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A new beginning... again

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Out of the blue the other night while cleaning out my emails I decided to pop into SparkPeople to see what's new. I haven't been on it since last year, before all the changes. I had stepped away because I was in too much pain to actually do any exercises. I struggled with knee pain for over a year before I finally said to my knee doc, "let's do an MRI". We did and low and behold there was indeed a damn good reason for my pain .... torn meniscus. Not one, but two! I had the scope done last Halloween (10/31/2013). Been a slow progression to where I can do more.

In addition to all that knee business, I was also dealing with depression ... big time! I finally decided to talk to my PCP about it. Experimented with different meds to find what works or doesn't work for me. Found the generic for Wellbutrin works best. Doesn't make me as sleepy as the other meds out there. I have also been working with a therapist every week. Things are starting to look up.

I am making loads of changes this year. I've started doing more "self advocating". Recently been having difficulty with sleep and lack of energy. I asked my PCP for blood work to check my levels. Labs came back last week. B-12 is fine; Vitamin D is a bit low. Wonderful ... adding more pills to my morning stash, just what I love .... NOT. But, I'm learning to deal with it.

Alot of the books I have been reading for the past month of so are self help books on procrastination, habits, vitamin D, and energy. I'm learning a lot. Found some great books and some duds, of course. One of my faves is by SJ Scott called "Habit Stacking 97 Small Life Changes that take 5 minutes or less" found on Amazon. Because of this book I have started a Morning Routine. I have been pretty successful with it now for going on 3 months. This week having joined the Official Better Sleep Challenge, I am seeing a need for an evening/bedtime routine. I'm working on that.

Throughout these past 2-3 months I have been experimenting with different ideas to keep me motivated and going. Most of the ideas turned out to be duds, but one. I discovered an app on my tablet one night and decided to try it and see how it goes. Love it. It has worked loads for me, enough for me to purchase it earlier this month. For only $2.99 I now have the full app called iPro Habit Tracker. This little app has kept me on track with things like taking my meds every day and doing certain household chores that I dread like the dishes and the litter box. :-) I highly recommend it if you are struggling with old or new habits, good or bad.

Have an appt tmw (Thursday) with my therapist. Have loads to tell her! I've done a lot of great things this past week. This biggest for me is catching up on all my dishes piled up on the counter by my sink. Don't have a dishwasher and having the knee issues made it hard to stand for any period to get even a few done at a time. Now, I'm all caught up and working on staying on top of it. I have so far this week. ;-) Now, the next "project" I'm working on is the mountain of laundry. Hard to believe that being single I would have so much, but then again, the last time I did it was last month when I ran out of stuffs. I can easily get by with most of my clothes for a month. But, I'm making a new habit of staying on top of it once it's caught up. :-)

Nearly time for me to hit the hay. Gonna go get my "bedtime routine" started. Good night and I'll be around tomorrow. ;-)


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