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Not another Change

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Changes bring opportunities along with the anxiety of the unknown. I like the volunteer work I do for a small non-profit arts group. But the last year the work took a lot more time than I wanted to give because some of the older (I mean over 78 but very lively and bright) members decided to make changes in their lives. Some moved closer to their children, several had health issues which slowed them down and a few decided to scale back their commitments. There were not enough new volunteers to cover the hours and several of us just stepped up. Then the director (of six years) decided to move to a new job at the end of 2012. A new director was hired and I just wasn’t sure I wanted to adjust to a new person. I was anxious about changes and even after all these years, if she would want me to stay.

The beginning was a little awkward for all of us, a few people left but I stayed. Now after a month of working with her, I find that I like her style. It is important to let go of “the way we have always done it” and embrace new. The reorganization of tasks will make it easier on those of us who are there and she has some good ideas on how to make the operations work better. So the anxiety has gone away and I am glad I stayed.

This made me think of how change is important when dealing with health issues and nutrition. Making changes is hard but you just have to stick with it. Eating low fat cheese instead of full fat, reducing the amount of meat I eat each day by adding in legumes, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables each day and writing down what I eat have all helped me to change to a lower weight. It wasn’t easy because “that’s not the way I like it” but I am feeling better and looking better.

The holidays were difficult because of the parties and celebrations and the flu but I logged in everyday, even if I didn’t record the food I ate. I gained a few pounds but I am confident that they will go away. This is a change in my approach to weight gain which is good change.

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    Sounds like you are making really good decisions in every area of your life.

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It all seems so fragile

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The memories of christmas of my younger days are of a large number of assorted relatives getting together in loud boisterous groups. Smashed together in small houses with lots of food and cold winter weather. Now the holiday get togethers are small with polite adults eating fewer rich dishes and drinking a lot less alcohol. The connections between many of the family have either been broken by death, moves to cities far away, changes in interests that make conversations awkward, divorces or just getting older. The connections seem so fragile and each year seem to decrease so that it is memories of people that christmas brings back to me. I make some phone calls just to hear voices to help me keep the past alive with people who are special. Then the people who are very close arrive for dinner and I am happy in my present connections and grateful they are in my life. The memories slip away into the shadows of christmas and wait to be revived again next year.

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/25/2012 4:18PM

    Yes Christmas brings back so many memories. So much loss, so little remains the same. Even values we once held dear.

It seems a lot the "good ol' days" can be chalked up to "euphoric recall". Nothing was as perfect as the memories. But yet they remain.

This year, due to splinters and conflicts within the family that can't seem to be resolved without bloodshed, we decided to remove ourselves from the stress. This has been without doubt the most peaceful Christmas we've ever had. It's given us the opportunity to cherish the memories of loved ones no longer with us and look with hope towards a brighter new year.

Let's make 2013 our best year yet!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 4:00PM

    I think many of us can relate to everything you said. I know I can.

Merry Christmas to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 12/25/2012 5:26AM

    Very poetic. Glenn

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Watching my Health

Friday, December 14, 2012

Actually I feel like I am watching my health deteriorate. At the beginning of November I came down with a rally bad sinus infection which lasted for several weeks. Now of course, I was really starting to feel better and along comes really bad cold. As a generally healthy person, I have taken for granted that I can do a fair amount of exercise each day and be very active. These are minor ailments but they have stopped all my activity. This makes me a lot more sympathetic to people who have serious physical issues and have limited ability to get up and go. Although the unpleasant things in life are not something you go looking for, it seems that it is an opportunity to appreciate what you do have. This time of the year is especially stressful on people so looking for the happy, cheerful and grateful parts of my life is going to be my goal for the rest of December. Have a great holiday season.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/14/2012 9:49PM

    I have been critically ill before so I know the importance of good health and don't take it for granted. It's wonderful to have the energy to do what you want.

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BARBANNA 12/14/2012 1:23PM

    I have a sore throat that's been nagging me for a couple days, so I totally understand. I'm still doing my usual activities,but it makes life more difficult.

Hope you get better! emoticon

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Breaking down

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Breaking down bit by bit and I didn't even know it was happening. I don't eat fast food french fries. People say they don't and then they sneak them, but I don't go to fast food more than once a month and never order the fries. So why is my body causing me problems. Serious problem with a tooth, a funny pain in my left side and if I don't wear my orthotics my knees hurt. It seems that you have to take your body more seriously after you turn 60. Don't want to be really focused on the small aches and pains but it is clear that I should not ignore the small signals. So even though there are issues, I can't imagine how much worse it would be if I ate the french fries. Taking a nice walk this afternoon.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/27/2012 7:06PM

    As we age our bodies let us know that they are no longer 25 but we can still have a good quality of life. My doctor has helped me to set realistic goals for my health and I'm very satisfied with how things are going.

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Trying to regain ground lost

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holidays and family are tied to food. Not necessarily the food you regularly eat each day. No this is the lots of starches coupled with fat and often sugar food that raises the daily calorie count to numbers I don't even want to record. Just one more helping of mashed potatoes made with cream. Gravy that is so tasty and sweet potato casserole that just drips butter. The one rule I made was no alcohol until the family had all left. Did really well except for two small glasses of wine. This was just to keep my willpower available, not necessarily working, but not totally impaired. The other trick was not to buy an butter. That way the food did not have a high fat content. It was wonderful and now I am back to the healthy food list. Christmas will be easier but the menu is must less proscribed and more flexible. On to December!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/26/2012 7:50PM

    I love Thanksgiving and make my meal as healthy as possible.

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RAPUNZEL53 11/26/2012 5:45PM

  Good Luck!

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