Saturday, July 10, 2010
Life is a journey until we die. The earth is always in motion. We were designed to be in motion upon mother earth. Earlier this week, I submitted two huddles on one day. Theses were: Are you camping or moving? and "Let's break camp and move!"
I commented on one of my teams (Simplify Your Life) that I was still stuck cleaning and reorganizing my kitchen. The challenge with the area is it is small and contains my laundry area as well out in the open. Cabinets were laid out poorly and the corner space is largely inaccessible. I went from being a family of 4 to being a single again. I went through a divorce, sold our larger dream house and launched both children out into the world to "seek their fortune." Just packing and moving from the former house to this smaller house meant I did a lot of sorting and donating. It was 43 boxes and at least 2 1/2 truckloads to Goodwill. This doesn't count things going to the dump. More needed to be done, but I was tired. I just had energy to set up camp.
My newer smaller house is very perfect for me. The design makes it feel much larger than the 1500 square feet. When clean and organized, it has a beach style house feel. It is a "modern" style from the early 60's and one level.
Very important to someone who has had one hip resurfaced (a new style replacement) and still needs one done.
When I first moved in, I added some pull drawers since bending was already a challenge. My son lived here for the summer and college breaks. My hip deteriorated quickly. I literally started camping in my own house. As the pain increased, it took all my strength just to get through my work day as a nurse. I was definitely living in "convenience" mode. I was eating out far too much or I was living off frozen quick dinners that could be quickly reheated. Occasionally I would do some crockpot cooking or quick noodles and sauces.
It really takes a year to get over a hip resurfacing. Thanks to getting tendinitis and bursitis in the "good" hip, my recovery was slower and my pain was high. At this point, I was probably camping within my pre-established camp.
I decided that after multiple diet failures, it was time to admit the effect my weight was having on my joints. My PCP had missed diagnosing my readiness for hip replacement largely due to my age and my weight. By the time the x-rays were done, it was time for replacement. It didn't matter I shared about being told I would need a hip replacement by the time I was 40, I wasn't being taken seriously for any health problems. After hip resurfacing, I was suffering with a hiatal hernia so decided a lapband would help me solve the yo-yo dieting problem plus get that hernia repaired. Loosing weight has never been a huge problem, sticking with a diet to goal and then keeping the weight off was the big problem.
It's been almost 2 1/2 months since my lapband surgery/hiatal hernia repair. I feel so much better. My inability to absorb Vitamin D was diagnosed in the process, so now I take the prescription hormone the body makes from Vitamin D. I am cooking and enjoying food again. I eat to live, not live to eat any more. Oh and I am really using the kitchen now. I am ready to redesign the kitchen to make it livable and workable. I am ready to tackle other storage are problems as well as purging what is not needed.
In short, I have pulled up camp. I am starting to move. Although I had good reasons to need to set up a camp, I now have good reasons to pull up camp and move on with my life. As the other hip readies for resurfacing and the knee continues to go, I may set up camp again in the future. This time, the house should be organized in a way to keep me moving.
So my question to you with your goals . . . are you camping or moving forwards to your goals?