So, it's almost been a week since my last entry, and here's how things are at the moment:
My heels still haven't fully healed, but they are scabbed and on their way. They're no longer splitting, which is good, but if I do wear the wrong shoes, it sort of hurts, but it's getting better. They'll probably be fully healed by this time next week, which means I'll finally be able to try on my new trainers, which are unfortunate enough to have the backs be right at the place where I'm hurt.
I went to my doctor yesterday, and he prescribed me new pain meds for the sciatica - he said the pain management is second only to exercise in terms of dealing with it (he said I'd need massages at least once a week, which I can't afford) and it's the best he can do for me. That I should keep up the exercise, and he's glad to hear that I'm both swimming AND attending the gym, and was flummoxed when I told him my first-week weight loss, but also said to stick with it, because 1lb loss a week is better than no less at all.
I booked myself in for the full spin class on Sunday morning, and I'm both terrified and excited by the idea of it. I know that my butt is going to hate me afterward, but it burns SO MANY CALORIES that it's going to be worth it, even if I'm passed out by the end of the class.
I've sown a lot of my seeds now - I have great sproutlings on the courgette seeds, the sweetcorn is sprouting, the sweet pepper is nowhere to be seen; I sowed pumpkins, lettuce salad bowls and cherry tomatoes last night, and today, I sowed chillies and "moneymaker" tomatoes today.
As well as my plants, I have sowed three Stargazer Lily bulbs, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how everything comes along. I still have three sets of seeds to sow in my terracotta pots, but I have to wait until it's a bit warmer, because they're going to have to go outside, and it has to be warm enough outside that they can survive.
I'm most excited about the pumpkin: if I grow pumpkins successfully, I can both have my own pumpkins to either carve or cook, and I can roast the seeds or keep them to re-plant next year. I also have butternut squash seeds to plant (one of the three I need to put in the terracotta pots) and seriously, I love butternut squash so much, so I'm hoping that they're successful.
And that's about it right now. I'm getting ready to go swimming with my Mum, which is awesome, because we keep one another going longer, and it's nice to have somebody to go along with me.