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Transitions and Tonic Water

Right now, I am drinking tonic water and orange juice, because my Dad, an osteopath, assures me it's good for Restless Leg Syndrome. Not because of the orange juice but because of the tonic water, which contains quinine, a remedy for RLS. Technically, I'm not even sure that's what I'm suffering from, but I do know that the back of my leg -- what's the word for the muscle opposite your quads? -- has been tensed up and hurting for a couple days now.

Naturally. Now that my back is starting to feel better after seizing up painfully two weeks ago, something else had to give. You know how, when you're near the end of the race, and you can see the finish line ahead of you, that's when your body starts to give in? I think that's what I'm experiencing.

The keys to my Mom's house now reside with our estate lawyer, along with papers I signed in front of a notary, overnighting the whole package to the law office last weekend. Cross your fingers, knock on wood, think happy thoughts, or pray to the gods of your choice, but the closing should take place within a couple weeks. After that, I will be free to turn off utilities, pay final bills and take care of other details required to settle the estate.

Though it's a great relief, it's also the time when the stress seems to finally be catching up to me. I'm trying to mitigate that tension by taking care of myself. Tracking my daily food intake has gently led me to healthier habits, and I'm no longer engaging in snack sabotage at night. In fact, I just went to a sushi buffet with a group of friends and contented myself with one plate of sushi, a plate of fresh fruit, and a bottle of green tea. Not because I was depriving myself, mind you, but because I realized that's all I needed to address my hunger. Eating anything else would have just been emotional eating.

I'm continuing to do my cardio kickboxing class on Mondays and Fridays, along with my water aerobics class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. About three times a week I'm doing a 15-minute calisthenic workout which is supposed to increase your metabolism. I also signed up for a Zumba class, which will run on Wednesdays starting in a couple weeks. The exercise has made a big difference for my back.

Next week will be KFP's last week of kindergarten. He will participate in a big end-of-year concert on Tuesday morning, and I'm bringing cupcakes to school Monday in honor of his upcoming sixth birthday. Time flies! Seems not so long ago they were bringing him to me after his first bath in the hospital, wrapped in a panda blanket.

Another stress reliever continues to be playing my legacy challenge family in The Sims 2. I've been posting about the developments on my alt journal, simalyce. You can find the entries under the tag "Brandywine legacy."

Yet another bit of escapism comes from binge-watching the UK version of "Being Human." I'm currently a couple episodes into Season 4, so if you're a fan of the show, please comment so we can chat about it!

I hope everything is well with all of you.


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Jun. 6th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
The muscle on the back of your thigh is your hamstring, and it can be a little devil.

Stretching it out as much as possible helps (often, just bending from the waist and reaching downward will do it).

The thing that most often brings on those cramps and tightness apparently is dehydration, so drinking more water will help. If you can get it to loosen up, your back may also feel better.

Mine plague me, but especially the one on the right side. I can understand that when I'm running, because I'm sure my stride is a little unbalanced, but life itself? What's that all about? :(

Jun. 6th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
Dehydration would explain a lot, come to think of it. It's been very hot here, and although I am trying to drink water, I believe my body actually requires more than is normally recommended. I like to joke that I am really an amphibian and should have a dish of water in the room that I can jump into.
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