Sunday, November 16, 2014
No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us.
Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way.
When I was very young, in my teens and sometime beyond, I dealt with minor depression and moodiness, and remember reading one excellent book that happiness is a choice. Then I learned somewhere along the line in my Christian walk the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is dependent on what happens, joy erupts from a deeper place. I choose to be joyful. For those who read the Book, we are told to rejoice always, pray without ceasing , give thanks in all circumstances ... (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). I thought about this a lot while listening to today's sermon, so excuse my wanting to share, but it has a lot to do with choosing to stay positive.
Staying positive in the face of adversity is a challenge. It is a choice. It is possible. The cup is not half empty, it is half full.
I say this, because I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be working again, let alone working full time, in a fairly decent job that I enjoy that challenges my heart and my brain, and keeps me engaged.
Coming out of disability and embracing whatever abilities I do have has been a challenge. I have not arrived, but I sure am on my way. Staying positive has meant so much.
Those days when just pulling myself out of bed, or putting one foot in front of the other due to pain. Wow. That is all I can say. Staying positive has pushed me past the limitations that could have constrained me. Yes, there are limitations, and my body lets me know when I have crossed the boundary too much, too often, but at least I can get out of bed without the pain I had just rolling over. I can walk without a cane, and in the store walking with a carriage lets me walk a little more. Standing is still a pain in the tutu, but I don't have to just stand there all that often.
I have also improved in my sleep habits in the last year. Now, to add to my healthy habits a little more fitness activities, and minding what I put in my mouth.
Positivity makes it happen.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going.
Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both gush over each other - Saying - I love you so much.
You know what?
EACH day is a gift, and there is no time like living in the present. I praise and thank God daily for each present he gives me of time with my sweetie. Even if it is just sharing a cup of coffee, or oatmeal for breakfast, or going to the library, or church services together.
Have you told yours how much you really really love them?
Having nearly lost mine, so many times, I am blessed to be able to look at his face, and speak the words of love to him.
God bless you all.
Each day is a gift.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day!
I am grateful for your support.
It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on.
Now, let me make things clear. I wear a fit bit and I walk, not as much as I should, but I walk. I did lose weight pre-surgery, but gained some back. Then I went through a ton of stuff with my husband's health issues. Where he nearly died, more than once. More than twice. At least three times.
Then, coming my back out of disability - I returned to work, and slowly worked up til full time. That is what has kept me from pursuing exercise etc. more faithfully. It is achieving status of being able to work full time following disability, and it exhausts me. That and the fact when I come home, I pass out on the couch, and spend the night sitting next to my husband, gearing my tiredness up for the next day.
I love my work, as an audiobook proofreader. I have read/listened to at least 52 books since late January.
Right now, I aim to make 5000 steps three times weekly.
I aim to get my water in. And potassium.
Sometimes there is just so much on your plate, you can't do it all.
I also have been focusing on better sleep.
Losing weight will happen. Just not at the moment.
Healthiness is not just a number on the scale.
Ok. There. I admitted it. I CANNOT do it all. For years I have tried, and now at age 59 I admit it, I can't. So there.
oatmeal with banana and coffee with breakfast (cream and sugar - can't skip it in coffee)
break - v-8 and cheese and pistachios
lunch rice pasta macaroni and cheese, with a tiny bit of bacon, applesauce, and yogurt.
Dinner - spaghetti squash, ground turkey in sauce with glass of milk.
And I walked a bit, though I didn't make 5000 steps.
Motivation: There are so many things that can motivate us. It needs to come from ourselves. It needs to come from within. We have to want to. Then we have to do something about it.
I am here, just not as often as I like. Love to all.
My husband and I just renewed our vows a couple of weeks ago.
So, I am happily married to the same guy, still, and again.
me at work, next to the coke machine I NEVER use.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit).
I also made my 5000 plus steps today.
It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work.
I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning.
So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comfortable shoes I can wear to work with a dress, or pants (flats), slippers, and a pair of low boots for fall. It was a buy one get one half off, so my hubby got a pair of shoes too. Plus I had a 15% off coupon off each pair as well, and they were all on clearance.
Then when we went to the grocery store, I restocked my supply of healthy food for lunches and snacks for work.
I also made it a point of going to bed a little earlier yesterday, and it made a difference today. My energy level was much better.
Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to my first paid holiday in five years.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere.
So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cut it out of my vision while driving.
I go back for a recheck in late September.
This past Monday I began full time at work. First time working 40 hours since 2008.
My focus has been:
Log in everyday.
Wear my fitbit, and walk as much as I can.
Eat more adequately at lunch.
Get to bed earlier and aim for more sleep.
Rest my eyes.
That is my current plan. As much as I want to lose weight, I need to focus on better sleep, and staying healthy while tackling full time work. Balance is key.
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