Monday, May 17, 2010
In January I wrote about what I hoped to achieve this year, not resolutions but goals to work toward. I think now is a good time to see whether I've made any progress at all.
First, the UC issue. Up until last week, I was feeling pretty good about it. I was in remission and able to eat a larger variety of foods, almost back to where I was before this disease reared its ugly head a few years ago. The only things I hadn't tried were raw vegetables, nuts in significant quantities, berries, and very spicy food. I'm not sure exactly what triggered it (but have my suspicions), but the other day I had a flare that's continued now for a few days. I'm really bummed out about this. I feel like such a failure. I mean, how hard should it be to keep UC under control when you're watching your diet, exercising, and taking your medication? One bad day shouldn't throw it all out the window, but evidently it has. Anyway, I had made great progress and am now starting over. I just hope I can get this flare under control quickly and get back on track soon. Without resorting to Prednisone.
Second, exercise. I'm pretty happy on this point. I've been doing well at regular exercise, other than a two-week lapse into spotty exercising while working on my business. I try to get at least 30-45 minutes of cardio in every day and strength training three times a week. I've also been trying to get in 10,000 steps a day, but with limited success. It's much harder than I anticipated, since my work means I have to sit at the computer for much of the day. But I'm working on it. I feel pretty good about this goal. And I managed to lose an inch around my waist! No significant weight loss, maybe a pound or two, but the waistline is a great boost and incentive to keep at it.
Third, my business. Dawn and I launched our Web store on May 1. Yay! It's off to a slow start, but that's the nature of a startup. Until the search engines find us, we're dependent on free publicity and links from businesses we do business with, blogs, and friends, a very important source as it turns out. I'm optimistic for our eventual success. We just need more seed money, a constant problem for small businesses.
Fourth, my relationship, such as it is. Still obsessing, still not sure, wondering if now is the time to just flat-out ask and accept whatever the answer may be. That's a hard thing to contemplate because it may not be what I want to hear. Sigh.
So all in all, two out of four isn't bad. Not great, but not bad.