“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Wow! I haven't had one of those days in quite awhile!

Yesterday was my day to mind the store. I always hope for a quiet day at work, but alas, it was not meant to be. I had several customers throughout the day. One customer in particular was pretty demanding, not only physically but mentally as well. He was a nice fellow, and it turned into my biggest sale of the day, but it also took a lot out of me. He kept me on toes ... and my feet! ... for the better part of an hour.

After work, I went to my daughter's awards ceremony. My oldest is graduating from high school with honors, and she was receiving a scholarship award as well. I'm very proud of her -- what a good example to set for the rest of my brood! I wouldn't have missed it for the world. However, I was a bit late arriving since I was coming straight from work, and so I had to park in the farthest parking lot. There was a steep hill I had to climb to get to the venue. I have not had a workout like that since my pre-CFS days!

I had no idea that the awards ceremony would last -- are your ready for it? -- two hours! We were huddled on benches as the temperature dropped and the wind picked up. My muscles were tensed trying to generate warmth. My back was aching, and it was nearly unbearable!

By the time we got home, it was after everyone's bedtime (mine included). As I was getting ready for bed, I noticed my pedometer -- over 5300 steps! To put that in perspective, before CFS I was averaging 5000-6000 steps a day, with a busy day pushing 8000. Since CFS, 3000 steps is a busy day. Today, I have 489 steps so far. :) I fell asleep almost immediately, and I slept like a rock until 9 am this morning.

Here's the amazing thing: I thought I would be headed for a crash for sure! And yet, I am feeling surprisingly good. My energy is steady, I'm not sleepy, and I haven't felt like I need to be horizontal. I'm not feeling any post-exertional malaise. Granted, I am having a super slow day (hence the 489 steps), but still ... I must be doing something right if I've tolerated that kind of day so well.

Hmmmm ... hopeful?


Renee said...

This REALLY is amazing, Shelli. Hope this continues for you too.
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