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Life is Simple

Life is Simple

Now that November has passed and we are in the early days of December, I will share that my progress toward my goals did not make huge strides. I was so busy caregiving for my daughter that my goals were set aside.  http://ortsofsorts.com/2015/12/02/a-glimpse-into-me-november-recap/

I can proudly say that I paid off my car and worked on my mother’s porch area. It isn’t done, but we did get quite a few things done that took some stress off of her. I have managed to look professional (clothes, makeup, hair) every day that I needed to, including taking D2 to her appointments.

I have said this before, but I will say it again: the universe puts what we need to see, hear, experience in our paths when we need to see, hear, experience. I was feeling a little bit less than excited about the health and fitness goals. I was listening to a radio talk show and the guest was talking about losing weight. “It’s simple”, he said. The host balked at that. “You cut down on calories you take in, and expend more energy (burn more calories) by working out. Simple; not easy.” Wow. Isn’t that the truth? It is simple. It is not at all complicated. It takes effort, work, and discipline; which can be hard. I realized that is true of most things that we aren’t always successful in. Health and fitness, business, blogging, faith… all of these things can be looked at as having a simple similar success formula, but putting in the work with ongoing discipline can be hard. Once you have that “a-ha” moment where you realize that what you want to accomplish is simple and remind yourself of that it might just make that effort easier which in turn will build a practice of doing, which provides the discipline. Before you know it that thing which seemed so hard is now, not only simple, but easy.

Whatever goals you set out to achieve in 2015, no matter where you are on the journey to success right now, reevaluate them in the SMART goal system. Then, break them down even further if you need to, to see that the path is simple. I need to cut my intake, increase my burn / workout. Simple. Then, I need to do those things every single day. Commit to it. Not simple, but if I commit it will be easier.

How are you doing on your path to reach your 2015 goals? Is it time to re-evaluate and see how simple it is?

Life is simple; it’s just not easy. ~Anon.

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A Glimpse into Me: November Recap

A Glimpse into Me: November Recap

I’m going to break some of my own rules in this post, so know this going in. The first one is I’m going to share personal stuff. Of course my posts are personal and about my family, but I do filter a great deal. I certainly don’t want anyone to think I live in Utopia, however, I just abhor whining and complaining and do not like to write about downsides. If what we think about (or write about) we bring about, then I certainly do NOT want the focus on negatives. With that preamble out of the way let me just puke this out: November was a hard month.

Daughter Number Two got a concussion at college. There are no cool party stories to tell, or really any stories that will be told for years to come. She hit her head on a chair in one of her classrooms and got a concussion and whiplash.  She went to the campus medical clinic and called me. She was to be on bedrest for a day or two. A few days later I realized that she was not progressing the way I had expected. So, I sent her to her primary care Doctor. The concussion was more serious than we believed in the beginning, as was the whiplash. She was told that she could not continue her classes until she was cleared by the Doctor. I did what any good mom would and I brought her back home. The Hubs and I hung blankets over the windows in her former bedroom and put Daughter Number Three back in the room with Daughter Number Four while D2 healed. We kept her in solid darkness with no tech time or sound for a couple of days before introducing a little bit of light. Gradually she reintroduced her technology and then sound. She was in a state of devastation, not knowing if she would be cleared to finish the semester or would be able to if she was cleared. She couldn’t drive so I was taking her to her medical appointments, which included physical and ocular therapy. A month has past and she is not back to her baseline, but she has been cleared to finish the semester and is back at college.

Here are the reasons I chose to share this with you. First, I was so worn out caring for my daughter that I did not take the best care of myself. I did not work out daily. I did not eat as healthily. In fact, we ate like crap. I spent the first week D2 was home making her favorite comfort foods. She is a vegetarian, so we had homemade macaroni and cheese twice, and mashed potatoes twice. Once her therapy started I was driving an hour each way from our home to her appointments, so I was grabbing fast food or picking up food “to go”; not our typical food patterns. Of course, by the time she was cleared to go back to school it was Thanksgiving ~ and we had a pie contest. So there were six pies to eat! I moved D2 back into her house on Saturday and, although I am still concerned about her, I felt an immediate shift in my energy. I got up the next morning and worked out. Even The Hubs, who is not always a fan of healthy eating (especially if he hears the words ‘clean’, ‘unprocessed’, or ‘vegetarian’) mentioned that he could feel a difference in himself from all of the unhealthy eating we did in November. I grinned and told him that he shouldn’t have said that, we’ll be eating clean until Christmas! He didn’t even give me a negative response. I guess that was his way of saying that eating all of the carbs and processed foods was too much of a bad thing, even for him.

The other part of the equation regarding my sharing this experience is to relay how grateful I am for the health of my children. Seeing my daughter in pain and functioning at diminished capacity for a few weeks was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through as a mother. To realize that there was nothing that I could do to fix her and make her better was hard. I have such a newfound respect for parents who have chronically ill children or who spend every day and night knowing their child is in pain. My daughter will be fine with time, and I am so grateful for that.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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