As for what's going on in my life; I got a bodymedia fit armband to help motivate me to be more active. It's not really something that I think normal healthy people need, but for people like me who are on the mend, I think it's an excellent tool. I've found that when I wear the armband, if I'm feeling well enough, I'll hit all my goals. But on days when I feel really low due to my celiac disease, I notice my scores are really screwy and awful. To think I let myself just live that way everyday for months is just unacceptable. Now I can treat it like a game, to hit my scores and see it in writing is very rewarding. Everyday I try to walk 10000 steps. I'll check my steps at around 10pm, and then I know exactly how long I need to walk on my treadmill for before I wind down for the day. I've noticed that I have a pattern where I can walk 10-11k steps a day for two days in a row, and then the third day I get a little sore and tired, but even though it's only been 2 weeks since I started this routine, I can already feel my muscles growing back! The celiact vitamins I've been taking daily are definitely helping to keep me up and moving.
Just in 2 weeks alone, I've managed to increase my caloric output from 1600 calories a day to 2000 calories a day, which is much better for me, since I like to eat a lot. Actually, one of the reasons why I wanted to get more active was just so that I could eat more. Just from walking more, and even though I'm eating more, I'm losing some of the weight I put on during the first few months of recovery when I was completely sedentary. I'm really curious to see what my antibody levels are now that I've been 3.5 months gluten free, but I don't think I will get a follow up test until 6 months. So, my life right now is nothing but food, walking, trying to make my hair grow though the power of wishful thinking, and prepping for the move. I've also been playing a lot of games in my down time. My bff got me the Valve pack on Steam for Christmas, and I've been playing Half Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, along with Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, and I just picked up Ni no Kuni the other day and am playing that now. Ni no Kuni is really fantastic, just a bit slow and a lot more like pokemon or monster rancher than I expected. I'm not really a pokemon person, I prefer games more like Skyrim, Half Life 2, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy <10, and games that are a bit more meaty on the psychological thriller plots. I'll play this one though, regardless that it's clearly geared more towards children, simply because I expect that the further I get into the game, the more the Studio Ghibli plot will open up and drown out all the fluff, one of the things I love about their movies is just how insane they get.