I think part of the reason my weight loss slowed to a crawl this year was STRESS.
Lack of sleep
Kid health issues that worry a Mom to pieces
and just the general stress of being fat and not losing weight "fast enough."
I also think part of the reason my feet have not healed in over a year despite all the rest and treatments is STRESS.
I have been reading about energy balance and how our thoughts and moods affect our bodies. I'm currently reading Guide to Healing Chronic Pain - A Holistic Approach (free on Kindle Prime) and think that my long term stress and energy imbalance is part of the issue here. So I called my insurance company and found out I am covered for 8 acupuncture and non-traditional medicine visits per year. I am taking it. I have never tried acupuncture, but if it can help with my pain, energy, and overall well-being, I am all for it. I'll report back in when I have my first visit!
And along with that, I *need* to reduce my stress. Since I have no control over the kids' health issues and the pain and seem to also have little control over the weight loss, all I can control and work on is my response to those things. I try to practice meditation and spend some time relaxing each day, but sometimes I am so busy I forget. I'll be making a point of taking better care of my mind and spirit.
Eating is going okay. I've been sticking to Medifast up until this week when I had a couple of days with too many nuts, some slices of cheese and some salty ham. No junk, but it's always those nuts and cheese that get me. Oh, and I finished off a small half-empty jar of green olives, too.
Feeling a little more focused today and ready to tackle this ongoing STRESS with a combination of acupuncture, self-care, nutrition, and counseling.
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