But I wasn't putting much time into my body. I would stretch some mornings when things got really bad. But there were days when we'd be going shopping or something and my legs would begin to go numb! I could do a little stretching and get some feeling back.
I remember one of the REALLY bad incidents happened at the CO-OP. I had met this girl, who worked there, and we were talking about weight loss and she showed me some stuff and then Deb, the girl and I kept talking. We talked for a pretty good amount of time and my legs were starting to go numb standing there on that concrete floor. At one point in the bulk aisle, I had to actually rest up against the spice counter because I really couldn't feel my legs very much. I was later able to stretch and get feeling back. But that just SUCKED!!!
Deb and I's juicing experience was interesting and writing about it and getting comments back was helpful in getting through it. Well, as far through it as I could.
Even after the juicing though I enjoyed writing things going through my head. At the same time I started REALLY working out and being at least a LITTLE serious about it. Then I found the old photo of me after I had lost all that weight and done some silly nothing weight lifting at Eagle. I always liked that picture of me. I never realized how much until I saw it and saw the new picture of me that we took for the before juicing. JESUS CHRIST!!!
There's only 6 years between photos. But I look like I've aged 20!!! I look like SHIT. That was just a revelation for me. The lights had come on and I had to come out from hiding. I don't WANT to look like this right now. I'm too damn young to be looking like this.
So when I started working out and Googleing for good looking fitness pictures as motivation. What I wanted and what I wanted to surround myself around.
Then I even started doing some research on things I could be taking to help facilitate the road I want to get on and help me toward my goal(s).
Plus, I finally got the massage done to me. And I just want to write about the different things that are going on and what I find and what I learn. So it's out there for people to read. To help others who are thinking similar thoughts as me. That want to try different things and find out what works and what doesn't. It give encouragement to others, and hopefully, to get encouragement FROM others as well.
This winter BLOWS. And the things to do around here are very limited. This is the PERFECT time to work hard on my body and even put a little money towards improving it. Because in the long run it will save us TONS of money in fruits, vegetables and will get this sad rehab house we bought up and looking great for years our enjoyment.
Because, come growing season and when it's time to get outside and start working hard, I want to have the stamina, energy and strength to do it and keep doing it!
So read, comment and we'll help each other along. 🙂