“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

Ah, yes, obstacles. More specifically, dieting obstacles. I encountered an obstacle last week in the form of the FLU. I know we’ve all heard how bad the flu season is this year, and now I personally can vouch for it. I started to feel run-down and achy Wednesday night, only cold like symptoms Thursday, the cold-like symptoms intensified dramatically (or “dramastically” as I heard it pronounced on a reality show recently!) Friday, but then the cough reared it’s ugly head this weekend. Never had a true fever (mid 99s, no big whoop), but the extreme fatigue was taxing. Children #1 and #3 had it too, and child #4 is currently down for the count. (Children #3 and #4 were tested are confirmed with influenza B.)

This flu did distract me from the diet last week and over the weekend, but no necessarily in a bad way. I had no appetite, so overeating never happened. I didn’t eat the healthiest choices, but I simply had little appetite so all the bad thing I did eat were in much smaller portions. No matter how tired I was, stuff still had to be done, so I was up moving a lot. I have barely slept for 3 days now, though, and it’s really wearing on me. Putting kids down for nap right now is tempting to doze off with them, but I’m not allowed to sleep so I must power through!

I’m going to catch up my song challenges and call this post good for today…I’m worn out from moving my fingers…blehhhhhh…

Day 8, a song about drugs or alcohol…Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Lover Girl.”

Day 9, a song that makes me happy…Pharrell’s “Brand New.”

Day 10, a song that makes me sad… Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity.”

Day 11, a song that I never get tired of…Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.”

And for today, day 12, a song from my preteen years…Bel Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” (1990).

Until later…wash your dam hands people, and cough/sneezing into your elbow, and stay HOME if you are sick! There, I’m done with my PSA!

~~ Amie

Author: lifedeathdieting

My story is the same as most women, all was fine with my health, weight and body -- until I had kids. My metabolism is nearly non-existent, it seems I have to put in 10X more effort as anyone else to loose even 1 pound (yet, I can gain weight almost instantly if I allow myself even a single cheat day), I'm embarrassed to say how many different diets I've tried and bombed, and most days the motivation simply isn't there. I have even met much resistance with people in my life, dieting and loosing weight is such a common topic, I think it is often minimized just because so many people talk about it everyday. Friends and family always brush it off like its something I can do if I just stop whining about it and just do it -- but I can't, I've learned over the last 17 years that it is far more complicated than "just doing it." Exercising is difficult with all the loose skin and fat that sags on my abdomen...but I need to exercise to get all that fat off...but many exercises I can't do because the fat and skin are in the way...it's a loose-loose at the moment. But there is a new dawn on the weight loss horizon, I have finally begin to drop some weight, and I am slowly figuring out where my buggaboos are hiding within my mind and my diet. I am sharing this journey to chronicle the successes and failures on my return to health.

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