Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This has been a tough year. My eldest sister diagnosed with an incurable "rare" disease with the vague name of multiple System Atrophy, a Neurological disfuntion where all of her "systems" just stop functioning. Studies say from 9 to 12 years life expectancy. She and her husband live close, and she has one son close also. Needless to say the stress of trying to deal with this and find ways to help her and her husband has distracted me from my goal lately. my brother in law is one of those guys who always depended on her for everything and now he has to be the care taker -- he is ill-equipped for the demands and is stressed out himself and puts the rest of us on guilt trips for not caring enough to help out. Not the case.
Earlier this year I met with a naturopath, he told me to follow the auto-immune diet and try to eliminate wheat and dairy and corn. So difficult to do but I try to read labels. Also supposed to eliminate coffee and alcohol! Not so easy. Re-joined at the gym and following a plan. All I can do right now to keep my sanity, my house clean, my dogs walked, my husband fed, my 8-5 M-F job, my sister upbeat, my grown kids in the loop, what else - oh yeah the cat. Well she is pretty much doing her own thing and really doesn't care so long as she has fresh food and water and a scratching once in awhile. But with all this, I knew my eating was getting out of control again and my pants are tight (er) and I just have to come back to SparkPeople and keep better track of calories. As you can see from my before and after photos I had a blepharoplasty (fancy name for an eyelid lift) to correct limited vision with the baggy eyelids. Relatively painless and I am sure I'll look tons better with a decent haircut and another MK makeover. signing off now