|My kids are cute though, right?|
My sleep habits are not the best. Since I'm now co-sleeping with Cobra at naptime (she won't sleep otherwise), I can't rely on that window of opportunity for writing or any other activity that requires any sustained concentration. So I stay up until 2:00 or 3:00 or 4:00 most nights. I average around six hours of sleep per day, I think, which has always been enough for me. But it would probably be better if I were able to get those sleep hours consecutively.
My back is still jacked up, as it has been for almost a year now. I've got a herniated disc that bangs into my sciatic nerve and shoots pain bullets down to my feet. Cause unknown. Ironically, my specialist says it's probably not from all the years of construction work, but is more likely from hunching over babies and laptops. I've had three cortisone shots into my spine over the past six months, which help for a while; but the effect diminishes over time. The condition is probably going to get better without surgery, according to my doc, but after giving it so much time already, it's kind of my call whether I want to get cut or not. I don't really want to get cut. The pain isn't so bad as long as I take 6-8 Tylenol per day, but there's a lot of stuff I can't do that I used to be able to do. Like running and touching my toes. It's improving. Just in imperceptible increments.
So I'm hoping to get into a virtuous cycle wherein I sleep more (somehow), eat better, exercise more and disgust myself less. If I lose some weight, it should help my back get better. If my back gets better, I can exercise more. If I exercise more, I can once again become the vain prick I was at 13% body fat. (That was a long, long time ago.)
I hesitate to write about this kind of stuff because my weight and pain (and self-image) issues are so minor compared to a lot of people's; but I'm hoping to shame myself into staying on task. Nothing else has worked so far, so maybe if I post updates on my progress (or lack thereof), it'll keep me honest. What I should really do is post pictures of myself in my underwear. But then I would have to whine about all my blog traffic drying up in addition to everything else.
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