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Thursday, May 02, 2019

I weighed 117 this morning.

Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling well enough to make the trip up-north to visit my kids. I was disappointed (as were they) but hopefully we'll see each other soon. I'm still not feeling great but day-by-day I'm getting better.

I've had to work to keep my weight from falling too far below my goal of 120 lbs. This is definitely a new challenge for me - one I never expected to encounter. Several times I've dipped down to 113 and this is too thin for me. During a bout of illness (like this recent one) I find it difficult to maintain my weight. The doctor (specialist) I saw recently told me it's unhealthy for me to weigh less than 120 so I'm being careful.

I've been having scads of medical tests (last night a sleep-study, next week heart tests) and I hope these give me some direction on how to improve my health. I still don't have a replacement for my family doctor (who left the heath clinic) and next week I'll be meeting with a new nurse practitioner who will be overseeing my care and treatment. I hope we work well together.

I'm discouraged with my lack of progress in dealing with my addiction to cigarettes. I seem to make good progress then I lapse when I feel anxious or stressed. I'm surrounded by smokers and this seems to make relapsing easy to do. Perhaps decreasing my painkillers at the same time as trying to quit/decrease smoking is more than I can manage right now. I don't know.

A protein-rich meal usually gives me a boost so I have fish on the menu for dinner today. I also plan on making a big pot of lentil soup so I can have a quick protein boost throughout the week. I'm determined to do what I can to feel better and good food is the best way I know to influence my health and sense of wellness.

I hope everyone is well. If you're struggling for whatever reason, try to keep moving forward as best you can and be gentle with yourself. You will see good outcomes.

Love to all, ~Theresa emoticon

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For my friends and family, their love and support

For my faith

For good health-care, conscientious professionals and support staff

For goals and dreams to strive for

For good, healthy food and the means to eat well

For my spark-friends

I AM GRATEFUL!






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  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope you have found a solution that works for you.

    770 days ago
  • SARAWMS48
    Since many of us are afraid of gaining when we quit smoking, perhaps it would be a good time for you to do it. I remember years ago that you rewarded yourself with a manicure for the money you saved by not smoking. Would that still motivate you? If not, is there something else that would?
    771 days ago
  • JOANN25
    Theresa, you can handle this. Quitting will help you in so many ways. I have a friend that just got diagnosed with COPD that never smoked a day in her life. She was subjected to 2nd hand smoke. Do your best to quit … not all at once... as that would be too hard. Take it a day at a time and 1 less cigarette at a time.

    My prayers go with you as you endeavor to beat this habit and stay healthy.
    821 days ago
  • TABATHA_CAIN
    I am a smoker too. I feel that while I am trying to get healthy as far as weight and physical are concerned I should probably wait on the smoking stuff. Once I am at my goal weight I will work on quitting smoking. All the changes would be just too much for me. Good luck on trying to quit if that is what you want to do. It is really hard to quit.

    821 days ago
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