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Week 10, Death and Taxes

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This will be a short blog to catch up with friends. I haven't blogged in a bit, because I was busy getting paperwork ready for the accountant to do our taxes. It's always a big job. In the past we would itemize deductions, but after doing all the paperwork, adding up receipts, figuring out expenses, etc., it turns out that we won't be able to itemize this year due to the tax changes. It's a bit annoying, as we spent a lot on medical expenses last year. But...whatever...the paperwork is done, and that's a relief.

Then I got some sad news over the weekend, that my eldest sister passed away. She was 73. I had just talked with her on the phone two days before that, so this came as a surprise. She lives in another state, so I didn't see her often...maybe once every 10 or 15 years...but we would talk on the phone every few months. She had many health problems, including heart disease and terrible diabetes. I may have mentioned in another blog that she had hemoglobin A1C levels that were often in the 12 to 14 range, which is incredibly high, even though she was on medication and insulin. So in reality, it's a miracle she lived as long as she did. Even though we weren't super close, I am feeling a loss. I have other siblings that are in similar poor health, so I know it's just a matter of time before I get more of these phone calls. It's a depressing thought.

However, it's also an incentive for me to improve my health. It makes me even more determined to maintain control of my diabetes and to never let my A1C get to those numbers. I mentioned in my last blog that my A1C is now in the normal range at 5.6. I plan to continue on a keto diet to attempt to get it down even further. My weight loss has been slow, and that is a bit frustrating. I'm still at about the same weight the past several weeks...it fluctuates up and down three pounds or so. I was excited to see 200.0 on the scale last week, but then saw 204 on the weekend, and then back to 200.5 this morning. So I can't count another pound gone yet. But the weight loss is secondary to controlling the blood sugars, and that is going well, and I think the weight loss will follow, albeit slowly.
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So I may not be on SparkPeople as often this week as I process the emotions and thoughts surrounding the loss of a family member and deal with potentially stressful family situations. I wish all SparkFriends the best and say thank you for the continued support. I'll catch up with everyone when I can.
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  • BECCABOO127
    So sorry for your loss! emoticon emoticon
    506 days ago
  • IGSBETH
    I am sorry for your loss.
    515 days ago
  • HODGEPODGEPANDA
    So sorry for your loss. Talking on the phone every few months is more than my family does. Take care.
    517 days ago
  • JUSTYNA7
    Yay yay yay! I am right there with you with the AiC and weight. And ugh... taxes. I have been collecting paperwork for the accountant but it will be a hard year to figure out. My aging parents have "gifted" us the cottage and we sold some stuff so there is capital gains and ... I try really hard to have receipts but my goodness we bought these things and the cottage so many many years ago.... Yuck!

    My sister and I also are only semi close. It's a challenge. I watch family members who don't get it yet. Who don't see the diet solutions. Me, baby steps. It's happening, yes it is. But not without some two stepping back and forth. Keto and fasting are still "new".

    Hope onederland slips in this week for you. I'm sitting there now and holding my breath.
    519 days ago
  • LADY_CASCADIA
    This is what I meant to post:

    I read this about itemized deductions:

    https://www.goba
    nkingrates.com/taxes/deductions
    /what-are-itemized-deductions/<
    BR>
    Are you sure you can't itemize, because it seems as if maybe you can, according to the article?

    Good for you, getting all of your paperwork together! That sounds like quite a job. emoticon

    I am so sorry about the loss of your sister. Maybe it's like a "blessing in disguise" that it was a surprise and not a long, painful illness.

    It's very nice to read of your progress with getting healthier! So many people just blame bad genes on their problems and stop trying. But not you! You're more of a go-getter!

    I hope that you remember to practice stress reduction techniques. Keep your eyes on the prize! Think of how close you are to One-derland!!! Or if all else fails, remember that you'll be able to deal with a small gain.

    *Sorry about that. My backspace doesn't work on my laptop on this browser. So I needed to use a sticky note to write out what I wanted, in case of errors or changes I wanted to make. But when I copied and pasted I forgot the top part of the comment!
    521 days ago
  • LADY_CASCADIA
    Are you sure you can't itemize, because it seems as if maybe you can, according to the article?

    Good for you, getting all of your paperwork together! That sounds like quite a job. emoticon

    I am so sorry about the loss of your sister. Maybe it's like a "blessing in disguise" that it was a surprise and not a long, painful illness. emoticon

    It's very nice to read of your progress with getting healthier! So many people just blame bad genes on their problems and stop trying. But not you! You're more of a go-getter! emoticon

    I hope that you remember to practice stress reduction techniques. Keep your eyes on the prize! Think of how close you are to One-derland!!! Or if all else fails, remember that you'll be able to deal with a small gain.
    521 days ago
  • BONNIEMARGAY
    Blessings on your broken heart.
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    521 days ago
  • JINLYNN
    So very sorry to hear of the death of your sister.
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    521 days ago
  • KILIKI
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though you weren't close I'm sure it's still devastating to hear. And you're right, it is a wake up call to take better care of yourself, which you're already doing. Perhaps you can be role model for others in your family! Don't worry, the weight will come off eventually. You've been doing great! And as long as your A1C numbers are looking good, I wouldn't worry about it. It will happen! Sending hugs and prayers to you during this difficult time! Take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon
    521 days ago
  • REDOBAZ
    So sorry for your loss.
    521 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    So sorry for the loss of your sister. Yes, it is awake up call for sure to take care of you. Hugs and prayers as you work your way thru the emotions.
    521 days ago
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