Saturday, April 03, 2010
I just spent a week with my daughter's family while she had some surgery. I took care of her three children (7, 5 and 3 months). It seemed I never stopped moving from early morning until late in the evening. Still, it was such fun and so fulfilling. I drove home exhausted - a seven hour drive that really finished the process of total exhaustion. I have multiple sclerosis and am so pleased that I was able to do what was needed and still get myself home. Children have such enthusiasm, such energy. The enthusiasm is contagious. I wish the energy was as easily caught. If they could bottle and sell it they would be millionaires in no time. Anyway, I was home for two days catching up on some rest, but also catching up on all the things I usually do here. I hosted a large study group the evening after my return. So, it wasn't until he second day that I could actually put my feet up for a bit. Then early the following morning my daughter called to see if it would be o.k. if she brought the children to our home for a few days of their spring break. So, it was hurry, hurry, hurry to get the house ready, plan and prepare for an Easter egg hunt, and find fun little gifts and games for the kids. About eight hours after her call, they were here. We had such fun again. This time my husband got to join in some of the fun after work and on Friday when he could be off for the day. Then early today they were off once again for their own home in time for the Easter bunny to visit there and for all of us to be able to look forward to worship tomorrow in our own churches. I am so exhausted. The day after tomorrow my husband will head off on a business trip and I will once again try to catch up with myself. I may go out of town myself for a couple of days just to get away from the phones and the door and some responsibilities. Yet, as exhausted as I am and despite the many places in my body that suffer pain overload, despite trying recover from two falls while the kids were here... still I feel so completely blessed and happy. So completely satisfied. Family does that. I pray it does the same for all who read this.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
My weight has gotten stuck once again. However, being stuck is not necessarily a bad thing for me. I know that I have lost some weight. Success breeds success. I know the weight will start to move down again soon if I keep my resolve. I am thankful to know that I can be successful, I can get healthier. This will be a good day, a good week, a good year, a good life!
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Yesterday was not my best day. I didn't meet my nutrition goals and I didn't get in enough exercise. One of the outcomes was an interrupted nights sleep. The result of that has been a lazy morning without my usual energy and enthusiasm. And so the dominoes fall. It's another of those pull myself up by my bootstraps days. But, I can look to the past to remind me that I can do exactly that. I can make today a very good day. Nobody can do it for me, but I don't need or really even want that. It's a no excuse day. I won't think anymore about yesterday or last night. I will focus on this day. I am so thankful to be alive, so thankful to have options, so thankful to know that this day can be just what I want it to be, this day WILL BE exactly what I MAKE IT TO BE!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Well, since I celebrated 37 years of marriage yesterday, I see today as another new year. There have been so many ups and downs, but we have so very much to be thankful for - two beautiful children, two wonderful children-in-law, four adorable grandchildren. After over 30 years with one company, my dear husband just changed jobs to take advantage of his early years of military service. Since that change just happened in the last month - leaving one position, taking a couple weeks off, and starting the new one - we are still sorting it all out. But, my weight has been more challenging and a constant one at that. From average weight at wedding, to too much when I delivered our son, to too light after our daughter was born, too much when our son got married, too light after breast cancer treatment and our daughter's wedding, too heavy after rounds of steroids for multiple sclerosis....to the present. I gained the last time last year in sync with treatments and frustrations so I'm in yet another new beginning. I gained 10 pounds, but have now lost 11 so my progress looks like I only lost one pound on my chart for Spark People.
I suspect others have similar stories of ups and downs of life. We all do. Though it is hard getting back on track, it is what I do. It is what I always do. It is my hope and prayer that this time I will stay on that track. But, in life we never know what might be around that next corner. We have a new granddaughter who needs major surgery in a couple of months. The docs will remove a 2 inch swath of her skull from ear to ear to make room for her brain to grow. They will also move her forehead forward and perhaps adjust her eye sockets. All this for a little person who will be just under 5 months old at the time. Such a doll. Such a sweetheart. So much to have ahead of her. As I try to keep my daughter as calm as possible through this most trying time, I also try even harder to keep my diet and exercise on track to be the strongest I can possibly be. I will care for her other two children during and after the surgery. They can be a handful so I feel so blessed to have such encouragement from Spark People to keep my days on that track.
Yes, it is a new year. There is so much promise and potential. I know some of the bumps ahead, but I don't know the outcomes. I only know that I want to be the best me I can be for whatever might be out there on that big horizon!
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