Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tomorrow when we celebrate Thanksgiving , let us not forget to give thanks for even the smallest of blessings. The smallest blessings are often the most precious. Happy Th anksgiving, dear friends.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I know that there are no birthdays in Heaven, but we do celebrate them on Earth and we we try to make them very special in our family. Today would have been the 82nd birthday of my beautiful Mother and her lovely twin sister. I just can't imagine my Mother at the age of 82, She left her Earthly home and her loving family when she was only 55 years old. Her twin left us at the age of 74, so I have some sort of an idea what my Mother would have looked like when she grew older.
I can't think of any two women who were any more loving and influential in my life than these two incredible ladies. My Mother was always supportive of me and I can think of no no woman who honored God more than she did with her love of others. Her twin was also a loving and supportive woman, just in her own way. They were definitely very similar, but alike in their own special ways.
When my Mother passed away, her twin stepped up to the plate and filled in the very best that she could as a Mother to me and a Grandmother to my son, who was only 10 at the time and didn't understand why God called his precious Grandma home. I had a hard time explaining to him what I did not understand either. Little did we know, God had other plans in the form of her special twin. I often wonder how we would have gotten through those first years without her.
I just wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday Mom and Aunt Dorie! We will always love you and you live on in our hearts!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Today is a very special day of the year for all Americans. Today we will pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who have served our nation. I am certain that every person who reads this, has had a loved one in the military at one time or other. My Dad was a Korean War Veteran, My Father-in-law was a WWII Veteran, and my husband was a Veteran of the Viet Namn War. Let us remember to show them a special act of kindness today and say thank you.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
It has been 22 months since I reached my goal weight. Losing 200 pounds meant making lots of changes in my life. My blood pressure was in stroke zone and I was completely and totally unhealthy. I developed a healthy lifestyle, learned to truly exercise, (that wasn't easy for a 350 pound woman who was confined to a wheelchair), and the biggie-I learned how to eat with portion control, healthy foods, and drinking lots of water. My health improved, I got out of that wheelchair, and I lost the 200 pounds that needed to come off in order for me to truly live. My blood pressure dropped to a normal level and my doctor lowered me to just a token dose of my blood pressure medicine to make sure that it stayed down because of a family history of high blood pressure and heart disease. Strangely, there is no family history of obesity. I had the honor of being the first, But when you are eating junk all day long and just sitting around, you are going to become morbidly obese.
I have been so happy with my weight loss and new healthy status that I was shocked yesterday when I went to the doctor. My weight was good, my heart rate was excellent, my oxygen levels were good, but my blood pressure was very high. It was 152/109, I almost fell off the table and the PA who has been with me every step of my journey didn't even want to tell me what the reading was. She even took it a second time to be sure. '
My doctor came in to talk to me and continue the examination. Of course, the first thing that we discussed was the blood pressure issue. He didn't feel like my diet needed changing or my exercise needed an increase. He did double my token dose of medicine and told me to take my blood pressure every day. I am to see him again in 6 weeks for a follow up to see how I am doing. We also did blood work to see if there is an underlying reason for this huge jump in pressure. I also had testing for rheumatoid arthritis as I am losing movement in my upper body that doesn't seem to have anything to do with my MS. His advice to me for the next 6 weeks besides taking the increase in medicine, "Keep on walking the walk".
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The other day, I posted a blog about struggling. I have had my share of struggles lately and that doesn't upset me. I was bothered by my lack of doing what I know that I need to do to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
After I posted that blog, I thought about things and what I needed to do to get back on track. The answer came easily enough. The answer was to go back to basics. When I lost the 200 pounds, I weighed and measured every bite of food that went into my mouth. I drank all of my water and I made sure that I got in 2 hours of exercise per day. I also made sure that I got my 8 hours of sleep every night. When I did those things, I was happier with myself that I had ever been in my life. I want to feel that happiness with myself again, so I have gone back to those basic things that add up to a healthy lifestyle. For me, it is especially important because of my MS. Eating all of the right foods and the right portions helped the symptoms associated with this disease. I also need the right amount of sleep and exercise and for the most part, drink only water.
Starting Sunday, I went back to my basic plan, and already I am starting to feel better. I should have known better than to let myself get off track and I don't blame anybody or any situation but myself. I am happy with me again and that is worth far more than any amount of food or any bite of any sugary goodie ever could.
Get An Email Alert Each Time KATHYJO56 Posts