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Yikes, time flies! Getting back on the wagon

Friday, March 05, 2021

As it happens sometimes, I fall off the wagon. I was doing pretty well with intermittent fasting and tracking my carbs. It's really easy to get short-sighted during this process and when I wasn't seeing the progress I wanted, I just lapsed back into poor eating habits, not tracking, etc. Unsurprisingly, the few pounds I lost came right back.

However, there is very good news--I just got the Moderna vaccine shot yesterday and, even though I know I need to wait for the second shot to have time to fully inoculate me before I really get the benefits, there is a huge psychological weight off my shoulders. I was barely going outside--literally, I would go a week or even longer without leaving my home. I know that's not healthy and much of this anxiety not tied to reality but, is it? It has been impossible to do a good risk assessment during this time and I'm so high-risk anyway that even going outside didn't feel worth it if it meant I'd eventually end up in the hospital.

I know that I'm not that much better off right now than I was two days ago. The vaccine needs time to teach my body how to respond. But the fact that this is finally happening means that I can be outside again without worrying that someone's breath might kill me. I mean, that's honestly how the last year has felt, like there's a threat around every corner. I haven't been inside of a grocery store (except to get the shot) since October, right before that third, huge surge. We were watching infection numbers hit shocking, horrible highs. I just couldn't get myself outside that much after that.

Anyway, with the first shot in my arm, working its magic, I feel like I can start putting some pieces of my life and my health back together. Walking outside. Getting sunlight and fresh air. Letting my in-laws take the baby while my husband and I go for a quick drive or picnic (though we could always bring the baby for that). I wish everyone a quick path to their vaccination. We have been through so, so much as a country and I can't wait until we can resume so many of the normal things we've been missing and that used to bring us joy.
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    Wowowowowow! Congratulations to you and DH! That's awesome news.

    Yes, the pandemic has definitely done psychological things to me, too. Just go the 1st vaccine today myself (DH, too). Both of us are doing well.

    My DH had spinal surgery in November and is having thyroid surgery for cancer in April, so I am grateful that he is on the road with the vaccinations.

    HUGS to you and so good to see you post!

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    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    "Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit."
    ~ Napoleon Hill

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