Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I’m ready for the next round of life to start. BLC 21 starts next week. For the first time in a year I feel ready and able. To have fun with it… to visit and chat… to… live, I mean really live. I feel positive about my health and myself for the first time in a year too. Not just walking around in a cloudy funk like so much of last year. What happened to create that change? I’m not sure. I know I’m just tired of being blah all the time and that may have something to do with it. However, I missed my last dose of “new” biologics for the RA. And although I’ve had some pain, the prednisone has taken most of that and the swelling away. OK, I KNOW I don’t want to stay on prednisone for a long time. It was given to me for the cruise to use if I needed it. Well, I didn’t need it on the cruise, but when I couldn’t get in to the doctor for almost 8 weeks (double the normal time as I usually get the infusion once a month) and the pain/creakiness increased intensely I knew the drug was working. However, I do feel much better now… happier, more attentive and alive. So I guess it’s time to talk to the doctor about changing the med again… maybe. I see him this afternoon so we can discuss what to do.
I have been eating outrageously though for most of the time I’ve been on the prednisone. I CAN control it, most of the time but the steroid interferes with my sleep (as in I’m exhausted but wired and can’t sleep) several nights a week. Which in turn decreases my defense against those goodies I “know” aren’t good for achieving my goals. I was up to almost 170 at one point. As of Saturday I was back down to 166. So that’s the good news. I’m also tracking my food most days of the week and coming close if not in range… down from anywhere between 300 – 500 calories over, or more.
I am cutting down slowly on the amount of gluten (wheat) I eat as well. I am thinking of following a Japanese/gluten free style of diet. To that end my husband and I are taking 2 culinary courses at a local culinary center. The first is knife usage. OK, this may sound silly for someone over 50, but I’ve never learned how to sharpen a knife, keep it sharp or what to use for any ingredient… like what is the correct knife for cutting carrots? Potatoes? Steak? Bread? I don’t know. I also don’t know the correct way to chop/dice/fillet… well you get the idea. Hence the class I’ve been looking for, with a discount from Groupon and you understand how excited I am.
We are also taking another class… How to make sushi at home. See how this all fits into my plan? The funny thing is that the classes are offered on back to back days… Thursday & Friday nights, which will be a challenge for my husband, but the classes don’t start until 7 PM so it should be fine. Although I may not be around much those 2 days because we’ll be getting home late and I may not be up to much, or I may be so excited I just have to share… we’ll see.
I laid out my goals for the year in my last blog. So far I’ve gotten in my 7,000 + steps a day (sometimes just barely squeaking it in, but having a definitive goal helps. Today will be a challege as I didn’t get any steps in before work. Because of the Dr’s appointment I had to be in at 7AM. As I am NOT getting up at 4:30 in the morning I’ll have to do it after I get home, which can be a challenge as I get so tired from sitting for hours (yes, usually 2 – 3 hours of sitting in the doctor’s office/infusion chair). I do have my Kindle with so it helps pass the time, but it sure takes a chunk out of the day.
My husband is toying with the idea of becoming a “Mudder”. As in working up to the tough mudder runs. We’ll see… maybe I’ll show him the warrior dash to start. That should be something we can do relatively soon… as it’s only a 5K. We’ll see. I’m hoping he gets motivated to workout more as I’m worried about his health, but I can’t push or pull, just set the tone and hope he joins me. I always enjoy working out, walking, being with him while being active. As a couple of you can attest to, it’s just a plain old fun time. He makes me giggle and laugh. He brings the sunshine in the rain and all that other sappy stuff. He also makes me think which is also good.
So here I am… BRING IT! I’m ready are you?