Posted: 8:34 am Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
Let me reintroduce myself to you. You know Ann Kelly who’s with you in the morning as you take a run to begin the day; as you enjoy breakfast at your desk because it’s going to be another busy day; and who loves to share her love of all things for foodies in Ann Kelly’s Kitchen. Oh, and then there’s a lot of road trips and fun in Ann-Ventures. But the Ann Kelly I want to tell you about is the one that was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus some years ago. Of course I looked it up the minute I heard the word Lupus. I looked up quite a few things over the years. Like what Anti-Phospholipid Antibody Syndrome is. It’s a blood clotting disorder that led to me leaving the studio on a stretcher after what turned out of be a TIA, or mini-stroke. That was quite actually a welcome warning shot that I needed to be on a blood thinner to avoid a full blown stroke. But for anyone who’s dealing with on the more than 100 forms of arthritis that includes lupus and the resulting complications is does change your life. It may be adding more medical specialists or medications, changing the way you do things on a daily basis. All that can add up to feeling a loss of control and who likes that? Not me.
So that leads me to things I can control starting with my diet and the way I exercise. One year ago I started to train for my very first 5K. That felt amazing! But thanks to a few more things that were out of my control I wasn’t able to continue the kind of workouts I had really enjoyed. And that led to a bit of a slip in the diet and adding pounds. I’ll be honest with you. It made me feel very out of control and I knew I needed to start taking much better care of myself. But I needed help with making the right decisions. I have shelves full of books on the best foods for an auto-immune disease like lupus, what I shouldn’t eat, a juicer for making my own healthy blends with fruits and vegetables…but putting it all together was like a jigsaw puzzle that was missing a few of the most important pieces. So now I’m finding those important pieces one by one.
The first is Charlotte Mapes, RD, LDN and the Wellness Dietitian for BayCare Fitness Center- Carillon. We’ve talked about what my goals are, and I know that I’m not looking for a new diet. I’m looking for a new way of life. So here we go! To start things off I’m tracking my food every day. Now that’s eye-opening. Charlotte wants to make sure I’m getting the right balance in my diet of protein, fats and carbs. And about the sugar. Wow, until I wrote it all down, who knew! But that’s what it’s all about. Doing it right and making changes that will be a permanent part of my life. So in the last three weeks I’m happy to say there are 5 pounds that are no longer with me! If you’d like to start working on your new life, just click here for more from BayCare. You see my “before” up top. I’ll keep working on the after.