From the Desk of Charlaine August 2016
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From the Desk of Charlaine August 2016

I'm using a type of post I used a year ago before the End of the Week Reviews first appeared. First, some of you seemed a bit disgruntled about losing the tidbits in our reviews. Subscribers get what the End of the Week Reviews contain and are first to know about specials and events.. Simply subscribe to get our weekly newsletter in your inbox and it's all yours. Second, I need to step back a bit for a host of reasons, one of which I would like to highlight for you in this post. This may mean delays in posts and our special events. We will see as time goes on for a while. The From the Desk Charlaine is meant to give you a glimpse into us and our ministry here at Totally Fit 4 Life.

There are some issues which cropped up over the past 3 weeks which affected our posts for you. Our webhost has been battling glitches affecting all of their subscribers. This problem caused me to randomly lose the posts you like to read on one browser and blocked access to the blog builder section of our dashboard on another. Toggling among different browsers has taken a larger chunk of time than normal on my part. They have tackled this problem fervently. It seems to be better right now; easier to type this than normal. Hopefully the problem is solved soon.

While all these problems with our website were happening, I encountered a big flare up with my health conditions. Some of you already know, but in case you don't, I have celiac disease, fibromyalgia, and allergies of all sorts. God has blessed me with the ability to work out of my home to minister to you. During the issues plaguing my work, I was accidently exposed to gluten continuously for the past few weeks. This issue is not to garner sympathy, but to inform you of what is causing a lot of delayed responses from me, I also hope to help someone with celiac avoid accidental exposure.

Our building manager decided to remodel the hallways requiring drywall and plaster to be replaced. This construction work filled the air all over the building with dust containing gluten. When I talked with my daughter about not feeling well, she realized the construction work was the cause of my symptoms. I looked it up and sure enough, joint compound, plaster, spackling, and glues commonly contain wheat products. UGH! The dust sifted in through the space around the door and through the ventilation system. Here is a picture of my door when I came home after taking Mom out for the afternoon. The railing, mailbox, and front door were covered like this. The work was in process over my door when I left to pick her up. I needed to get in by myself which meant getting this stuff on my hands. I had to leave my shoes at the door and wash my hands thoroughly. It will take some time to get this dust cleared out.

Here is an idea of what this experience is like: Imagine a fine poisonous dust covering everything. This dust will make you feel like you have the flu including a fever, body aches, cognitive problems and exhaustion. If you are exposed over a long period of time, you could die of complications from exposure. That is what gluten does to someone with celiac disease. It is not a "gluten allergy" because it doesn't cause the body to produce histamines. Instead, the body's immune system attacks the small intestine, brain, and skin. Autoimmune diseases cause a feeling of having the flu because the body's response is similar. Please, share this around to help someone you know with this disease to avoid exposure. Click on the highlighted words to read more from reputable sources.

I've been a personal trainer and exercise instructor for 25 years. During my professional time, I've developed the specialty areas working with people for weight loss, new exercisers, post-rehab and special conditions, although I train a broad range of abilities overall. In the spirit of what I've experienced with these setbacks over the past couple of weeks, here is a post for you about getting back into the groove of exercise if you have been ill or injured.

Blessings to you!


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