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Saturday, October 06, 2012

First, I have shingles! WTH? Apparently it's brought on by stress. That makes sense. But it's cool this weekend and I wanted to get some serious miles in. And visit my Dad in Houston. What can you do? Take it easy and listen to my body. Which right now is saying, "Vicodin, dammit!"

These past two weeks were my worst yet for weight loss. 1.5 pounds. But hey, it went down! I did eat within my range, but the high end of my range nearly every day. And I didn't get enough exercise. I think now that the initial stage of grief and anxiety from my Dad's blood clot and move into a skilled nursing facility has sunk in, I can better balance coping with that and taking care of me. Initially, I felt somewhat immobilized. Also, it helps to have a good therapist. We've increased the visits to weekly for now. So helpful.

The big lesson here: Even when life gets difficult, you can stay strong (mostly) and keep taking good care of yourself. It's not as easy to stay in your groove, but it's very important to keep trying, to do your best. Even if you're not perfectly on plan, mostly on plan is significant. It truly helps you cope when difficult life events occur. If this had happened six months ago, I know this would have been a lot harder to manage. And I'd have been drinking way too much wine, no doubt.

So keep at it! This journey is important for health, self esteem, good sex (yes, I said it), happiness, and coping skills. I'd say having four out of five of those things isn't too shabby. I hope in the not too distant future to have the fifth. I'll let you guess which one is missing.

And thank you for all your comforting words on my recent blogs. Your support helps so much. I've never met you in person, and yet you are all so dear to me.

Rock on, awesome people!
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SASSYDREAMER 10/15/2012 11:32AM

    So so so proud of you for thinking and living healthy.

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DONNA0256 10/13/2012 8:26PM

    I have been MIA somewhat lately and am just now seeing this. So sorry for the stressful time you are going through. I'll be thinking of you and hoping for the best.

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ANAJAK 10/10/2012 3:12AM

    Pam you are awesome. Yup just that emoticon

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WILLIAMV3 10/8/2012 12:53PM

    Take care of yourself my friend.

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REMEMBER2BME 10/7/2012 7:23AM

    Killer Blog. Hang in there. emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/6/2012 10:03PM

    I'm sorry to hear about the shingles. Hopefully they will be a light case. emoticon

Have a nice relaxing weekend.

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TMCK-40 10/6/2012 8:38PM

  Oh gosh. I am so sorry. Hang in there, friend

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/6/2012 4:46PM

    Had to look up what shingles is. Sorry Hon- hope you feel better real soon. Take your meds! Listen to your doc and your body. Resting is as therapeutic as anything else we can do.

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LMB-ESQ 10/6/2012 2:43PM

    Well, I'm guessing you are NOT missing coping skills. :)

Ugh, shingles... get well soon!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/6/2012 1:55PM

    Thinking of you Pam emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/6/2012 1:36PM

    Shingles is awful. I am glad you are listening to your body and resting. Feel better! Hugs

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