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Healthy Despite Disaster

Thursday, January 02, 2014

This is one holiday season we'll never forget. Disasters come in threes they say and we've had three. It could have been much worse.
1. Our daughter walked away from a car wreck on her way home from college sore but uninjured. The car was totaled. She was not the driver. I am thankful she is alive and well.
2. I broke a tooth chomping down on a popcorn kernel. The root of the tooth was not exposed. So a thousand dollars or so should fix it. I am thankful for new dental insurance obtained through the affordable care act which will help cover this cost.
3. The Sunday before Christmas a pipe broke in our house while we were away at church. We came home to several inches of water in every room in the house. We had to move everything out into the garage so that all the carpets could be pulled up and dehumidifiers and blowers brought in to dry out the house. Walls soaked up water and even the ceilings were dripping because there was so much water evaporating. This equipment ran for five days drying out the house while we visited family for the holidays. We are back "home" now but in a hotel while workers repair drywall and begin painting everything. Then new flooring will need to be installed and then all the furniture, wall pictures, clothes, everything will have to be moved back into the house. It could be worse. Some people in our area had flooding from recent storms in which sewage backed up into their homes. At least the water in our house was clean and no furniture was damaged. Still it will take several weeks to get everything put back in place.
SO MY CHALLENGE is to stay focused on healthy disciplines of exercise and diet while completely out of my normal routines. The complimentary hotel breakfast provides few low calorie options. I found a packet of instant oatmeal but added a side of scrambled eggs. Drat - over 600 calories in eggs - I forgot how many calories are in a pile of scrambled eggs since I rarely eat them. I'll try to compensate for that mistake by eating less the rest of the day which will have to be restaurant eating since our house is a torn up dusty mess at the moment. I did exercise this morning at the hotel fitness center. I am determined to stay healthy despite this disaster! I've not been at my best with my diet - I guess I've had a lot to deal with but I'm not going to let that be an excuse to get off track with my health goals.
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    It is well,with you all!!
    1507 days ago
    You are so blessed to have free exercise equipment right going out in the snow to get to the gym...

    It's always best to look at the bright side of life!
    1507 days ago
    You certainly know how to wrap up a year!! You are right, each of those things could have been much worse, so it's good to try and look at the bright side. Best of luck with the hotel lifestyle, that can be a challenge in itself!
    1508 days ago
    So, God has proved He is watching over you by: 1. Mercy-your daughter being well; 2. Opportunity-to show faith and thanksgiving with all three happenings; 3. Self-control (discipline) by learning new ways to stick to your goals that you might not have tried or know of before. What an inspiration you are!

    Try buying some fruit, raw veggies, cut up in to bite sizes to eat on your good side of your mouth, (you can store in hotel fridge) nuts, (or maybe not for you with tooth issue?) to help with snack time. For breakfast instant Better Oats Steel Cut (sold at Safeway ) to make with hot water in microwave; and there are a few articles here on SparkPeople that help with choosing foods when you eat out!

    And just think--brand new flooring and painted walls! As for the tooth you said it: You have insurance to help fix that!

    You are off to a great start by having such a positive attitude. Here is to you and yours a joy filled New Year!

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    1508 days ago
    I am so glad that your daughter is safe. Everything else is repairable or replaceable.
    We have also had broken pipe damage. No fun. Very upsetting, but survivable. Use the hotel's recreation facilities to relieve the stress. Best is ahead.. emoticon
    1508 days ago
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