Friday, January 17, 2014
I'm interrupting my series looking back at old blogs in order to share a current challenge that I face.
I've been fighting scaly rash (I've had several diagnoses including eczema) on my hands for several years. It is much better. In November, shortly after I ran the Lakeland Half Marathon, my daughter gave me a massage and told me she thought I was getting the same crud on my feet. It's gotten worse, thick and hard, splitting open. Recently I've have blood on my socks after a good run and some discomfort. So today I went back to the dermatologist. The treatment I'm afraid will be an ordeal.
You know how this week I declared for the first time that I truly believe I will not gain back the 80 pounds? Well, I now face a major test. I'm being put on steroids. I spent many years, actually decades, weighing between 160 and 190, but in 1998 when I was on steroids I gained up to 212. The doctor admitted I will be hungrier, but said I should not "gain 10 or 15 pounds."
How do I deal with feeling hungrier? Here are my strategies:
1. First, I'm going back to tracking. I had been trying WW's Simple Start and having some success with maintaining without tracking. Now is not the time to carry out that experiment.
2. Drink even more water. Carry around a water bottle all day.
3. Eat small meals/snacks each with some protein throughout the day. Three meals and three snacks every day are acceptable.
4. Keep up with the running and exercising. 600 exercise minutes per week, including 3 runs, is good.
Another wrinkle in all this is that I was called for federal jury duty in Tampa. I am not a good driver and I hate big city driving. (I called a shuttle and found out they would charge $180 one way to transport me. Not happening.) It will inconvenience my husband since we only have one car and it will cause major problems for my daughter. Right now the only child care acceptable to her is me or her taking time off. Hope she doesn't lose her job over this. It will undoubtedly be stressful just getting there and I can't imagine it being a pleasant experience in any way. I can definitely say I have a history of eating when stressed. But I can also say in the last 5 years I have gotten better and better about handling stress in ways other than overeating.
This is certainly a test. It is not a crisis. It is a test for me face and prove I can do it.