And So It Goes........

Saturday, March 30, 2013

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First --- let me wish all who celebrate a joyous, peaceful and wonderful Easter Sunday tomorrow. In fact - I wish a lovely day for ALL!!

I'm back here to report that I'm still eating and counting and recording my fiber ---- but I haven't been as successful with night eating!! Night Eating Syndrome - is a recognized eating disorder -- and I'm afraid I have it. I've been reading about it --- and it's one of the most difficult behaviors to change - a challenge for every 'victim' and for docs/nutritionists as well. During the day - everything is AOK. But at night.........

I've made some progress in that I'm aware of what and how I eat late at night -- and instead of binging - as I used to to - I am keeping it under control- counting calories and trying to be aware of every bite. If I could only just stop....... It's not a matter of will-power; if you think so, you're wrong!! If you feel you are suffering from compulsive night eating --- Google Night Eating Syndrome!!!

Having said all that -- ALL of my problems are exacerbated by the rising levels of pain I'm experiencing every day. As some of you know - I have this inflammatory arthritic condition that is being treated like Lupus; and I have knees that are degenerating to the point that the pain is keeping me sedentary 90% of the time. The overall body pains are unbelievable....... I'll be seeing both my rheumy and a knee surgeon over the next 10 days. What the outcome will be --- is making me nervous. Surgery is a frightening prospect for me due to a bunch of pre-existing situations.....which make me a high risk patient!

But ----- with all this - I've managed to maintain my weight. I'd gained about 5lbs. at one point - but I've lost these pounds. I can't move very much - and poor Lucy is being cheated on her long walks. I can't do them anymore......but I have a dogwalker who takes her out a few times a week for longer walks. I don't want her to become sedentary and way overweight too!!

I don't know what the future holds for me - healthwise. I seem to be deteriorating - but I'm fighting. And I feel the invisible hugs from many of you ---- and that helps immensely.

Just needed to get this out today - a brilliant sunny day - which I'm not able to enjoy. Hopefully the docs will find me a way out of this 'maze of pain'.....

On the bright side - I got a brand new super-smart phone! It does everything except walk the dog - they tell me. So far, it's still in the box, waiting to be activated. I'd love to hear from anyone who uses a smartphone - any useful tips!!??

Love and hugs to everyone! C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E !!! (but watch those Chocolate Bunnies and Easter Eggs!!)

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    So sorry to hear of all the pain you endure on a daily basis, Libby, how sad!

    I wish I could walk Lucy, that would be way more fun for me than it ever would be for her!

    I forgot to add in my blog today, the computer I got. It is a Samsung Google Chrome. I guess it is a different system than a regular laptop, and they are much smaller.

    I will try and remember to put it in my blog tomorrow, but you are one of the ones that asked about it, so I figured I'd just tell you now, and I will tell the rest tomorrow, if I can remember! LOL!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1806 days ago
    I am sure you'd enjoy getting out and about. Is there anything like a scooter that would solve that temporarily?

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    1810 days ago
    Sending support your way and a tip. Ask you doc first......If you can get into a bathtub.....take an epsom salt soak. If not try warm wet compresses of a dilution epsom salts and water. It really does help relieve pain for a while.

    Smart phone....not smart enough for that, LOL!

    Thinking of you!
    1810 days ago

    I am so sorry to hear about the pain you continue to endure. I truly hope that your doctor can find some way to help you. I know surgery can be a scary thing, so I'm praying that all goes well with that (if that's what you have to do). I so wish there was something I could do to help because you have been such a supportive friend to everyone else here. As for the night eating, I absolutely understand that this is a very real disorder, but I know what a fighter you are and I truly believe that you will win this battle in the end.

    I've had a smart phone for a few years (a couple of them actually). The best advice I can give is get it activated and start using it. Check out all the different things it has to offer. Also, be sure and go to the Play Store and download the Spark People app. You can enter your nutrition and exercise on here also. There's also a lot of other awesome apps you can add. You'll love it when you learn all about it.

    Continuing to keep you in my prayers Libby that you are soon much better and back out walking Lucy again. Give her a hug for me and hugs to you also.

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    1810 days ago
  • M77355
    Hi there,
    I happened upon your page via FITtoBe2's ... I've been overcoming West Nile Fever and have done vast research and gotten great input from Western/alt medicine drs across the US. I'd be happy to share links that have been beneficial if you're interested.
    I truly got almost no relief or improvement through straight Western med doctors :-(.
    Wishing you improved health!
    1811 days ago
  • LEW0213
    Happy Easter to you, Libby. I can fully understand how you feel being in pain 24/7. It's not fun and it can really color your outlook. The only advise I could give you is to try to stay positive and look ahead a year. Set yourself a goal that this time next year, the doctors will have found a way to manage your pain and you will have found a way to combat the night eating. Remember.......this time next year.........

    Many hugs to you, your friend, Linda
    1811 days ago
    Wow! I didn't know about night eating. My problem is delaying dinner and munching till then... meaning I eat way to late and if I'd just eat dinner earlier, I'd be good. So, I'm trying to change that habit, exercise more (I've lost about 4 weeks of exercise and it feels like I'm starting over), and get more sleep. It's hard to change habits.... but you already know that.

    Here's hoping the pain lessens and you can go out more with Lucy. Till then, it's great that you've got someone to come in and walk her a bit.
    1812 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    So sorry you're suffering so much pain!! I'd love to walk your little Lucy too, I love Doxies, they're so cute!! Hope you find some kind of relief for your pain soon. Happy Easter!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1812 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
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    1812 days ago
    Prayers going out for you and also positive thoughts and energy. You can only do what you can do and having said that, it sounds like you are actually doing pretty well. I love your approach to the night eating - the recognition that this behavior - and, in fact, very few of our eating behaviors that lead to weight problems - is actually the result of a lack of self-control or willpower is an important step to solving it. You are doing a great job with the limiting conditions you face. GOOD FOR YOU AND GOD BE WITH YOU on your journey.
    1812 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your level of pain. That's just plain dreadful. I also have a problem with night eating. I don't have much good advice to give but if I have planned and prepared carrot sticks and celery sticks and try really hard, I can manage to stick to them. I also try to go to bed earlier and am eating dinner slightly later.

    I am so sorry to hear that your pain is worse. Have you consulted any trustworthy health practitioner or pain manager?
    1812 days ago
    Oh, I am so sorry you are in so much pain! Good for you for fighting on even with your difficult circumstances! It makes my petty little excuses seem, well, petty. I am praying the doctor will find a way to help you with your pain and mobility! Thank you for sharing today! Happy Easter!
    1812 days ago

    Wish you were feeling better and know that I am thinking about you. If we lived close, I would love to walk Lucy for you. She is such a cutie.''

    You really have done well considering all that you are going through. I keep you in my prayers.

    sending extra hugs.....Mary Anne
    1812 days ago
  • PCOH051610

    You are not going to believe this but I was just writing on a friend's SparkPage about how you had told me your secret to meal planning was to plan the protein first. As soon as I finished I was going to go to your SparkPage to say thanks for that tip and before I had a chance a notification popped up that you had posted a new blog. Talk about timing!

    So sorry that you are in so much pain and discomfort. Many people in your situation would use that as an excuse to give up but not you! I'm sure it isn't easy at the best of times. emoticon

    How nice that Lucy is getting walked by a dog walker! If we lived in a bigger centre that is something I would definitely try to do for fellow dog lovers. There is a woman who lives nearby us who uses a walker to get around. She manages to walk her Maggie daily much to the chagrin of Louisa who doesn't like to see them pass by on HER street. When Annie gets tired she sits on the walker and Maggie waits beside her. I'm not saying that's what you should do but I think it is inspiring to see them. Oh, and did I mention Annie carries dog treats underneath her walker seat and my unruly dogs know it! They actually try to nose up the seat!!! emoticon

    What kind of phone did you get? I have used a Blackberry Torch but am now using an iPhone. They are amazing and everyday I am learning what else my phone can do! I also have an iPad and now never have to ask my husband if he is finished with the laptop! I'm watching far less television and am Sparking more.

    Fibre is the key, isn't it?

    emoticon Susan
    1812 days ago
    Have you tried the Chair Exercise Team? There are a ton of videos for doing strengthening exercises while seated - and some of them can be challenging enough to get your heart rate up - I feel the burn the next day when I do my knee strengthening exercises. Even marching in place while seated is not as easy as it sounds. (obviously within whatever parameters your doctor has set for you)

    I see you are on a Doxie lovers team - I'll have to check it out : )
    1812 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2013 10:37:31 AM
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