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Lazy Day Sunday!

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m having a lazy day today.  Yesterday’s weigh-in was 316, which is pretty good considering I didn’t eat all that well last week.  DH celebrated his birthday, so we had Coldstone Creamery cake.  Oh dear.  My exercise routine last week was pretty awful as well.

I also stayed off the computer for a good bit last week.  For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with increasing anxiety about my health.  Everything is just fine and I’ve had tests to prove it and multiple doctors have told me so.  However, I just have had a hard time letting go of that one doc that misread a test and wanted to put a pacemaker in ASAP.  If I hadn’t requested a second opinion from an actual specialist, I would probably be sitting here with one right now!  Needless to say, I had a couple of panic attacks the other week within just a few days, so I went to see my general doc for help.  He put me on a med to help me regain the balance that I’ve been missing.  I just want to go for a couple of months feeling “normal” and not scared.  Hopefully it will help.

Of course a side effect of this new med is sleep disruptions and boy did I ever experience them last week.  During a 3 day stretch I had only had about 13 hours of sleep and I’m one of those people that usually needs 8-9 per night.  So, all that translated into a bad week for exercise, and with DH working late a few nights and my preparations for his birthday, there were several nights of not eating well to boot!

This week will definitely be better.  I’m focusing on taking things one day at a time and taking care of myself emotionally.  Before, that translated into eating Cheetos or copious amounts of chocolate 🙂  Now I want it to be about doing things that I enjoy – papercrafting, reading, taking a bath, etc.  The DVD I had ordered about beginning Tai Chi also arrived last week and that seems to be helpful for calming my inner turmoil as well.

What non-food strategies do you use for dealing with stress?

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  1. February 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Hey, thanks for the link back to my post. I definitely need to take it on board this week (one day at a time).

    So sorry to hear about the side effects from the change in medications. How frustrating for you… not to mention the false alarm re the pacemaker.

    I hope you have a nice week of doing the things you enjoy and your anxiety starts to ease.

    Deb

    • February 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      You’re very welcome – your blog is so thoughtful. I wasn’t big into blogs until this last year and I’m learning so much from everyone out there.

      We’ll see how this med does for the anxiety. I know that I’m doing good things for my body by eating a lot better and exercising regularly. The nagging thought at the back of my mind is that I’ve been too fat for too long and I’m a lost cause. Luckily I’ve had some really good doctors reassure me. They’ve even gone so far as to be PROUD of me! So, I need to try to listen to the professionals, right? 🙂

      • February 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

        Absolutely! PS. I have the same thought re being overweight for too long…. 😦

      • February 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        Looks like we both need to quiet that voice in our heads and focus on positive 🙂 Sometimes I try to imagine/hope that it is like giving up smoking. Within hours your lungs are already starting to heal themselves…

  2. February 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    First big hugs, how frightened you must have been when the doctor recommended an emergency pacemaker. The former cardiac nurse in me is wondering what that doctor was looking at. I’m so glad you went for a second opinion.

    Panic attacks are so common and you did the right thing in talking to your doctor about it. You have the right attitude about the anti-anxiety medication. It is a tool just like the non-food strategies you talked about. You are not a lost cause as long as you continue to want to change. I am proud of you too for talking about the struggles you face and for finding alternatives to food in dealing with them. Weight loss is difficult especially when doing it for the long term. You aren’t just trying to change your weight. You are working on changing your lifestyle. Hang in there. Do not give up girl!

    • February 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks, it was certainly an experience I won’t forget. Luckily I had an *amazing* electrophysiologist on my case. My regular doc said I should pay more attention to him (than the cardiologist) because he’s a super-specialist and has years and years of experience reading these charts. And on a 30 day event monitor, the worst thing I had were some PAC’s. So I keep trying to remind myself about what my doc said…sometimes it is just nice for the doc to remind me that I’m fine and am doing the right thing.

      Aimee, you really helped put my mind at ease! Going on this medication wasn’t an easy decision and with the side-effects it has been tempting to quit. But, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on and take each day as it comes for what it is.

      Ain’t no way I’m giving up now 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement!

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