Thursday, August 28, 2014
Well. I would call it an epiphany. Yet it is so obvious, I should have arrived at it a long time ago. That is, I spend a lot of my days and nights getting up and doing things. I am the sole caregiver for my severely disabled wife. I do for her and I do for me, much of the time. That includes all shopping and anything out of the house for both of us. I am the only one who drives her. I also drink a lot of liquids during the day and night, and I am just up and down a lot. It results in muscle tightness and fatigue in my legs. A day doesn't go by that I don't have that in the evening. So, recently I was at a neurologist's office and told him about the problem, and at my request, he prescribed a muscle relaxer. He said it would be good for me to take it.
Today, I was laying in bed, muscles fatigued, and I thought about the drug and how I should be taking it, and haven't. Then, I started thinking, "what else could I do for my muscle fatigue?", when it occurred to me, "I'm carrying around about 70 extra pounds of weight! What about taking that off? DUH!" It started to sound like a pretty good idea, and I started planning my grocery list for tomorrow, cutting calories from what I would normally buy. I was thinking, after all of my resistance for these many years, I could use the nutrition tracker to document what I've eaten, and to see where I might sometimes go over on calories.
Why hadn't I thought of this previously? I have been ambling along, cutting small amounts of calories here and there, but to no avail. I am about the same weight I was at Christmas. So it's going to take some good planning. And I will up my efforts to keep my gym attendance consistent. But as of tonight, I am definitely on a new path. With 70 less pounds to lug around all day long, let's see about that muscle fatigue. Thanks for listening, Glenn