|New Year Edgar Guest|
I have triumphed over a potential health challenge by getting onto the right track and restoring my heretofore good health. As I wrote on this blog, in July at my annual, the doc cautioned me that my fasting blood glucose levels were rising and I was carrying around some extra weight from travels over winter and that spring. I enrolled in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program and began to monitor and limit my daily fat gram intake to 33 grams, while writing down everything I eat and drink in a daily journal, and added more physical activity every single day so have achieved success. I've shed 28 pounds just since September and learned that the healthy way I thought I was eating was not so healthy for me. The calculations were that I lose 15 pounds but I have been known as an over achiever often and did so on the weight. I have maintained the loss so far and not gained over this feasting season of holidays, a first in years. I am committed to maintenance.
My doctor's follow up and retest in December left me a good to go from a very pleased MD who called me skinny and wished he could bottle my dedication for his patients who live in denial about their health conditions. I have met some new friends at the Y and learned a lot about nutrition, but the biggest revelation was that my daily consumption of nuts and cheese (which I love) was too much for me. I still mourn my inability to consume all the cheese I'd like at one setting along with those delicious Wisconsin deep fried (melted) cheese curds, or my own gooey mac and cheese, any melted cheese is my weakness, but it's a small price to pay for good health. I am better off than many who crave and eat sweets all the time or just over eat as a way of life. I could continue with my daily wine or vodka consumption, no fat grams there, only calories which we really do not count daily, just consider.
I have actually enjoyed the weekly program meetings and although the scale will never be my "friend" at least I have accepted daily weigh ins, so much that we are purchasing another scale to take along in the motor coach on our travels. This from a woman who would avoid the scale every and anyway possible and monitor how her clothes felt. Oh, more good news, Jerry suggested I do some shopping for new clothes especially shorts for the skinnier me as we prepare to head south. I have already purchased some skinny jeans and courds. If I have any advice, it is accept and take action--lose the weight, live healthier, shed the tobacco....get out of the land of denial. Otherwise you pay the consequences in the long run and are fooling only yourself. Denial or the land of DABDA (denial, acceptance, bargaining, depression and acceptance) is all consuming and becomes familiarly comfortable for many.
We had some travel adventures in 2013 and I learned that tours are not for me after our Alaskan adventure. I have written about that on this blog all year and not much more to be said.
We will be home this New Years Eve and Day as the doctor had one last assignment for me before we flee for the south and warmer climates, time for my 10 year follow up colonoscopy. Yuk, it is scheduled for 10:00 AM January 2 and the preparation remains worse than the procedure. So New Years Day while I take down the tree and pack away decorations, I will be fasting--clear liquids only all day preceding the early evening consumption of that dreaded, "Go Lightly" a misnomer if ever there was one. Why in this age of scans, lasers and high tech medicine must we endure this process? Still, I anticipate no issues and then will have another 10 years to go until the next one.
We gained a great grandson this year in July but have only seen him through photos and Facebook, no idea when we will ever see him.
|Maxwell John Morrison 5 months|
Some souls departed this earth this year beginning in April with Jerry's 96 year old mother who died a rough death as I blogged here. December was a triple hit with a long time 98 year old father of a California friend, Carol--another friend suddenly without warning in California, and a contemporary a Pennsylvania classmate, Bev, who suffered ill health ravages for years. May they all rest in peace.
We are planning our January departure south, Florida and the Alabama gulf coast call; perhaps a reunion in Mississippi at the Bay St. Louis RV park where we spent last year. Jerry is watching the roads and weather conditions because the mid part of the country seems to be experiencing far worse weather than here where we have only frigid cold, colder than any winter so far. Sub zero temperatures a few times like last night. Snow has been minimal and we are shielded from ice by the river bluffs.
A Happy New Year ahead to one and all. If I have any resolution it is to decrease my Facebook time and blog more. Lord Alfred Tennyson sums it in his well known poem, "In Memoriam" Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring happy bells across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.