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Thursday, June 26, 2014

I've been struggling with my weight lately. The latest challenge was moving into my sister's home, while she and her family were on vacation for 10 days, to care for our Dad. My husband and I got home yesterday. Dad's 88 with major health issues, and he needs encouragement to eat and help to get around. I made many of the foods Mom made when I was growing up, and it's very hard to be constantly providing food for someone with a tiny stomach capacity who has been losing weight he cannot afford to lose while not indulging myself in the tastes and memories of loving family. I gained weight. emoticon Due to Dad's schedule, I didn't exercise first thing in the morning, as I usually do, so other than just daily activity, I was not burning the usual calories. Did I eat less? Oh nooooooo. emoticon

Saturday we leave for the Washington State San Juan Islands. We may be gone up to 3 weeks. Our boat is a 26 foot long sailboat, so there's not room to exercise if I'm not pulling on lines or jumping around to fix things that get out of order under sail. We hope to get ashore and explore some of the State park islands. As I won't be pushing food on either of us, I hope to come back smaller. In any case, I probably won't have wi-fi access to the internet often, so it may be a while before I'm back here keeping up with my friends.

Thanks to all who have kept in touch with me even though I've been pretty silent online lately. I'll be back! (Maybe with photos.)

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    Hope your trip is going well. Life is a balancing act for sure! Just remember that routine will return and adjust back to healthy habits when it does. No more all-or-nothing attitude about "dieting." Weight management is just part of life. Again, hope your trip is fabulous and will be checking for a blog on your return. ENJOY!!!
    2571 days ago
    Enjoy your vacation!
    I have been doing 100 wall push-ups and 100 calf raises and 100 squats while I have been home-bound with a medical issue lately.
    I break it up into sets of 20-25.
    I am expecting some long boat rides on our new (old) boat and hope to do things like that- not cardio but something, anyway!
    2580 days ago
    Have a fun sailing trip.
    2581 days ago
    A two part comment here:
    First I sympathize and completely understand about caring for an aging parent with no appetite. My Mom lived with us for 10 years after Dad's death, It was in 2009 when I put a scale in the kitchen to check HER weight every morning and made her record everything SHE ate, that I got the spark and started doing it myself. Good results for both of us.
    Second, I just LOVE your sailing adventure. DH bought a 2nd hand 25' sailboat when we retired in 2007 and it hasn't left our dock since. It's been a great "pirate ship" for the grandkids, but he never learned to sail it.
    I'll be waiting to see your pictures.
    2581 days ago
    It is easier to maintain our weight when we are at home, in control of all things food and exercise. It is NOT easy when events occur that take us out of that routine. I think you need to be kind to yourself; any weight gained in just 10 days will not be with you long. Enjoy your boat trip, you deserve it!!!
    2582 days ago
    Let's see. Life changes. Dad's not doing well. Nothing to stress about, right? I am giving you virtual hugs -- enjoy your trip and relax. emoticon
    2582 days ago
    Drastic routine changes and having to change focus are always a bit of a challenge.
    Enjoy your sailing trip.
    Looking forward to the photos :)
    2583 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/27/2014 2:09:20 PM
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    2583 days ago
    These are difficult times. I've been through this with my dad, step mom, fil, and mil. It is vital to be kind to ourselves on every level at this time. The emotional toll is deep as we watch our parents go through this time of transition.
    Please enjoy your sailing adventure. You gave your sister and her family quite a gift by staying with your dad so they could take a vacation!

    2583 days ago
    Being a caretaker is not easy and does throw you off schedule. Cooking old family favorites would be tempting to anyone..but probably helped to encourage your dad to eat. This is just one of those cycles in maintenance where life intervened and you detoured. I am sure you will be back on track while on that boat. That sounds like a lovely 3 weeks. The San Juans are beautiful.Maybe you can get some walks in when you stop! Have a great trip!

    2583 days ago
    I understand the situation with your Dad. I had a similar experience with my Dad. Don't be too hard on yourself. You know that you can "recover" from this little bump in the journey. You know what to do and I know that emoticon
    2583 days ago
    Hang in there and have fun sailing! Please take pics and share! Enjoy your time off grid.
    2583 days ago
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    Have a safe & relaxing time at sea.
    2583 days ago
    It is not an easy situation to be in.... having to encourage your dad to eat! That would have been a real tough 10 days for me too! Have a fabulous three weeks sailing around the San Juan Islands!
    When I am on vacation I don't gain weight... I just make the right choices! A vacation is all about having a wonderful time it is not about the food! I can't wait to see all your wonderful pictures! Hugs!
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    2583 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2014 11:57:46 PM
    I so understand.... sadly I don't have any good reasons for my weight gain, just not doing what I know I need to do, to get where I want to be! Not giving up....

    Enjoy your time on the sailboat, your trip sounds wonderful!
    2583 days ago
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