Feb 14, 2017

Random Ramblings

My brother has gone home. He was here three months (with one week out for when he went back home for a week). It has been a difficult three months. 

Not because he's difficult to live with - quite the contrary. He's a great house guest - cooks, cleans, does his own laundry, always pleasant, makes a good cup of tea :).....but our apartment is a very, very small space and he is a big personality.  

He also always needs the TV on or to be talking whereas Liam and I are very much introverts and enjoy solitude and quiet,  he's the biggest extrovert I've ever met.  He is also a super picky eater which meant we were eating a lot of meals to accommodate him and most times I just let him cook so then for sure he'd be OK eating it.  It also meant increased groceries. A lot of bread. So much bread.

I'm glad to have my space back.

I'm glad to have my routine back.

And I'm glad some of the stress of feeling 'responsible' for him and trying to help him while he was here is gone.  I do hope he can pull his life together, for his own sake and his kids - but I don't think there was much more Liam or I could do for him at this juncture in his life.

I rejoined WW for another three months this past weekend. I really waffled between online and meetings but finally decided that online is working for me right now so let's see where I am in three months and if I need the extra motivation and push of meetings, I will revisit  it at that point.

  May 2016 to Feb 2017 ~ approx. 40 lbs

Feb 6, 2017

Weigh In Week 21

A new photo of me with my newly darkened hair. I love that my cheekbones and chin are making an appearance again!

Feb 4, 2017

Weigh In Week 20

January was a rough month for me.  I had that fibro flare up that started  before Christmas and would not let up. Then in the first week of January, I became very ill - weak, lethargic, feverish and in a lot of pain that I thought was pancreatitis again. 

Many tests later, it turns out I am anemic. Now I've always had low blood iron but never been diagnosed as anemic. I am now taking 3x the normal dose of iron supplements and in just a week I do feel more like myself in terms of energy.  I will get blood work done again in a few weeks to see if the iron levels have increased and if not, I may need an iron infusion - fun times - NOT!The iron does a huge number on my stomach though so that is not fun. I'm also making a conscious effort to eat more iron-rich foods. 

 I only just started going back to the Y last week and get tired and muscle pains very quickly so I'm taking it easy and also trying to get more sleep - hopefully a combination of all these things can only make the situation better. Let's hope February brings warmer weather, better health and just general good luck!

Quite a few people on the WW Connect site have been doing this little calendar and I kinda like it, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon! It will be a nice visual as the year goes on.