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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: MAINTAIN




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.

I haven’t shared much about this part of my story, but for the past few years, I’ve been dealing with bouts of unresolved chronic pain. I’ve had two surgeries in the past three years to try to resolve the issue, and only after the second surgery did I find a medication that seemed to relieve the pain. The only problem was: it caused significant weight gain. I don’t know why I’m sharing this publicly, but after I started the medication, I gained twenty pounds in nine months. I couldn’t stand it any more, so I stopped the medication. Within two weeks, my pain returned. I tried to stomach it for two months, but it became so debilitating I couldn’t even go to the grocery store or walk through Kohl’s to return an online order.

After two months, I relented and decided to go back on the medication. It took five weeks this time for it to kick in, but I’m happy to report that the pain has subsided. Now that I can move again, I’m determined to move my body more frequently in an effort to quell additional weight gain.

I (re)downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone and decided to get myself up and out the door in the mornings to walk/jog.

Much to my surprise, today was Day 6 of exercise since I started the plan eight days ago. Though I still catch myself stepping onto the scale each morning in hopes of a reduced number, I’ve come to terms with the fact that all of my efforts to exercise in combination with the side effects of the medication may balance out to stagnancy. And yet, it is worth it if the increased movement will help me maintain my current state and also (hopefully) aid in keeping future pain (or other issues) at bay.

Again, I don’t know why I’m sharing all of this now except perhaps to say this: sometimes I have high hopes and unreasonable expectations, but I’m learning that the opportunity to maintain is no small thing.





I know this is not a typical thing I would share in this community but since we’re all “word people,”
I thought I’d share anyway:

I’m selling customized wood panel wall art and would be honored to take your requests!


Panels are 10″ x 10″ and cost $19 each plus $6 shipping (U.S. mailing addresses only)

Current stock available: faith, hope, love, blessed, give me Jesus, thankful, give thanks.
Other suggestions for customization:
Your last name, Be still, Grace, He is able, Grateful, Trust,
Trust in the Lord, He is faithful . . . or any other word of your choice!



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