Friday, February 01, 2013
This month i have taken a genealogy challenge to write each day stories telling about an ancestor. I have chosen my mother as i feel she was such a phenomenal woman and really a leader of her times. She did things that aren't considered a big deal today, but were practically unheard of when she did them. To earn money for her second year of college, she travelled alone from OH to New York City to work as a nanny for a dentist's family. in 1939 she and two of her lady roommates from college drove from OH to California - by themselves. There were no interstate highways then, and women alone rarely made such trips. She also played on a women's semi pro basketball team. At year's end when our hometown paper listed memorable events of the year, her death was listed. She had an uncle who was captain of a ship stationed in San Diego, while in California, she stayed with his family and took classes at USC. She and her friends also went to the World's Fair on Treasure island that year. i find all of that amazing. My blog will be on Word Press, but i haven't started it yet. Later this morning i have to get some blood work done for my appointment next week with my chemo oncologist. i also see my ENT Monday. i had an eye exam yesterday and we'll order my glasses today while in town for the blood work. Whew!!
Here's how i did with my January goals:
Health and Fitness:
1. Continue to maintain goal weight - Accomplished
2. Track both food and exercise daily - accomplished nearly every day
3. When I mess up, not to be hard on myself, rather pick myself up and start brand new with my next meal, exercise, etc. - I had to do this twice during the month. it was nice not to get upset with myself.
4. Continue with weekly weigh-ins and immediate corrections if i gain more than 5 pounds. - Done!
5. To try to make the wisest choices I can for myself to remain as healthy as i can be. - it's difficult, more so i believe than getting to goal weight.
1. To stay as positive as i can no matter what comes my way. - accomplished
2. Make a real attempt to "downsize" and organize. - i slacked on this one, though i did rid myself of many clothes that were way too big for me.
3. Stay in close contact with my family an friends. - Done!
4. Write! Write! Write! - i did my best, but i believe i can do much better.
5. Try my very best to give more than i get in this journey we call life. - i did succeed at this one.
My February goals:
i am keeping the same ones i did for January with only slight changes.
Health and Fitness:
1. Continue to maintain goal weight
2. Track both food and exercise daily
3. When I mess up, not to be hard on myself, rather pick myself up and start brand new with my next meal, exercise, etc.
4. Continue with weekly weigh-ins and immediate corrections if i gain more than 5 pounds.
5. To try to make the wisest choices I can for myself to remain as healthy as i can be.
1. To stay as positive as i can no matter what comes my way.
2. Do something new every week.
3. Stay in close contact with my family an friends.
4. Write! Write! Write! - The genealogy stories challenge.
5. Try my very best to give more than i get in this journey we call life.
Everyone enjoy their weekend. We are under a freeze warning tonight and another fire ban. Don't forget to wear some red today for Women's Healthy Heart awareness day.
peace love hope
Thursday, January 24, 2013
We did really well. Bob only had one script, but then he gets most from the VA!! His blood pressure is well under control and was terrific today!! He has also lost more weight and is down to 221.
As for me, my weight was the same, my BP was a little high but not much - 128/83. I'm usually 110/70. My script total looked like we were opening a pharmacy ourselves!! But they keep me alive so that' just fine wit me!
Everyone in the northern hemisphere stay warm. We even had freeze here in FL last night!!
Peace Love Hope
Taken Monday eevening 21 Jan 2013 I'm on the right
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
This past week I had my class and loved it. Making the cards to show emotion of an unexpected illness journey has helped me understand what I went through!! The journaling about those emotions was amazing!!
With the new week, I'm going to be working with a new computer program for genealogy with my sister-in-law. She and my brother arrive Thursday and the program is hers. I have put off wanting to have anything to do with it because I have written out all my original charts and records and used Ancestory.com and was intimated with trying yet another program. But this time I vow to do so!!
Short but sweet blog, but I wanted to hold myself accountable for my new thing each week.
May each of you have a wonderful day tomorrow filled with lots of joy, happiness, and health.
Peace Love Hope
My brother and his wife - high school sweethearts, college sweethearts, life partners. They will celebrate the golden anniversary in August of this year!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The new things I tried last week were foods. I found i could eat the mini animal crackers and enjoyed them. I found i did not care for asparagus and had a difficult time eating it. I also found I didn't care for caramel striped cookies. I took one bite and it burned so bad, I gave the rest to Bob.
This week I have signed up for a class for a new kind of journaling called Soul Collage. It sounds like it will well worth while. Just as we make our collages, in this class we make 5" x 8" collage cards. There are different categories: Committee Cards, Community cards, Companion/Animal Cards, Council Cards, and Transpersonal Cards. I have never done this kind of journaling in all the years I have worked with it. The actual title of the course is: Unexpected Journeys: Using SoulCollage®
as a Tool During Times of Illness. It will be held via phone for 3 weeks. We'll be working making cards, journaling, and telling about any of our own journeys with unexpected illnesses. I think everyone knows about mine two cancers and my journeys with them. Right now, one of my long time friends and mentor in OH
has been having some really bad issues with her CPOD. She has to be on oxygen 24/7 and her case has been turned over to Hospice. I try to talk to her several times a week and we email short notes to each other, but I know she tires easily. I'm hoping these classes will help me dealing with knowing how to talk to her. As bad as my journeys were, she is struggling and we all know the outcome. I am truly looking forward to these classes (three in total considered the entire class).
I hope everyone enjoys their week and will try something new. Our team now has 15 members including myself. It is nice to have a small group and being able to keep up with what everyone is doing.
For all my Spark Buds, continue to make those wise choices and if you fall down, pick yourself up and start over with your next meal or snack. Rewarding yourself for each goal with something non-food is important, too. Try to make someone else feel better about themselves, and continue to smile!
Peace Love Hope
My Hawk friend who lives nearby. He often drops different feathers in our drive or on the front walk for me. once in awhile he'll sit on the front walk until i say hello.
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