Inside... I made some progress toward the changes I want to make. On May 1, I stopped eating fast food. I've "cheated" twice - once picking up a turkey sandwich on the way back to work after a doctor appointment and once ordering Chinese take-out (which isn't exactly fast food, I guess).
On May 18, I stopped drinking soda. I've cheated only once, indulging in a soda with pizza. This is fairly remarkable considering there's a beverage cooler full of free soda only 26 steps from my desk at work. A 6' tall glass-front cooler, I might add, so the tempting beverages are in full view.
I haven't done well with avoiding the couch, mainly because I feel tired all the time. :(
The constant fatigue is one reason I had blood tests done last week. All the results were normal except ferritin, which is related to the amount of iron stored in one's body. The normal range is 11-307; my result was 11. Even though that is technically normal, it's obviously very low. Research on the internet (which I do view rather skeptically lest I "die of a misprint") seems to indicate levels below 50 can cause symptoms such as the fatigue and hair loss I'm suffering.
The hair loss is particularly disturbing. My hair has always been very thick, but around March, I noticed that two spots in the front were suddenly very thin.
|It is NOT normal to see scalp through my hair.|
I fervently hope that low ferritin is the only cause of the hair loss and that the hair will come back if I get my iron levels up (though it will probably take a year). My thick hair is one of the few things I like about my appearance and I will be crushed if I lose that.
So what's coming up in June? I'll keep working toward my health goals. And I want to DO something... anything besides sit around and feel tired. Maybe I'll make a list of not-too-demanding projects and try to do one each day. I will feel better if I can accomplish things, even small things.