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Adapt and Overcome

Thursday, October 25, 2012

After camping, I had a really hard time getting back into my routine. I got the creeping crud my mom and husband had. By the time I started to feel better I was dealing with lots of stress from the kids' schools. I either got sick again or never managed to completely get over the crud leading up to lots of work for our annual Halloween party.

It was a fun, successful party that turned out much like the camping trip two weekends before. I ended up supervising teens, running for supplies and chauffeuring kids back and forth instead of enjoying the fruits of my labors. One trip was for my DD (14yrs) whose eyes began to burn so bad she couldn't open them. I had to hold her down to give her eye drops until she felt better. Later we found someone had laid something on Mom and Dad's deep fat fryer and the super heated oil was the problem. It never occurred to me because I don't own one. I don't fry ANYTHING.

At least I didn't go wild and make too many bad choices on food... until the day after when I was so exhausted I hardly left the couch and couldn't bring myself to cook. I ate chips and a healthier but very salty snack mix. As a result I weighed in up four pounds at TOPS. Despite that I was able to honestly say that I met the goal I set for myself at the last meeting I was able to attend (after missing the last two). I didn't beat myself up and I didn't let myself use my troubles as an excuse to quit. Since then, I think I've already lost all the water weight from last weekend, but I still couldn't get it together.

Tuesday I went through my backlog of email and found the 72-Day challenge until 2013 ~ Won't you join me" on Team ~Indygirl. At day 68 I started fresh and I'm picking up steam. I set three small obtainable goals to begin with: logging all my food and fitness at least 6 days a week, drinking 8 cups of water and eating at least 5 fruits and veggies (freggies) each day.

It feels very good to be back on track. I'm also proud of myself that I stuck to my guns and didn't let this road block take me out of the fight. I've come over a quarter of the way closer to my goal. I feel a difference in body even if I can't see it. I no longer have painfully swollen feet or icky skin rashes under my folds. I have more energy and I sleep better.

I have Degenerative Joint Disease. My aqua therapy sessions have helped reduce pain in my knees, I'm not waking up in pain as much every night from my hips, and I'm taking arthritis strength Tylenol before bed instead of Vicodin. In three months my lubricating shots will have worn off entirely. I owe it to myself to shed as many pounds as possible so I don't go back to the agony I felt last year.

I can do this with my Spark Friends and TOPS chapter to cheer me on.
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