I know that we’ve got one more day left of the month, but I’ll probably be a bit busy tomorrow, so I’ll write this today, in case my workload gets the best of me tomorrow. 🙂
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks! But some of you knew that already. 😉
It’s been a little over 2 months since I started on my health recovery journey. Report card time! Here’s where things stand.
The sky in the picture above was actually taken about a half hour ago, which is quite symbolic, because it perfectly expresses the mixed bag of my progress. 😉
I’ve tried to make sure my diet remains good. I’ve been eating a little less chocolate at the office. I still need to work on having my fruit and vegetable smoothies on weekends, and I need to find snacks that have better protein. But we’re eating out less and I haven’t had much conventionally-raised beef (which in the US involves that awful recombinant bovine growth hormone–ugh).
Diet grade: 3.5 stars
Sleep hygiene hasn’t changed too much yet. I haven’t started sleeping in bed yet. That’s going to be a tougher one for me, because it’s a PTSD trigger and a huge change to a well-entrenched routine. But I have figured out what to watch and what not to watch at night. For some reason, “Forensic Files” and “Breaking Bad” keep me awake, but “Dr Phil” and “House MD” are viable options to fall asleep to.
Sleep Hygiene grade: 2-2.5 stars
Kretek usage has dropped considerably. In fact, I’m generally off of them altogether except for when I’m running too low on vape juice or I’m trying to keep mosquitos away and essential oils aren’t working. I got a new atomizer to replace the one I misplaced last week, which was unknowingly giving me nickel poisoning. I much prefer vaping over kreteks. I made a lot of progress in this area in a pretty short time!
Kretek cessation: 4 stars, soon to be 5 (!)
Spinal decompression has been a regular thing in my life, and I’ve been pretty faithful with it. Due to workload (and its accompanying stress) this past week, I didn’t get treated Monday or Tuesday, but I did on Wednesday and Friday for sure (strangely enough, I don’t remember if I did on Thursday). Three treatments in a week is ideal, but 2 is still decent. The week before was even better. Every time I got spinal decompression, I also got acupuncture, which helps a ton with my brain, emotions, and so on.
Treatment regularity grade: 4.5 stars
Supplements have been off and on. Some days, I remember all of my dosages of all of my supplements. Some days I forget everything completely. And most days fall somewhere in between–remembering half of the dosages for all of my supplements, or taking all of the dosages of some of the supplements.
Supplement grade: 2.5 stars
Exercise has been a little uneven. I walk a few times a week, but I haven’t done much more than that. I need to improve in this area.
Exercise grade: 1.5-2 stars
It’s warm out (today got to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, about 40 degrees C), with heat indices that went even higher. So, I’ve been sitting a lot outside, essentially giving myself a free sauna treatment every day. This helps detox the body and remind myself to drink plenty of fluids.
Sauna and rehydration grade: 4.5 stars
Stress management is also up and down, but getting better. I’ve pulled back a lot on Silent Wave blogging frequency, a trend that will probably continue. We’re coming home from work at a reasonable hour. I’m blogging more on this blog, which feels more free and allows me to discuss a greater variety of topics. I’m staying away from social media a bit more. I step in for a few minutes every few days to engage, and then I’m done for a while. My partner and I have been able to open up to each other more and solve problems as more of a team. I’ll subtract a few points for the fact that I’m not working out like I probably could and although I read out loud to my partner, it’s not as consistent as it could be.
Stress management grade: 4 stars
Symptoms are improving, too.
I’m finding it much easier to climb stairs! And walk. My blood is re-oxygenating.
I’ve lost 2-3 pounds!
I’m sleeping a bit better.
My brain is coming back, although slowly (getting nickel poisoning definitely didn’t help!).
My skin has more color, looks a bit younger, and I’m starting to feel a bit more like me again.
My cervical disc herniation pain is gone, has been for a while now, and the pins and needles sensation has dissipated a lot.
I’m in slightly better shape than I was, even though I haven’t been very active.
I’ve got some more work to do:
- Get more regular with supplements.
- Continue cutting back on carbs.
- Start trying to sleep in bed?
- Complete more of the needed dental work.
- Continue with spinal decompression and acupuncture.
- Walk more.
- Read more.
- Paint/color more.
- Cease kreteks without exception.
There it is. 🙂