Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow and such...

Well here we are the first part of January and have a ridiculous amount of snow! It is up to my thighs in some places!! The only good thing that comes of this for me is that I get a good workout when I shovel ha ha! I am finding that this weather really brings down my level of motivation to work out. I have been doing a 30 day yoga challenge and I love it but have not done it now for 2 days in a row and that angers me. I am still working on holding myself accountable for sticking with things so I am disappointed in myself for skipping a couple of days.

I have also been sick with some sort of sinus issue. Unfortunately I get sick very easily because I have such a weak immune system from my autoimmune disease. When I get sick I usually stay sick for a long time, much longer than other people do. So that has been wonderful dealing with. I have been experiencing other random heath issues as well and I think it is just because my body is so out of whack with being sick right now. It doesn't help that with the disease I have I am basically allergic to the cold. Good thing I live in an area where we get 3 feet of snow in 2 days huh? Anywho I am trying to not let it get me down. I have to keep thinking about what is best for me and how much better I feel when I get up and move around and keep healthy!!

I have also started drawing again and am loving it! So far I have only done one piece, but I have so many ideas in my noggin so I am sure that I will be creating more here soon. The piece that I have put on here is a colored pencil sketch of my little Miah Bear. I am so happy with how it turned out :) I hope you all are staying dry and cozy in this weather!




Until next time...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Love yourself...

For a while now I have been feeling like I am letting myself down by not eating right or exercising. I always have an excuse for why I can't and it's all a bunch of bull shit. Thankfully I have a loving husband who knows when I need a little push to get my off my ass!

So I started going to a yoga studio called Namaspa Yoga in Redmond and I absolutely love it! The people there are welcoming and very sweet. It's the type of studio that isn't full of yogi snobs who act like you shouldn't be there if you are new and not sure what a crow or a waterfall pose is. I have been to three different yoga studios including the one I am currently at and this is by far the best one mostly because they allow me to pause when I need to without making me feel bad about myself.

Yoga used to just be another way to work out for me, but the more I do it the more I am realizing that it is about being in tune with myself body and soul. It challenges me which I love, yet it also is the most relaxing thing I have every experienced. I can feel it starting to change my life for the better and it makes me so happy. I strongly suggest trying a beginner yoga class, especially if you have been playing with the idea of starting yoga.


One thing I will say for sure is that I have such a hard time practicing at home because I just can't keep focused. There is way too much going on and I always have something that I need to do. At the studio though I am completely focused and able to just listen to my body and help myself grow into my practice. I feel like I am in a wonderful place in my life right now and am the happiest that I have been in a while. I will keep you all updated as I continue to go through this wonderful journey. I hope you all have a beautiful evening!


Until next time....



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Keeping on track.

Hello to anyone who is reading this! Long time to see....really long time, I haven't been on here since April! What the heck is up with that nonsense! Anywho I have been a busy little bee lately. I am on the last week of my final class in school!! Whoop whoop! I will have my last final next week and finally not have to worry about classes anymore.

I am really going to try and focus on the things that I enjoy doing, like writing in this blog at least once a week! I have been doing more photography but still need a good camera (they are expensive). I will be posting pictures that I think other people would enjoy seeing and ones that I particularly enjoyed. Today I am posting a couple pictures from our last trip to Newport Oregon. What a gorgeous place! I would love to read any comments you have so don't be shy! I promise I won't stay away for so long from now on :)

Until next time....






Friday, April 15, 2016

Different ways to stay fit...

Hey there everyone! I was looking through my billions of pins on pinterest looking for a good mix of workout routines. I am not a huge fan of just doing cardio or just lifting weights. I really like to mix it up and have some variety in my workouts.

So this morning I got off my lazy butt and decided to throw something together. I ended up doing several different yoga poses: cat-cow pose, downward dog, warrior 1 and warrior 2. Then I transitioned into doing some cardio which included: jumping jacks, high knees, sumo squats, and running around the outside of our back yard several times with the dogs. After that I did some stretches and was done. It felt amazing just to get up and move around. I can definitely feel the difference in my body! It got me thinking about what other cool ways I could work out and have fun. I love music and I love to dance but I want to actually get a workout while doing it. I have never been a huge fan of those "Hip Hop Abs" or things like that because they are too structured for me. So after doing some research I have decided to try belly dancing.

I have tried it before and even have a video on beginners belly dancing. After researching how many positive things it does for the body I am really excited to try it and think it will be very beneficial to my health and fitness. I will let you all know how it goes, I am planning on starting later this evening after I finally stop slacking and get some homework done. If anyone else has done belly dancing and has some feed back please let me know, I would love to hear from you. As always I hope you are all happy and healthy. 

Until next time...
Britt

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Long Time No Blog

Wow it has been a REALLY long time since I have been on here. Not because I don't have anything to share but because we got a new computer and I was not able to get into my account :( I finally got into my old computer and retrieved my info so now....I'm back baby!!

So I don't even know where to start because I have no idea where I left off. I will start with saying that the hubby and I bought a house last October!! It is a cute little house on half an acre and we are in love with it! We recently got 3 Americauna chicks and two Black Runner ducklings! They are already getting so big! We are raising them for their eggs and don't really plan on eating them.

We have also planted a ton of stuff! 24 hills of potatoes, 15 asparagus plants, 5 different berry bushes, and 3 different fruit trees. We rototilled the front yard which was just weeds and crab grass and then reseeded grass in there. It was more work than I thought it would be! Raking all that crap out is hard work, I was sore for a long time! We have strawberries planted in a nice little flower box or in this case a fruit box (hehe). It has been so nice just being able to know that we have our own place and our own space to do what we want.

As far as fitness goes I have been SUPER lazy! I am trying to get back into it, but it's been really hard now that I am working and going to school. I am taking 3 classes right now and working 22 hours and I am tired all the time. If anyone knows of tricks to stay motivated I would really appreciate some input and suggestions!

I hope you are all happy and healthy and enjoying life! I look forward to sharing more with you now that I am back up and running!

Until next time...

Britt

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Essential Oils adventure!

Hello there long time no talk! It has been a long time since I have posted anything on here and for that I am sorry. I have no excuse except that I have been very lazy and unmotivated, but I feel as though I have gotten my second wind and am ready to get back on track with my life.

So my sister in law has finally talked me into becoming a wellness advocate for Doterra essential oils! I just enrolled today and ordered my very own kit. For those of you that don't know essential oils are AMAZING!!! There are so many different types that help with many different things. I myself have a couple different ones for my vascular problems and to help with liver function. Honestly if there is something wrong that needs fixin' on you, there is most likely an essential oil that can do the trick better than any medications could. I have added the link to my doterra website go check it out!

I am beyond excited to receive my kit and get started on this journey. I have been very neglectful with my health lately and I need to get my butt back on track and take care of myself. Being proactive in ordering this kit is a start to a whole new me I think :) I will check back in with you all once I have my package and share my excitement with you! In the mean time I will try to be posting more on here I promise!

Have a beautiful day and make sure to treat yourselves right! Until next time.....http://mydoterra.com/brittanynerpel

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Creating awareness...

Hey everyone. Today I wanted to share my experience with a blood disease I have called Cryoglobulinema Vasculitis. It is one that not many people know about. I know I had no idea what it was until the doc took a biopsy and found out.

This is a vascular disease and there are a couple different kinds. Mine specifically is one that attacks the small vessels of my legs. Cryo is caused by a presence of abnormal proteins in the blood and when we get cold the proteins become like gel. Which as you can guess is not a good thing. So it is really important for people like me that have cryo to always stay warm. I know that I get cold very easily and when I do my hands, legs, and feel will often go numb or start tingling.

The flare up that you see in the pictures is a typical reaction. Everyone is different in what sets off a flare up. I am still trying to figure mine out, so far I have found that if I stand or sit for long periods of time it seems to be a problem. Also alcohol usually causes me to flare up pretty bad. The pictures are from what my legs look like right now, I am not sure what caused this flare. It can be really painful and the skin is very sensitive. I have had both of my legs covered in these red patches and that is when it's the worst.

I am still trying to find a good way to manage my cryo, but it is hard because there is not much out there to help us. I am currently using essential oils thanks to my Sis in law Becky! They seems to be working pretty well. I also take a warm/hot bath as soon as I can and it helps to sooth the pain and reduce inflammation. Other than that it's pain pills and heating pads ha ha! If you want more information on Cryo please go check out the website at the bottom of the page, and even if you don't want to know more go check it out anyway! As always thank you for reading this and supporting me! I love you guys!

Until next time....

http://www.cryoglobulinemiavasculitis.org/