Thursday, September 21, 2023

Tenative steps and a birthday

​Zoey is one year old!!!!   Yay!   We celebrated with her of course!  

She had cake!  

And a steak dinner.  

She got a toy and a huge bone as presents!  The toy was a hit, the bone was so big that it intimidated her!  Hahaha!


Luckily the cake was a dog cake, so I wasn’t tempted!  Although it smelled good and was all human food ingredients to make it, so I should have tasted it!  

In the midst of the birthday girl celebrations, I saw a post about a gal I knew from college who passed away. I knew she had been on the hospital but didn’t know why.    Curious I looked at her FB feed and saw that someone had mentioned that she had open heart surgery…within the last days of her life.   She was my age.   How sobering!   My age!    This is not the first person my age that had had heart surgery in the last few months!    When I saw the first one (triple bypass) I was like ‘wow, that’s a wake up call’.  That gal survived.   This second one didn’t.   Another wake up call.  And honestly, this second one has scared me!  

I fell off the rails about a year ago.  I’ve been struggling with my weight.   I got back with the exercise in January…and was religious about getting it done every day until June or July.  Then I slipped.   The last two months have been a free for all.    Ok, maybe not that bad.  But there was little to no tracking.  No exercise.  Very few healthy habits.  I still thought about wanting to lose though!  I just didn’t do anything about it!

The wake up call of this gal that passed away is stuck in my head.   I can’t get it out of my head.  And you know what?  That’s not a bad thing.    

I have started to track my food.  I’m on day four! 

I’ve gotten back to exercising.   I have exercised for three days!  

Healthy habits…such as water?  I’m making an effort to drink more.   That is a work in progress…but I’m making steps in the right direction!


Amy said...

Sometimes just taking the first steps are what fuels the fire to stick to it. I am a medical coder and code for both urgent care and the hospital. People our age having heart attacks is not uncommon. And as women, once we get to menopause age, the protection estrogen used to provide starts to drop off dramatically. For me, all the other times I tried to lose weight to look better, I ended up giving up. I think doing it for health is a much stronger motivator for me. Glad you are finding your groove and working the process!

Paula C said...

Happy birthday to Zoey. It sounds like the clouds have parted just a bit. I am so glad you're finding your way. I am working on things too. I still struggle with food but it is getting better. Choices must be what I can live with for the rest of my life.

Stained Glass Butterfly said...

That's so sad about the woman who passed away after surgery. It's smart to use her story as a wake-up call and make healthy changes.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the reality of mortality is great incentive to treat our physical bodies as temples. Keep on track!

SANRDJ said...

Unfortunately, we are in that age group where our health naturally takes a bit of a decline. I too had a friend that had a heart attack this summer but she survived and her wake up call is a wake up call for all of us. We need to do it for our future... we got this.

jen said...

Happy 1st Birthday ro Zoey.

You got this, stay positive 😊

Mrs Swan said...

Any step forward is a positive step!! I'm so happy for you! :)

Cathy said...

Happy birthday to Zoey! We just got a dog about 3 weeks ago, he's 6 months old and is adorable, but doesn't quite know how to be a dog (not sure why, he's a rescue). I'll have to post about him soon. 😊

peppylady (Dora) said...

Happy Birthday Zoey