Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends. This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better. Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.
Together we can do this!
Hey friends – how did you do last week? Did you stand strong? Any bumps in the road? Any mountains you climbed?
Since I’ve been sick with the flu, I’ve lost a little over 10 pounds. Okay, it’s not the best way to lose weight but I’ll take it, right? I am doing better with the flu; however, I’m still not 100% yet. The doctor assures me this is normal and it takes weeks – sometimes months – to get back to where you were. Shaking my head – this is something I never want to go through again and don’t wish it upon any one. Everything tastes ‘funny’ and certain foods I’ve loved before, I can’t stand at the moment. For instance, I’ve been having a hard time with soda – you know the real stuff. Especially being here in Atlanta, we live for Coca Cola. Well I’m happy to report that since my illness, I can’t stand it. I guess that’s a good way to kick it to the side huh? And food wise, I can eat just a little bit – maybe 15% of what I was eating before and I’m done. My tummy just swells too much from still being sick. But on the other hand where I once craved everything, lately I’m just craving good old southern food – greens, mac & cheese, fried chicken – you know southern dinner stuff. We went out yesterday to a local restaurant that serves this kind of food. I couldn’t even finish my plate. Weird.
And you want to hear another strange thing that has happened since I’ve been sick? A remarkable overwhelming calmness has overtaken my body. Things are just shrugged off my shoulders and my pulse rate has been ‘below normal’… well below normal for me. When I was giving plasma, it was a struggle for my pulse rate to be 100-112 bpm. Here lately, it’s been hanging around 94-99 bpm which is totally awesome. Weird too huh?
Well friends – hope your week was marvelous and your scales were kind to you. ❤