Although true for everyone, every lupus patient personally understands this truth: a body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion. The physical science behind the laws of inertia may not be exactly simple, but they are clearly understood by lupus patients. A sedentary lifestyle is effortlessly easy to maintain, while changing from a body in at rest to one in motion can be an incredible challenge. Looking back at the past two years of concerted effort keeping college studies moving with great inertia, it seems other areas of life hopelessly succumbed to a lack of motion!
With the accelerated rate of scholarly efforts came an equal and opposite effect on physical exercise and healthy home-cooked meals. Weighing a full twenty pounds more than two years ago, the lack of inertia impacts several rooms in the house: the bathroom scale registers twenty pounds more, clothes in the closet are two sizes larger, and food in the kitchen lasts only half as long on the shelf. Too much fast food in too much of a hurry did not help this high calorie, nearly exercise-less existence. Alas, exercise and healthy meal planning take time. More time than there was to spend while attending college.
In efforts to reclaim a healthier lifestyle, a newly restored relationship with the kitchen has been growing again. The smell of real food in the house, heavy on light, fresh, whole foods and light on the oil, sugar, salt and other forbidden non-fruits of the grocery store processed food isles. We are also rediscovering the purpose of the dining room table, and the fine art of dinner conversation. This certainly is a vast improvement to fast food distractingly munched under gaze of a watching computer screen’s light.
As we look at tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day, it was a pleasure to have the time this year to thoughtfully contemplate and purchase a card and small gift bag full of my sweetheart’s favorite surprises, without simultaneously feeling a frantic pressure from struggling with a choice between study and shopping. Over these two years, he has been an amazing encourager and support, as he single-handedly held down the home front by shopping, cooking, cleaning, and (yes!) doing laundry. College would have been impossible without him!
A gift bag awaits the morning in the fridge, positioned right in front of the coffee creamer on the shelf. When he gets the cream to pour into my cup of coffee, there it will be for him waiting to greet him with a, “Happy Valentine’s Day” for me, while I am still struggling in bed with the fog of morning lupus brain. Every morning he wakes me with a cup of coffee in bed. This man deserves some very special love and appreciation!