Friday, December 05, 2014
Just got in last night after a two-week trip. Drove to Houston where my son and daughter and their families live. Then flew to LAX with my 14 year old granddaughter for Thanksgiving. My 21 year old granddaughter picked us up at the airport and we got to meet her boyfriend. Younger sister approved - thought he was cute. That's good because she can be a little possessive of her sister.
We had a great time exploring southern California together and made some good memories.
Now that I'm back home I need to keep the good feeling going. I've been struggling with depression since hubby died and I know eating well and being active will help with that.
Speaking of eating well, I'm appalled at what poor eating habits my children have developed. During the time I was visiting, not one single home-cooked meal was served except the night I made spaghetti. Lots of pizza and no vegetables. I know that they are busy (both my daughter and daughter-in-law work), but so did I, and in the olden days (as my children are fond of saying) I cooked two meals a day at least 6 days a week. Part of that was driven by finances since there was so little money for eating out, but mostly it was my desire to have a healthy family. It doesn't have to be time consuming - I was the queen of the 20 minute menu. The odd thing about it is that all four of the adults are dedicated to working out. Both the women have personal trainers, my son-in-law is dedicated to CrossFit, and my son works out at the Rockets facility. Go figure.
So, off to a good start today!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Yesterday was a pretty good day. I was able to get vehicle titles transferred from hubby's name to mine without tears. It took an hour and a half at the DMV but the ladies were wonderful - even phoning my insurance company because I had forgotten to bring proof of coverage. I also finished the thank you cards - another teary task.
Today I have another list of tasks. Fortunately we had our affairs in order, but when a spouse dies there is just a ton of stuff to do.
I also ate well. Not perfectly, but met nutrition goals. Today I'll shoot for a few more veggies. And I drank all my water. Didn't exercise but it was an active day - sure didn't spend any time sitting around.
Unfortunately sleep evaded me last night so I'm dragging today.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Just two days after my last blog Ms. Gene passed away during the night. I was with her, along with her daughter-in-law, and count that as a blessing although it was tough coming so soon after my hubby's death. Watching two loved ones die from cancer within the same month is heartbreaking.
But I'm feeling a little stronger every day, and actually had a couple of nights when I slept well. I have a history of depression and had a really terrible time after my son died some years ago, so I'm trying to monitor how I feel so that I can get help if needed. (I gained 50 lbs during the year following his death!) I absolutely hated being on antidepressants and don't want to go there again if it can be avoided. I have learned that exercise helps more than anything else, and since the weather is cooler I've been spending more time outside. Since I live in the country there is plenty to do here!
So, the plan for today: lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of water, and work in the yard.
Friday, September 12, 2014
The last week has been a struggle. My dear friend Gene, who is 87 years old and the most amazing woman I have ever met, has been fighting cancer for about 4 years. She has been in the hospital for the last couple of weeks and has steadily gotten worse. Her son and his family do not live here so I, along with other friends, have been staying with her at night. Finally her family realizes that she needs them and have made arrangements to stay. As of yesterday the plan was to send her home with hospice.
That's the bad part of my struggle. The good part is that three of my very best friends made the trip from Arizona and Texas to visit with me. Although it was a great comfort, I spend much of their visit in tears and since they left I feel even more despondent.
I also overate/ate all the wrong things while they were here.
So today I'm shaking off the pity party and getting my butt in gear. It's a new day and I'm taking advantage of it.
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