Saturday, April 14, 2012
The last couple of weeks have been very challenging. Along with my mother-in-law's stroke and singing six Holy Week and Easter services, I've had to get my taxes together--and officiate at a memorial and celebration of life service for a dear friend's mother. Much of last week was spent running back and forth to the hospital, and putting in 40 mi round trips across the bay for the church services, all the while taxes hanging over my head, a real pain in the neck since I am mostly self-employed. My husband keeps hearing my recurrent refrain, "I'm TIRED!"
However hectic things were last week, Holy Week was very meaningful. I sing in a professional choir in a traditionally liturgical church. The music is a very important part of the worship there, and I loved what we did, starting with the Faure Requiem on Palm Sunday afternoon. The best part of the week was getting to chant/sing the Exultet at the Saturday Easter Vigil. It's a long accompanied chant for solo voice, horrifically boring if done poorly, magnificent if done well. It sits well in my voice; if I start on a comfortable note, I feel as though I could sing forever. I also got to sing/chant at the Good Friday evening service, a wonderful finale to a birthday I expected to lose in the busyness.
As I type, my husband is plugging in the numbers I gave him to complete our tax forms, so that monkey (taxes, not husband) is off my back.
My mother-in-law in rehab means a time of watching and waiting and uncertainty. At 93, recovery is unpredictable. It helps so much that she's in a place that's so close to our home so we can be there at many mealtimes when she most needs our help. We're taking it a day at a time as far as she's concerned.
Just before she had her stroke, a dear friend's mother passed after a long illness. I was very honored to be asked to officiate at the memorial celebration her family wanted. I brought my keyboard and played a couple of hymns, read from the Book of Common Prayer, and kept things flowing as family shared their stories and remembrances. It was a lovely memorial and tribute to a strong and feisty woman.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Dear friends, thank you so much for the ongoing support. My scale says 3 lbs up, and it's likely right. With 93 year old mother-in-law's health issues following a stroke and other things going on concurrently, I've had too many meals--or should I say food--on the run, and whatever exercise I can do between other things, like squats in the elevator, seated leg lifts while staying with her, whatever I can think of.
She is now settled in rehab, and I have to get my taxes done today as well as prepare for a memorial service a friend has asked me to do this weekend. I am not a clergyperson, this will not be a formal church service, just a family remembrance that I am honored to facilitate.
THANK YOU for the goodies, encouragement, and hanging there while I am doing only SP essentials. My trackers aren't showing great numbers, but I'm doing it anyway. This too shall pass.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Sableness's Birthday Breakfast:
1 NutriGrain light waffle
1 T sugar-free strawberry jam
6 fresh strawberries, chopped
2 T light whipping cream
1/2 ruby grapefruit from backyard tree
Fair Exchange Caramel Toffee coffee
Thursday, March 29, 2012
STEALTH HEALTH: How to sneak age-defying, disease-fighting habits into your life without really trying; small changes that add up to a HUGE difference!
How's that for an eye-catching book title? This book, published by Readers' Digest, is aimed at anyone who KNOWS s/he needs to make some lifestyle changes, but is overwhelmed by, put off by, resistant to the effort that might take. Here is a treasure trove of painless ways to start your turn-around or reinforce the path you're on. It's also a great tool for non-internet users who lack our wonderful SparkPeople site.
There are nine Parts:
Stealth Health Through the Day - from Wake-up routine through bedtime
Stealth Healthy Cooking - ways to sneak in veggies/fruit/fiber and cut sugar/salt/carbs/fats
Stealth Healthy Dining Out - names specific cuisines with hazards and better choices
Stealth Healthy Exercise - incl weekends, vacations, & massage
Targeted Health Goals - BP/cholesterol/sugar, better sex, staying well
Stealth Healthy Mental Relief - stress & anger, depression, humor, memory
Stealth Habit Control - cigs, alcohol, overeating, TV
Stealth Healthy Looks - skin, hair, grooming
People & Places - relatiionships, travel
The few examples I've listed in the Parts are only a few of the many categories and specific practical and painless suggestions.
My own list from or inspired by Stealth Health:
1. I can count on 15-25 min free exercise walking around the house during daily ph call to elderly relative.
2. How much mileage can I get out of this task? My dishwasher is near the flatwear drawers. Run dishwasher without heat-dry setting; do a squat every time I pick up something to dry.
3. Leave the laundry basket on the dining room table and put clothes away ONE ITEM AT A TIME. I don't count steps, but I know I get plenty of extras in by doing that. Up the exercise by marching instead of walking.
4. What can I do while standing at the sink, stove, counter? Calf rocking or stretches while stirring?
5. Walk briskly through every single aisle when I shop. I'll have upped my heartrate before I actually start shopping.
6. Along those lines, park as far away from the entrance as you feel comfortable and safe. After grocery shopping, take your empty cart back into the store.
7. Keep my favorite mug on the counter and fill it often.
8. Add veggies that need using up to soups, even canned ones.
9. Add fruit that needs using up to hot cereal.
10. If you like crackers in your soup, add sunflower seeds instead. I like raw unsalted. Adds fiber and magnesium.
What are your best ideas for Stealth Health?
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