Saturday, October 18, 2014

All We Can Do.

Thanks for the sweet comments on my last post!  My Dad's Parkinson's isn't something I talk about a lot, nor is it an easy topic for me, as you can imagine.

The only thing I can do is move forward and appreciate him while he's still here.  Right?  Onward.

All we can do is try to be the best, healthiest versions of ourselves every single day.  Our best efforts are always worth it, because we are worth it.

Jeanette makes a great point in her latest post.  We get to be here.  We get to just be.  That is a privilege, not a right, and it is not something any of us should take for granted.

Life is good, and if you think it isn't good right now, it will be.  Thanks for the reminder, girl!

I get to still have my Mom and Dad here.

I get to see my niece and nephew grow up.

I get to have this really great, close knit circle of friends in my life.

I get to have a roof of my own over my head.

I get to learn new things in this crazy life every single day.

I get to be healthy and treat my body in a health way.

It's a privilege, not a right.  I'm lucky, and I know that.  I'm lucky to have what I have in my life, good/bad/ugly, etc.  I might get overwhelmed sometimes, but I know I can always get through it.

I wouldn't trade it for anything!  It makes me crazy sometimes, but I still wouldn't trade it for anything.

Til next time.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Updates.

Ok, so we got to the bottom of why my Mom had been feeling so poorly.

She had been complaining of fatigue and shortness of breath.  What she didn't tell any of us is that the prescription for her water pills ran out last week, and her leg started swelling.  A lot.  Know what retaining water leads to in a patient that has heart problems and is on heart meds?  Yup, shortness of breath and fatigue.

Sigh.

Her cardiologist e-scripted her prescription, we drove to the pharmacy right after the appointment, and she started taking her meds again immediately.  So she will be fine as long as she takes every single one of her meds.

It's my Dad that has me worried now.  His Parkinson's is getting worse, and it's just breaking my heart. It's not something I talk about a lot on here.  Seeing him today... I just don't have the words to describe the helplessness and heart break I felt when I saw him just sitting in his chair.  I can't talk about it without the tears flowing, so I'm going to stop now.

It's no fun having sick parents, but it is my reality.  It is the suck, as they say.

I don't know how to end this post, so I'll just say good night.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MRI Results.

It's good, thank goodness!  Normal wear & tear, but everything else is intact.  All ligaments are intact, nothing sprained, strained or broken.   I do have a benign cyst (fluid filled) on my popliteal ligament, which is in the back of the knee, but nothing else other than that.  That explains the pain I've been feeling in the back of my knee

My orthopedist said while he didn't love the idea of my going to back to Bootcamp too quickly, he did recommend cutting down to 3 times a week.  So I'll ease back into it.  Mondays & Fridays to start, and I'll take it from there.  I certainly have no desire to aggravate my knee even more.  As it was, going down the stairs at work today was not fun.  Eh, I hope it feels better tomorrow.

On a brighter note, my replacement Fitbit came in the mail today!  I felt naked it without.  Since the battery died, I hadn't worn it.  I'm happy to have it again.  It's the little things that make me happy, people.  :-)

Mom's appointment was moved to tomorrow.  Fingers crossed she's well.  She sounded better today when I talked to her.  More on that tomorrow.

That's all I have for today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Workout Updates.

I lost the majority of my weight working out to fitness DVDs at home.  Over time, I branched out to other things, like Bikram yoga, walks outside, and Bootcamp.  Because I'm trying not to be so dang stubborn when it comes to my knee, I decided to go back to my workout roots.  Enter The Firm.


Upper Body was the very first Firm workout I ever purchased and performed, back when these workouts were on VHS tape.  Remember those days?

I took out my equipment, popped the DVD in, and got to work after taking a quick lap around my development as a warm up.  I only did Upper Body last night, as I worked lower body Sunday.  I presently have full body DOMS. 

I forgot how tough these DVDs are.  It kicked my butt.  Sheesh.

It was a beautiful day here, so at lunch I took a slow walk at the beach.  Very slow, because the knee felt on and off.  I had to get out of the office though, to enjoy the nice weather.  This was my view.


Beautiful, right?

My MRI was yesterday, and I get the results from my doctor tomorrow afternoon.  I'm remaining positive about it because moping and negative thinking won't get me anywhere.  It's a good thing the office is a quick drive from my job, so I'll be heading there during my lunch hour.  Then after work, I'm taking my Mom to the cardiologist for a routine appointment.  She's been complaining of some fatigue and shortness of breath, so it's worrisome.  Please send positive thoughts for her - they'd be much appreciated!

Hopefully I'll hear good news tomorrow on both my Mom and I, more so Mom.

I'll be back tomorrow.  Think positive, friends!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Food Prep.

I'm waiting for my chicken to finish roasting in my crockpot as I write.  I played around with this recipe from SkinnyTaste, and made just 2 little changes.  I omitted the maple syrup because I didn't have any on hand, and I added some chopped garlic and onion as well.  I chopped up some extra garlic and onion to cook with some zucchini in a skillet that I picked up at the farmer's market yesterday. It smells delicious in here!

This was the first weekend in a while where I didn't have any concrete plans, which allowed me to catch up on some chores around here.  I slayed the cleaning and mopping monster, the laundry monster, and the food shopping monster.   Ever feel like it never ends?  I actually like organizing and purging my place, it's kind of therapeutic.  LOLZ.

I have an MRI scheduled for my knee tomorrow morning before work.  It's best to know what's going on in there, and I'm focusing on staying positive about it.  I'll take a break from any strenuous workouts, like Bootcamp, until the results are in.  I hope it's not a big deal.

When she & Mimi were in town a few weeks ago, Tara suggested staying far away as possible from eating anything inflammatory, like sugar and unnecessary sodium.  Makes total sense, and I'm paying close attention to that as well as general food intake.  The last few weeks, I've been experimenting in my kitchen, cooking everything from scratch anyway, so it's really helped me already.  I very rarely eat out as it is, just as my own general rule of thumb.  Every once in a while is ok, but I don't make a regular habit out of it.

I came across this article on the web the other day.  Have you read it?  Nos. 4 and 5 speak to me especially, as a former couch potato and non-exerciser.  I'd venture to also add one more point, which is to stop living in the past.  If you've lost the weight, used to be over 300 pounds, etc., dwelling and talking about your former self has no place in your future as a maintainer.  Not that you should ever forget, but I'm just not sure how a person can have an eye on their present and their future if they keep looking back at the past.

Ok, folding and putting away clean laundry beckons.   Then The Walking Dead later tonight - I'm excited!

Enjoy the rest of your Sundays!