Thursday, November 18, 2010

Here's to Good Health

When we make something (truly) a priority, it gets done.  So, how high on my list of priorities have I made my own health?  For many, many years (decades, really), it has not been.  My priority was indulging my taste buds and - apparently - every food whim that ever crossed my mind. 

That has finally changed, and I hope not too late.  I'm a LOT healthier than I was in July, but I still have a very, very long way to go.  Right now, I want to see the 250s.  I want to say good-bye to the 260s for the last time.  And when I get to 259, all my focus is going to shift to the magic mini-goal number: 247.  No more "morbid" obesity!  So many people would be mortified to learn my priority (right now) is to become "Severely Obese" ... but it is!  I'm on my way down, and that is the next big downward goal to improved health.  Crazy, isn't it?  And I have no one to blame but myself, for my lack of properly prioritizing.

I'm an expert at taking care of others, but I've neglected myself in the process.  Very short-sighted of me.  And ignoring the problem doesn't make it magically go away either (tried that, didn't work).

So, I have reset my priorities.  And, much to my surprise, it is working!  So, every morning, I ask myself, "What are my priorities today?"   And my health is always at the top these days, along with one or two other priorities.  No matter what I am put through, or what stress faces me, I will not do something that harms my wellness or undermines my ability to regain good health.  It is all about priorities!
Well, my ability to post every day will be thready, at best, over the next 7-10 days.  A house full of guests aside, Dad's been struggling, and the doctors told us yesterday he will need a transfusion.  I think my husband and I will be doing double-duty - he'll entertain the guests, and I'll be with Dad in the hospital.  I'm not sure when they'll schedule this (yet), but it will likely be sometime early next week (prior to the holiday). 

Dad is also due for another round of treatment at that time, so we'll see how the medical staff will handle that, and just go with the flow.  Dad is getting tired of the doctor appointments, lab tests, scans and hospitalizations - understandably.  It is not very easy going through this.  I can't imagine how draining this is on him.  Poor guy ...

The transfusion should give Dad back some energy, and that is a very good thing.  He has two remaining treatments left, and then we wait.  We're hoping this will take care of the cancer, but if not, the doctors have told us there are no further remedies to try. 

This Thanksgiving, we are just grateful to have Dad with us for another family tradition, and another opportunity to add to our precious memories. 

SDDDY10 Update:

Wow ... 10 days already!  One-third of the way through the challenge.

Calories today, so far:  0

Water today, so far:  0

Day 121 of my diet, still doing well but feeling a bit stressed.  I'm thinking about how I'm going to pull off the next week - preparing the house for week-long guests, and preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 12, while at the hospital.  LOL  Thank goodness we women are adept at multi-tasking!  Now, if I could only clone myself ... 

In the end, it is about the priorities for the next 7-10 days, and Dad is it.  When we keep our most important goals in mind, the rest falls into place. 

Here's to good health - mine, Dad's, and yours!


  1. Ann, good luck to you this week and I'll be praying for your dad.

    <3 Katie

  2. Great job Ann! Its going to be hard, but you have your priorities and if blogging slips off in favor of family while they are there, I think its a fair trade.

    Hope your father is feeling better soon~!

  3. About indulging the taste buds....
    I have a theory.
    IF things tasted sooooo good,
    wouldn't we just hold the food in our mouth
    for as long as we could?
    WHY then, when something tastes good,
    why do we eat and eat and eat it as fast as we can?
    We really don't get a chance to taste it that way!!

  4. I'll be praying for your dad this week, Ann. And most guests can take care of themselves pretty well if they have to. Go and be with your dad and don't worry about them.