Last week, I wrote about putting myself on a budget, and how much I benefitted from it. Recently, I decided to apply the concept of budgeting to my food intake. As I have lamented all summer long, I recently gained 20 unexpected pounds. Since my old diet and exercise routines allowed the weight to creep up, I knew I needed to cut back on food and increase my workouts to get rid of that unwanted weight and keep it off. Honestly, I have never counted calories before, and was not looking forward to it. I discovered Argus--a free fitness app that tracks everything--heart rate, calories burned, calories consumed, coffee drunk, water intake, nightly sleep. When I say everything, I genuinely mean everything.
Earlier this week, DC Public Schools began a new school year. The sun is setting a little bit earlier each evening, as the days shorten. It's the last weekend of August. Next week we celebrate Labor Day. All these are clear signs that summer is coming to an end. Here are the things I am celebrating this week:
If you are anything like me, the word budget induces repeated involuntary cringes. Growing up, times were often lean as my single mom did her best to provide for my sister and me. We weren't poor, simply working class. Yet, I felt deprived compared to my suburban friends and their middle class families. My finances didn't improve much after college. I took low-paying nonprofit and teaching jobs that forced me to stick to a strict budget. When I left the classroom and moved to the for-profit world, I finally had a job that could meet all my financial needs and allow me to indulge a bit. I rejoiced!
I'm still feeling the positive effects of my week at Martha's Vineyard. I'm more relaxed and content than I have been in a long while. This week, I am celebrating:
After months of doctor consultations, blood work and radiology tests, none of my doctors have given me a definitive diagnosis for what is going on physiologically.* The best they could say is my thyroid is slightly enlarged, and my hormone levels are slightly elevated but still within the "normal" range. Neither condition is serious enough for them to intervene in any way, and trust me, I have been asking for reprieve. The impact these hormonal changes are having on my body are just about unbearable.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.