Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I made today a great start to the New Year!
I got my iFit HM training in and followed it with the one hour SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD. I then went on line at Runner's World and found some motivational quotes. I stayed in my calorie range and drank lots of water.
Tomorrow I have my yearly physical. It consists of 2 visits. The first consists of blood work, memory testing, circulation testing, weight, etc.
The second one next week is where I meet with the Doctor to go over the results. My family has cholesterol issues, I have been taking Cholestoff (herbal) for years - hoping it is still working.
I hope you reach all your goals and have a fantastic 2014!
Monday, December 23, 2013
As many of you know, my 25 year old son has been battling anorexia for 11 months. It has been total hell; an ever-ending roller coaster ride.
Three weeks ago, my son was in the hospital fighting for his life. His numbers - blood count wise, were everywhere, and he checked himself out of the hospital against his Doctor's orders. Basically, I was told he wasn't going to make it. Per my suggestion, he signed a contract with the Psychiatrist on duty, stating that he would do certain things - 1. take medication 2. follow up with his Doctor 3. see a psychiatrist 4. live at my house. If he didn't improve within 2 weeks, he would consider entering an eating disorder treatment center.
Six days after leaving the hospital, he paid for his own airline ticket and accompanied me to my Goddaughter's graduation in San Antonio. My husband was supposed to go, but, due to the flood at our school, he had to cancel. I was apprehensive about my son going because of his medical condition. I decided to just "let go" and see what would happen - was this part of God's plan?
Let's just say that I watched a miracle evolve. We shared a hotel room. He never threw up his food. He ate a lot of mexican food, everywhere we went.
His humorous personality came back and he was so social! He thought about other people's feelings, He talked while he ate, and didn't pick at his food. He ate his food, and didn't stop at half! I think my friends in San Antonio thought I had made the whole illness up - telling me how great he looked!
He went to our family Doctor last Friday - my son gained 30 pounds! 20 was water weight - but, still...he was back up to 140! The Doctor was stunned! He said he actually looked at my son's ankles expecting to find ankle weights! He also made sure his pockets were emptied! What a shock!
I was blown away - in fact, I still am! I was scared to write anything about it! I didn't want to jinx it! Another week has gone by and he is still eating! He has no issues at all with food! All of the anger is gone! He now talks about his feelings and now is thinking about joining a gym to start lifting and running.
He is now doing it the right way like the rest of us.
What changed? He started eating in the hospital, before he started on medication. When I told him the Doctors were alarmed because he didn't get emotional when they told him he was going to die, he said
"I started eating, didn't I?"
I walked the dogs down to the end of the road yesterday and looked out over the river. I thought about how different the river and sky looked now that the fog has lifted over my head. When people ask me how I am I now say "great!" not just "ok".
I still can't believe how quick this all turned around. Eleven months of hell and it is gone in a blink of an eye. I still am watching him like a hawk, but everything is so normal now.
It is a miracle.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers. I truly believe prayers are what saved him.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in the 5% Fall Challenge.
I was on a supportive team - the Shooting Stars. I came within one pound of losing the 5%. I am proud of that accomplishment! I am back in my old clothes and I feel healthier. I am stronger.
The challenge helped me get focused back onto myself, my health, and my exercise. That, in turn, has helped me deal with stress a lot better.
I haven't been running - my knee is thanking me. I needed to switch gears, and needed a "kick in the butt" to get going - this challenge accomplished that.
I took Roxy, and sometimes my son's dog Maizey, on 2 - two mile walks most days. Not only was this good exercise for all 3 of us, but it was de-stressing. Here are some pictures of our walk:
Through the woods...
By the river...
The Bostons walk really fast - they didn't want to stop for the picture...
Sometimes they take a break...
We enjoy looking at neighbor's decorations...
And cutting through yards :)...
Looking at boats...
And smelling the food being prepared in the restaurant...
After the walk, they were still ready to play...
I also focused on portion sizes and finally opened up the SparkCookbook I bought two years ago! I made quite a few recipes and shared the food and recipes with my co-workers. I guess you could say, I shared "the spark"!
Here is a picture of the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup recipe I made:
Another benefit to this challenge was that I went on an all-inclusive, one week vacation during the challenge. It was a much needed vacation for both me and my husband. I tracked my food and exercise the whole trip - not only for myself, but for the team. My husband ended up exercising more, too, and found that he likes Yoga and agreed to take Salsa lessons with me! I racked up a lot of exercise minutes that week and only gained two pounds, which I lost half way through the next week!
Because I was more focused on myself, I became more organized. I cleaned like crazy! I organized my kitchen, my bathroom and my closet. Goodwill loves me! I got rid of a lot of "stuff" I haven't used or looked at since I moved into my house three years ago. My house lost weight too!
The Shooting Stars were very supportive and active on the site. I loved that part of it. I learned a lot from my teammates.
I am now looking forward to the 5% Winter Challenge! I have signed up for the Shooting Stars again.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, December 06, 2013
Quite Frequently - lately - I have have heard, "How do you do it?", "You are so strong"... I don't honestly know. I get up every day and start over. I look at myself in the mirror and say, I will handle whatever today brings. I will not quit until my son is okay. I will search until I find him again. I trust in God. I pray to my grandfather and other relatives who have passed to look over my son - I believe that they are.
There are alot of people praying for him - I believe in the power of prayer. It has been eleven months and he is still alive.
One thing I do in the car is listen to one of my favorite tunes by Bob Seger.
It is called "Roll Me Away". Here are part of the lyrics:
"Stood alone on a mountain top,
Starin' out at the great divide
I could go east, I could go west,
It was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin'
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin'
Roll, roll me away,
I'm gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin',
Keep searchin' till I find what's right
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
We'll get it right"
Bob Seger - Roll Me Away Lyrics
Yes, I am an optimist, but I can't say it is easy. I am well aware that I may lose him - at times my mind wanders to that point. But, I just can't give up.
Today I see a glimmer of hope. He was in the hospital in Delaware for several days. I was excited. I spoke to the psychiatrist and he could keep my son there and commit him. Last night the psychiatrist called me and said Delaware doesn't have any place to send my son for an Eating Disorder. The psychiatrist can't send him across state lines. He told me if my son was at a hospital in Maryland it could be done and I could say which one he could go to.
Today my son texts and says it is time to pick him up. Then I get a call from a nurse telling me my son is discharging himself and the Doctor wants him to stay another day (see the roller coaster ride??). I wait two hours then pick him up. He says he wants to go to a Maryland hospital to finish his IV. I think "Yayyy, this is awesome" I drop him off and call his Doctor. Turns out the person who answers the phone sister's is a pysch eval person at the ER in the hospital where my son is! With my permission she notifies her sister. My son ends up checking in and giving all his info then leaves - he wants to go back Sunday. I went back to the ER without him and told them what was going on with him. They flag his info and tell me - in so many words - that someone has already tipped them off to his issues. When he goes back in he should be headed for a treatment center.
The above is a "normal" day for me right now. But look how it waves, there are so many positives in it that it makes me keep going. I feel so close to this resolving itself--It just has to.
"And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
We'll get it right"
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