Well, I gave myself a nice, long hiatus from the blog but I think it’s time to dust off my writing chops and give everyone an update. I am making some minor-leading-up-to-hopefully-major changes and need to get back to tracking them (and how I feel about them).
First off, I have consolidated some of my vitamins and supplements, which is nice since it means fewer pills each day (although the ones I do take seem to just keep getting bigger!). I also started tapering off my anxiety medication today, which, of course, is a source of anxiety in and of itself. I am a little leery about tapering at a time when I’m making lots of changes which I am nervous about, even though I know that it’s better for me in the long run. I am considering starting to see a therapist regularly again, and if so it will be someone new, I think.
My weight is pretty much horrible. After breaking my foot (twice) I just didn’t get back into exercising regularly and tipped over the 250 mark. Aside from my clothes not fitting and feeling ungainly (not to mention stretch marks), it also started to affect my Thyroid levels. That really scared me- my thyroid is one of the few things that felt manageable, so it was a real motivator. I started trying to lose on my own and decided that wasn’t enough, so I joined <popular weight management plan>. I had success (and failure) with it in the past, but the new version seems to fit my needs better. In two weeks I’ve lost 4.2 pounds, with a total weight loss of 11 pounds in six weeks according to the doctor’s scale. A nice start! I know that the first few weeks are usually easy- it’s sticking to it long term when the weight loss slows down that is challenging,
Of course, hubby is behind me 100% and is hoping to ride my coattails to some weight-loss of his own. We also talked it over and agreed to get me a treadmill. The elliptical was aggravating my hips and knees and my doc was not keen on my using it. It means that we will have to finally clean up The Box Room to make space, but that’s something that we’ve been needing to do anyway. That reminds me, I really need to buy a lamp for that room, too. I am looking forward to walking every day whatever the weather without bugs or humidity- it is finally cooling off here in Florida, but now it’s also getting dark earlier. Do you use a treadmill that you love? Please let me know! I’m looking for good ideas. After some debate I decided not to go with a manual because of my knees- I know it is a better workout and is easier to move, you can use it anywhere (and, of course, cheaper) but if it is too difficult it won’t be used.
Another motivator for weight loss and exercise is to deal with my (newly diagnosed) sleep apnea. I have a pretty severe case. Hubby has been warning me for a while, but a family member was diagnosed with moderate recently and it finally got me to schedule a sleep study. I go back for the next round soon to test out a mask. The sleep study itself wasn’t bad- the tech was a sweetheart and she is currently struggling to identify an autoimmune disease of her own (probably RA). It was like staying in a moderate nice hotel except you are hooked up to a dozen or so wires. I had really weird dreams (about the sleep study of course. Also- I do not recommend reading about werewolves before you fall asleep. Just saying.) Oh, and make sure that you REALLY wash the stuff out of your hair that they use to attach the sensors- that was a gross discovery after I was already halfway to work. I may take a day off next time- I was pretty zonked the next day (they had me up later at night and earlier in the morning than I usually sleep). The results were frighteningly clear, though, that it’s important that I take care of this. I like the idea of being more rested and alert. I think the hardest part is cutting out caffeine for the study- I gave myself a week and a half to slowly taper but still have been fighting headaches and migraines. I am keeping my intake low and may phase it out entirely.
So what else? My flu shot yesterday was a breeze- hardly any soreness, so I hope that it will be another smooth year. My allergy shots are now every other week (unless I get chomped pulling weeds in the yard- then I get a week off). I had an ergonomic evaluation at work and had to make a bunch of changes. I’m just waiting for them to install my keyboard tray, hopefully tomorrow. The split keyboard is taking some getting used to- having it at the proper height should help. I am trying to replicate all the adjustments at home as well so I’m more consistent, and bought myself the same keyboard and an adjustable office chair. I wish I had that of that sooner!
I think that’s more than enough for now. I’ve had some fun trips I may write about and my family will be in town for a few days and I’m really looking forward to seeing them. I hope that you are all as well as possible!