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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

May 31 was my last blog? REALLY?? I know I’ve been a bit MIA from SP since school ended the first week of June, but I had no idea just how negligent I have actually been. True, it’s been a busy summer with travel, minor surgery, working part-time, etc., but none of that has been helpful towards the goal of improving my health and fitness. In fact, the lack of regiment, schedule, and structure has been quite detrimental. So…

I went to my doctor yesterday. I told her all about how I’m completely exhausted all the time even though I sleep a lot AND take naps; that I still have pain (neck/trapezius) daily because the cervical epidural seems to not have worked; that I’m finding myself more irritable and moody; that I’m experiencing depression/blues; and that my weight has reached a record high. (Her scale says 195 but that doesn’t count because mine says 193 and mine was in the morning with no clothes on, while hers was after lunch and fully dressed!)

She asked questions and we talked for about half an hour, then she came up with a diagnosis: I am out of control. Yep, that’s her official medical diagnosis! She pointed out how it started slowly as I lost my grip on one thing at a time – I think a normal sleep schedule may have been the first thing to go. One by one I let things slip away from me and now I am realizing that I have completely lost control of myself. While I realize that this may be forehead-slappingly obvious to some of you, and a waste of a $50 co-pay, I believe that my doctor is miraculously awesome. I needed someone to point out the obvious and to tell me how to fix it. So next she gave me a treatment plan…

Doctor’s orders are that I start small by doing just one thing for just three days: getting up at the same time each morning and exercising before anything else. Even just a 20-30 minute walk outside with my dog counts for this prescription. I am to check in with her by phone on Thursday – accountability, of course. Additionally, I am not allowed to take any naps!!! She said if I feel like I can’t make it without a nap for the next three days, I am to drink something with caffeine and/or go outside and get moving, whatever it takes, but DO NOT NAP. (Those last three words make me want to pout and stomp off to my room to nap, but I didn’t. Day one = success!)

I’m feeling more optimistic that I can do this. And I have incentive! In mid-August, my boyfriend is taking me to Colorado for hiking and adventures, to celebrate our 1-year anniversary. I need to get my stamina and energy up before then! One more thing I love about him: we were talking about all this the night before my doctor appt. He suggested that I try to cut out my naps so I could sleep better. When I told him that my doctor said that same thing, he DID NOT give me any kind of an I-told-you-so look or make such comments. He was very supportive and just said “I’m glad your doctor told you that.”

So……. Here I go!

emoticon One more thing… I’m calling my Spark People blogs “SPLOGS” – just wanted to share a giggle.

And now please indulge me as I check out a few of the new emoticons I’ve just discovered…
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    That is what your Doctor gets paid for: diagnosis! You won't regret following his advice! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3216 days ago
    Thank goodness your doctor was willing to spend that amount of time with you in order to help. So many won't do that. Our primary care doc is the same.

    Follow what she says to you and I bet not only will you feel better but also be able to do your spark easier.

    Your fella sounds like a keeper!!

    3216 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Hey, your doctor is brilliant. I must say that it is even better that she wants you to be accountable by checking in with her. Many doctors would not want to be bothered.

    3216 days ago
    Thank you all for being so awesome!!!
    3218 days ago
    Hey girl we missed you. Glad you are doing what your doctor told you. Habits are beneficial.
    3218 days ago
    Hope your energy picks up for the Colorado hiking! Congrats on your one year anniversary! I am happy you are settling into your new life so well!!! Enjoy the rest of summer while you can!!!
    3218 days ago
    Glad that you are back & on the right track. Its astounding that poor sleep habits have such a disastrous affect on us, but boy do they ever. Since my hubby works 3 -4 days a week 3rd shift, I find it quite difficult to fall asleep without him there. I've been going to bed later & later. I have noticed the scale creeping up & up.
    I am working on getting back into a normal sleep pattern, I can already tell a difference, just after a couple of days.
    Can't wait to read all about your anniversary trip. Sounds like so much fun. I love a good adventure :)
    3218 days ago
    Umm; my Dr. tested my thyroid because thyroid cancer runs in my family and had me wear a heart-rate monitor to check my heart. Thankfully; after those tests came out OK, I figured it out on my own. LOL! Now I'm going to bed earlier, getting up earlier to work out and eating those freggies. Let's do this...again! emoticon
    3218 days ago
  • LIZZYP609
    You better keep that doc for ever!! Love that she (?) didn't through some pills at you and tell you just do the best you can!

    You can do this!! Pull that Inner Warrior out of the closet!! Roarrrr!

    3218 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/25/2012 1:31:58 PM
    Welcome back. You can do it.
    3218 days ago
    Love this blog!! What a wise doctor you have--most would have sent you for testing!!! The boyfriend sounds pretty awesome, too!! I need to re-read this blog as I am out of control and have no motivation right now to do anything about it. YIKES!
    3218 days ago
    Awesome blog. Awesome doctor. You just saved me a trip to the MD. Do I owe you a portion of your co-pay?? emoticon

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    3218 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head! Thanks for sharing. You are so right about small steps. I am doing that with all of the technology that central administration wants us to use. I keep implementing a little more each year. It keeps me current and my brain actively learning. I expect no less from my students. Take care, and God bless!
    3219 days ago
    Soooooo glad to see you back AND back on track. I'm glad you were honest about this. It really is a gradual slippery slope. For me, if I am not vigilant, it could be with alcohol, food, exercise, depression, isolation.....and on and on. It's the lobster in the boiling pot........the heat gets turned up so slowly that he doesn't even know that he is dying until he's boiled,dead and eaten. Ick.
    You have a wise and honest doctor. What a treasure. She knows that you are a treasure and is willing to be there for you. Your boyfriend sounds like such a gem.

    Keep us posted on your progress!!!!
    3219 days ago
  • MOMKAT4310
    Yep. It has been that kind of summer. I lost my pace with nasty contact dermatitis treated with an antihistamine that really knocked me on my butt. And it was down hill from there. This is a great reality check. Thanks. Glad you are back with us. Missed you!!
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    Comment edited on: 7/24/2012 10:17:33 PM
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    Hahaha - SPLOGS! How awesome!!!!

    I am glad that your doctor was able to help you even if you did have to pay the $50 copay for someone to point out the obvious. lol!!

    And yes, the new emoticons are awesome!

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    3219 days ago
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    SPLOGS-- I love it! Thanks for sharing! Also, your doctor sounds great! Definitely not a pill pusher--more like mine. Lifestyle changes are the way to go.

    One note--if you are able to eat apples, they give you more energy than a cup of coffee. I eat one every afternoon before I bike home from school.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!
    :O) Patti
    3219 days ago
    I kind of feel like I'm in the same boat. I keep thinking back to how good I felt when I was working out regularly and was 40 lbs. lighter. I put everything else (especially work) before working out. I like the idea of starting with one small thing. Once you get that in place you can build on it. I'll be right there with you! emoticon
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