Severine Posted June 18, 2022 Report Share Posted June 18, 2022 I started on here in 2016. The TLDR is that I met some inspiring, intelligent, and funny people and made some progress on my goals for several years (rock climbing! mental health! C25K! intuitive eating to battle an eating disorder!), and then I got cancer at the end of 2018 and had surgery for it in early 2019. Unsurprisingly, it turned my life upside down and recovery was challenging. I was just starting to get my shit back together when the pandemic hit. A few months ago, I moved internationally (from Boston, USA to Vancouver, Canada). There are a lot of positive aspects to the move, but being in an unfamiliar city is still hard, and I don't know anyone here (the feelings of alienation are real). I know that I need community and accountability to do anything other than spin my wheels, so I'm respawning here yet again, thanks to (1) the incredible patience of @fleaball, who always texts to remind me when a new challenge is starting, and (2) finally mustering the wherewithal to confront the dauntingly gigantic mountain of goals and problems I need to tackle. I am smarter and stronger in some ways than when I started in 2016 (and I definitely understand myself better), but I am also facing new challenges, including being in an unfamiliar city and dealing with the lifelong impacts of having my thyroid surgically removed. Also, moving meant losing my awesome therapist and nutritionist, and replacing them is on my (disgustingly long) to-do list. Current most pressing problems: My sleep is a mess. Insomnia, irregular sleep schedule, terrible sleep hygiene. Anemia. Recent bloodwork revealed this (I was almost glad, since it might explain why I'm always so tired) and I want to get it sorted. My doctor has me on iron supplements for three months to see if it helps. I'm in terrible shape right now. I get winded super easily and my resting heart rate is way higher than it used to be. I'm overweight to the point that it's impacting my physical abilities and feels bad. I'm not eating as healthily as I want to be. Also, disordered eating habits resurfaced during the chaos of the pandemic and the move and I am finding it hard to get back on track. My focus and concentration are not where I want them to be, and I think this is in part due to some mental health stuff. I have to do yearly follow-up scans and tests to make sure my cancer is still in remission and it's a source of some stress for me. I actually have a scan coming up on Monday, so wish me luck. The good news: I found a family doctor almost immediately after moving here, and I like him so far. Health care costs are not a worry thanks to a combination of the universal public plan and a work-provided extras plan that covers things like nutritionist visits. My blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. are all fine. I have an interesting job that I like, and I work from home, which means more time to devote to goals or interests. I have a happy and supportive home life. I've made real progress on health-related goals in the past, so I know it's possible. MY ACTUAL PLAN Anyway, the main question is what to tackle first. I need to take it slowly to avoid overwhelm, and I want to avoid the all-or-nothing mentality that has screwed me in the past. So here's my plan (suggestions/feedback welcome): MOVEMENT: Walk every day: ideally I'd like to walk about 30 min a day, but for this respawn I'll count anything, even five minutes up and down the block. This is more about building the habit than anything else. IRON: Take my iron supplement every day (with dinner). NO ADDED SUGAR: Eventually, I want to tackle a lot of food goals, but this is an important first step. I've been working on reducing my intake of sweets lately, and I want to go back to avoiding them altogether (I did so for over six months in 2021 and it really made me feel better). Only things with added sugar count; fruit and other natural sources of sugar are fine. SUPPORT: Search for local nutritionists/dietitians and make at least one enquiry with someone who looks promising (I already found a potential therapist who seems like a good fit, and I am on his waiting list). I still need to make a sweet tracking spreadsheet, but I'll post it here once I have. 6 2 Quote Fitbit | Current Challenge | Old Challenges: 1 ~ 2 ~ 3 ~ 4 ~ 5 ~ 6 ~ 7 ~ 8 ~ 9 ~ 10 ~ 11 ~ 12 ~ 13 ~ 14 ~ 15 ~ 16 ~ 17 ~ 18 ~ 19 Forum avatar is original art by the talented Veronica Guzzardi. Used with permission! Link to comment
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