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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Nearly everyday I post a list of good things on FB. Sometimes they are things I'm grateful for, sometimes they are silly things, and sometimes they are just things that brought me a moment of pleasure or peace or beauty. It's surprising how often my workouts land on that list. Today, I thought I'd write about it here instead of subjecting my FB friends to it again :)

I have so many things to tell you guys! Let's see where to start....

Since he's currently on my lap, nuzzling against my neck and chin, we got a new puppy! He's a Boston terrier, and my younger daughter got him for my partner for Christmas. We picked him up yesterday and he's wonderful. He'll be 8 weeks old on Friday, and we're hoping he becomes a good companion for our other Boston, BB. She's about 10 or so and for the moment she's not happy about the puppy at all, but we're still hopeful that they will become best buddies.

My older daughter and her partner have taken a foster child, and it's breaking my heart. I'm really, really hopeful that they decide they are up to the challenge and decide she can stay with them. She needs a whole lot of love, and so far in her 10 years, it doesn't seem that ANYone has given it to her. Your positive thoughts would be appreciated!

My "theme" word for 2019 was HEALTH. I looked back over some of my journal entries for the year, and reflected a little about whether or not I made progress in the area of health. The answer is: absolutely!

I helped my partner develop some better health habits. We reformed his diet, and he now walks 3-4 times a week on his treadmill. He had a device called an ICD implanted that will save him if he's heart goes wonky again, and has gone to all of his doctors appointments and been compliant with his meds.

I helped my dad figure out some of his health issues, too. Not as extensively as my partner, but I go with him to all of his appointments, and helped him through a short stay in the hospital last spring. I also helped him get signed up for an appropriate insurance plan this month.

For myself, I went to my annual visit with my primary care provider, did a round of physical therapy to (finally!) get to the bottom of my back pain, had my first mammogram, went to a well-woman checkup, started taking meds to address insulin resistance, vitamin D, vitamin B, and perhaps most importantly, to address my thyroid. Then I started seeing an endocrinologist for all of those issues. I changed my diet, and for the last 6 or 7 months I've been going to BodyPump once a week for weight lifting, and to TRX once a week for the most challenging bodyweight exercise class I've ever tried. In between I run, row, and have recently experimented with a cycling class.

So, yeah. I made some progress in the area of health! My word for 2020 is PROSPERITY. I hope that I'm as successful in that domain as I was with health.

As a result of the changes I made this year:

I now weigh 188-189, as opposed to the 225 I recorded in 2017.
I'm wearing 14s and 16s instead of 18s in pants.
I feel amazingly strong and can lift more weights and do more of the movements in TRX.
I don't have heartburn even a fraction as often as I did before.
I'm more informed about my own health.
I feel good.

May 2020 bring more improvements, as well as additional prosperity and security. I hope that you feel good about your accomplishments in the last year, and that you're looking forward to good things in the upcoming year.

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  • no profile photo CD924924
    You did amazing in 2019 - I know in past blogs you have not been happy with your weight loss, but a loss of over 15% of your body weight in a year is incredible. Your whole list is great. And your partner looks much happier and healthier than he did in his picture at the time he had his health scare, too.

    Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020!
    343 days ago
  • MRSE1994
    Beautiful puppy! You have done a wonderful job this year.
    344 days ago
    What a precious baby! They are always fun, and big CONGRATULATIONS on your health achievements. I am feeling a little more energetic on my new thyroid supplement (at least not wanting to DIE at the end of a full workday anymore), so I likewise am hopeful "Things are looking up"...
    344 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    You've made a lot of accomplishments this year. Congratulations 🎉. Your puppy is so cute. I'm like you helping my partner with his hear issues. I will pray for you and your family.
    344 days ago
    I will NEVER grow tired of your lists of positives! They are great and always make me feel more positive as well. You have done awesomely well this year with health--especially considering all the extra challenges. Way to go.

    I have such a heart for foster children. It was never something we were able to do but I still hope to make an impact by becoming a CASA volunteer someday. (If I ever finish my degree.) I hope and pray things work out well for your family and this little girl.

    The puppy is adorable! Enjoy.
    344 days ago
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