Thursday, February 04, 2010
My husband is dealing with some serious health challenges, and since we'd pretty much played out what the medical community had to offer, decided to try some alternative therapies. Thanks to a suggestion from someone I met here on SparkPeople, he started receiving acupuncture and has been making real improvement. (Thank you, Victoria!) His acupuncturist is also certified in Chinese medicine and herbs (with something like 3200 hours training, some of it in China) and he was interested in trying that as well.
Misha Cohen is to the world of Chinese medicine in the US (particularly as pertains to hepatic problems) what, I dunno ... Dr. Phil is to the world of talk therapy. On a whim, the acupuncturist called Dr. Cohen, got through (a feat in itself), discovered that she would be interested in handling John's case and had a cancellation *next week*. We don't even have to go to San Francisco, thanks to fax machines, digital photography and tele-conferencing.
Sometimes the hand of God is subtle, and sometimes S/he really grabs you by the collar and sets you on your path.
Stay tuned for updates, and keep your fingers crossed!
Monday, February 01, 2010
when I agreed to do this Lose Ten Pounds in a Month! :D thing. Especially a month that is two or three days shorter than normal? Oy.
It's two degrees out. Fahrenheit. Don't I need my extra.. insulation? *sigh*
New week. New month. New start. All that positive thinking stuff. Yep, I'll get right on that.
*ten minutes pass while Cat and I watch the snow fall outside*
Okay, I guess I'm as ready as I'm going get. Now where's my other running shoe... ?
Moral of the story: doing it anyway.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I've tried so many times in my life to get up in the morning and just flat out be someone different - no bad habits or tired old vices, totally positive outlook, etc., etc - and it has never worked. Not one time (well, maybe for five minutes in 1973 - but a lot of things worked in 1973 that don't seem to any longer...)
So this time (to borrow a phrase, "I Swear To God, This Is The Last Effin Time Iím Going To Fool With This Crap" katrinarasbold.com/fat/ ) I'm going to try to do things, change things, a little at a time. Maybe if my Internal Overseer doesn't notice, I won't have to deal with her apparently inevitable rebellion.
Last night I didn't go so far as to skip the pre-dinner cocktail (I know Cosmopolitans are out of fashion, but I do so love them... especially in the tub while the snow falls outside) or my post-dinner pre-bed sherry, but I did limit myself to one cocktail and one small sherry. And dinner was baked turkey (no skin, no fat), brown rice (a little butter and salt on mine) and fruit salad - and no dessert for me. So that's an improvement, anyway, over my usual two cocktails/large sherry and dinner of less-healthy choices.
And I lugged John's queen-sized box spring and bed frame downstairs and assembled it all in the downstairs bedroom myself instead of waiting for The Men to do it - hey, it's not a 5K, but at least I wasn't just sitting around reading and stuffing my face.
And this morning I actually printed out the SparkPeople pledge card - laminated those pups, even - and stuck one on the refrigerator, one in my wallet, and one right here on my laptop.
I figure that since I'd applaud those changes if someone else made them, I can count them in my own favor as well.
Baby steps, baby.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I don't remember where this comes from...could be anything from local (Philadelphia, back when) news to some exercise program, but this quote is in my mind today, "...so get out there and make it a great day!"
I suspect we have pretty much the kind of day we set out to have - and if we don't set out purposefully to get ourselves a good day, chances are we *won't* get one. As I naturally run to pessimism and depression, this is a particular challenge for me, but I've been working at it for years, and I'm beginning to believe it.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Okay, back to business.
Too many distractions in the last month - daughters home for the holidays, husband's serious health issues. But now kids are back to school and things should start to even out a little. I can make some positive changes instead of just being miserable about the way things are.
My first positive change? Coming back here.
Oh, and I bought a GOWEARFIT arm band - I love keeping track that way!
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