Finding a New Normal

21 07 2014

Last Monday evening, I got the news that I’d been waiting for: Dad was being discharged from the hospital on that Tuesday.

He’s home with me now, and we’re starting the process of learning to live around each other again. Dad and I have always gotten along well – we have about the same tolerance level for stupidity, drama, etc… It’s clear where I get it from. I am very much my father’s daughter.

Still, Dad spent some time apologizing and trying to make sure of his welcome. He feels badly at having to intrude and change our routines.

Quite frankly, I don’t find the idea of making these changes at all unpleasant. I’m just thrilled that he’s alive and that I can fuss over him. I’m happy to provide a safe and clean environment in which he can recuperate and get healthy again.

It’s actually really nice to have him around – I missed having his daily influence. He’s starting to feel spry again, and has been walking without aid of his walker. He’s even feeling confident enough to drive a bit.

Zebediah is beyond fascinated by the idea of having ‘Grandpa Tom’ around. He’s doing very well in listening to Dad, and Dad is (surprisingly) able to understand Zeb-speak easily. This was a concern for me, as Zeb has been in speech therapy for as long as he’s been in school, and there are certain words and sounds he still mangles. He also has a tendency to speak in gesture, thinking that we’ll understand Zeb-sign-language. We’re still working on teaching him to use his words with Grandpa.

In other news, Sandi (of Piecemeal Quilts) and I made a pact to go walking every Saturday and Sunday. This weekend was our first full weekend, and we walked 2.9 miles on Saturday, and then another 2.6 miles on Saturday (if I recall correctly). I feel really good today, if sore. I was trying to be mindful of my posture while walking, to engage my core. Boy, I can feel it today, as can my knees and thighs!

Yesterday, almost immediately after my walk, Dad and I took a trip to Milwaukee with my mother-in-law and son. He needed paperwork from the house, and was concerned about his lawn – the city will issue a fine if the grass gets too long. My mother-in-law wanted to visit with relatives, so she took Zeb with her, so that he wouldn’t be underfoot while I took care of the lawn.

So, while Dad hunted in the house, I mowed the lawn and attacked the edging with a weed whacker. It’s been a long time since I mowed a lawn, and it was hard! On the up side, I got more physical activity in.

I actually lost 2.2 pounds between my Saturday morning weigh-in and this morning’s weigh-in! It helps that I’m preparing meals with Dad in mind – he’s on a cardiac healthy diet, which means lots of veggies and high quality protein. We’re also eliminating a lot of the carbs from our diets, just by choice. And lots of veggies isn’t a joke around here – I’ve spent $70 on vegetables alone over the last week. And, we’re having fun with them, experimenting with stuff I haven’t had a chance to use before, like kohlrabi and patty-pan squash.

So, we’re finding our way to a new normal, one in which I have lots of reasons to eat very well and healthfully, and one in which I can stay active.



31 05 2014

Time for some honesty:

I lost my workout motivation after seeing the dietitian. This was compounded by telling myself that I was a slob for not keeping up with it. I further compounded by not paying much attention to what I was eating.

Today, I decided I was done feeling sorry for myself, and that it was time to climb back on that wagon, and hang on for dear life. It was time to try something new, since I don’t get to the gym as often as I should.

That something new was something I’d seen advertised on, since I subscribe to that service: DailyBurn

It seemed promising, since I could do everything from home, so I signed up for the free 30 day trial. Deciding to start out easy on myself, I started with the beginner program and just dove in. I finished my first half hour work out not even ten minutes ago…


I didn’t feel rushed, or sloppy, or less than confident. The initial workout was exactly the right pace, and I was sweating and feeling the exertion by the end of it. It was a good feeling. A really good feeling.

The only thing that hurt? My feet, because I’m never on them anymore, and I really had to use them to balance throughout the half hour.

I feel like this is something I could actually do before getting ready for work, and I’m already browsing the other guided programs. I’d like to do at least one hour per day with this – start and end the day with some physical activity.

I feel really good right now, having worked off some tension and sweat out some stress, and that’s something I’ve missed. I really actually want to get up and do more.

I’m looking forward to starting my day tomorrow.