One bowl = Not enough exercise classes

A Cheesecake Fantasy comes to life at Cold Stone
Originally uploaded by Esther17.

If anyone's still actually out there, I just want to say thanks for showing up at all.

The past couple of months have been interesting to say the least. Around the middle of March, I had an allergic reaction to something, still not sure what, and managed to get an amazingly bad rash, all over, except for my face and hands. I'd be relatively ok during the day, but night was a different story. I wasn't sleeping well and scratching all the time, totally miserable. I wore long sleeves for at least two weeks straight in this heat.

My primary doc put me on a short course of steroids and allergy meds. They helped temporarily, but when they were done, the rash came back. I finally got in to see a dermatologist, who prescribed a steady course of steroids, as well as an anti-itch med. Both of these helped, but they also increased my appetite to the point where I managed to eat my way through this city, and put on about 10 pounds in less than 10 days.

For my 5'2", already slightly overweight frame, it may as well have been 50 pounds. I had stopped working out, as well, since I didn't want to aggravate the rash, nor show my arms and legs in public.

First, the breakup, and then the weight gain. I'll be honest, I've been depressed, and then feeling guilty about it. Not a good cycle. Anyhoo, I had a relapse last month, but the rash is finally gone, along with the non-stop itching. I'm not on the meds anymore, and will be going back to classes again soon.

Thanks for listening to the pity party. I now return you to enjoy the goodness that was the Cheesecake Fantasy at Cold Stone. It was goooood.


Blogger Franikins said...

Esther's back! Yay and yippee! We missed you.

Sorry about things not going as planned in your life. I'm here for you if you need moral support.

Also, you're beautiful AND bodacious just the way you are! :D

5/09/2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

Aw, shucks, thanks Fran! As for things not going as planned, do they ever? lol I just need to roll with the changes, and be careful not to fall into that pit of feeling sorry for myself.

Sorry for being gone so long. I'm a goober, I know. ;-)

Pancakes for everyone! :-)

5/09/2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger gina said...

Good to see you back here, eip :)

And good riddance to the rash!

5/09/2006 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Branwen said...

Nasty story. Glad you're doing better now.

5/09/2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger buttershug said...

Awww. xoxoxoxox

5/10/2006 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Minnie said...

Aww sweetie, I can totally understand. I had a lung infection last year and my Doc put me on steroids to clear that up. Which resulted in gaining 7 lbs, of course. And those 7 lbs are not going away even though I am not on meds anymore. I too, recently joined a gym in a bid to get back in shape and lose that weight before the wedding.
That said, I am confident you will succeed in shedding that 10 lbs (and more) in no time at all. You are so strong and determined, you can do this! Also, Esther? You are always gorgeous no matter what the scale says. xoxoxo

5/12/2006 8:44 AM  
Blogger Esther said...

Man, I love you guys. Big xxx and ooo's!

5/12/2006 12:31 PM  

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