87………Eighty Seven…..80+7…

High school201020112010Early 2011Growing up, I was always the tall, thin girl and never thought twice about the food I ate. It seemed back then we didn’t need too. Meals were almost all handmade and prepared at home by mom or dad. On a rare and I say rare, occasion we were treated to McDonald’s for a treat on a Sunday for dinner during The Wonderful World of Disney.

I never thought that the day would come where I’d have to think about what I ate or gaining weight. At 19, that all changed! Out of nowhere, I started getting hives (urticaria) with angioedema so bad that it would incapacitate me for days or even weeks. If my extremities were affected, I usually couldn’t use them (hands and feet) and if it was a soft tissue area, I not only suffered the swelling pain and itching but also disfigurement. My eyes would swell shut, ears puff up, lips looked like I had horrible injections and private areas….well, not good! I literally looked as tho I had been in a fight and hid from anything public.

The doctors tried all allergy testing and every medication concoction they read in books to no avail. I was screwed! The only thing that worked was prednisone tapers and antihistamines. After awhile, I was just on prednisone all the time. I went from a size 0/3 to a 28W at my biggest! At first it was slowly but the predominant “moon face” was apparent and I started aching from the weight gain, water retention and eating more (side effect of prednisone). The only good thing at that point was, the hives were gone.

Years came and years went. From time to time my body would let me rest by going into remission and or feel better and lose some weight. Then sure as the next day was promised, they came back and with a vengeance! During each of my pregnancies they seemed to stay away but as soon as 6 weeks after came around, I was once again a mess and it was hell.

My mood sucked, I was depressed and lost a grandmother I adored. Six months later my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given 3-6 months! Soon after that devastating news, I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd. Six months later at a routine ultrasound I found out my son, Noah had no heartbeat. :(. Checking into the hospital and being induced knowing the outcome for 11 1/2 hours is nothing I would ever wish upon anyone! My mom, still alive and being my mom, rushed home from a trip to AR to visit my brother to be with me. I think Gods plan had something to do with it. The fact of what was happening and mom still being there for me was my blessing. Six months later, I was pregnant again and mom was looking forward to another grand baby. My son, Maxwell was born and my mom passed away 3 months after! In case you haven’t figured out, in three different cases here, doctors cannot predict anything!! Two years later I was clinically diagnosed BiPolar and placed on yet more hardcore, terrible medications.

Finally after having 4 children, 3 of whom walk the earth with me, we were a complete family and I again went back to more doctors, allergists and endocrinologists. It seemed progress was being made and I was able to try a few new medications. Most asthma medications were being used along with some pretty high tech, high priced immune suppressants. I tried them all! Including a $500 shot that was to last a month but after a month, it didn’t work. I then tried Cyclosporine. This is a very powerful drug used by transplant patients so they won’t reject their new organ. It was an immune suppressant but had drastic side effects. Being on it too long could cause liver damage or irreversible kidney failure. At this point, I didn’t care therefore I’d try anything!!! The other option I kept telling my doctor as he was stumped at Every appointment, was to take me out back and shoot me! My life was now defined by the severe chronic hives and I couldn’t plan anything!

The cyclosporine actually helped me but I had to be taken off of it before any signs of liver or kidney trouble started. The hives came back! As my doctor did more research he found that what I had going on in my body is an autoimmune disorder and most likely my antigens and IgE and/or IgA levels were out of whack. After major testing, I found out that I was definitely out of whack as my antigens (IgA and IgE) were actually fighting each other. In other words, I’m freaking allergic to myself!!!! Along the way however, I have a huge list of other things I’m allergic to and or cause hives!

This was about the time, I was still depressed and our insurance switched so I had to find all new doctors. What a pain in the arse! My new doctor was up to date on her research and took one look at me, looked at my endless chart and mentioned something called celiac disease. I had no clue but was interested. She herself was a celiac and knew all about it. Sure enough, all tests were run and sure enough, I came back positive. At that time I thought I was going to die! The restricted diet alone was killer and the whole contamination thing…..really!!!!??????? Yup…..at this point I wished my doctor years ago had taken me out back and put me down.

After a few weeks of hell and what felt like starving, I finally started to stop crying and grieving over the foods I’ll never eat again. I started feeling better, had more energy, had a much better attitude and most of all…..the hives were gone! What???? Yup!!!!

A few months passed but I wasn’t loosing weight or feeling better in that respect. Then I got the call. My dad had a major stroke while wintering in Gulf Shires, AL and was paralysed on one side. If anyone knew my father, one thing was forefront…..he was very Independant and very stubborn. My brother and nephew raced to be there and I made plans to fly out on that coming Monday. On Sunday, which just happened to be the Super Bowl and the Packers/Steelers, I got another call. The damage from the one side of the brain had migrated to the other side making it a “fatal” injury. My heart dropped to my stomach and I cried.
The whole time I sat watching the Packers win, I felt guilty because growing up and still my father was a die hard Bears fan and they had made it to the playoffs but lost to the Packers. Ironic??? Foreshadowing????? Dad passed at 3:30am and I was holding his hand. I was there to say goodbye to mom when she passed while holding her foot and my son Maxwell. Bittersweet…… Never would I trade being there!

My lightbulb moment came while shopping for the funeral. It was me, my thin and cute daughter, sister-in-law and 3 skinny nieces. I didn’t dress up and didn’t own anything to wear. We shopped and tried on stuff. I tried a few things on “wishing” they would fit and look good but they didn’t. I was fat, homely, unhappy and done! Everyone said graciously how “cute” or “nice” things looked but I knew better! I bought something but wasn’t going to like it.

The day after the funeral, I told my husband my feelings and plan to loose weight. He listened but didn’t believe me. I wrote my Bucket List and planned on crossing things off! I had a habit of saying this but never doing it or having several excuses not too. Not this time!! I started eating better and watching everything that I put in my mouth. I went out and bought a kick ass treadmill with google maps and ifit programs to loose weight and eventually step it up. I worked out daily, each day getting stronger and each day feeling better. Each day I lost weight and each day I smiled a bit more. After 4 months and dropping 8 sizes, I started checking off more things on my bucket list.

I’ve had some relapses with hives. Usually when I’m glutened, taking an antibiotic, find out I’m allergic to something new or whatever….. I deal with it because they always go away. I’m a certified Train Dirty Fitness Boot Camp and HIIT IT Instructor and taking classes to be a personal trainer and nutrition and fitness planner!

I’m healthier, stronger, lift heavy weights, do crossfire and HIIT exercises and have dropped 6 more sizes and am back to my graduating high school size. Sizes have changed over the years but one thing I know for sure is I graduated in 1987 and my total weight lost is 87 pounds as of yesterday. Today it was 88 but who’s counting…… 🙂

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Spring has sprung?

After a very long winter, it’s about time we have some decent weather here in Wisconsin! (Speaking of Wisconsin, I just have to add, our Badgers have kicked it up a notch and made it to the Final Four in the NCAA!!!!)
Yesterday my husband I were fortunate to take out our Harley for a beautiful ride and we stopped and dropped tickets at destinations on our WI Cannon Run which we have been doing now for 4 years!! The weather made it to 60 so we used up the hours prior to the sun going down and it getting colder.

Since tomorrow is April Fools Day I’m hoping Mother Nature doesn’t think it wise to play another prank and add snow to our forecast.
I can’t wait to get outside, walking, running, riding my bike and playing softball and (maybe) sand volleyball this year!
Back when I was over 200 pounds and felt horrible everyday, I wouldn’t even want to go outside let alone be active. Now, it’s a complete 180 and I’m up for most everything fitness, sport related or just enjoying the outdoors.

This past week has had my mood up and down. Actually Friday it was way down and then quickly turned up!
I have been waiting on a few places to hold my TDF Boot Camp and HIIT IT classes and I was getting discouraged. Well, no longer!!!! I got not one but two calls and have plans in the works for one other place, giving me 3 venues and a range of times in order to teach my TDF Boot Camp and HIIT IT classes!!!! Funny how things change. This week, I’m working on the finalization of everything, finishing up my CPR certification and planning everything I need to start!
I guess the time is right since it’s all coming together. 😃

Next week I’ll be reviewing my awesome Polar watch and how to use it for fitness goals. For now don’t forget to always think positive and keep your eye on the prize because if you want it, you Can obtain it!

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Certifications 2014

Worth today's pain!

Worth today’s pain!

Mentoring the newbies

Mentoring the newbies

Seriously at my age, I figured I may have some issues from going to class on a Friday for HIIT IT and then an 8 hour day of HIIT IT Certification to teach it might be much. To top that off, the plan was to also go another 8 hour day on Sunday to help groom and mentor new Instructors for TDF Bootcamp. Yes, I did it, yes, I hurt and my body tells me it hates me. After I got home, I literally felt like the Walking Dead but had to stay awake so I actually could watch The Walking Dead!! I also survived Monday morning HIIT IT class like a trooper and then tackled groceries and preparing food when I got home. That was it….. After that, I did very little and took Tuesday off!

Today is Wednesday and I’m starting my TDF Iron Bombshell Muscle Builder program for 12 full weeks. I’ll post before and afters when I’m done but this program is supposed to really help sculpt and tone with weights incorporating Bootcamp moves!! I’m excited and not buying my new bikini until I’m finished!

Over the last week, I have been fortunate to receive some great products to try and review or been chosen to be a few companies “Brand Ambassador”! My next blog will be about one of those products and my complete review. Soon after there will also be a give away coming to one lucky person!!

If I haven’t mentioned it, I’ve got two separate Facebook pages you should really take a look at.

https://www.facebook.com/Fitnessforlife247365
https://www.facebook.com/Sarahsceliacstory

I decided to see if I had a following for fitness and Celiac (gluten free) and found out that I do! With that info, I will be starting another blog on the nutrition and celiac topic as well.

I’ll be talking more in depth as to the iron bombshell muscle builder program through TDF.

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A New Day

Hello!! I’m so happy that I have a chance to tell you about myself!

In 2010, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease after I started breaking out in severe chronic hives in 1989 and it changed everything! Once I started eating better and took gluten out of my diet, the hives started to go away. Feb 8, 2011 my father had a massive stroke and god took him. This was after I had already lost my Grandma (1999), a son (2000) and my mother (2001). It was then when I had my lightbulb moment and decided I wasn’t going to live miserable, unhealthy and depressed anymore! My clothes didn’t fit, I was 228 and fat! I went out and bought a kick butt treadmill. I started using ifit programs for weight loss with Jillian Michaels and wrote out my bucket list of goals and started checking them off! I started loosing the weight fairly fast thanks to my restricted diet and the gluten being out of my body. I went off almost all medications and was feeling great! 

Now, I have switched it all up and do heavy weight lifting, HIIT and cross fit! I am a TDF Ambassador along with being a Certified Train Dirty Fitness Bootcamp Instructor, TDF HIIT IT Instructor and part of the TDF BombSquad! I LOVE fitness and how I feel. I am pursuing my goal of becoming a CPT. First however, I am schooling for a nutrition and fitness certification in order to make meal plans with workouts for each individual. I will specialize in gluten free and regular diets along with other dietary restrictions. 
I was recently contacted by Woman’s World magazine and they did a story about my life and all my struggles with the gluten/wheat free diet and weight loss and journey to getting fit again! It was on shelves and dated 3/17/14!!! I’m praying that will reach out and help others become aware of health issues and how it relates to gluten. 

My motivation comes from the way I feel daily, my TDF sisters, people coming to me for advice and asking me to share info on everything from nutrition, working out and living healthy in general. I’m a walking billboard that it can be done! I in turn motivate others by uplifting them in any, even the smallest, ways of lifestyle changes or weight loss. I found that a positive attitude isn’t only good for others self esteem but turns out it makes me unbelievably happy as well knowing I can help.

I sell and use Isagenix, Younique and a few products through TDF (whey powder and the bombshell 12 week programs)

Social media links: 
Twitter: Sarah M Hanson and kiddiesnme3
Facebook: Sarah M Hanson, Fitnessforlife247365 and Sarah’s Celiac Story
Instagram: kiddiesnme and fitness for life
Pinterest: Sarah Hanson, kiddiesnme and sarahsceliac.story@yahoo.com
Isagenix: kiddiesnme.Isagenix.com
Fitnessforlife247365@gmail.com

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