Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Health Blogging Month Day 23: Sticking with it

Health Activist Choice. Write about whatever you want!

I used to be one of those people who always achieved whatever they set out to do. I had the determination of a bulldog - I'd just hang on and hang on and hang on until I got whatever it was done.

There are times I miss that woman.

Now, I seem to collapse in a heap far too easily.

At the start of this month, I signed up to do both health blogging month and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month - the aim is to write 50,000 words in a month.)

At times, I've wondered if I would achieve either of those things - my daily blog on topics I didn't choose, or coming up with 50,000 words. I must admit to going easy on myself with NaNoWriMo, in that I stated as I began that I would count words written for blogs and for church, as well as my fiction writing in my word count.

The end of the month is coming, and it looks like I'll actually achieve both goals.

My NaNoWriMo effort includes two novellas that I've had published . (If you're interested, you can either read them for free on my short story blog Stories on the Run or get the ebook version cheap or the paper version a bit less cheap from

In the midst of that, one Health Blogging Month post inspired me to open an on-line tee-shirt shop, so of course I had to learn how to use the software to come up with my shirt designs.

Through that time, I have had sick days - in fact a pretty sick week. I've had a health scare that's not finished with yet. (I have a test to repeat in the middle of next week.)

It's good to know that somewhere in the midst of all that I've had to learn about being weak - there's still some of that strength and determination there as well. I can get things done still. Maybe I can't get all the things done I used to. And maybe I have to stop for lots of naps. Maybe I can't get as many things done as I would like to. But I can still set goals and achieve them.

That's inspired me to start taking my weight loss effort seriously again, after a few months of not bothering because medication was making it all just too hard.

So often, lupus tells me what I can't (or at least shouldn't) do. It's wonderful to find that there are still things I can do. Some of what I can do may only ever matter to me - but perhaps I can even still do things that will make a difference for other people as well.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days:

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