Monday, December 11, 2006

Health challenges


For the last three months, I've been dealing with some issues with my health. I'm diabetic, for one. I've got sleep apnea, for another.

The diabetes is a recent development, but it's been leading up to this for the last four years. My doctor recommended some diet changes, a blood glucose meter and put me on metformin temporarily. I lost 15 pounds in the last four weeks, mostly by cutting out a few things that have not helped me, adding a lot more fiber to my diet and more consistent exercise.

I feel better, and even my co-workers have noticed that I function better.

But it's only a beginning.

I really don't want to have to take metformin, and I do want to lose a lot of weight. One plan is to get a few sessions with a dietitian through the YMCA. Another is to join Weight Watchers. And another is to commit to an exercise class.

Actually, all of the above. The exercise classes and dietitian will begin in January. I am waiting for enrollment deals for Weight Watchers in January also.

A great website: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/tea_mandarin.html

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Blogging challenges


Whew, it's been awhile. Somehow, my blogger turned up in Chinese script. Not the stuff I wrote, but everything that Blogger said to me was in Chinese. I can't read Chinese. I figured out how to get it back to English. I just kept pressing buttons.

A lot has happened. A lot. Then, again, a lot will happen.

I've gone to a place within myself where I've quit thinking again. Overwhelmed with life's twists and turns. Daniel was found dead in his apartment in Colorado a week and a half ago. No reason as why it happened. I've shut down since then. I attended the open casket at the funeral home, it was really difficult.

There's much to share about the whole thing--about Daniel, grief, and about death. About faith, family and my fellow partners at Starbucks. I'm at a point where I need to transition to here and now, about how I'm living my life, today.

There a few changes I wish to make. Some that would probably be less noticable, but in the long run make a bigger impact. It's the daily-ness of every day life. That's a challenge in itself.