Tuesday, August 09, 2011
It's been a tough 2 days for my family. My Mom fell yesterday and now she can't walk at all. Yesterday when I saw her, I thought she needed the emergency room but she wouldn't go. Well this morning when the nurse came to see her, she call for an ambulance right away. After doing all the tests they are going to admit her into the hospital but they are at a loss as to why she can no longer walk. She screams in pain when they try to stand her up and put weight on her legs that are swollen to three times their size. She has had 2 hip and 2 knee replacements and one hip was so bad that it had to be wired to hold the new joint. All this was years ago so who knows how long they last. She's 87 years old. I hope tomorrow, we'll get some answers. Meanwhile, any prayers would be most appreciated, thanx.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Today is Monday, the start of a new week. It seems like every Monday is the start of a new week. In the beginning of the week, I have such plans, I jump into my exercise, fix my meals and have such high hopes. As the middle of the week approaches, I start to lose some steam, my bones hurt, my cravings are held at bay but I can see myself wavering. At the end of the week, as Sat and Sun come, the cravings are high, my resolve much lower and I hate how I feel. Sometimes I get that poor me feeling. Why can't I have things like everyone else? Why do I want them so badly? I've been at this for a year and a half, why aren't I done for the most part by now? And I'm tired, really tired. I don't want to track anything anymore, I don't want to formally exercise. I just want to live my life very simply. And after I have a good talk with myself, I get back on the horse and start a new week. I'm not going to throw all my hard work away. I'm not finished yet, getting to be the best that I can be, but I'm working on it.
Friday, August 05, 2011
I have some happy news to report. I am no longer on steriods in fact off all eye meds. The scale has reversed itself so now I am losing ozs instead of gaining them daily. Finally things seem to be back to normal. I had a great day in the pool yesterday but as today promises to bring thunder storms, I have decided to go shopping. Don't worry, I already did my exercises for today so any walking done while shopping is an added bonus.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I want to talk about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone in exercises, much like a personal trainer would do to you. But there are other comfort zones that we hide behind too. My personal one is being able to snack at night. A trip to the bathroom leads to a trip to the kitchen and then the fridge. It's not that I have something forbidden, it's just that I have the need to have ANYTHING at all. Last night, I went cold turkey and I was pacing the floor, going in circles. Then I came on the computer for a count down, finally going to bed. I slept thru the whole night, naturally who gets up to the bathroom at night if you don't put anything in. With supper over by 6 PM that left 4 hours before bedtime to pace. I did learn that if I am not going to snack at night, I better be having supper a bit later. And so I left my comfort zone behind. I didn't even think of this as a problem before the challenge of not doing it.
We all have comfort zones that we retreat to in times of boredom, stress, when we are tired, and ---- (you fill in the blank) Getting ourselves out of these zones requires real work, sometimes not doing something is harder than doing something. In the long run, these are just habits and we all know habits can be broken - if you really want to. They can be replaced by new habits, healthier habits. Most of us have been here long enough to know about our nutrition/eating, the whats/whens/whys and now we have to fix the other broken things to make us better. A month is a good amount of time to fix something and apparently August is my month to face my nemisis. Phew, it's going to be a l-o-n-g month!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
My daughter has a beautiful pool but she has a terrible ladder to get in and out of the pool. My husband and I haven't gone in her pool since she got it last year because of the ladder. After my excapades with changing the filters at home, she invited us over today to go in the pool. She and her friend said they would help us in and out and if we really got stuck they would call the fire dept. for us. (wise guys!)
Anyway, we took her up on her offer and had the best day since we got home from down south. I swam today (with my noodle of course) for a good 2 1/2 hours, probably more like 3. It was so hot, the water was so cool, the sun was just right and then came the welcomed shade. A perfect day with plenty of great company. They offered to BBQ but with everyone so tired, we decided on pizza instead and thinking of all the exercise that I did, I felt I could afford the treat of pizza. Once I started eating, I realized just how hungry I was and before ya knew it, I had downed 4 pieces. It was so good, such a thin crust and delicate mozzerella cheese on top. It was a great day and as we were leaving she offered the use of the pool to us while she is working or any time we want. How I wish we had tried this sooner. We could have been using it the whole month of July.
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