CHF Recovery: Day 4

For September 17, 2016, here’s some stuff.

  • Woke up naturally at around 7:30 (after going back to bed around 3:30).
  • Had protein shake and took morning meds.
  • Ate some trail mix and fiddled around online until it was time to go to JapanFest. (I had to stop reading chapter 21 of Under the Ruins… right after a Very Exciting Scene and I am looking forward to getting back to it)
  • Drove to JapanFest. Briefly wondered if it was wise to drive on the interstate, but did fine.
  • From around noon till 2:30, walked around JapanFest with Charles and Heidi, occasionally stopping for rest breaks. It was fun but extremely crowded. I am counting this as my exercise for the day; it was a lot of standing and moving around, even if it wasn’t strenuous. The best part was getting to see Kumamon, the mascot character for Kumamoto Prefecture.
  • Somewhere in there I ate lunch. I gave up on guessing which Japanese food would have the least amount of sodium and just bought prepackaged stuff: curry bread and mojimi red bean cakes.
  • I got home around 4 and Sean was just then having dinner, so I ate some snacks and took my heart medicine with them.
  • Basically relaxed for the rest of the day. Ate macaroni and cheese at 9pm.
  • Went to bed at 11:45.

CHF Recovery: Day 3

Stuff for Friday, September 16, 2016

  • Due to staying up late, slept in till 8:30
  • Drank protein shake and took morning meds

Note 10:05am: I am really depressed this morning. Mainly because I wrote a short story yesterday and did not get flooded with accolades overnight. I hate how dependent I am on praise/validation. I’m hoping my walk will help.

  • Dressed in workout clothes
  • Went on 30-minute walk with 5-minute warmup and 5-minute cooldown
  • Rested and ate a yogurt
  • Showered, and actually shaved!

Note 12:23pm: Okay wow, they say exercise is good for depression and it is true. I pushed myself on my walk, not too hard but enough—I walked up steep hills and even jogged a little. The weather was beautiful and when I was done I felt great. I didn’t care about my story not getting comments anymore. I felt very positive about the future and my ability to do things if I try. After resting I took a shower and felt good enough to stand there and shave my legs, which I hadn’t done in quite some time. It’s so nice to wear shorts again.

I’m going to lie down a bit, but I’m still feeling good. I’m glad I had that walk.

  • Took a nap for about an hour and a half
  • At Sean’s suggestion, went up the road to Smoothie King and got a Greek yogurt smoothie for lunch
  • Did some reading
  • Felt kind of cruddy so went back to bed at about 5:30pm…and slept until 12:30am! o_o
  • Got up and quickly ate a Lunchable so I could take my mealtime meds

Note 1:37am: Well, I have destroyed my sleep schedule probably, but I feel okay. I didn’t really eat enough yesterday, but since I overate the day before, maybe it balances out. This weekend is JapanFest and I’m going to go, but I won’t be as active as I have in years past I guess! I may have to leave early, even. We’ll see. I’m also not sure how eating will be, I usually have lunch there but I have a feeling all the food will be really salty. Guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

CHF Recovery: Day 2

Here’s what I did on Thursday, September 15:

  • Drank protein shake and took morning meds
  • Got dressed in workout clothes
  • Walked for 30 minutes, this time hiking down to the river
  • Sat on the couch and rested for awhile while talking with Mom and Connor on Skype
  • Fried myself an egg and made a piece of toast, still on Skype
  • Ate my second breakfast and finished the Skype call
  • Hung up the jackets I’d left lying on the floor yesterday
  • Took a shower and dressed normally (jeans and t-shirt, like yesterday)
  • Rested for awhile
  • Ate lunch (the second serving of the HelloFresh meal I made yesterday)
  • Rested some more (I thought about doing things but I felt tired)
  • Figured out what I could eat from Shane’s Rib Shack to stay under my sodium limit; went there with Sean to pick it up
  • Ate dinner and took mealtime meds
  • Watched 30 Rock
  • Wrote a couple very short stories
  • Took my bedtime meds and went to bed at 11:30

CHF Recovery: Day 1

Here are the things I accomplished on Wednesday, September 14.

  • Drank protein shake and took morning meds
  • Organized my closet a little (took the pile of jackets off my workout clothes)
  • Dressed in workout clothes
  • Went on 30-minute walk through neighborhood
  • Rested
  • Took a shower and dressed in regular clothes
  • Cooked a HelloFresh meal (it took three hours due to needing to rest throughout, but it came out great!)
  • Ate meal and watched Back to the Future
  • Set up MyFitnessPal with custom protein and sodium limits
  • Cleaned kitchen and started dishwasher
  • Napped for about an hour, until Sean came home and asked what to do for dinner
  • Relaxed while Sean made tuna sandwiches and creamed corn, since those things kept me under my sodium limit (I was pretty tired at this point)
  • Ate dinner and took evening meds
  • Watched The Clone Wars (finished the series) and otherwise relaxed for the rest of the evening
  • Took bedtime nutritional supplements and went to bed at 10:00

I left the jackets on the floor next to the hall closet. Never had the energy to hang them up. Sean thought this was hilarious.

Exercise: 30-minute walk, Sodium: 1923mg