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Tuesday Tidbits

Here are the random thoughts running around in my head today…

It is sad that the only time you see some people is at a funeral.

It is amazing how children heal so quickly – my son’s stitches came out today and the bite is mending quite well. He was bit by a dog 10 days ago – it took 6 stitches to close it up.

It is so beautiful to look outside in the morning and see the crisp white snow and so sad to see the gray slush later in the day.

It is frustrating to go to the grocery store for one item and have to circle the parking lot to try and find a parking space.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving

 

Family Ties

I was all set to write a Fitness Friday post when the phone rang and I saw that it was my dad. I knew it wasn’t going to be good news – he had told me during our weekly call that my uncle was not doing well and that they had stopped giving him his meds. Sure enough my uncle died this morning and there arrangements are being made. He didn’t want a viewing so there may just be a funeral on Monday.

Now my dad is the only one of the “boys” left. There were 5 boys and 4 girls in the family. Now there is just him and 2 of his sisters. One of my uncles was killed in the Korean War – before I was even born. Another one I didn’t really know- my parents moved away from the rest of the family and this uncle was never around much when we did come to visit. He died when I was in my early teens. About 10 years ago the  other brother died. Then it was 2 of my aunts who passed away.

It is strange to realize that I haven’t actually  seen my uncle in a few years. I can remember growing up when we would see each other at least every Easter and summer.  We used to have great egg hunts in the backyard of my grandmother’s house. We would go to church and then come back and be herded into my aunt’s house until all the cousins showed up. We would find the eggs and then hide them again and again until lunch was ready. After lunch there would be games, goofing off and a walk through the cemetery.

Anyway, sometime over the years this uncle and his wife separated from the rest of the family and didn’t come around much. When my dad would come up to visit family, he would stay with one of his sisters. On the last day of his visit he would go and see my uncle and that’s about the only contact anyone had. It is sad when these things happen.  I’m feeling sad for my dad and his sisters, for my uncle’s wife and sons and their families. This is never an easy time but it helps to have good memories and people to share them with.

MUMday

Measure Up Monday – How am I doing on my goals?

November Goals

1. Pack up all the yard sale stuff and have it picked up by a charity – made a start on this and got 7 boxes of stuff out the door and on a truck to  charity

2. Sort, organize and store my fabric

3. Go through the year to date tax receipts and get them organized – have all my receipts in one place, just need to get them organized by category

4. Create a master list of to dos

I am making progress but need to pick up the pace if I’m going to get it done by the end of the month.

Have you made any progress on your goals? How do you keep yourself motivated? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. Don’t be shy – leave a comment.

 

 

One Word – Health Part 2

Once I got the diagnosis I went on antibiotics and a probiotic. I  still didn’t have much of an appetite and was having a hard time having enough energy to do more than the basics each day. One bright spot was that I wasn’t really missing the sugar/chocolate and I had been sure that was going to be a big problem for me. I lost a ton of weight –  not eating will do that for you. In fact I was able to get down to my goal weight but unfortunately I didn’t stay there.

On the follow up visit with the doctor I learned that I have some food sensitivities most notably peanut and whey.  To a lesser degree I showed some sensitivity to eggs and milk products. I had a severe candida problem and some heavy metals in my system.  I was advised to add back in oranges, soy and corn and see how I did with them. I also got a prescription for natural thyroid meds, a Vitamin D supplement and some stuff help rebuild my stomach.

I had a period of feeling loads better – in fact I couldn’t remember feeling so energetic and pleased with life. I started doing some exercising – nothing hard core but more than I had done in a long time. I even joined a club and started swimming. It was amazing but I have started to slip lately. I’m having trouble sticking to my diet. It started with an event for church. We were asked to make cookies and DS wanted to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I told myself I would just have one but of course that didn’t work. Then later in the week was Halloween and I was tempted again. I ate way too much chocolate and I’m still having trouble with cravings. Some days it just feels like a constant struggle, I get discouraged and then I’m falling off the wagon and then beating myself up about it. It’s a cycle I can’t seem to break out of.

It doesn’t help that I’m having relationship struggles as well. A lot of it is typical age related stuff with my kids but it is just wearing me down. My DH and I  aren’t always on the same page about how to deal with it and that adds another layer of stress to the mix. Some days I can stay positive and not dwell on it but other days it just seems overwhelming and I doubt everything I do/say/think. I just want to crawl into a hole and hide away. I keep trying to remember that these things will pass but it isn’t always easy.

One Word – Health

So, back in January I decided to get on the one word bandwagon. That’s the idea that you pick a word to focus on throughout the year. I chose health as my word and I was going to try and work on one aspect of my health each month.

I started with sleep because it seems to affect so many other things, especially weight gain/loss and mood which I also wanted to improve. I worked on my sleep environment, my pre-bed routine and trying to keep my wakeup and sleep times consistent. I did okay but had trouble staying consistent – my usual problem. I can do something for so long but never long enough for it to become automatic.

Next I tried to work on my water intake because it also seems to affect so many other things. I really struggled with this one. It takes a lot of effort for me to drink that much water. You would think that it would be easy since water is the only thing I drink but I don’t make it most days.

I decided to make an appointment with a functional medicine practitioner because I was getting tired of the way I was feeling and I wasn’t sure if the meds I was on were really helping me. (Background – I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 18 years ago, have postpartum depression/dysthymia issues and am going through menopause) I had heard good things about this doctor and decided to see what she had to say.

There was a two hour initial meeting  that was very thorough and I felt like there was a possibility that things could change if I went through the testing she recommended. I wasn’t as excited about all the supplements she wanted me to try but figured it was worth a shot. She put me on an elimination diet which I was sure was going to be hell. I had to do blood, urine, hair and salivia testing as well.

I spent the weekend enjoying a last taste of my forbidden foods and was ready to start my new diet bright and early one Monday morning. I  was supposed to take a protein shake in the morning but I wasn’t really hungry so I put it off until lunch. I’m not really big on shakes or smoothies – its a texture thing – I just don’t like that thick stuff. This one smelled really bad and I had to force myself to drink it. In fact, it took about 30 minutes for me to drink it all.  It didn’t stay down long – I was in the bathroom throwing up within the hour. Later that evening I started feeling sick and ended up going to bed early.

The next morning I still wasn’t feeling well but I was hungry. I had a craving for an apple. I ate a slice but was back in the bathroom dry heaving. I  was still tired so I just went back to bed. Then I started having chills and aches. I thought maybe I had a stomach bug or something. I had no appetite and slept 12 – 16 hours for the next 4-5 days. I talked with the doctor and thought I might have the flu. I tried to rest and stay hydrated – not something I’m very good at.

Then I developed a red circular patch on my arm. It started out about the size of a quarter. It didn’t itch, it wasn’t crusty, it just got bigger and bigger. Then I noticed a few more on different parts of my body. Finally my husband convinced me to have them looked at. That’s when I found out that I had Lyme disease.

This is getting kind of long – I’ll stop here for now and finish up tomorrow.

Tuesday Tidbits

Here are the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

It was so beautiful this morning. We had our first snowfall of the season and everything looked so crisp, clean and bright. Made me wish I had a camera(and the talent) to take some photos.

Wondering how many of DD’s friends will show up for her sweet sixteen party on Saturday. She invited 60 of her nearest and dearest friends and family to join her on a party boat to sail and dance for 3 hours.

Wishing I had done a bit more in the orchard before the snow came.

Happy to not be cooking for Thanksgiving – I’ll gladly do clean up instead.

Not looking forward to doing Christmas shopping this year – it is my most hated holiday task.

Off to do more work on my November goal – I have 6 boxes of stuff ready to be picked up and taken away.

MUMday

Measure Up Monday – How am I doing on my goals?

November Goals

1. Pack up all the yard sale stuff and have it picked up by a charity

2. Sort, organize and store my fabric

3. Go through the year to date tax receipts and get them organized

4. Create a master list of to dos

Not much to report at this time. I haven’t done a thing on the goals I listed for this month. I have been in a bit of a funk and have just not felt like doing much of anything lately. Need to get my act together and get cracking on the things that are piling up around here. In fact that is what I am going to do right now.  Check back next Monday to see if I’m successful or not.

November News

For the month of November I am continuing my 31 day challenge to complete some of the things that need done around here.  I will update my progress on MUMday – my day where  I try to update my progress towards my goals.  I’ve thought about things and have come up with the following list:

1. Pack up all the yard sale stuff and have it picked up by a charity

2. Sort, organize and store my fabric

3. Go through the year to date tax receipts and get them organized

4. Create a master list of to dos – I have tons of little slips of paper(like I had with my books) with ideas of sewing/quilting/knitting/crafting ideas, recipes to try, household projects to be done, dream trip information, etc all over my house. I want to try and get them all together in one spot. First I’m going to gather them all together and then I need to decide how/where to keep them all. Here’s where I need your help – what system do you use to keep track of things? Anyone have any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear what has worked or hasn’t worked for you.

 

31 days toward completion – day 31

I forgot to write an entry yesterday to finish up my 31 days. I ran around doing errands in the morning and then spent the afternoon reading a good book. Then it was hurry up and make dinner so we could do trick or treat activities. After that we shared candy while watching Wreck It Ralph before heading off to bed. So no work done on any projects during the last day of the challenge.

Overall I am very pleased with my progress. Here once again, is the original list and what I accomplished during the month of October

1. Library wish list – have a bunch of books written down on little slips of paper and want to put them all on the library’s wish list – finished

2. Books I’ve read list – same thing – I have little slips of paper with the books I’ve read and need to get them all on here so I can see how many I have read and how close I am to my 1500 goal – added 20 books to the list, still have lots more to go since I realized that I haven’t updated since July of 2012 –  up-to-date with a total of 303 read

3. Zen garden – need to put down newspaper, weed fabric and sand; dig a border and fill with pond stones; arrange my big rocks  –have finished the newspaper, weed fabric and the stone border, got the sand but now I’m debating whether I want to do it now or leave it until winter is over –   have decided to wait until spring to put the sand and big rocks in place

4. Shrub area – finish mulching – this is done

5. Orchard – weed, seed, cut down trees – have done some weeding, did the seeding  – have decided to put the trees off until spring

6. Veggie beds – harvest, pull out and dispose of plants, add compost, cover for winter – harvest is completed, compost has been added and all beds are covered

7. Compost – empty out bin – this is completed.

8. Bookcase – put together, put books on – this is completed

9. Quilt fabrics – sort and figure out how/where to store

10. Mat for loft – order mat for exercise area – ordered, arrived, put together and ready to use

11. Yard sale leftovers – put in bags/boxes and arrange for pickup

12. Business IRA forms – need to fill out and send in – this is done

 

I am planning to do a similar thing in November. Once I decide on my project list, I will put it on the blog and then try to update weekly. Right now I’m off to savor one of the treats from last night.

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