Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend Getaway! AKA, a post in photos.

This weekend, I planned a short little getaway to Boston to see some of my favorite people.  The short break was much needed and very, very welcome.  :-)

First up, was seeing my friend Sarah Thursday night.  We had a really nice dinner of steaks, asparagus, and salad.  We chatted, caught up, played with her adorable munchkin Brie, and then she asked me if I wanted to get in a quick workout.

After having spent 4-5 hours in the car (there was almost NO traffic - the traffic gods were smiling on me), I said a resounding yes!

An hour on the Arc Trainer was just what we both needed.

Friday morning, I headed over to meet Colleen, whom I've known on Twitter and social media forever, but have never actually met in person.  We had breakfast at a local diner, and she brought her two little ones with her.

We headed over to a bike path for a short hike, which included her Husky, Sophie.

Colleen and her family (canine included) are just lovely and I can't wait to get together with her again. We have tentative plans for when the weather gets warmer, so we'll see. :-)  xoxo, Colleen.

Friday night (seriously, it's like I played Where in The World is Kelly?) I headed over to central Mass to see Martinus!  Holy cow, it was great to see him!

He and his fiancee were the best hosts ever.  Thank you again for your hospitality, bro.  :-)

Saturday, it was on over to Dani & Tori's.  Seriously.  Just writing this one out leaves me with a need for yet another break.

We talked, went to Tori's hockey game, walked to get in all the steps, and just hung out.

Laney decided to just pop a squat on my chest and chill.

Talk about a raucous Saturday night, right?  I was exhausted, but so super happy to have seen my favorite people ever.

The break, seeing my friends, and just a different locale were exactly what I needed.  It's just a shame that the time flew by so quickly.  Next time, I'll plan better. :-)

Thanks everyone for your kindness and hospitality.  Let's do it again soon, ok?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

More Life Updates

It seems lately that whenever I blog, I'm only blogging updates about the health of my parents.

This one will be no different, unfortunately.

Dad stopped taking all his meds defiantly, saying they were no longer helping.  And he rapidly deteroriated after.  Thursday, my sister took one look at him and drove him to the ER, where he was admitted almost immediately.

By Saturday, he was almost completely recovered.  Well, recovered as much as he can be with his Parkinson's.  Now, he's still a little disoriented, and neurologist diagnosed dementia as a result of the Parkinson's.  Sigh.

So the next step is this:  he'll be discharged tomorrow (Monday) and then sent straight to an impatient rehab to work on his motor/movement functions.

Good Lord.  So he is improving, and he will be in the best place possible for now.  After this week, I think he'll be able to come home.  He really wants to be home now, but not yet.

I don't want this blog to be taken over by sad, depressing posts, so I will say this.  It would seem that as soon as he got back on his meds, like I said, he got a lot better.  That is the upside, and that is what all of us are grateful for.

Also, the 3 of us seem to be getting along better, which is another upside to this entire ordeal.    I guess we don't have a choice really.

I am trying to take all of this in stride, but man it has been hard.  Very hard.

Monday, April 13, 2015

WI and Life Updates.

I have to get better at updating this blog.  Right now, some crappy real life situations are developing in my world, and it just flat out sucks.  More on that later.

WI went well.  I'm inching & crawling back to goal.  Albeit slowly, but still on the right track.

Down 0.4.  I'll take it.  This is a good range for me.  Body seems to be happy around here, making my clothes fit nicely!

Saturday night, I met up with some of my friends who used to attend Bootcamp with me.  It had been forever since I had seen Julie and Janice, so when Janice extended the invite, I immediately accepted it!

It was a nice evening, catching up, enjoying yummy food and just enjoying the company of my sweet friends.

Sunday, I got a message from my brother asking me to meet him at my parent's house.  My Dad's situation is getting worse, and it will eventually get to the point where he'll need to be placed permanently in a facility.  Sigh.  He is refusing to take his Parkinson's meds, and he does not want to accept help. Good Lord, the situation is just sad and hellish all around.

Right now, we enlisted an aide to work a few hours a day Monday-Friday to help them out.  I'm hoping my Mom will be nice to her.  Mom has changed a lot since her knee replacements.  Unfortunately, chronic pain has done that to her.

And that is what is currently going on in my life.  So, we are all just doing the best we can, and I am reaching out more to my friends so that I don't return to old behaviors.  Self-medicating with food won't make any of this go away, and it won't make it better.  Repeat to self infinity.

I'm also trying to take lots of time outside enjoying the sunny nice weather we've been having.  I think I've completely underestimated the power of Vitamin D in the past - being out in the sunshine helps.

Tell me something good, people!  :-)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

WI and Weekend.

I think* the cold weather has finally turned the corner and is leaving us behind.  I hope.  It was windy and sunny here today, a bit chilly, but I'll take it.  It was a bit chilly this morning as I left to go to my meeting, but it warmed up nicely throughout the day.

Here's how my WI went.

Down 2.4 lbs this week, which was a nice loss.  Mid to high 140s seems to be my body's happy weight.  My clothes fit nicely when I'm in this range, and I'm still navigating my way through maintenance.  I'm still learning what maintenance is. :-)

I took a nice slow hike through the Massapequa Preserve today.  I'd never been, and since most of my friends were celebrating the holiday today, I flew solo.  It was a slow, but really nice 3 mile hike.

I'm not sure what the plan is for tomorrow.  We're not very religious, and both my folks aren't well.  I think it'll just be really quiet, which is fine with me.  I'll definitely have to do some food prep at some point.

If you celebrate this weekend, have a wonderful holiday!  Back after the weekend.  :-)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Back to Bootcamp!

Monday night, I returned to Bootcamp for the first time in what seems like forever.  I think the last time I went was around Thanksgiving.  It's been a while.

I was nervous going in.  I kept thinking, is this a mistake?  Am I rushing it?  Do I even belong here anymore?  Silly thinking, I know.  And I mean, I'm as ready as I'll ever be, and the knee has been holding The aches and pain will be a part of my life forever.   It's not anything unbearable or agonizing.  The cyst is still there, that stubborn thing.  But, all I can do is deal with it.  Pissing & moaning about it won't help.  And being sedentary is not an option.  And besides, I missed everyone, and I just felt it was time.

It was great!  I listened to my body.  Anytime my trainer wanted us to do high impact stuff (like jump squats or sprints) I either modified the squat or just marched in place lightly.   It was the best workout I've had in a while.  And I'm glad I went!

I am still sore two days out.  I forgot how out of breath I could get doing mountain climbers, squat shuffles, leg lifts, and plank twists.  Oy, those core moves are killing me today.  It hurts to sneeze or cough today.  Thanks, Coach!

And I did notice that my endurance and conditioning have decreased.  Which makes me sad, but it just means that I can use this time to work and improve on it.

So the plan now is to supplement with walking, some workouts at Planet Fitness (cheap gym, so bonus) and my Pilates groupon I still haven't used.  I attend my first Pilates class tomorrow, and I'm excited.  And nervous.  I'm still an introvert, but I am trying/fighting to continue to move out of my comfort zone.

More on that after I complete my first Pilates session.   For now, I'm going to focus on doing what works this week.  I'm tracking, I'm working out, and I can already tell this will be a great Weight Watchers week.  I am looking forward to my WI on Saturday.  :-)

Ok, I am off to watch Modern Family now and settle in for the evening.  :-)