Saturday, October 25, 2014
Well, my goal for four years has been to complete my memoir. And a couple of weeks ago my dream was realized. Treasures from Darkness is available at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. (search for Cynthia Lott Vogel, books and you will find it). I am very proud of the book and have gotten wonderful reports of people who've read and enjoyed it.
I could not afford to pay an editor and there are a couple of typos so I beg your patience with that. They are minor and not that numerous.
I've begun working on my next book which is a devotional for the chronically ill and their spouses. Writing it is the fun part....editing, finding an agent , correcting proofs and galleys and marketing all pretty much suck. I have tons of articles on my computer but have not gotten up the nerve to find publishers. I need an assistant!
As far as eating well? no. I've been eating frozen dinners or leftovers from take out. I cannot cook anymore. I have been diagnosed with peripherall neuropathy from the Sjogrens and also with two pinched off nerves which are encroached upon by my RA in my spine. So whenever I stand for more than a minute or two I get excruciating leg pain and my legs and arms go numb. I'm lucky if I can heat up soup.
Today I tried my best to do ten minutes with arm weights (2 measly pounds) and could only make it for 6 or 7 minutes with a rest in the middle. I am so discouraged about my body. Yesterday my daughter's boyfriend took a picture of me to use at my book signing. I haven't had a pic taken in a LONG time for obvious reasons.
I'm back on the steroids so will probably gain even more. Really it tempts me to give up trying to lose weight. I haven't lost any significant weight since last December when I lost 30 lbs doing the Fuhrman eating plan....however it was too
hard to maintain the effort of the complicated recipes and I quit ...and gained all the weight right back. I do not eat a lot. Rarely more than 1500 calories in a day. And yet here I am. Huge. I also take psych meds that cause weight gain. I feel like it's a losing battle. I know I cannot be completely sedentary. If I am I will be wheelchair bound very soon ....and my house would be an impassable obstacle. It is not made for wheelchairs and it cannot be adapted. (we had engineers in a while ago...to see about a stair seat or an elevator or a ramp outside....and not a single thing was possible. WE bought the houses at the worst possible time and now wee are stuck with very little equity and a terrible housing market in our development.
I can't think about it. It's too upsetting.
Anyway...I'm trying ...I keep the weights next to my recliner and when I''m sitting here, I lift them in various ways. would love to trim down some triceps.
Any way that's all the news that's fit to report.