Good morning...wow, another week is gone and the forecast says it's going to be a hot one here. We're getting into the upper 80's and 90's right now, which is pretty warm for this time of year. Typically, we can wait until the first of May to turn the air conditioner on for the season, but we've had to break down and do it now, because it's been so muggy. I'm not really an air conditioning person because I like windows open, fresh air and sunshine, but sometimes we simply have no choice if we're to live, and sleep, comfortably.
Anyway, this past week has gone by in something of a blur for me. It was all good until Tuesday... my neighbor and I went off for a "girl's day out" - a few hours of shopping and lunch. We left in the early morning, landed at several stores we both like, had a nice lunch at a quaint little restaurant at which we've eaten several times before, then topped off the day with a stop at one of our favorite thrift stores on the way home just in case we might run into the odd antique that someone didn't know they had.
It was all very nice until the next morning!! Can anyone say "food poisoning"? We'd made our plans to meet on Wednesday morning, as usual, for our daily walk, but I woke up in the night with a sinking feeling that all was not well. I made a sprint for the bathroom - oh my goodness... I'll spare the gory details, but I made many of those sprints over the next 36 - 48 hrs. My tummy rumbled at every smell; very little stayed down, but if it did - well, let's just say, nothing stayed in my stomach...
Anyway, right at the time I started to text my neighbor to let her know I was in dire straits and was unable to walk on Wed morning, I got a text from her that she had "tummy troubles" and would be unable to walk. I was kind of in a daze and couldn't figure out how that text got there... lol But then I realized what was going on.
My neighbor's husband had had some diarrhea a couple days previous to this and she thought it was because she'd served him a lot of spinach... we began to suspect that he'd had a bug that she caught and passed to me. Then it occurred to me that if it were a some sort of bug like that, it's unlikely we'd have gotten it at "exactly" the same time. I started thinking about what we'd ingested that was the same and it came down to a soup we'd eaten for lunch on our day out. Although the soup tasted very good, it wasn't terribly hot when it was served - more lukewarm - and I suspect it might not have been kept hot enough.
Anyway, I've never had food poisoning before that I know of and I don't ever want to have it again, if this is what it feels like. I had everything wrong with my stomach that could go wrong - cramps, vomiting, diarrhea. I didn't eat anything from Tuesday lunch until Thursday evening; then it was only a couple saltine crackers and I really struggled with them.
In view of this, at one point, I was down about 5 pounds... This isn't the way to lose weight, by any means and I didn't expect to maintain that kind of a loss. As of this morning, I'm still down 1.6 pounds from last week and I don't expect to maintain that either, as I slowly begin to eat normally again, though I would like to maintain a portion of the loss.
My neighbor and I have increased the distance of our morning walks (or at least we had prior to getting ill) as we've decided to join the March of Dimes walk-a-thon on the 27th of this month. It's a 4-mile walk and although we do walk most days of the week, we, typically, only do a couple of miles. We/I decided that we should increase our distance in order to make sure we can do the full 4 miles of the walk-a-thon on the 27th. I thought we'd be up to 4 miles by now and would be able to increase the speed/intensity, but of course, I didn't plan on taking 3 days off for possible food poisoning... :-) Anyway, the extra walking should help some, plus I got a cortisone shot in my left shoulder that has been frozen for the past few months, so it's feeling better and I can exercise it a little more to help build those muscles again. Yay me.
So - that's my story. I extend my apologies for abandoning last week's weigh-in thread. I hope you had a good successful week. I look forward to hearing about it.
~~Wishing everyone a wonderful week~~