Saturday, December 10, 2011
2011 has been a challenging year! Had 7 goals for the year and have accomplished only 3 of them - the other 4 are still in progress!!
I have always welcomed change - like an new adventure with so many possibilities - but the changes this year have not been ones I would have anticipated.
First, my older daughter is now in a long-term health care facility - no diagnosis - but, she is beginning to remember family members and some of her life.
Second, I was "dismissed" from a position at the church that I have had for the past 3+ years. Not planned, so has meant a major "overhall" of my budget. Am now finally retired and do not plan to go back to work. But, the good news is that Social Security will see an increase this year - there has not been any the past 2 years.
So, now am looking to the next year - I do find that I am so much more committed to my goals when I check in here every day - what I eat, how much I exercise - and all the encouragement I get from just learning about the struggles and accomplishments of others sharing here!!
Friday, September 09, 2011
Today am going to Hood River to meet my youngest - am so looking forward to being with him. We will go to Pietro's for pizza - his favorite - and I love the salad bar!!!
We will spend time walking thru town and visiting all the little shops along the way.
For you Martha - here is a recent picture, except he told me he has shaved off his mustache. I like it - makes him look more his age - he is now 42.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I have gotten so far off track - have been so distracted by my daughter's illness. She is now in a long-term health care facility in Portland. She is not recovering. The doctors know what is happening in her brain, but not what is causing it. At this point, they want to be able for a neurologist to see her; however, she is responding very little. She does not know anyone, not even her husband, she talks only in numbers, and is not walking. They have her on tube feedings and are beginning to feed her some. But, mostly she refuses to eat.
One bright spot - when my other daughter and I were over there last weekend, Vicki did respond when Kathi mentioned Barbie dolls. Their room when they were growing up was a Barbie Doll fantasy. Kathi had Vicki talking about some of the things they did. It was a very special moment.
But, I have gotten away from my exercising and my diet - my excuse??? I am just too tired. However, this morning I did exercise for only about 10 minutes. Did the Kickboxing with Nichole. And, am amazed at how much better I feel now. Just gotta get back in gear!!! Even 10 minutes each morning I am sure will make a big difference in how I feel and how I see my life right now.
I do eat right when I am home, but when I go to Portland it is a different story - and am going again this weekend. So, need to plan my strategy before I go. Will be spending time with my son who lives in Vancouver - and he is a pizza-freak!! He could eat pizza 3 times a day, 7 days a week I am sure!! Last time we went to Izzy's - my first time there. I really was good tho - had one piece of pizza and lots of salad. Love salad - my boys tease me - they say lettuce tastes like dirt!!
Well, gotta get back to work - since I am being paid to be here. Enough of my rambling for this morning.
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