Thursday, August 30, 2012

Week 6 did not go well. It's that time of year in Phoenix where it rains a lot, and I've been thinking that may have something to do with my low energy, but it could also be a number of other things. I'll see what the Endocrinologist says on Friday. Yesterday I was feeling a bit better and got to go out. I went for a ride with Carlie to drive through the pharmacy to pick up my refills and a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up some fruit and coconut oil. I've never tried using coconut oil before, but read a lot of great recipes using it, and articles about it, plus my Mom highly recommends it, and she's pretty darn healthy.

On my recent visit Mom told me she's lost all the weight she wanted to (which I never thought she needed to lose) and is maintaining at the weight she wants to be as well. I noticed that since she and Hal joined weight watchers, they do eat healthier. I think mostly she joined for him because although he eats pretty healthily and grows his own fruits and veggies, he also has a tendency towards overeating sweets and peanut butter. So joining weight watchers helps him to be aware of portion size. Plus mom had always cooked in as healthy a way as she knew how, but like most Americans, had been taught a faulty food pyramid, and had a tendency to cook with more processed foods before, and now she cooks with more whole foods. It was a delight eating while there! The same sorts of foods I like to make. Now mom and I are trading healthy food recipes, including things using coconut oil. So I'm glad I finally got to buy some.

Carlie was sad that my big outing this week was a trip to the grocery store. And a brief one at that. I know how she feels, but I also know that I'm doing so much better than I did last year at this time. Sure, I'm really exhausted. Like a bone aching, muscle weakening exhaustion that drags through me, but I can still get up and do my chores and prepare my own food. That's more than I used to be able to do this time of year.

I was hoping to try to at least do a Wii Fit step today. We will see if I manage to do it. I woke up feeling so exhausted that I kept falling asleep sitting up so I already took a nap this morning. I had a healthy breakfast, and now I'm trying to decide how to best use my energy today. I don't have to empty the dish washer today, so maybe I'll try using some of that energy for Wii Fit Step. I have 2 art shows coming up, so I really want to get some work done on those pieces for the shows, which is the only reason I"m afraid to try to work out. But I'm hoping that instead of using up all my energy, it will help me have a bit more ability to move and maybe help my health over all. Even if I only manage to do 6 minutes of step class, at least I'd know I tried and did something.
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    I have lupus and can relate to the bone weary fatigue. I have actually napped after getting up and going to the bathroom in the morning.

    Good for you to remind yourself of your progress.

    2093 days ago
    Oh my, Sean-Michael. Rough season for you. Fortunately, it will be over soon.
    2094 days ago
    emoticon Hope you manage to get done what you need to do
    2095 days ago
    I have R.A. so I can relate. People with chronic diseases will have these problems. Your attitude is great. You are better of than you were. You are living a much healthier lifestyle.

    I think I would really like you mom. She sounds like my kind of person.
    2095 days ago
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