Hurrah! The Spark Solution is here! I had to force myself to stop reading it this morning, because I have a busy day planned already. It is plain to see that I am going to really love this book though :)
"Spark Coach Daily Visualization:
Imagine stepping on the scale to find that your weight hasn't budged. Instead of immediately reacting with self-hatred and disgust, you remain calm and focus on the positive. What other accomplishments can you be proud of? Use this exercise to prepare yourself to handle this situation in the future." Yippee Skippee - I HAVE already done this, and blogged about it right here. I love when things work out for me! :D
Abscess update: Seems to be mostly gone now, and I am feeling a LOT better. I haven't gone back to the dentist for the extraction yet though, because I really hope to postpone that until after the upcoming wedding to which I've been invited (and plan on attending). I would be OK with healing during the festivities / family reunion, but the removal of this particular tooth will leave me unable to chew (yep, my teeth are that bad) until I can afford to get a partial plate. I know I may be playing with fire by putting the dental procedures off this way, but I don't feel that I have a choice. But at least the swelling and pain is gone (for now).
Back/hip pain that's been causing me such grief update: After seeing a doctor (once), and learning that the pain could be anything (argghh), because radiology didn't reveal anything, I continued to research on my own. I am nearly 100% certain that this pain, as well as the fatigue, general muscle aches, depression, anxiety, and just about every other (strikethrough:complaint) symptom is due to fibromyalgia. All those things I just listed are symptoms of the condition, and there is no specific means of diagnosing it, other than by ruling other things out. But the thing that really convinced me that this was the cause of all my problems was the picture on WebMD which portrayed how moderate to severe unexplained pain is often targeted to a specific, pinpointed area - and there was a picture of MY pain! I little red dot on the right hip area. It also reads that the symptoms vary from day to day, or different times during the day, as mine do. I love this information, because now I can feel confident that I can take care of this myself. I don't need to limit my exercise or workouts for fear of causing harm, I only need to make adjustments due to pain levels, or lack thereof. Exercise and diet, along with ice packs and heat (hot baths) are the treatment, which is exactly what I've been doing anyway. So yay again!
I am happily finding my way back to the point when exercise is fun again. I really MISSED that feeling when I was still only trying to do "just enough", which, of course, was not really nearly enough. Now I've reached the point, once again, where as the day winds down, I find myself wondering if I can't work in just one more thing...one last walk, a 10 minute workout, or just try my skills at a new exercise to see if I'm ready to add that to my regime. Of course, if I'm truly in too much pain, or feeling exhausted or fatigued, I just take a bath and head to bed. But if I'm feeling OK, or even just a little pain, I will usually keep trying to add that "just one more" of anything. In addition, I sometimes work in enough "extra" squats, lunges, bicep curls, or whatever else I can that I could probably count them in my fitness log, but I don't. I like to think of all these extras as little bonus gifts that I am giving to "future me". It makes "present me" feel good about herself.