So… Here I am, back again. And where exactly did I go?
Well, as it turns out, everywhere and nowhere, all at the same time.
Long story short, my autoimmune disease took over and I went from happy, healthy, and functional, to sleeping 12 hours a day, feeling like total garbage, and binge watching everything that started with the words “Real Housewives.” Things actually got so bad that I was quite literally days away from having organs removed before medications, supplements, and diet changes broke through the symptoms and put me on the road to remission.
You guys like how simple I made that sound? Because it totally wasn’t that simple.
So… What has happened while I was away?
I Almost Had My Colon Removed
Didn’t know that was possible? Well, it is, and it’s a pretty standard treatment for people when their Ulcerative Colitis becomes unmanageable.
The plan was that in May I’d have my colon removed, I’d have what’s called an ilostomy, and I’d have a colostomy bag for six to nine months while I undergo a form of reconstructive surgery called a ileal pouch- anal anastomosis reconstruction (I can’t believe I just used the word “anal” on this blog… Twice).
I didn’t end up having the surgery for a few reasons, and the reality is I’ll still need it at some point… Sooner rather than later, it seems. But for right now, I’m flirting with a sustained remission thanks to new medications, supplements, and a drastic diet change. Which leads me to…
I’m Now Paleo, Baby!
I discovered this amazing woman who actually went into remission and stayed there. So naturally, she has become my hero.
Danielle Walker, a woman who dealt with the worst form of Colitis and has since been sustained flare-free for years, has an insanely popular blog “Against All Grain” and a series of ridiculously popular and amazing Paleo-friendly cookbooks, as well as a nifty app, that I’m pretty much obsessed with.
She’s given me the courage to adapt to my new eating habits, explore new ingredients that were all Greek to me, as well as introduced me to Paleo-friendly munchies that are actually quite yummy.
But, more on my diet another time.
Remember When I Said “No Junk TV?”
Yeah, that went right out the window. When you’re laying on the couch for days at a time, turns out watching other people lead miserable lives makes you feel a bit better about yours. Petty? Maybe, but there it is.
$120 a Week is Alive and Well
We’ve been hitting our budget goals out-of-the-park. In fact, most weeks I only allot $100 a week with no problems. While we’ve been dining out more than we probably should, it comes out of our spending money for the week and not our overall budget.
So far, we’ve saved enough that, in 10 days, we’re paying off our car 14 months early. Whaaaat?!
And instead of giving ourselves a bit more funny money each month, we’re putting what was our car payment into savings and a retirement account.
It’s not all wine, roses, and savings though… Our rent is going up $400 a month starting in August, so even with getting rid of a car payment, our monthly expenses are higher than ever and sticking to our budget right now couldn’t be more important.
So… What Next?
I’d always intended that this website be part outlet, part accountability. When I was keeping up with it, it worked very well. But somewhere along the line I got too bogged down on what one needs to do to run a website. SEO, pinabble images, social media promotion, blah blah blah.
In short, I let the work bog down my will to be creative and express myself.
While I love that people come here to read what I have to say (and I’m amazed people kept coming even when I wasn’t updating a thing), I’m not going to let the mechanics of running, promoting, and creating content for a site get in the way of what the initial goal was… To go on a journey of self improvement.
I guess that’s overly self-reflective speak for “I’m going to post more about what tickles my fancy and let the rest do what it do.”
So, welcome back to me. If you’re a returning reader, welcome back to you, and if you’re new, don’t forget to keep coming back here repeatedly as I throw all commonsense website promotion principles right out the window.