Thursday, 27 February 2014

Injured and still get to WorkOut Safely!

"The difference between the Impossible and the Possible lies in a person's Determination." - Tommy Lasorda


My Knee. 

Hello! 

This post have been inspired by me nursing a mild injured knee a couple of weeks ago. I do both yoga and weight training. As my Doctor told me, all knee injuries require rest first. I took some time off to rest, recover and regroup. But by staying off my leg, keeping it elevated and iced, as the Doctor ordered, was just depressing. I felt like I was losing fitness by not training.

When injured you can't perform at 100%, you are limited but at least still get to workout. Having integrated my yoga practice into my weight training schedule to accommodate my recovery needs from training, which helps in keeping the balance. I had to modify not just my yoga poses but also my lower body training.

Exercises can be modified in order to rebuild strength endurance and balance, but if there is pain back off. You don't want another injury or risk the injury of reoccurring.

With yoga it's important to know which poses engages your knees and using props (pillow, rolled up towel, blocks, etc). I used a rolled up towel, for example with Child's pose; Instead of sitting with closed knees, I opened my knees and bend forward and if there was sign of any pain in my knee by doing this,  I used the rolled up towel under my thighs to maximize the distance between my buttocks and heels and still got the benefits from the pose. Cat-Cow pose; Also by wearing my knee brace as it has a donut shape in the front and that way my patella didn't touch the ground. Hero's pose; I sat on a rolled up towel, because this pose can be intense for the knee. With Standing poses, like Warrior I, II. I made sure my knee was aligned with my ankles and also didn't go to deep into the pose.

I could still do Squats and Lunges, only at 45 degree angles, by not going past 90 degrees and not causing any stress to my knee. I did straight leg deadlift without additional weight, because additional stress on the joints cause additional pain to the knee.

Knowing the degree of your injury and listening to your Doctor and taking the time to rest can make a whole lot of difference when you start training with an injury. It takes creativity to train through injury and still protect the injured leg or whatever body part until it heals.

Having had a knee injury before where I was off my leg for a longer period of time, and this happening again in a milder form, just made me take greater care in making sure I minimize the risk of the injury reoccurring. My leg is back to 100% and I can exercise as before.

Always warm up before any exercise and cool down. Follow each work out with some easy stretches. Listen to your body and make sure you keep proper form.

Remember to breath, Relax and have Fun!

Stay Healthy!

Ciao.

Monday, 3 February 2014

BEyouTIFUL!

Hello,


To have beauty is to have only that. But to have goodness is to be Beautiful.


Never compare yourself on the inside with someone else's outside. 

Live under your own definition of beautiful instead of someone else's and see the beauty that you are.

Be your own kind 

of 

BEyouTIFUL!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Photo Shoot with Daniel

Hello! 

The body is a canvas, decorate it which ever way you choose.



"My Body Is My Journal, And My Tattoos Are My Story!" - Johnny Depp

+Daniel Moscak would agree with that as his body has become his journal too. Daniel came around for a photo shoot a couple of days ago, and as always it was loads of fun. 

Here are some of the pictures.
Me against the world

Misfit for life
"Tattoos are like stories, they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful." - Pamela Anderson
Expect No Mercy
This is Daniel ;-)

This is when things were still semi normal

This is when things got a bit crazy ;-)
This was a great session and lots of laughter. Thanks Daniel it was fun always.

Ciao

Thursday, 30 January 2014

DIY: FO Revamp Knitted Cardigan

Hello, Finish Object!



This cardigan now weighs a couple of grams more than when I started with the revamp. ;-)


The back part of the cardigan.


With the roll-neck I just knitted ribbing (k1, p1) and embroidered down the front.


The front bottom.


I'm going to get my Sencor Lint remover and remove the fuzz balls off the cardigan and it will be good as new. ;-) 
I love how it turned out. A whole new cardigan. 

Love it! 

Ciao.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

DIY: Revamp Knitted Cardigan, Part 2

Hello, it continues.


The cardigan is 32 inches when laying flat and from the gauge swatch I knitted, I got 5 stitches per inch and cast on 160 stitches. 


I've started knitting the bottom (k1, p1) ribbing and after that was stitched onto the cardigan, I started with the embroidery. 

The embroidery does take awhile to do. 


The pockets I left out as I was not to sure what I would do.


I started the embroidery on the pockets and this was the out come. 


Forgot to change the setting on my camera, so the colour looks a tat bit yellow.  Any-oh-hoo, the pocket openings got embroidered. 


So, what to do with the roll-neck? Not too sure. Lets get started. 

Can't wait to see what would look like when it's all done.

:-) 





Monday, 13 January 2014

DIY: Revamp Knitted Cardigan. Part 1

Hello, it's another DIY.  


I've had this cardigan for a couple of years now, but I haven't worn it much in the past year. I loved wearing it under a leather jacket or any jacket, when the weather was a bit cool and it would seem like I was just wearing a roll-neck knitted sweater.

I've been looking for ways to pep-up this cardigan, but didn't find any that I would like until I was inspired by @knittedbliss.com  She did a tutorial about Upcycled Cardi Challenge on her blog. 

Here is the cardigan that I'm Revamping.


It does look like it needs a revamp. Doesn't it? It has a zipper front and pockets on each side.


I knitted a gauge swatch (k1, p1) and got 4 stitches per inch, the needles I'm using is 6mm and the wool is left over from a beanie I've knitted.



Already giving it a different look.

I started with the sleeves and like how it turn out. Yes, the embroidery does take long to do. So Now it's on to the rest of the cardigan.  Can't wait to see what it's going to look like when it's done and I can wear it again. :-)

So excited! ;-)

Monday, 6 January 2014

The Buzz about the bzzzz - New Look and Hair Loss

Wow! All the excitement with my new look. I didn't know this would course such a buzz ;-). Thank you for all the compliments.

If you know me, you would know that this is not me following some trend.  I see this as progress, Yes Progress!  What most of you don't know is that I've had hair loss / hair thinning for more than a decade.

It all started with a wrongful diagnosis and very strong medication. I stopped the meds of course and my hair grew back. Years later my hair started thinning, I also have an iron deficiency, the Doctor prescribed iron tablets. I've been to a Dermatologist for a scalp check, I've had rounds of blood work done, Thyroid checked for an imbalance, Hormone checked for imbalance, the list is long with all the checks I have had. I started hair treatments that the Doctor prescribed and after the treatment the hair loss would be worst than before I started.

Round about the same time as my hair started falling out, I started having stomach problems, and the Doctor prescribed anti-acids for my Acid Reflux. If I wasn't going to the Doctor for my hair, I was going to them for my stomach.  But through it all, I could still laugh, make jokes and go on with my life.

When I came to Germany there was some improvement, which was a relief. I was still taking my iron tablets until I got told by the Doctor not too. Reason being, my iron is low but not at a low that I need iron tablets. Through the years my hair loss became worse and stomach problems became more severe. I went back to a Dermatologist, got prescribed a treatment which yet again didn't work.

It wasn't until the end of 2009, after my father passed away with colon cancer that I had my first buzz cut ever. I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and what little hair was there had to go, I shaved all of it. It was scary but at the same time it felt great. It also made me look at myself differently and made me get down to the root of my hair loss and stomach problems. At the end of 2010 I ended up in hospital, my Doctor labelled my stomach problem as, chronic. I had a Helicobacter Pylori test done, just to name one, which came back negative. All the test done came back negative.

I was always conscious of what I ate and having a healthy diet. After visiting the Doctor for a full blood test, and me asking the Doctor loads of questions, we ended up chatting about my hair loss and he suggested I have a HCL (Hydrochloric Acid) test done. Now I'm sure I've had this test done before, but one cannot be to sure and a second one wouldn't hurt. Which I did and with this test I found out my stomach acids are low and I always thought it was high. My body also wasn't absorbing much nutrients due to the digestive problems. He also told me caffeine can reduce nutrient absorption. I was at that time drinking loads of coffee, tea and smoking more than usual. Now it's not just caffeine, but also medication, alcohol, etc. We talked about my caffeine intake because I have an iron deficiency and iron is one nutrient thats particularly affected by caffeine. After the recommended or prescribed meds, I did a whole 360 with my diet. I stopped drinking coffee, tea with caffeine, so I drink more of the good ol' Rooibos tea (got to support the homeland), now and then I will have a cup of green tea (Green tea does have caffeine in it), I stopped smoking and cut a few things out of my diet and added loads more. Since I've been eating more organic my stomach haven't acted up and I have seen a drastic change in my overall health.

With my hair growing and new hairs were growing in, and dealing with different length of hair was stressing in itself. I spoke to a friend and said I was thinking of buzz cutting again, remembering my last buzz cut and the shock, I decided to cut it shorter first and then taking the rest off later.

Damn it! It felt good! There is something about shaving your head. It's freeing and it's like you shaving away all that crap that have been weighing you down. Washing my head now takes less than 3 minutes. Just easy peasy.

If you have hair loss or hair thinning, I recommend that you talk to a Doctor. This is just a short version of what I have been through with hair loss and where I am with my hair now.  Its important to ask your Doctor questions, regarding the issues or problems relating to your health. If your not happy, go have a second opinion.

We are living in a world of instant gratification, everything has to happen now. Patience is a virtue, hair don't grow overnight. If you are lacking or have a deficiency your head or hair is the last place where the nutrients will go to.

Remember, what works for me might not work for you.

Be safe and stay healthy.