Friday, July 11, 2014
Those of you who shared with me the positive side of hospice were all correct. Although there are difficult moments, there are also many sweet moments to savor. Sunday was my father's 90th birthday, and a joyous day it was. Thankfully, he was lucid and in a good mood most of the day. He ate well of the foods that we kids, grandkids and great grandkids had prepared. He tearfully remarked that "This was my best July 6th ever". He sang "It Had to be You" to my mom, his bride of 67 years. Believe me, there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Sweet moments to be sure.
As for us, we are trying to sleep, to exercise and to eat healthy foods. We are trying to make whatever preparations we can. We are trying to console ourselves in knowing that we are doing the very best that we know how to do. We are reminding each other that he will soon be in a better place.
Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, your notes and your prayers.
Here is a link to "their song".
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The month of June has surely been a tough one for me. My dad was in the hospital for 2 weeks, and he has been home with 24 hour caregivers these past 2 weeks. Tomorrow the hospice nurse will meet with the family.
Understandably, I have not been on SparkPeople much at all. I try to track my food, but some days that just can't happen. I log my fitness minutes thanks in large part to my Fitbit.
Socially, I have not been on the boards or the friend feeds. To all my Sparkfriends, I apologize for my absence. I miss you, and I will be back when I can.
Weight wise, I crave more comfort foods due to stress. Meal wise, we have eaten out more times in the past 30 days than I care to count. To combat these habits, I have upped my walking (pacing at times) and my water exercise. So far I am continuing to maintain my weight.
Sleep wise, I am not very successful. It is hard to shut the mind off when worries and cares are present. I cope by taking naps whenever I can.
In summary, although times are tough I am trying to take care of myself so that I will be there for my mom and for the rest of my family. I have learned so much about healthy habits from this website, my Spark teams and my Spark friends! Thank you.
Friday, June 27, 2014
My dad will be 90 years old on July 6th. He is now home from the hospital, but his doctor has recommended that we call in hospice care. He suffers from severe dementia, and we hope to be able to keep him at home and keep him comfortable for his remaining days, weeks or months. This is both a sad time and an exhausting time for the family.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
This morning I had my yearly physical, and my doctor was happy with what he saw. The nurse commented on my weight loss and congratulated me. Weight was good, blood pressure was good, and we expect that the lab work will yield good results. Thank you, Spark People!
This afternoon my eye surgeon was happy with my 90 days of progress since my cataract surgery. My vision in that eye has gone from 20/80 to 20/30 since the cataract was removed. How nice to receive two glowing reports from two doctors in just one day. I am very grateful.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Today I weighed in a bit below my goal weight for the 41st week in a row, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I'm not sure why the official weigh in makes me nervous, but it does. I do weigh each morning, but I always wonder if somehow my scale is suddenly out of sync with the scale at the Weight Watcher meeting place. Pretty silly of me, or is it?
Like so many Spark friends, I have gained and lost weight over the years. Reading and following The Spark Solution really helped me lose the weight last year. Maintaining a "normal" weight takes diligence. I must track every single bite of food that I eat, or I quickly get out of whack. It doesn't take too many rationalizations before the weight creeps back on. If I follow the nutritional guidelines here on the Soark People website most days, I am fine.
I also must exercise on a regular basis. I take part in 120 minutes of water aerobics three times weekly. I walk with DH nearly every night after dinner. I "choose" to earn Fitbit steps by going the long way around a store, by parking a little farther from my destination, by taking laps around a building or a public park if I have to wait for any length of time.
Is all of this worth the effort? Yes, indeed. Maintenance is hard work; you cannot relax once you reach goal. You continue the same program that helped you lose the weight. You remember the saying that "nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. "
We are blessed to have many wonderful tools here with Soark People. I rely on my fitness tracker and my nutrition tracker every day. My team mates and my Soark friends keep me going. The articles and the recipes here are phenomenal! We really have wonderful tools to get healthy and to stay healthy.
Everyone reading this can maintain his/her weight! If I can do this, anyone can!
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