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I'm hovering around 199.6 for the last two mornings. WOW! It's exciting to actually reach weight that's under two hundred...even just a hair under. 6 lbs to go before I reach my lowest weight since moving to Ann Arbor (and meeting Phil...!), and about 25 left before my original goal of 174.

It's been incredibly humid (and thunderstormy), which means I'm preparing and eating a lot more salads and raw veggies. It feels so good! My favorite salad to make at work is a baby spinach base, with whole red grape tomatoes, shaved carrots, radish slices, cucumber crescents, about 1/4 avocado, a few ounces of cooked white beans and a handful of pepitas (toasted sunflower seeds). The avocado is so creamy and the tomato is so juicy that there's no need for a dressing.

I have had a very determined flare for (maybe more than?) a week or so now. Today it wasn't so bad, but now I've got these incredibly dry eyes and a tiredness about me. This may just be from the heat. And that I took some cough syrup last night because I couldn't get to sleep but didn't want to get dried out from Benadryl.

I'm still doing lots of walking -- today I walked about 2.7 miles (round trip) to a paper store in Kerrytown. The paper store is a place I should not be able to go unsupervised - I left with about $60 worth of origami paper. YIKES! It was not the best choice to make, mostly because carrying the bag (not terribly heavy, but fibro makes things seem disproportionately irritating) cut into my hand and was very uncomfortable most of the return trip.

But the bottom line is -- activity makes me feel better and more satisfied with my life, even if it causes pain (or doesn't alleviate it - whatever the goal is). It makes me smirk a little that even after losing 30 lbs, I still experience ALL of my fibro symptoms (granted, maybe with fibro it'll take a looong time for my body to adjust to its new state) -- which is contrary to so many reports I hear of doctors blaming fibro on above-average weight.


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