Sunday, December 11, 2011
We all have unexpected events that can derail our healthy habits. Ours was the sudden hospitalization of my father-in-law two and a half weeks ago. We lost him a week ago.
Life has been about being there for family, grieving, and finishing up the college classes that I teach. I've certainly had hectic days where exercise was the least of my priorities. However, other days I did exercise, and I managed to make pretty sensible eating choices on all of those days when we ate out with family. The result is that I maintained my weight and didn't go to food for stress relief--I used exercise to relieve stress. That's a big change from a year ago.
My husband is also more amenable to changing his habits as well. His father went into the hospital with pneumonia but had a heart attack while there because of three blocked arteries that doctors had never discovered. Given now that both of his parents have had heart issues, he's more aware of his own risks and that being overweight isn't wise. I hope he will be more careful of his health--I've avoided nagging him because I don't think that approach works.