I'm still here. I'm just having a busy life. So, I'll run through the quick update.
Now, both the pets are sick. Frodo started in with a bout of pancreatitis last weekend and he's still recoving from that. Merv is somewhat better, but making slow progress. We're probably going to start him on Predisone in the next couple of weeks to see if that knocks out whatever it is that is making him less than perfect in the health department.
Nothing much has happened with the house. I got out and planted some bulbs in my cut flower bed yesterday. I have an entire grocery sack of iris rhisomes because I dug up some ancient irises and divided them. They literally had root clumps that were 2'x1' and produced about 20 useable rhisomes each. So, if anyone in PDX wants some irises for their yard, shoot me an email. The Bodyguard has been sprinkling fava beans around the yard to get some nitrogen in the soil. We still have some indoor projects to tackle this winter, but none of it is pressing. I'd like to fix up the kitchen fixtures, and we need to add and swap out lighting throughout the house. We're thinking of putting a new metal roof on this summer, but we may wait another year or so.
So far, I've lost 7 pounds over the course of 8 weeks which means I'm still on course for weighing 125 again by the goal date I set for myself. I've discovered that my problem is I don't eat enough food on most days and my metabolism just shuts down. So, the biggest thing I've learned is that I have to make myself eat, and eat enough of the right foods. I also realized that part of my problem is chronic pain that I've just learned to ignore/deal with/ compenstate for. So, I decided to take the plunge and get Rolfed to see if directly addressing the bad muscle memory would help. It's a ten session process, and so far I've had two sessions.
Here's my journaled account from another spot:
I had my first Rolfing session two days ago and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I feel like my hips are sitting better under my torso, which allows me to breathe with much more ease. The therapist figured out exactly where my problem areas are and gave a lot of attention to correcting the other tensed areas in my upper body that are caused by compensating for my weak leg. Overall, I feel like every movement I make is worth more right now. I can't wait to complete the whole series of 10.
I had my second session on Friday. This was the session where he worked on my "gravity" or the sense of connection to the ground.
Since my legs are a main area of concern for me, and they pretty much feel like clubs I balance on, I expected this one to be a little difficult. I did have a harder time breathing, because some of the work on my calves was "painful", but it was more like a really intense pressure.
At the end when he asked me to walk, the change and improvement was immediately noticeable. I literally could feel the ground in the soles of my feet and all the way up through my legs. When he pressed on my shoulders, I could feel the pressure meeting the ground in my heels.
After the session I felt really energized and rode the bus to the grocery store, then home with a load of groceries. Carrying the bags of groceries two blocks to the grocery store was easy, and didn't pain my back. When I got home, my husband immediately noticed and said I seemed a lot different. I spent a hour in my garden with a pick axe and shovel on Saturday and felt fantastic.