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Thursday, May 17, 2012

I've been a giant ball of stress lately. I'm trying to just keep up at this point and I'm doing okay but could really use some time to just not do things. My husband suggested that we see a movie two weeks ago and my first thought wasn't whether or not I wanted to see the movie but "How am I going to fit that in?!" Most of my exercise has been stuff that I've had to plan way in advance. The only exception to that has been walking. I've been walking across Manhattan lately to get to work and it's been really good. It only takes 15 minutes more than the subway/bus/taxi, and I get in a good chunk of exercise. I walked 4.5 miles the other day between work and running an errand. Planning anything else in my schedule has not made me feel good, even though a lot of it is stuff that I genuinely want to do.

One of my minor worries is that my husband got some strange test results back from his doctor. He has some insulin resistance, and I'm just not sure what that really means. He's going back to his doctor for more info soon, but does anyone know anything about this? Apparently it can be controlled through diet and exercise, but there's "diet and exercise" and there's "make sure your diet only contains these five things and get twelve hours a week of exercise." He's veggie-phobic and doesn't really get a lot of formal exercise. We do have a stair stepper and he pulled it out the other day after he got the phone call from his doctor, which means this is also really worrying him.
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    If he was worried enough to pull out the stair stepper, then perhaps he'll use that worry to get creative with his diet. I have some veggie-phobic friends but there are usually a few veggies that they actually do like (not just ketchup!), so even if they are more expensive than most, or more difficult to prepare, the two of you may be willing to put in the extra work to add those to the routine.

    There is not much you can do about your husband's health problem/s until you get some definite answers from the doctor. I totally get how stressful that is- my sister was recently diagnosed with a degenerative disease that effects her brain stem and spinal column. I'm super worried to say the least.

    Arm yourself and your husband with information, talk to him about what he's willing to do about his diet. It may take some time before he's like, "pass the veggies", but I've never known anyone to say no to a veggie burrito, for example. It is to his great advantage that you are there! You're into healthy eating and fitness, those are resources he'll need.

    Please try not to allow your stress to overwhelm you. Possibly the hardest thing to do in this situation, but stress takes such a huge toll! If you have too much on your plate (and I know you are super active), try committing to a bit less, or relaxing on how much exercise you expect from yourself. This stressful time will pass and you will be back to your regularly scheduled program, so accommodate your needs as they arise.

    And please keep me updated on how you are doing! You're not alone, and people really do care! (You have my number if you need anything!)
    3317 days ago
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