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Thursday, January 31, 2013

I have been so busy offline, that I have been neglecting my spark posts and blogs. I am going to work those in more often... or my intention is to work them in more often. For today, a brief update.

I have gotten back down to 229. I was up 4 pounds for some reason ...possibly stress eatin around the time I had to cancel my xmas trip to see the folks because my wife's Dad died. We visited him in hospice the 22nd & 23rd, came home the night of the 24th, had xmas breakfast the 25th and exchanged gifts then she went back because he'd taken a turn for the worse, and he died as she walked in the door. It was horrible and I was pretty stressed out while supporting her. It was the first time I met her Dad too, which was weird, but that's not why I was there. At his memorial, I met her mom for the first time. (I know that sounds weird, but as a man who happens to be transgender, and them being strict catholics who have a currently transphobic pope as their church leader, I am not their favorite hubby. They've never met me, but the mom swears she hates me and refused to ride in the same car with me. She did however have a nice brunch with all of us before hand, and seemed to warm up to me during the wake when I took an elderly uncle with demensia and Parkinsons under my wing. I love uncle Hal. he will never remember me, but I love him all the same. I made sure he was getting opportunities to tell all his stories about when he worked on the Apollo mission, because that's crystal clear like it was yesterday, but he can't remember the age of his grandkids or that he already asked me about where I got my cane made every other time we'd met that day. That's OK with me, I told him the same story several times, and then introduced him to someone he didn't remember (but was related to) and asked if they'd heard about the apollo mission. Off he went on his stories, and he was happy. Reminded me of my grandmother with alzheimer's. Sweetest guy I'd ever met, but apparently he can have a temper. I never saw it tho.

Rambling... anyway the whole experience was a bit stressful and there was very little healthy food offered anywhere. I drank green smoothies (my new breakfast staple) every time I was home twice a day to make up for all the crap I knew I was eating at Dennys and wakes and circle K or what have you on the road. But I still gained 4 pounds.

Now you may say, 4 pounds is not much. That's true, butI was concerned that I was going back up a yoyo, and I don't want that. So I buckled down and made sure I was eating healthy portions and frequencies and food choices, and WHALLAH! 229 has returned. I did not make my goal of losing 225 yet, but perhaps in the next month I will. If I do, I have decided to reward myself with a skein of Alpaca yarn which I will be loom knitting into an owl hat for myself. Not a hat that looks like an owl, although I can make those, but a hat with cables that weave into the pattern of owls. They are super cute and it may take me a while to perfect, but I want one :) It reminds me of my grandmother. I won't be able to wear it much till next winter, but that's OK.

I have a show this weekend or rather an Art Bazaar so I will be bringing out some of my paintings, screen prints, and all my yarn creations. Wish me luck!

Back to keeping track of what I eat and drink, and later I will do a blog post about my green smoothy explorations. I am currently on a rhubarb pie kick :) YUM
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PHEBESS 2/3/2013 5:43PM

    That sounds like a stressful period - a death in the family is always tough. My sympathies, and just hang in there, things will slowly get back to normal.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/2/2013 4:19PM

    I am so sorry about the loss of your wife's father. It's a very difficult time and I'm sure even more stressful by the family problem.

Regarding her family's nonacceptance though - My MIL's best friend is a devout Catholic as is my father and they are both in their 80s. Either one of them would have accepted you in their lives as part of the family. The pope is just a man. He isn't God and many Catholics are aware of this. They live their lives according to the Golden Rule and respect and love their fellow men and women because everyone of us is related - we are brothers and sisters. It's ridiculous to decide you don't like someone based on their sexual orientation. Hopefully her family will come around because it's a terrible position to put your child in. Completely selfish not to love people as they are and not how you want them to be.

I think you were really nice about this and patient and you made lemonade out of lemons. I admire you for standing by your mate in what must have been a very difficult situation. Uncle Hal sounds delightful though.

Congratulations on the weight loss. Remarkable when not being able to have control over the food situation. And good luck at the art bazaar.

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DESERTJULZ 2/1/2013 3:03PM

    Glad you were able to take those 4 pounds back off! My sympathy to you and your family. It is so stressful to lose a parent.

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