How normal people handle stress
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
So it was one of those weeks. I get to 200.8 and then things fall apart. So close!
Last Tuesday afternoon my mom had a heart scare, so I picked her up and took her to the doctor for an EKG, missing my Tuesday afternoon strength training. He said she had a. fibrillation, so he prescribed some pills. We picked them up and I sat with her for the rest of the day. She felt in less pain then. The next day I didn't like leaving her alone all day, so I stayed again. First I got up at 4 to get some grading done, did the weekly breakfast with Dad, but skipping my run. She has wi-fi, so I could keep grading while I was there. I also skipped my vegetable deliveries, sad to say, since I couldn't harvest.
She felt pretty good after that, thank goodness. Then Friday, more grading early in the morning and no run. Then my help came and we harvested all day for Saturday's markets. The weekend was swamped with more grading. Sunday I was the leader at church, so I decided to make it a full week of slacking by skipping my long run so I could finish the readings and things. More afternoon grading, but also some cooking, which was nice.
This week I'm back at it. Overall, my eating wasn't bad. I went over on portions, but I didn't totally pig out, nor did I eat a bunch stuff off plan.
It strikes me as a good thing that I really wasn't tempted to eat a bunch of stuff that I just don't eat anymore - bread, potatoes, sugar. I just ate more meat and vegetables than I normally do on portion control. I did eat popcorn once, but I do that anyhow about twice a month.
So, today my trainer was here, and I'm really hoping it isn't raining early in the morning so I can get my run in before I pick up Dad for breakfast. Then the crew will be here for Wednesday harvest, which we will have to do in the rain if it isn't dry, since it's delivery day. But that's okay. We'll survive.
I can honestly say I'm past the point of feeling like falling off the wagon. Sure, not a good week. I don't know if I gained because I am just not going to get on the scale till Sunday. I hope I'm close to where I was. My waist measurement is the same, so that's good.
In fact, I'm kinda revved up again. I'd feel pretty good if I weren't still swamped with NEW papers to grade. Nature of the beast in October and November.
So, I think this is how normal people handle extraordinary stress. You maintain the best you can, and at the first opportunity, you climb back on and move forward. Therefore, I'm not going to feel guilty or like I've done something irredeemable. Life happens. I'm happy with what I'm doing and eager to continue.
On another front, I got good news today. My daughter was recently diagnosed with PCOS, without the androgen problems, with only mild weight gain, but with the ovary slowdowns. She is 30 and ready to start a family, so you can imagine that this has been hard on her.
Well, her doctor told her to go on a diet that would be suitable for a diabetic, even though she doesn't have diabetes. So I gave her my Always Hungry? book by Dr. David Ludwig (see an earlier blog about this program). Sometimes she doesn't like advice (where does she get THAT?? ;D) but she did want to try it.
One of the benefits of the no processed food, low glycemic/carb program is that it reduces inflammation, which is good for PCOS. This month she started her period RIGHT on time at 4 weeks! This means she can get blood work done tomorrow, and if the chemistry is right, they will give her a pill to help her ovulate a ripe egg.
So we're keeping our hopes up. I feel so grateful that I could share this program with her. I'm hoping that it will help her other autoimmune problems related to urticaria (a type of hives she gets from pressure on her skin) and a touch of asthma now and then. If only we knew a long time ago how many problems stem from too many processed carbs and sugar.
But when you know better, you do better. All in all, so far a much better week! ONEderland, here I come!!