So I've been working to lose the *ahem* "few" pounds I've gained over the winter. I've been feeling a little draggy, not just myself lately. Today I went to visit my naturopath and expressed my concerns to her. And low and behold there are some actual possible reasons for my relative funk. Blood pressure? Elevated. Enough to be of some concern. Thyroid & iron? Being tested, but the likely reason for my lack of energy and weight gain. Wacko menstrual cycle? Need progesterone. The beauty of going to an ND as my primary care physician? Tests ordered today, and appointment next Monday to discuss the results. In addition, I was booked for a 1/2 hour appointment (hello? NEVER had an appt that long with an MD!), but spent a full 45 minutes with her. She wants to hear about my whole body/emotions/life so that she can get my whole reality and make evaluations based on all of the information. And she trusts me to know myself, and to be the best judge of what I need.
Having said that, I am blessed in that I have a wonderful career with excellent benefits that enable me to afford to visit her, and pay for my assorted tests and treatments. It would be amazing for everyone, regardless of financial means, to have the choice to access this comprehensive and full care. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a society that valued preventative care, not just acute care once one's health is deteriorated beyond the scope of average care?
Okay, so it's not all in my head. There are physical reasons for how I've been feeling. Validation is a powerful thing. And I have an immediate appointment to get the results of my tests and to plan the actions to heal what needs to be healed.
To aid in the spring weight loss efforts, I have been running and walking alot. My trusty walking partner has been enjoying it too.
|Chase the wonderdog looking very serious|
She's pooped and quite happy to curl up and sleep on the couch. I think she even smiled a bit when I left for a big part of the day today--it meant she could veg out and not think about more exercise :) And an added benefit? She's losing some winter pudge too. Being an only doggy means not much wild play to wear off calories. Chasing the cats just isn't the same.
Speaking of wonderdogs and spring, the melting snow has uncovered, well, poop. Lots of it. Tomorrow the organic waste bin, a rake and I have a date in the backyard. Spring is always so much fun!