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Its been almost 7 years since my last blog

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Today is Sunday, June 11, 2017. A lot has happened since my last blog 7 years ago. My husband passed away 3 years ago. I was his caregiver for quite a few years - he had quite a bumpy road to go down. Becoming a widow has been quite an adjustment for me. Living alone isn't all its cracked up to be. I do have my dog - Dusty. It's just the two of us. She is a Lhasa apso. She is 17 years old. We both have arthritis, mine in my hands and feet, hers in her back, most of the time I lift her upon to the couch and onto the bed at night. She is a lot of company.

I have gained 20 pounds in the past year. I have been attending Weight Watchers since mid April, and have lost 7 pounds in that time. My husband and I did a lot of cooking together. It is a struggle for me cooking for one. It is so easy to just pick something up rather than cook. I am doing better but still fall back on the easy and quick unhealthy meals. For example, last night I cooked whole wheat linguine, mushroom soup and threw in some turkey meatballs. Oh did I mention that I am diabetic? Yup, so the linguine was not a good choice being diabetic. But pasta is the one comfort food I go to more than I should.

So having said all that, I am working on losing weight, and exercising more. My Weight Watcher's leader doesn't like the work "exercise" so she refers to it as "activity". My problem is this: because I live alone, I don't have anyone to be accountable to or for. So it is so easy just to not do what I know I need to do. I have a stationery bike that I have setting in my living room as a constant reminder to ride it. No I don't ride it. I have a park within walking distance of my apartment building with a walking path. No I don't do that either. I procrastinate more than a normal human being should. I just can't seem to get motivated. I know this isn't healthy and what also worries me is that I get out of breath going up and down the stairs to do my laundry.

Thanks for the opportunity to blog. My intentions are to blog more often. We'll see how that turns out.

Everyone have a great day!
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    Hi...sorry for your loss. It must be a big adjustment. There are chair exercises you can do right in your living room. I don't get out to walk because of back and leg issues, but have started the chair exercises and in a few weeks I hope to take the walker for a walk around the block.

    How about Dusty? Do you take her for a walk every day? I know she's old but could probably use the exercise a bit to keep her old joints working.

    Make small goals for yourself...tiny baby steps. We all need to do that when we first get back on the wagon. I know you can do this. Get back to the diabetic team and we will all be there to support you. Good luck.
    1430 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Welcome back. You can walk during tv commercials.
    1470 days ago
    It's nice to have a cheering section. I just came back after a three-year hiatus. I just finished getting my degree in Elementary Education (at 50!). The last year was full of stress. I was the oldest one in my class and the work was...let's just say that I haven't been through that kind of anxiety and stress since boot camp 20 odd years ago. Life changes are awful on our bodies and minds. Know that we are here for you and that you can do this!
    1471 days ago
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