Hi! I’m still around… I promise.

Confession –  I have been terrible about keeping up with this blog (as if that isn’t completely obvious). For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you know that I’m able to share pithy, inspirational posts but I struggle to sit down at the computer and write meaningfully. There are all sorts of reasons for this (technology issues, graduate school PTSD, training) but they merely excuses.

I’ve had some great ideas for blog posts in the last several months, so my goal is to either write them or video them and share. Several are time contextual, so I’m thinking I’ll back date them (such as my “Training Like I’ve Received the Call” post) in an effort to avoid confusion. I’ve learned a lot on my journey to American Ninja Warrior and I want to share it with you all.

Mainly, I need to learn to put my butt in the chair and WRITE (a lesson many struggle with). Wish me luck! I hope see a lot more of y’all.

American Ninja Warrior, Here I Come!

Because I am ridiculously tenacious, I have applied to American Ninja Warrior again. I’m feeling so much more prepared this year than last. Last year I went in with the mindset that it would be a hoot and a good way to raise awareness for Lyme Disease. This year I am going in with the mindset of being a real competitor.

In addition to doing this for myself, I am also doing this for all my fellow warriors! When I want to give up, your support carries me through. It helps me dig down deep to find the strength to persevere. I know that I have to keep fighting because you all are out there, rooting for me and if I give up, you might give up too. We’ve created this beautiful feedback loop of support!

(Now that the taping of the show is in the can, I can share my application video with you)

Allegra’s ANW8 application video

 

A follow up interview with GoTarryn

GoTarryn, the traveling trainer, speaks with me again about life with Lyme.

GoTarryn Personal Training Video Blog (11/16/2015)

There are bad days too…

Today I woke up feeling terrible. I could barely make it down the stairs. I was scheduled to ride my horse but was going to cancel because I didn’t think I could do it. But, with the help of my friends, I was able to make it out to the barn and get some good horse therapy. Unfortunately, the heat got to me and now I’m not doing well.

Since I show you all what I look like when I’m strong, I feel that it is only appropriate that I show you my bad days too:

Thank you all for your continued support!! I promise I’ll be up and fighting again shortly.

My First Interview with GoTarryn

GoTarryn, the traveling trainer, learned about how I am fighting for my life with Lyme Disease and requested to interview me for his weekly YouTube channel.

GoTarryn Personal Training Video Blog (05/12/2015)

Cognitive Miserliness and Spoons

Over Labor Day Weekend I attended Dragon*Con. I sat in on a panel discussion “Why Mensa Will Never Solve World Hunger”, which was about rationality in contrast to intelligence. The speaker, Barbara Drescher, spoke about cognitive miserliness: the idea that we use the minimum amount of energy to meet our cognitive needs.

Many Lymies and Spoonies talk about how they feel stupid due to Lyme Brain Fog, which has many potential causes including neurologic Lyme or because of the pain. If we build off of Christine’s spoon theory, then this makes sense that we use our limited energy to survive the pain, which does not leave us resources to use our cognition.

“The cognitive miser idea is fundamental in the information-processing model of social cognition because it would be enormously taxing on individuals’ to attend to all information in the world scientifically (basically, with a high degree of analysis), with individuals becoming overwhelmed by the confusion and complexity of the social stimuli that they are attending to.” [1]

I know that this is a significant point but, ironically, I struggle to articulate it. I promise to continue to mull it over and hopefully arrive at something poignant. If someone wants to help me develop this more fully, please let me know!

Another day of rest.

I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a vlog. Between traveling and preparing for my last semester of my Master’s, I haven’t had enough spoons to get one done. I wanted to reassure you that I haven’t forgotten about you all, nor have I fallen into a Lyme hole. I promise to return as soon as I need good procrastination excuses from my homework.

Today I am resting, saving up spoons and planning on going into my last semester with guns blazing!

Wondering about what I’m talking about when I say “spoons”? Check out The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino

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