My struggle to stay focused on my health and….ooh, shiny penny!

It’s been awhile since I last posted a blog here, but as always, I would like to continue, as doing so can help me get my thoughts out and maybe help me pursue my plans.  Since my last post, my wife and I have bought a house and now have a dog…a dog named Ted (named after the Kennedy, as his official name is Edward Isaacs).  He’s a schnoodle and as I write, is now just over 4 months old.

I’m writing today as I’m struggling.  I’m struggling to plan and follow through on the plans that I have.  I participated in the Corporate Challenge 5K just over a month ago, but while doing so, I injured my foot (I actually think I suffered a small fracture, but don’t tell Krista that…she’d call me out for never going to see the doctor).  It’s still a little sore on some days, but think I’ll be ready to get back to running soon.  It also doesn’t help that last Friday, for whatever reason, my hip seemed to have hit a nerve, so I was unable to move a lot on Saturday and was still pretty uncomfortable on Sunday, when the kids and I went walking at Shawnee Mission Park.

As you can see, I’m still struggling…struggling to stay focused.  🙂  There are 2 big things in my life that I want to focus on…my health and my home.  Therefore, I’d like to write to help keep myself on task.  With each post I make, I’m going to discuss one of these 2 main areas of my life with what I’ve done, what I’m doing, and where I’m going.

First off is my health and what I’ve done.  I’m clearly at a rough spot right now.  My hip is kind of off-kilter, I weight somewhere in the 240s, which isn’t morbidly obese, but it’s still about 45-50 lbs more than what I’d eventually like to weigh.  I was at about 225 a year ago, but then hit some rough patches starting just before Thanksgiving with the flu, and then lasted all the way past New Year’s with hemorrhoids (which I never had and didn’t even know what they truly were until suffering from them).  It’s probably the worst stretch of illness that I’ve ever had.

Next, my health and what I’m doing.  I’ve just started walking a little again, especially with Ted.  I just started this morning getting up a little earlier…at 5:30 AM…and it did allow me to get ready a lot sooner.  Krista and I are planning to do that every morning (she couldn’t quite do it as she didn’t sleep well) and take Ted for a walk.

Finally, my health and where I’m going.  Krista and I discussed on what we can do to lose weight and get in better health.  One of the things we’ve come up with is quit eating wheat.  We do eat a lot of bread items, especially at breakfast and lunch and that adds up the calories.  So, we’re quitting bread on July 1, and replacing it with more fruits and vegetables.  With her sandwich that she eats every lunch, it’s pretty easy, as I can just put her tuna or chicken salad in a bowl (or even a lettuce leaf if she ends up wanting to do that).  However, mine is a little more difficult, as it’s often been a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I need to find an alternative lunch meal.  Therefore, in between this blog post and the one I post next Tuesday, I’m going to think about what kind of lunch I will be eating as a replacement.  As far as exercise, my plan is eventually to begin running again, but as I’m still somewhat hobbled, that’s going to have to wait.  For right now then, I’m going to concentrate on eating right and then the exercise plan will be next on the “plate.”



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