I went on vacation! YAY!
Heading to the East Coast is a sweet thing for me. It also brings up emotions. I grew up on the East Coast. I was born on the East Coast. I had a home on the East coast for 51 years! I have so many memories and feelings about living there and sometimes I cannot believe that I picked up and moved where the mountains were calling.
No matter how many joyful adventures I have on vacation I still carry stress with me. It's a life lesson for me - to learn to be in the present and let go of the need for perfection. It's no wonder that I had a mini-flare up while I was away.
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2013. Since then it's been a part of my life - sometimes it takes the forefront and other times I simply co-exist with the disease. I take care of myself, eat well and mostly clean and do what I can to reduce stress (a major factor in flares).
Away from my routine for two weeks is a long time for this homebody. I didn't have my weekly acupuncture or food choices to keep me healthy. I slept less than I usually do (traveling to 6 different 'homes' for the trip it's not surprising) and I ate and drank more than usual.
That's enough to gain some weight. On top of that the flare began during my last week. I had my hubby ship me my meds and did my best to stay on top of things, still, when I got back I was in need of some prednisone - stat!
For those of you unfamiliar - prednisone is a steroid and it can be a miracle drug for people living with diseases like mine. It can also help you pack on the pounds and feel irritable (more than usual) and hungry.
Although I was on a very low dose it still worked its magic. I'm flare-free after a low-dose two and half week run of the drug.
I'm also up 3 pounds from when I left on vacation.
I'm okay with that.
As long as I'm living in this body, my number one priority is to take care of it - and that means getting and staying healthy. Sometimes that means drugs that increase my weight. If I skipped the drug to stay at my weight I could end up hospitalized and that's not an option for me any more.
Losing weight and staying healthy is life project, not a specific number by a specific date. Life is going to happen. I'm going to get out of balance and stressed sometimes and I may have to get back on the meds. That's not ideal but it's reality. I'm still below my goal weight and at lifetime, I just weigh more than I'd love.
However, I love being healthy more than anything!
Hey! I'm Peggie & this is the year that I'm losing - my fears, my limits, and my ego. Along the way I'm losing weight and unhealthy habits, and picking up new skills too.