I like to think of myself as a reasonably intelligent human being. There are however moments where I am astounded by my amazing stupidity. Yup, there are times when I am so slow on the uptake that when the light dawns I am dazzled by my dimwittedness. This was one of those weeks.
I should start by explaining that I live with someone who suffers from a great deal of allergies. He grew up in a cold environment where there weren’t a lot of allergens during the brief summer and then winter came along and killed them off. Leaving this environment made him react to pretty much everything. As a consequence the daily allergen report is a constant at our house. Even if I don’t check it, I know what the pollen or mold count is, what the source is and what the day’s air quality will be like just from the grumbles I hear issuing forth for three out of the four seasons.
Personally, I have two seasonal allergies, cedar and ragweed. While I thankfully left cedar fever behind when we left Texas, ragweed remains. And it has been high this week.
Usually when it is high I stay inside, pop a couple of ibuprofen to help with the fever and headaches and I am good. If it gets bad I take an allergy tab to help with the sniffles and itchy watery eyes.
I would also like to add that we had a bit of a break in the weather this week. The temperatures dipped down into the 80s and I was able to walk outside.
So I did.
On the walking trail which is surrounded by huge swaths of open areas that have been left to go wild. Which means they provide the perfect areas for ragweed to flourish. Did this occur to me when I decided to walk?
No. I thought, ‘wow its a little cooler today maybe autumn is finally on it’s way’.
Did it occur to me when I saw huge fields on both sides festooned with a veritable drapery of ragweed forming a corridor for me to walk through?
No. I thought, ‘the yellow looks pretty against all that lush green.’
And trust me I know what ragweed looks like.
When I did my laundry, did I notice that the majority of my white t-shirts were dusted with yellow from the pollen?
Yes, but somehow I still didn’t think ragweed.
I did think, ‘wow my allergies are bad this year’ and took more allergy meds than usual for me.
It wasn’t until Wednesday morning when I woke up, sinuses stuffed and eyes nearly swollen shut that I actually thought, ‘those yellow flowers are ragweed’. Seriously, I was sitting on the edge of my bed as I woke up wondering why my allergies were so bad this year and I looked down to see my yellow pollen spotted sneakers. That’s when it occurred to me.
So Wednesday and Thursday I stayed inside. I took allergy medicine and drank gallons of water and peppermint tea. I did no exercising since I could barely breathe and when my brain reminded me that I should count calories, I think I actually grunted at myself in dirission in response. I think the only thing that had me losing any weight this week was the fact that we no longer keep a lot of junk food in the house and I was not going to leave the house, and I was so full of liquids as I tried to flush my system that I sloshed when I walked.
So over all I am pleased I did not gain any weight (Despite the fact that my skull feels packed with about ten pounds of snot). The fact that I lost any is a minor miracle. So I am going into the next week with the plan to be a little less dim witted, to pay attention more, and to walk on the treadmill until the rag weed is gone for the season even if the temperatures are finally starting to drop.
To the stats:
Staring weight: 246 lbs
Last week’s weight: 209.8 lbs
This week’s weight: 209.2 lbs
This week’s loss: 0.6 lbs
Total weight loss thus far: 26.8 lbs
Left to lose (apx.): 86.2 lbs
I plan to spend the weekend on the couch recovering from my own mental slowness and relearning to breathe while thinking nasty thoughts about ragweed and its pretty yellow flower clusters. I’d like to say that I’ll play one of those mind enhancing games that trains your brain, but the truth is, I see a Mario Cart marathon in my future. I hope you enjoy whatever you’ve got planned for your weekend.