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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Transformation Tuesday- Health Challenge Week 1

Part 1 Health Challenge Transformation
This health challenge is part of a 14 day program sponsored by Davidson Family Chiropractic in Waukesha Wisconsin. Each day is video is shown to help transform your health.  I’ve changed the program into a 14 week challenge so we have a whole week to focus on each challenge and make changes.

Challenge 1
In this challenge we will examine our thinking, thought patterns and setting goals.  The mind has to change first before you can change your health.  You have to assess your current situation to be able to move forward.
Think about the last month and what about your health you would like to change. Are you in pain? Are you feeling tired? How long have your current issues been bothering you?  How is affecting your life and the things you want to do?
There are two actions for this weeks challenge:
  • Take the present and future quizzes and use them to make goals for 3 weeks, 3 months and 3 years for your health.
  • Make a healthy recipe from one of the recipes detailed  in the challenge

Present Quiz
Circle the following body signals you’ve had in the last 6 months.
Arm/hand pain
Neck Pain
Carpal Tunnel
High Blood Pressure
Shoulder Pain
Leg/Foot Pain
Upper Back Pain
Chronic Fatigue
Mid Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Sinus Problems
Thyroid Problems
Hip Pain
Heart Problems
Frequent Colds/Flu
Lung Problem
Digestive Problems
Menstrual Problems
Numb/Tingling Arm
Trouble Sleeping
Numb/Tingling Legs

Which of the above is the worst?
How long have you had it?
What does this affect most in your life that you love to do?
Future Quiz
Answer the following questions
Answer the simple questions below with a Yes or No, keep track of the number of Yes’s.
Do you drink unfiltered tap water?
Do you use commercialized cleaning products?
Do you use commercialized air fresheners?
Do you use furniture polish, floor wax or varnish?
Do you consume processed food?
Do you store food in plastics?
Do you use Teflon non-stick cookware?
Do you use perfume, nail polish and hair products?
Do you use commercialized cosmetics?
Do you use tobacco?
Have you not read your personal care products ingredients?
Do you not use a shower filter?
Have you never done a detox program?
Do you not have an air purification system?
Do you have amalgam fillings?
Do you have mold, mildew or water stains at home or work?
Have you treated your pets with flea shampoo, powders or sprays?
Are you a dentist, painter, farmer, warehouse or construction worker?
Have you used pesticides or fertilizers?
Have you treated your home for insects?

More Yes’s = More Likely for More Symptoms and Sickness in the future

In order to make any change you need to make goals. This challenge is to write goals for:
·        The next week
·        The next 3 months
·        3 Year goal
So here are my goals
Weekly: one dessert per week when I have dinner during my ski patrol shift.
3 Month: Get back to racing weight by losing 8 pounds by end of May.
3 Year Goal:  Finish on the podium at a National Championship race.

The dessert goal fit well with this challenge since Dr. Davidson included two healthy dessert recipes.
Coconut Chocolate Pudding
1 can full fat coconut milk
Stevia to taste
Unsweetened Cocoa powder taste
Combine and chill

Avocado Berry Ice Cream
1 ripe avocado
3 packets Stevia
10 ounces frozen berries
Put in blender and mix until smooth. Freeze.

I made the Coconut Pudding. I of course changed it a bit, adding a few healthy ingredients like cinnamon. Look for the recipe some Saturday. It was really good and did not taste like a healthy dessert.  Good luck with this challenge and the ones coming up over the next 13 weeks.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon

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