Friday, December 22, 2017

Just a few days until Christmas
















He came home. My love. The work trip that was estimated to be 4 days in the USA, turned into a 12 day trip... Single Mum hat on and Christmas countdown can be quite exhausting, so I have hibernated a bit. Focused on what's important in life. Like fighting for an error made by the teacher on Luca Bo's latest French test, winning the battle and bumping him up a grade. Victory. Helping with studies for the big last push of tests, wrapping gifts to teachers, instructors and just people around us that we feel we want to wish Happy Holidays... And then of course chores, taxi service, dinner and shopping... same ol', same ol'...

I've gone back to Cross Fit after a 2 year break. My back has bothered me for a very long time. Lately I've asked myself if I should just accept the chronic pain and discomfort and the fact that I can't jump, run or do anything with the smallest impact on my spine... That the pain has forced me to stop being active in the way I want to be active (I can't run, I can't ride the bike, I can't go to aerobic or dance, I can't do too long walks...). I had an MRI done and found out I've got arthritis in 60% of my spine. I have to admit I was slightly shocked. Arthritis had never crossed my mind. Only old people has arthritis, right? ANd I'm not old... or am I maybe getting old? I guess the truth is that even though I'm 24 in my mind, my body is not. It has a few mileage, three pregnancies and lots of baby holding...  So after adjusting to the thought I've made a plan. I"m gonna build up strength around my spine and in my core and work on my flexibility... So I am back at my old Cross Fit gym, with humble steps I stepped in there the other day and  I'm chuffed by the welcome I got. Many of my old gym mates are still there and they were all so very happy to see me. There were high five's to right and left and hugs and cheek kisses. It feels really good. I'm motivated.

Part from all this, the days are rolling on. Christmas is just a few days away now and I'm making one last batch of saffron buns (recipe here and video here). All gifts are wrapped. My family is complete and we can breath out "School" and breath in "Vacation". I might just put on my PJ and keep it on for the next 4 days and just chillax and enjoy being with my loved ones. Maybe squeeze in a Winter Wonderland walk (it is so beautiful here with the snow) and some hot chocolates and lots of good Christmas food. Oh, and I almost forgot - did you see my latest finished crochet project? I LOVE  IT! It was such a fun and quick project, simple and soothing. I'll write down the pattern when I have time. I also need to come up with a name... Maybe Saffron shawl??? It will probably be in the new year.

Happy Christmas my lovelies. Thanks for hanging around and see you on the "other side".

Kärlek
Annette


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23 comments :

  1. Such a lovely post. Glad to hear you feel much better. Enjoy the Christmasdays with your family.

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    1. Thank you dear. Happy Holidays to you too.
      Xxx

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  2. I love the shawl, a pattern would be nice. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year

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    1. Happy to hear you like the shawl. I will share a pattern in the beginning of the new year. It was such a enjoyable make. Got to share it. Happy Christmas.
      Xx

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  3. I absolutely LOVE the shawl! Please post when you have the instructions ready!

    Lovely post! Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Hi Terri
      Thank you! SO happy to hear you like it. Stay tuned and I will announce when I have put together the pattern. Happy Christmas.
      Xx

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  4. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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  5. glad to hear you have the whole family at home for xmas this year!

    ouch! arthritis is not fun by any means!
    sorry to hear you have it in your spine; i have psoriasis related rheumatoid arthritis (excruciating pain in all joints) many years ago no pain meds would give relief; so i went & researched, had to give up more foods (allergic to dairy -cows milk) potatoes, tomatoes, most foods out of the nightshade family but at least now i am mostly pain free. do some research & start omitting foods, it's not easy at first but pain free is wonderful!
    hoping you have a wonderful xmas & safe new year
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Hi Selina
      Not fun at all... I thought maybe a hernia or trapped nerve, but arthritis... Thank you for sharing your story about how to deal with your version of it. I am already on a mission to experiment a bit with my diet. Excluding dairy I've heard is always helpful. And I've started to take some supplements like Curcuma and Ginger. Congratulations on figuring out the right formula for you. Must be a blessing. Happy Christmas.
      Xx

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  6. Good luck with getting back on the fitness course. I know what you mean about chronic pain. It stops everything and then everything gets worse.
    Love your shawal! Merry Christmas Donna x

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    1. Hi Donna
      So true. It becomes a vicious negative cycle, pain - no exercise - more pain... I'm motivated and will document my progress here on the blog. Happy Christmas.
      Xx

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  7. Beautiful shawl, and lovely snow photos, it's certainly looking pretty with you. Well done on the cross fit, I hope it helps. I know my s-i-l found that keeping in good shape really helped with her back pain. Have a wonderful Christmas Annette, with love and peace and light and happiness. Hugs, CJ xx

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  8. Vilken vacker sjal du gjort i läcker färg.Senapsfärgad.Lussekatterna ser också läckra ut.Lycka till med din träning.Själv brottas jag med artros i nacke.GOD JUL och GOTT NYTT ÅR!
    Ingen snö på Öland,det skall tom bli +11 ikväll.
    Hälsningar Gudrun

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  9. Hi Annette,
    I love the shawl you made. Saffron shawl is a really good name I think. Good luck with the pain and all, I hope the pain will get a little better. I'm so jealous of your snow pictures. It looks amazing there.
    Have a lovely Christmas Annette and already a happy, creative and healthy new year to you and your family.

    Sweet greetings,
    Emily
    (casacreaemilia.blogspot.nl)

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  10. Happy holidays to you. Living with pain is not fun, I've had Plantar Fascistic most the year that put a hinder to my fitness goals. Use what you can at your disposal, chiropractor, massage, gadgets to help with the pains along with stretching and yoga. The joys of age. Keep calm and carry/crochet on.

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  11. Arh bless you Annette, I do hope you manage to find a way to living more pain free. My tendon pain in my foot - just above the back of your shoe, is excruciating at times and stops me going on long walks and I definitely can't dance unfortunately. I know that's not the same as arthritis but do understand the restrictions of being in pain.
    Have a lovely Christmas, Cathy x

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  12. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Enjoy the snow, the beauty of family and of course that beautiful shawl. I will be ready to make on in the New Year, I have the perfect yarn waiting.

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  13. What a lovely post. Your shawl is so pretty, and that color! :-) I am glad your family is all together and ready for Christmas. Enjoy your time together and I look forward to hearing from you after the holidays. :-)

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  15. Merry Christmas Annette and a very Blessed 2018!
    ~Dana
    Ps...I'm taking a note from my cats and I'm lounging all day today (Christmas day!)

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  16. j'adore ton châle :) .... et non, l'arthrite ne vient pas avec l'âge :( ... parfois ça commence bien avant

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  17. So pretty? Do you know an online source that I can get a red candle tin like yours? I love it!!! I live in Connecticut.

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Kärlek
Annette

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