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)

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)

Inspiration through Music

I’m seeing lots of posts of Lymies and Spoonies struggling. I too am in a lot of pain and am struggling with both addressing the pain and expressing it. A friend posted a status yesterday and I could tell she was getting to the end of her rope. For me, when I get to those moments of extreme trial and tribulation, I use little “tricks” to help me make it through… one more day, one more minute, one more breath. One of my favorite “tricks” is to sing this song to myself.

What songs inspire you? Share links in the comments!

“We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
We’ll know we’re there.
We will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
We know we will.

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
We know we will.

We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
We’ll know we’re there.”

Video

“I Have a Dream” and Mantras

I have a confession: I don’t have a mantra*. This is not to say that I haven’t meditated with a mantra but many spiritually inclined people have a personal mantra that is theirs.  I have “tried on” many of the traditional mantras, but none felt quite right for me.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. In my Art of Teaching class today we watched his speech and the mantra “I have a dream” truly resonated for me. I plan on trying it out for a few weeks and see how it fits.

(channeling my best Rev King)

  • I have a dream that I will regain my life.
  • I have a dream that I will be able to support myself.
  • I have a dream that awareness about Lyme Disease and its long term effects will become recognized.
  • I have a dream that we will all return to health and wellness; that we all will over come the suffering that this unseen illness bears down upon us.
  • I have a dream that I will be able think clearly, unburdened by Lyme brain fog.
  • I have a dream that I will be strong again.

I will report back and let you know how it goes- if it still speaks to my heart or if I will continue to search for my mantra.

*Mantra: a word or sound repeated to aid in concentration during meditation or times of stress. I will discuss mantras more in future posts.

What is this Fitbit thing?

This is a post I wrote on my other blog, Clever Clover’s Random Musings . I have found my Fitbit to be incredibly valuable in my quest to regain my pre-Lyme strength. And Lord knows, every little thing can help!

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