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10 weeks of training down!

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This is my 10th week working with my trainer! If you’ve read a little about my recovery you know that my training has been a major factor in beating POTs syndrome.

I am currently at 2 days a week for 10 weeks with my amazing trainer and new friend Marisol (you can read about her here) kicking my ass into high gear. Her motto in most of our training sessions is “I can, I will” and “come on! push, you can do anything for 15 seconds”, crazy when you hear it but then realize she’s totally right! Even if I can only do something for 15 seconds, its 15 seconds longer then doing nothing!

Here are a few of my current workouts. I usually have an hour training session.

Sprint Runs .25 of a mile. (My current pace 2 mins)

Planks (Hold until failure) I am currently at 2 mins.

Front lunge with 6 pound ball.(as many as possible in 1 minute). (repeat 2 more times).

Dumbell lifts. (as many as possible in 1 minute). (repeat 2 more times).

Sit ups with ball. (as many as possible in 1 minute). (repeat 2 more times).

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Birthday Vegan Cupcakes! Yay!

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Just had my first birthday being gluten and dairy free! I was so worried about what the heck I would have instead of the typical birthday cake! Lucky for me, my family has been super supportive of my recent lifestyle change and found a vegan and gluten free bakery that would make vegan cupcakes! I mean, how amazing is that! and really, how tasty can they possibly be anyways….

Surprisingly, they were absolutely delicious! Very pleasantly surprised. It was so special for my mom and sister to go out of their way and find these little cups of love! I thought I would share this great find! If you happen to be in LA make sure to stop in a try the cupcakes! 

Keep in mind you need to order in advance! They had a 2 week wait list for a birthday cake! 

 Karma Baker
1145 Lindero Cyn Rd 
Suite D3
Westlake Village, CA 91362 
 (747) 222-7379

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Fitness

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I am finally getting around to post one of the most important factors in my recovery from POTs, my fitness routine.

During the first month of POTs (before diagnosis) I went from being in a wheelchair, barley able to stand; upon standing my blood pressure would drop at least 35 points leaving me faint and blacking out. I went through this until I was put on medication to help raise my blood pressure. I then started slowly walking, my husband would go with me everyday. In the beginning, I would barely make it a block. I pushed through every single day and slowly made it to where I am today. 

I am currently training about 4-5 days a week, two of those days with my trainer. Marisol with Marisol Fitness.  It has been a long hard road.  

Before my crash and being diagnosed with POTs syndrome, I was and extremely active person. I ran my first marathon in 2010 after never being a true runner. I worked with trainers, IMG_3650nutritionists, mentors and other professional athletes until I become one myself. I was so passionate about being active and healthy. I couldn’t ever imagine getting to the scary point I did with my health and POTs.

Currently, recovering from POTs syndrome, I finally found a trainer who can push me to a certain extent and is so passionate about helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Marisol understands my personal struggles and still pushes me above what I thought I was able to do. Throughout my training sessions with Marisol, I have become stronger, leaner and finally working off the excess flab of not being able to work out for a year! As you can imagine, being an athlete prior to POTs it was devastating to not be able to workout. Since starting my workouts I find myself being less stressed, anxiety is lower and I have been able to start sleeping through the night. 

I wanted to remind my friends and the POTs community not to forget that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Get up everyday, shower, get mentally prepared to push yourself to get better. Using a bike and slowly working your way up can make all the difference in the world. Don’t give up. Be a fighter and find a trainer who gets it.  Working out with a trainer or buddy helps you overcome the fears of being able to workout on your own. 

I hope you enjoy some of my workout routines and feel inspired start moving!

My current workout schedule:

Monday- Morning run 1-2 Miles (just to get moving) 6PM-7PM Training with Marisol-(Strength weight training). Exercises will be posted soon. 

Tuesday- Morning on Treadmill for 45 mins or a gym workout with my husband. 

Wednesday- 6PM-7PM Training with Marisol-(Strength weight training). Exercises will be posted soon. 

Thursday- Usually take the day off. 

Friday- Morning run and AB workout. 

Saturday- Easy beach hike with my Hubby or the day off. (Nothing to crazy).

Sunday- Light morning jog and some leg work.

I can, I will. 

 

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Cucina Enoteca

 

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Italian, how the heck do you go out for Italian (my favorite) when your living gluten and dairy free! I thought it would be terribly hard. I was pleasantly surprised and excited when our server Chris told me he could make it happen. He went out of his way to check with the kitchen on what they could do and came back with some very delicious ideas. Although I thought I would be able to eat everything he was proposing I stuck with these two delicious dishes! 

We started with the delicious Beet Salad. It is served with a yogurt balsamic dressing, and they were able to just give us the balsamic. It was to die for! It tasted just as amazing as it looked. 

Short Rib Pappardelle with GF Pasta and No Cheese.  AMAZING. Seriously it was so hearty and delicious I couldn’t stop eating it! ShortRib

For my dessert, I opted for a glass of wine. (I like to drink my calories on date nights, hehe). 

I highly recommend Cucina Enoteca! Yummy! Make reservations because it is a very busy place! 

Cucina Enoteca 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

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Essential Oils

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During my process of healing and trying to figure out what would get me well, I asked one of my friends about essential oils. During a casual conversation we chatted about the benefits, different types of oils and what each oil may help with. (BTW I was a non-believer before I actually used them). A few long weeks later, I came to terms with the fact that my stress levels were so high, it was the cause of many sleepless nights. I reached out to my friend and she dropped off a few samples. After maybe 4 days or so, I couldn’t believe it but they were working! I am now pretty excited about using them daily and have become a little superstitious! (As my symptoms haven’t been as strong and I believe they are keeping my UTI’s away!).

I have developed a daily routine and would recommend it for anyone looking to try something natural. 

I started with the start up kit, which is how you receive the best bang for your buck. I have tried tons of different oils but below you will find my daily go-to routine! (Of course, sometimes I incorporate more then this. However, this seems to be my daily routine at the moment). 

Morning-with my vitamins I take Oregano oil, 2 drops. (I feel this has helped keep my colds away and help keep UTI’s away). 

In my water I add-Grapefruit oil (2 drops) with lemon oil (2 drops). Measure in about 1 liter of water.

At night I diffuse- Stress Away (2 drops)

After brushing my teeth at night- Thieves (2 drops). If I feel and cold developing or have come in contact with someone who is sick I also diffuse at night and put on the bottom of my feet. 

E-mail me if you are interested in more information. I would love to share more! 

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Southern CA Deets

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As a San Diego resident who frequently travels to Los Angeles, I have found that for the most part, restaurants are pretty accommodating to food allergies. In fact, living Gluten Free is relatively easy – dairy free is the hard one! Dairy seems to be in everything! I have become the girl I always hated going to dinner with. Every time I go to a restaurant and get ready to order, I feel like I have to preface my order with something like “Okay, you’re going to hate me but…I can’t have this, this and this.” It’s the worst!  I can’t help but feel like my waiter/waitress will think I am a total high maintenance bitch (I guess I need to work on my ordering confidence, haha).

With that being said, I’ve compiled a list of restaurants in the area that have gone above and beyond the norm to make me feel comfortable and at ease with my food constraints. I also threw in some workout routines and exercises that have helped me get back in shape after a year of not being able to push myself.

Please keep in mind that I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer and every piece of advice I share on my blog is solely a recommendation. They’re things that worked for me, and I hope work for you, too. Enjoy!