Monday, January 24, 2011
Why does water make your hands dry?
How can a bar of soap be dirty?
Why does a calculator have numbers 1-9 from the bottom to the top but a phone has the numbers 1-9 from the top to the bottom?
How can you cook a roast into tenderness but you can cook bread into a rock?
What happens to the socks when they go missing from the dryer?
And speaking of socks, when our cat is sad, she brings socks into the living room. But they are always socks I have never seen before. Where do they come from? (May be related to the question above).
How much cheese did Maia eat this weekend?
Just things I am thinking about this monday morning. Anything you are wondering about?
Friday, January 21, 2011
This has nothing at all to do with me, my weight loss or health so feel free to pass on it.
My 20 year old daughter has crohn's disease as you may know. We have been going to specialists this week. They agree with our regular colon surgeon that Kady will need to have a Ileostomy. Basically, they will remove her rectum, anus and her colon and she will have a little tail (ileum) sticking out through her tummy and will use a bag for body waste. For the rest of her life. No reversal available.
We are not surprised (we were thinking that was how it was gonna be) and we have peace about it. Having the 2nd opinion actually makes us feel better that the doctors we know and respect are on the right track with her care.
I imagine within a few weeks, she will have the surgery. I will let you know when that is. I want to thank you all for your prayers and well wishes for her and for our family. I think that this may allow her to get on with her life (albeit a slightly altered life) and she is anxious to begin feeling better.
People with ostomy's go on to live full lives. She has big dreams and big plans including marriage, children, her own business and basically ruling the world. I cannot wait to see what she does her life. Whatever it is, I will be proud of her. SHe is tough, brave, strong, loving and determined. She is my hero.
Thanks for listening, guys.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So it is no secret that my weight loss has been less than satisfying lately.
I know we all get freaky about not seeing that scale go down or worse, seeing those numbers go up. I read alot of blogs (cause I am a Blog Ho in case you didnt get that memo before). I see alot of NSV stories and "I may have not lost weight, but my bod had changed, I have lost inches etc". I like those stories. They give me hope. This is another one of those.
I took a short walk tonight and when I got home, I decided to take my measurements. Eureka!
Since November, I have lost over 4". I dropped between .25 and and 1" on various parts of my body. That is progress, people.
I will not bore you with a bunch of measurements and stats but suffice it to say that since I began in March of 2010, I have lost over 5" in my chest,5.5" in my waist, 5" in my hips, 3" in my thigh, 1.75" in my calf, 2" in my arm and 2.5" in my neck. ( I didnt realize my neck was soo fat). A fair portion of that was since November. When I haven't lost much weight.
So yea, let this inspire you to keep going no matter what the scale says, no matter what your brain is telling you, no matter what that crappy voice in your head is telling you. Work it and it works. Period.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I am having a stressy day. I didnt realize how edgy I was until Frank called and talked to me about a work thing. I blew up over a very small thing. Then I came in and was ragging at the girls and Kelly calmly informed me that I was not doing anybody any good. (I was nagging about stuff that needs to happen for Kady's medical appts this week. WE have remicade, blood work, ct scans and surgeon appts. and I am trying to be organized to maximize our trips into the city and be prepared for everything). I realized I was over reacting and worse, upsetting Kady. I am supposed to be her rock, not add to her stress. I told the girls I needed to go do some errands and I drove away. I called my sister, TEXWIFE (on spark), who gave me good, sound, practical insight and decided I would go for a walk. Then I realized I hadnt eaten so I went to the grocery, bought a salad and some yummy rice crispy chippy things. I sat in the sun (first sun we have had in weeks) and drank my water, ate my salad and talked to my favorite neice on the phone (smaymay on spark). She reminded me to take some time for myself, that it was normal to feel overwhelmed by all that is going on and that she was proud of me for taking care of myself.
I came home, checked the office and decided to not wait for Frank or take the dog. I needed to go. Now. So I walked. Up the street, over an overpass, back over the overpass and around the block. 1 and 1/4 miles. No big mileage but it felt good. While I was walking, I saw a puzzle peice. I stopped and picked it up and it got me thinking. Then I found about 4 more as I walked. I realized that those peices were worthless without the other peices. That without ALL the peices, there would never be a big picture. And because this is how I think nowadays, it all related to my weight loss and getting healthy.
Welcome to my anology.
Puzzle Peice 1. Nutrition: if you are not eating well or eating enough or you are eating too much or eating bad things, you are never gonna get to where you want to go.
Puzzle Peice 2: Excercise: You gotta do it. Period. It doesnt have to be massive, painful or expensive. Just move more than you did before.
Puzzle Peice 3: Support: You need it. Get some. From SP, your family, your friends, your pets. It is too hard to be a one person show. It really is.
Puzzle Peice 4: Commitment: You can say it all you want but unless you WANT it bad enough to get up every day and actually do this thing, you are not gonna make progress (Ok, Jan, how much longer are you gonna talk about not hitting 60 pounds and still eat a few french fries cause they were there?) Talk the talk, walk the walk and you will actually get there.
The peices of puzzle that I picked up today do not fit each other. They are separate, indivdual peices but they all belong to the same Big Picture. Without them, it is incomplete. They are part of it but not all of it. The rest of the peices are ours to figure out.
What do you need to succeed?
What do you need to get rid of?
What is going to complete your big picture?
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