29
Nov
2017

When someone requests a consultation with you and asks for your availability, you may provide a nice window, say 10 to 2. That does not mean call AT 2pm.

26
Nov
2017

Little tiny things hit you out of the blue to remind you that your children are really adults and are transitioning into their own visions of adult life.   My daughter said she wanted to be “at home” to watch and celebrate the iron bowl yesterday.  She meant her apartment at auburn, not her room in this big old house.  This coming at the same time we are helping her brother to find an affordable aparment tugs a little at the heart muscle.  But it’s okay. Life goes on.

 

And, PS, Amazon, we really do not want your HQ2. The last thing we need is for rent to skyrocket with an influx of new population. Haha.

16
Nov
2017

I have a cardiologist (because of a terrible, terrible family history and a couple of minor episodes over the past decade).  I am terrified of my cardiologist. He sounds like a KGB agent grilling you in a dark alley.   Well, last year, after a long haul with my mother and her cancer and, and, and, stuff … I gained some weight.  Mind you, the doctor was already urging me to lose weight. So when I went in for my annual in 2016, he let me know how disappointed he was that I was worse, not better.

I made a commitment at the beginning of 2017 to really follow through and develop an exercise habit.  Not a casual, hey I walked a couple of times this week and strolled through the mall, habit. But a, hey, I need to hit at least 50 miles per month and do some other odds and ends habit.  I am nearing my 600 mile target for this year.   I figured I would not try to diet.   Let’s cement this habit first.

So, the benefit of all that walking and hiking and swimming is that now my resting heart rate is around 51 bpm.  And, I lost 12 pounds this year.

I had my annual check up this week.  We talked about how much good my exercise is doing me.  So much so, that the doctor says, if I continue to gradually take off the weight next year, we can cut out a BP medication.  Yay, me!

So, this coming year’s commitment is going to have to be to continue to improve my exercise load and efficiency AND really start eating healthier.  We talked about that, he and I, and we both know that he knows I was lying when I said I ate pretty healthy.  He wants me to cut out the fast food.

I will.

But today, I celebrated with a fabulously retro lunch of Cheetos and Coke.  One step backward and all that, y’all!  Going forward tomorrow.

9
Nov
2017

There’s not much in day to day life that is funnier than buying a bottle of Smart Water and then being unable to figure out how to open it.