It has been a while since I have written a post, so I do have some catching up to do and will try to be better about more regular posts. Life is something that just gets in the way sometimes and that seems to be happening to me right now. However, with that said I am 223 days without a flare as of today and I couldn’t be happier about. I don’t know exactly what is helping and what the real cause of my many flare-up free days are based on but I do know that I am feeling strong, energized, and capable of much more now than ever before. I’m taking advantage of this new found energy and trying some new things.
I participated in a 2 hour 84 Asana class that went through the Bikram poses but also added some sequence flows and advanced postures. It was incredibly fun and showed me how far I have come with my yoga practice. I enjoy the sequence and flow very much but really enjoy the power of balance in the Bikram postures. I also enjoy the stretching and concentration of the Bikram practice but adding a few sequence flows really gave it a pumped up energy that was good for the joints and the soul.
I have also signed up to ride in the Tour de Cure this year and although I have never been a bike rider and really I’m not very good on a bike I feel like I want to do this ride to help find a cure for diabetes. Honestly I would never get off a bike if they could find a cure for MCTD, cancer, diabetes and other autoimmune diseases but if we can make a connection somewhere then science might lend it to curing all kinds of diseases. I recently just learned about prednisone induced diabetes and I found myself feeling very frustrated because I have been taking this medication for 10 years and I didn’t know anything about it. In all fairness 10 years ago if someone told me about it I might have heard it but clearly didn’t process it. However, over the last 10 years I have become an amateur medical student for myself and this has never popped up for me and I come across a lot of information in a day, week, month and even year. I’m so surprised that I haven’t heard about this and now I wonder what it really means and how it is diagnosed. As you can imagine I have a new focus and now that I know this is possible I want all the information I can get on this subject.
I have been fortunate enough to not have diabetes enter my life but how much prednisone does it take to induce diabetes? I don’t know but I will find out. I am riding for a specific cause but I’m also riding for people, people I love, people that have diseases, people that have watched me struggle at times in my life but now get to see ride a bike for 50 miles. I won’t promise to be graceful but I do promise to finish. Part of the winter training is spinning inside and how I love spinning. Over the years I have been afraid to spin and ride a bike but today I’m much stronger than I have been in the past and ready to climb out of my comfort zone and find fun in life outside the gym.
I am still doing my Insanity Class 3 days a week and meeting with my trainer for weight training so the gym life is not over for me but being able to try new things is really liberating. I recognize my active life is not for everyone and my husband and I need something to do together so we have recently started taking golf lessons. This is a way for us to be together, I get to stay active, he gets to incorporate some activity and we get to support each other in a new area for both of us. Its times like this I’m as thankful for this new found energy as I don’t think I could keep up with myself otherwise.