Working Hard!

An hour on the trail then an hour on the courts. Cool and crisp this morning.

Saturday’s walk is 5 miles. I’m just a little apprehensive about that. Going to work hard this week to make that happen.

Today is the day I register for the marathon.

Deep breath.

I talk the talk, but can I literally walk the walk?

Birthday weekend has been so fun with the man child.

Got the wife a new gun for her birthday yesterday. I think she is pleased!

I need new shoes.

J

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Energy

As you will see by my soon to come updates, I have been working on me.

I am now pressing hard to work out daily, and to eat right daily. Yeah, I don’t always make it, but, you gotta try, right?

My spouse has had some major health issues this year, and was recently told that she was “this close to being totally disabled”.

This was a wake up call for me. I realized that I had a choice. I could do all I can to get stronger, to take care of myself so that I can take care of this family, or a could wither, struggling to take care of myself, much less the challenges she will face. My son is only a teen, and I don’t want to put him in the situation to take care of us both, so I had to stand up.

My game plan is to beat the Fibro, the arthritis and hip surgeries. To beat the migraines and the high blood pressure. I need to be strong enough to take care of a sick wife, to spend long hours in the hospital at her bedside, and still have the strength to smile through homework help with the kiddo.

Basically, I need to get my cape out of storage, get it ironed, and learn to wear it, full time!

I know lots of you do this very thing, day after day. You have ill spouses, special needs children, mothers and father who don’t know who you are anymore. You work your asses off every day to bring light.

I read your stories, I cry with you. I also learn from you.

I learn how to be strong from you too. Since I have started working out, I have met lots of strong men and women who’s stories would break your heart, and yet, they lift me up, and I learn how to live grace, and how to be the strength my family needs.

So, this is where you find me today. Let’s move forward together, stronger, smarter and healthier.

 

Hi Everyone!

If you are reading, thanks for hanging in there!

Lots of good news today.

My Quit meter is 1 year, 0 months and 2 days. Yep, that is a huge milestone for me! I didn’t do anything to celebrate. My spouse has fallen off the wagon and didn’t really want to hear much about it. I did post it on Facebook, and got a lot of kudos! The celebrations don’t matter. Just happy to be free!

Still chipping away at those bills. I racked up a few more between January and now over the high blood pressure and hormone crisis, but those have been paid off, as is my car, so we get to refocus now on snowballing those bigger debts. The kid is getting more expensive, lol. Football , basketball and camps. He has also developed the taste for a game called Magic: The Gathering. It is all OK. He is smarter than the both of us, pulling straight A’s again this semester. He is also sweet and polite and a joy to be around every day for me, and I think he’s happy. He has always been a “still waters run deep” kid, but yeah, I think he’s happy.

Last doctors appointment I weighted in at 178.2 pounds. Too big! I know, I keep saying I’m going to do something, but this time I did. I started working out Sunday, both my spouse and I. We get up every morning at 5:30 and do a The Biggest Loser Wii game workout. So far, it has been the “light” workout, and it’s kicking our butts. lol.  Just lets you know how bad of shape we are both in! 😉

I have also been eating a lot better. No soda at all, cutting back on caffeine, better quality food.  My spouse makes us smoothies every morning after exercise with frozen mixed fruit, protein powder and soy milk. My boss has banned us from eating inside the building at all, so that helps me cut down on snacks.

Migraines have been very few and far between since taking the blood pressure medicine Verapamil, and my blood pressure has moved down to 130/85. I hope with the good eating, weight loss and added exercise that it will return to normal and I can get off the meds. Although, the migraine prevention aspect of the one medication will motivate me to keep taking it!