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Monday, December 30, 2019

Weekly Weigh In: Week 28, December 30, 2019

I have decided that this feature will now run indefinitely, and will replace the My Quarterly Report feature.  It will go live every Monday, and it will be a weigh in that will share how I'm doing health-wise, and it will give me more accountability with my health.

Here is my twenty-eighth weigh in:

1. The Selfie: The selfie is me as of today, December 30, 2019.  {Yes, I got haircut.  Thanks again, sis!} 

2. Weight: Over Christmas, I gained around 5 lbs., but I was able to lose all but a pound of that.  I'm not happy about the net gain of 1 lb., but I'm glad it didn't stay 5!  I am going to do better this week food-wise as there were enough stomach issues that came with the eating indiscretions to keep me honest going forward.  Here's hoping a weight loss will accompany that resolve!

3. Health News: I was able to average just over 8,000 steps per day last week.  I am hoping to at least get my 6,000 steps per day average this week, but I'm not sure the weather will cooperate (we've gotten 2 1/2 inches in the last hour and a half so far).  I'll do what I can, though.  Wish me luck!

My insomnia has been a lot better, so I'm grateful for that.  In fact, I haven't had any of that this last week, so that's especially exciting.  I will definitely be praying that continues!

I think I'm finally basically over this head cold.  It peaked over Christmas, which was no fun, but I definitely feel mostly over it now.  Bad eating choices didn't help me feel 100% either, but I've fixed that over the last few days and that has helped.  Here's hoping things continue to improve!

4. Diet News:  As I mentioned above, my eating choices were not always the best this last week, and I didn't always meet my intermittent fasting goals. I definitely paid for not following my eating rules (mainly with stomach upset), too.  I will definitely do better this week because it is honestly no fun to deal with the consequences of not following my rules.

5. Other News: Please continue to pray for my middle kid.  For 3 months now, he has been dealing with an unknown health issue (he's had a host of symptoms from headaches to swollen lymph nodes to fatigue/lack of stamina to upper abdomen pain and more).  

We have plans to discuss his most recent labs with the doctor on Friday.  Please pray for this meeting!  I have a feeling more tests are in his future as he is continuing to have issues and a few old issues have popped up along with some new ones.  It has been a frustrating time for all of us, and I know we would just like to know what needs to be done to help our son start feeling 100% again.

To give you a current update/rundown on his condition, his headaches and belly pain are normally not present now, but he will have days were those spike up in pain without a known cause.  Unfortunately, he has had a few more breakthrough headaches lately and some stomach issues off and on.  He is also having some center chest pain/tightness at times like he did before the Pepcid.  We are starting to suspect the Vitamin D and Pepcid may no longer be helping like they were.  He is also dealing with a raised type of rash that doesn't itch (it looks a lot like the Keratosis pilaris he has had since he was very young, so we're not sure if that is just flared up or if this is something new related to what is going on with his health now).  He also deals with knee and back pain at times, as well as 99 range temperatures with or without chills.  He has also dealt with 2 or 3 cold/sinus-type issues in the last 3 months, and he is normally my healthy kid who is sick maybe twice a year.  All of these things coupled with his fatigue, the lack of appetite and focus, palpable and painless lymph nodes, and mainly "normal" labs make for a really frustrating situation for us and the doctor.  It's hard to know what direction to go in.  Please continue to pray for wisdom for all of us.  Thank you!

As to our week, we are enjoying our last week of vacation before school resumes next week.  We are hoping to do some traveling, but the weather (and some health issues) are not cooperating right now.  We'll see if things change over the next day or 2, but it is looking more like it will be a quiet week at home.  We shall see!

And, because I won't be posting again before then, I hope you have a Happy New Year!  May 2020 be an amazing year for you!

How are you doing?  Do you have anything you want to weigh in with?  Any health progress or goals you want to share?  If so, please leave a comment below (with a link to your post, if you have one and wish to leave it), and I'll respond ASAP.

Have a great week!

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