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Summer 2013

Sunday, September 01, 2013

It’s been almost two months since I really checked in. I’m grateful for the continued encouragement from many of you on my feed and page. Sorry I haven’t had time to return the favor.

The peak of my work demands came at the end of July and continued into August. It seems to be beginning to taper off now at about the same rate it ramped up over the first half of the year, so I think I’ll be approaching a more normal work load in a couple of months.

In the midst of all of this my mom continues to physically decline and has begun to get serious about moving into assisted living. I live about 2,000 miles away, but my brother & my son & their families live relatively close. Anyone who has been through this knows it’s never simple or easy. There’s so much emotional adjustment needed in losing one’s independence. In some ways it’s made harder that she is mentally very sharp—seems more on the ball many days than I am! One of the main challenges is her cat, which she does not want to give up, and the place that’s the easiest and otherwise best solution for her does not take pets. So we’re now exploring options for her that do take pets, but none that I’ve seen yet meet the other criteria.

So my stress level has been high this summer. For the most part, I’ve been doing good self-care. I meditate every day, get my exercise in at least 5 days a week. Running keeps me sane. The one thing I’ve totally slid off the wagon with is eating in moderation. So I’ve gained more weight in the last two months, creeping back to about 25 pounds over what I was 2 years ago.

August stats:
Fitness minutes: 1512
Days in calorie range: 0
Miles run: 92.19 (Total for 2013=703.2)

I’ve known for some months that I need to change things up in my routine, especially my eating. I don’t mind doing or eating the same thing all the time, but it really does not work out for me to be sustainable over the long haul. So I’ve decided to join the BLC23 team—Biggest Loser Challenge #23, a 12-week commitment to a team and its challenges. I’m hoping this new approach will give me what I need to get back on track with my eating. I’m looking forward to trying something new and different. The official challenge begins 25 September, but they have smaller challenges leading up to that date.

I’d also like to add a couple of races for later this year or early in 2014, but I’ll have to get back to having the training time first.

I go to Berlin on Thursday for work. I’ll be there for a week but in an outlying area and in meetings all day most days, so will have limited time to do touristy things. As a Boomer who grew up in the Cold War, I’d like to see the Berlin Wall remains. The art gallery scene there is supposed to be one of the best in the world, so I hope to take in some of those, too. I’ve never been there before and don’t know a word of German other than “danke,” but everyone assures me I’ll do fine.
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    Ann, first emoticon to the BLC!! I think that you'll love it. Your fitness minutes are emoticon ! But I'm like you with the eating. emoticon

    Stress can do "funny" things to the body. I've been in your shoes with your mom. My mom didn't have a pet but fought going to AL with all her might. She finally gave in after 100th birthday!! Yes, you read that right. Her mind was sharp until the day she died. But hang in there and I'm sure that all will work out best for everyone.

    Your running is awesome and I'd love to still run but the "old" knees and hips don't like it!! I walk and I make certain that I get a lot of steps in each and every day.

    Don't give up and emoticon
    1619 days ago
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    Ann, Welcome to the BLC23 Challenge!!
    Planning for good eating does take a little bit of time, and I eat best when I do take the time to plan ahead - usually a week at a time.

    I am hoping that the perfect place shows up for your mom.
    Having a pet sure is great therapy. And, then, on the other hand, I can tell you that one of my cats is a 3 year old love that I took in because her first "mom" was going into a nursing home and could not take her. Miss Kitty has claimed us as her new family, but I am sure her first mom misses her.

    Glad that your work schedule is getting back to "normal."
    What kind of work do you do?
    1619 days ago
    Here's hoping you get some time to see the sights in Berlin!
    I'm fighting the Overeating Demon too! Some days he wins the battle, some days I do.
    1635 days ago
    I hope you get to do a little sightseeing on your own!

    It's a new month, perfect time for a fresh start!
    1636 days ago
    Hope you have an enjoyable trip even though there wont' be much time for the touristy stuff.
    Changing up your routine can make a difference in how your body will react.

    I am dealing with an aging dad (mom passed in 2003) he is in assisted living now and I have him on the waiting list to go into a VA home. He is pretty good physically but in early alzeihemers. And it isnt an easy thing to have him move.

    Hang in there
    1636 days ago
    I love BLC to shake things up; I hope that you find it helps in the way you need it to.

    We, too, are dealing with my mom's increasing loss of independence. It is hard to manage the stress that comes along with it, or at least it is for me.

    I smile to think of your running still. I walk still, and it does help as it needs to do.

    1636 days ago
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