Thursday, March 13, 2014
The beautiful spring-like weather on Tuesday lifted our spirits and lightened the heating load. Unfortunately it also signalled hundreds of Asian Lady Beetles to hatch in our house. Clusters covered the windows. Dive bombing beetles clicked when they collided with the floor or us. Adventurous bugs filed up and down the light cord, and a pod formed on its globe.
I could have celebrated with my fellow creatures if I were not allergic to them. My eyes itched. Worse, I began to feel tight chested. I knew that I would be waking in the wee hours to sit up in bed and cough. Even with the return of extreme cold, the effects of our unbidden visitors continue.
They may not have to claim total blame, though. I went on a hill walk and felt surprisingly out of breath by the end of it. It could have been tree pollens eager to disseminate. It could have the strong odor of cat surrounding one of the houses on the hill. It could have been that the air was still pretty cold at that hour. I have been exercising through the cold weather, but maybe I have not made as much progress as I thought.
All in all, it was a disappointing day followed by a wakeful night. I was very tired and wheezy yesterday and not feeling quite right as a result. I also decided to weigh myself thinking that I likely would be closer to my small goal. No. Not at all. In fact I am going to have to report going up a pound. Very disappointing.
I have been at this since August with fairly minimal results. It would be nice to say that I have merely replaced fat with muscle. This is not the case. I have not had to search for new clothing. I have not lost inches anywhere. My metabolism has not switched on as it surely should do when muscle mass is gained. A visual inspection confirms that muscle is definitely not the majority party.
I went through the Plateau Busting Challenge, even though it seemed as if I had hardly begun when I stalled. Ditto for a few other helpful Challenges, some of which I have not yet completed. I feel as if I can't squeeze any more energy out of my uphill life for additional changes.