Picking My Battles

Picking My Battles 

Posted: 7:05 am Monday, June 26th, 2017

By Ann Kelly

Trying to lose weight on top of dealing with a chronic illness isn’t easy. Last time we talked about this I wasn’t quite sure what was going on other than the SLE was very active. It still is and we’ll keep trying to find the right meds to keep things quiet and to make sure the impact on my kidneys is lessened as much as possible. That’s my life and I’m okay with it. But when I was working out with Jim at the Gym, aka Jim Healy at the BayCare Fitness Center at St Anthony’s Carillon last week he summed it up very well – you pick your battles. Would I like to have a few more pounds off? Of course! But at least I’m not gaining like I used to. Were there a few days when I wasn’t in the best of moods and wanted to reach for something I shouldn’t? Of course! But the days of beating myself up because I slipped are over. I’m happy with the path I’ve chosen for healthier eating. It’s not always easy to be at peace with Lupus since it has been a real struggle for the past few months. But I know when I walk in the door for my workout I’m going to feel even better when I leave. That’s been the biggest and most positive change. The days of giving in are over and getting in a workout are here. Even when I feel a little more fatigued than usual Jim shows me the right way to work out, gently stretch and leave feeling pretty pleased.

Fresh raspberries, raw natural honey with organic plain Greek yogurt soothes the sweet tooth

When it comes to the food battle I will always have two to deal with. My sweet tooth and eating too close to bedtime. My dietician Charlotte sent me a great list of those hidden sugar villains. You know, things you know are good for you but with all good things are best in moderation. See which ones might be news to you. And eating too close to bedtime is a real challenge since that’s around 6 pm. But keeping a food diary and tracking what I eat and when, will always keep me on track. That and reading food labels is a lifesaver as well.

So yes, my struggle is real and most likely won’t change anytime soon. But you know what give me the greatest comfort is my family and my friends. And that will never change, and I will continue to say this each day…

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.