The Winter is another matter though and I asked Father Christmas if I could have a Fitbit (pictured) just so that I could measure what is going on - or not, to be more accurate! The version I have measures steps, fluids, activity, calories and, most interestingly, sleep patterns. Sleep is a particular problem with fibro with broken, restless sleep being the norm. You are then consequently worn out during the day. This is shown graphically on the readout from the Fitbit dashboard and, if nothing else, has made Trev understand my reality.
The Fitbit syncs with my phone and I can keep track there or on my laptop - it is also synced with WeightWatchers so the data I enter there is shared. I only use WW to work out my daily diet - I don't use their products as a lot of them have Fructose-Glucose in them. It makes me weigh myself though and to keep on the straight and narrow ( or wide, in my case). The Fitbit has little lights in its display on the bracelet which light up as you reach each break point in your daily steps total - and it does make you want to be more active to light up all five. I haven't achieved that yet but it is early days and my days are all topsy turvy with the holidays.The psychological pressure is interesting though. We have also joined the spa/gym at a local hotel, mainly so that I can use the sauna and jacuzzi to see if it helps with pain-relief. I might even learn to swim!
My main decision though, is to stop cooking for third parties - except for one of my more appreciative customers. My Doctor has wanted me to stop for some time and I have come to realise that he is right. I shall then concentrate on teaching, writing, blogging and demonstrating. I have missed having the time for recipe development, researching the history of preserving and working on the Guild, and will be excited to re-connect with these areas. I shall still have preserves on sale in The Old Smithy, and will be able to source exciting products for the LoveJars website. I can't wait.
Of course, I wish you all a very Happy New Year and lots of peaceful preserving xx