You may have noticed we haven’t been posting as much new content on the blog over the last few weeks. The simple explanation is that Jason has been busy running his voice over business, and I’ve been busy healing from a nasty fibromyalgia flare (which means I’ve been forced to focus only on my health and our kiddos, and nothing else).
Up until now, I haven’t brought up the unfortunate truth that I’m a long time sufferer of fibromyalgia (I was diagnosed in 2006). The main reason I haven’t mentioned it before is because I never wanted “it” to be the focus of our blog, but also because I’ve been able to maintain a relatively symptom free life after nine years of trial and error. But, alas, I was stricken with a doozy of a flare a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t had the energy nor the time to write since.
One of the worst side effects of enduring a flare, especially for a go-getter like me, is the extra anxiety it can cause (due to all of the things I’m temporarily unable to accomplish). Once my mind clears and my body starts to feel “normal” again, I inevitably go into panic mode because my to do list has remained stagnant and I feel an overwhelming urge to “catch up”. And since stress can be a common trigger for fibromyalgia flares, therein lies the problem.
I’m a person who works best when I have large blocks of uninterrupted time to blow through an entire task list, and check, check, check things off along the way. I have no problem working from the moment I wake up in the morning until the moment I go to bed, and I’ve enjoyed a sense of accomplishment doing things this way. It’s what I know how to do.
However, even though this method has worked quite efficiently for me throughout my twenty year accounting career, it does absolutely nothing for me as a stay at home mom. My days are almost never predictable, and I never know how much available time I’ll have between meals, tantrums, and diaper changes. The fact that I can’t do all of the same things I used to do (or the way I used to do them) can sometimes prevent me from making any progress at all.
Over the last few days, I’ve been working through a solution to this recurring problem. In the spirit of our blog and “flipping my life”, I’ve decided to take steps toward a fundamental change in how I work on this blog. Here is what you can expect to see in the coming months from By The Seat Of Our Pants:
- Shorter, more frequent posts – Both Jason and I have a passion for writing, and it’s important to us that we maintain the quality of the content we share with you. You won’t be disappointed.
- I’ll be sharing a little more about what I’ve learned about managing my fibromyalgia symptoms over the last nine years. It won’t become a major focus of the blog, merely a complementary topic.
- You may have read Jason’s most recent “Flip This Body – Episode 7“, and already know that the two of us have started following the Weight Watchers program. I will be writing about my personal weight loss journey very soon.
- We will be posting more recipes, complete with Weight Watchers Points Plus calculations! (We may also Weight Watcher-ize popular internet recipes for you.)
- I’ll be starting a “tips” series called “Tips For Moms Who Want To Do It All”, which is inspired by the changes I’ll be making to how I approach my ever growing to-do list.
These are just a few of the things we’ll be working on between now and the end of the year. Thank you so much for continuing to follow our blog, and please let us know if there are any other topics you would like to see us cover. We are here for YOU!