Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The past couple of months have been a b*%@h.
BAD CHANGES: Following the death of my mom-in-law 3 months ago, my family life has been in chaos due to the stresses of that event, the high-running emotions (on all sides) that were triggered and that continue to this day, and the broken glass that now surrounds a number of family relationships. Never did I expect that this death would have such a major impact on my family's life, but I guess that's the way that life is. $#it happens, so deal with it, eh? Since I have little--if any--control over the behavior and feelings of others, and I realize that I only have the power to make changes in my own personal life, I'll now move on and describe a couple of good changes that I've made.
GOOD CHANGES: I've done OK during this period with my weight, but am hoping to do a lot better. I've dropped my weight from about 200lbs prior to my mom-in-law's death to below 195lbs and I'm now getting closer to 190lbs despite the stress and holidays. I hope to be right around 190lbs by Christmas and I have found that I take great comfort in the fact that I have lost over 25 pounds this year, and that maybe I'll have lost over 30 pounds by year end.
I've joined a local gym and am making it part of my routine to get out of my house and take part in physical exercise at least a few times a week. Some days I focus on weightlifting/nautilus, some days I do 40 minutes on the elliptical machine, and other days I might shoot hoops for a little while or swim. With all of the stresses that are now part of my home environment, I've found that getting out of the house is important, and getting out of the house to exercise is a huge bonus!
I've also made it a point to join with friends more often (maybe once a week), and to relax with them at sporting events, or restaurants for a meal, or to get together at local hangouts, strengthening my support network and social life.
May 2009 be better than 2008.