Tackling the energy deficit

One of the metrics I’m using to determine the state of my health this year is my energy level. I’m taking a measurement every day on the following scale:

1 = stuck in bed all day

2 = bare minimum tasks (up, dressed, ate something, went to work or doctor’s appointments)

3 = also got some necessary things done (dishes, laundry, bills paid, made an actual meal)

4 = had energy left to have some fun! (see a friend, play a game, watch a movie, do a craft)

5 = had enough energy for plenty of fun! (something big: see a concert, go on a hike, go to a day-long event)

When I was working five days a week, I was living at a level 1 or 2. I was going through the motions to accomplish the bare minimum, but nothing else was getting done. I’d basically drag myself home and go straight to bed, then wake up and do it again. Weekends were spent in bed trying to recuperate to get ready for the next week.

The three-day schedule has given me a lot of that energy back. I still have days in bed, but I’m pretty solidly at level 2 or 3 most of the time, with an occasional foray into level 4.

My hope, of course, is that improving my diet and exercise will help with the MS fatigue, and that my energy level will rise accordingly. I need to hit level 4 on a regular basis so I can actually see my friends outside of work!

Dr.Zarkov, Begin the Energy Flow !” by Lew (tomswift) Holzman / CC BY

Today is the second day of the rest of my life

Ladies and gentlemen, I have decided to invest in myself and take my health goals to the next level in 2018. I’ve signed up for Precision Nutrition Coaching. Don’t worry — this post is not sponsored, it’s not an ad, and nobody is twisting my arm to tell you about it. I’m just going to be focusing a lot of time on it this year, so I figured I’d give you a heads-up in case I refer to it along the way.

I’m really excited. I decided on the PN program because it’s not gimmicky; it’s not a fad diet or some crazy weightlifting extravaganza that would be beyond my abilities. It’s habit-based — you learn habits of eating and moving that help you get healthier now and help keep you healthy into the future. (Okay, that sounds cheesy, but that is what I want: something that works for the long haul.) Continue reading “Today is the second day of the rest of my life”

Gift of finest wheat?

Wheat Sheaf
Photo by John-Morgan

I shouldn’t use that hymn as a post title. It is actually my least-favorite hymn of all time, thanks to some over-enthusiastic members of the choir in my youth. Still, I have wheat on the brain today, and it is lodged pretty firmly in there. I should go on record as being so tired that I am very likely to make no sense at all tonight, but I wanted to post. Forgive me in advance if I am completely random.

Thanks to a friend’s Facebook post, I picked up a book yesterday with the catchy title, Wheat Belly. I started reading it last night, and I am fascinated. The author – in this first part, at any rate – is going into how wheat has been transformed by man in the last half-century and how many people’s bodies are reacting negatively to it. In many cases, the body sees the wheat proteins (glutenin or gliadin) as invaders and mounts an offensive against them… and against any cells in your body that might resemble them.

If my body is going to repeatedly attack itself, it behooves me to find out why. (And also to use the word “behooves” whenever possible.) Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease, which makes me pretty darn interested in anything that could have an adverse effect on my immune system. Graves Disease (aka “BigEye”) is an auto-immune disease as well. Coincidence? We shall see.

I’ve barely made a dent in the book, but I am looking forward to the research.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for a good and kind husband, and for a great big win over the San Antonio Spurs. (By 40.)
  • I’m lighter! by giftwrap and ribbons and bows and tissue paper.