1) Giving up take away
2) Exercising daily
3) Not ingesting Aspartame
4) Treating writing as work
5) Not treating writing as work
6) Keeping to a schedule
All of the various changes I made had varying, but small (well, except for the sweetener) impacts on my life. Each time I would get hopeful that this time would be the one. They never were, or at least no fast enough for me.
Yesterday, I put them all together.
I set my alarms for 7:30 A.M. and woke up 45 minutes early (a bit like a kid at Christmas). I ate a healthy breakfast (and immediately washed the dishes!) before logging it on My Fitness Pal. Once done, I went to work.
I ran my final checks on a story, A Little Red, and submitted it for consideration for publication.
I updated this site.
I checked my three email accounts.
I read, and posted a review for, Brian Barnett's Graveyard Scavenger Hunt.
I ate sensibly, at regular intervals.
I spoke to my doctor.
I spoke to my pharmacist.
I spoke to HMRC.
I redesigned the Static Movement forum (check it out! Many, many good things there...)
I sorted out some financial irregularities.
I'm sure I've forgotten something...
In short, I was busy and productive all day. I was like the old, pre-diagnosis me - you know, the one that was accused of being a workaholic.
I loved it all!
The big test was always going to be today. A day full of busy is fine but how would I (and more importantly, my MS) respond. This morning I woke before my alarm again, I have breakfasted, already sorted my emails and am typing this blog. It would seem I am reacting just fine which is great because I'm going out with my Mam today.
On the writing side of things...
You remember that story I submitted? The one in the list up there? It got accepted. Contracts have been exchanged and it will appear in the forthcoming Retellings anthology.