|jumping photos are way more fun with great backdrops
[photo reminds me of how good it felt to be active
(China Flats Trail Oak Park, CA 2014)]
After a good long hall in the OT travel realm...packing and unpacking in short time frames, my Kitty getting older and needing more TLC (yes she was my travel companion all throughout), long commutes for me and the BF, and most importantly, my goal of gaining ample experience in the field of OT was achieved... I decided it was time for me to settle down in the Bay Area.
Since January, I've been working at the local non-profit hospital, continuing to practice Occupational Therapy, also known as my passion in life. I get to wake up and do what I love most (on the daily), helping guide others through their barriers to reach their goals that affect their ability to participate in their most meaningful day to day activities. Life is the best when what you do for a living is what you love and when you love what you do, it is not work :).
|kayaking 26 miles down the Sacramento River
from Corning, CA
...damn were my arms tired and it was my first time,
EVER! #gorgeous (May 2014, Chico, CA)
But I started to feel the weight of long hours....10...12...13...computer work, barely holding my head up, neck and shoulder pains, living off many cups of coffee, headaches, fatigue....it wasn't my job tearing me apart, it was my body falling apart and feeling just fatigued all the time! What was going on? Weight gain over 15 pounds in 3 months, could not catch up on the zzz's, NEVER could get myself to workout because I needed a nap or I felt too heavy to deal with it.
A recent goal of mine (when I started this blog journey) was regaining my health back so I can get back to several of my dreams for my profession. I had been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis back in 2002 and with ups and downs of being on the right combination of medications, vitamins, B12 shots, change in diet and reducing stress to a minimum, I did have my UC under control and remained in remission for quite some time ( maybe only a handful of flares in 13 years?) ...however, the last few months of traveling and moving from traveler to permanent employee have not been the best on my health, including fatigue/very very low energy, headaches, lack of sleep, poor diet due to the low energy to prepare meals...the cycle of exhaustion just got worse and worse and worse and I felt paralyzed. I was not able to make it to the gym, let alone through a full workout on my own at the gym in this condition...
So I decided to sign up for an On Demand type workout with programs to work out on my own time and I set a goal for myself to just move to the best of my ability. It was appealing to me because I could do it in the privacy of my own home, on my own time and feel my own frustrations come out without others telling me how to feel or what to do to "make it right"
... I also added a nutritional supplements beverage to my meal routine daily, to get my body's insides to match the body's outside (I especially had a hard time getting the right balance of nutrients my body needs) as what goes in, typically gets depleted of from the immunosuppressant medications I take to maintain a state of remission from UC (where you tend to have malabsorption difficulty with the disease so your body does not really receive the vitamins, and minerals you put in, it just passes through, even if you are feeling healthy).
|My mentor, my coach, my dear friend Dee(to the left)!
We're allowing our wings to let us soar, with no boundaries,
no obstacles, just determination and motivation steering the flight
Now, since regaining my energy, I have done a few things in the past few months towards shooting for my dreams (still a work in progress, but what is isn't???)...these include:
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*lifestyle management and redesign to achieve mental, emotional, cognitive, physical capacity to increase access to your most meaningful occupations of life
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