Monday, January 7, 2008

I'm Back....

Happy New Year! I am back from taking a break for a little while....had to, not wanted to. At Thanksgiving, I came down with pneumonia and it really threw me for a loop this past month. In addition, I have very high blood pressure and so December, in between being sick and tired, I have been getting over that serious bout of pneumonia, have been working to control my asthma, working to control my blood pressure and am once again back on the weight loss train. I have had numerous doctors’ visits this past month (cardiologist, allergist, ultrasounds, ct scan, and stress echo) so am dealing with these issues. I have got to get a grip on my health and weight. I want to be around for a long time! My four-legged children need me!!

So.....My house is a mess and my studio has been neglected, but with the new year comes better health and excitement for what the new year will bring. I am at my highest weight in years, and so on December 30 I started the Bob Greene BEST LIFE DIET (vegetarian version) and in the first week have lost 9.6 pounds. I have been a yoyo dieter for years and have always said "this time will be it".....well, this time HAS to be 'it". My doctor told me that my blood pressure and weight and age (I'm 43 this month) makes me a prime candidate for a stroke. I have to say that scared the heck out of me, so onward to extreme good health. I have a long way to go, but I will get there.

I am ready to get crafty and so have joined a couple of swaps - The Sweet Treats and Roses Swap hosted by Karla and Beth and The Sweet Heart Box Swap hosted by Maria at The Junkk Drawer. Looking forward to getting busy with these!

On December 8, I lost one of my beloved cats, Charlie.
He was my handsome, snaggle-toothed blind old Persian cat. He had gone blind earlier this year due to detached retinas caused by high blood pressure. He also was discovered to have an enlarged heart. However, that did not stop him. He adapted well to the blindness and was still my handsome, friendly greeter to all who came in the front door. He still followed me everywhere and along with Frieda, the queen (see below) reigned supreme as a leader among the others. Charlie died at home with me after what appeared to be a stroke – he was able to limp to all his favorite spots downstairs, almost as if he was saying goodbye – then he made it to my chair and he passed away peacefully in the spot next to me that he loved so much within an hour. My sweet Charlie gave me such tremendous joy when he came to me in the final five years of his life and the realization that he is gone from me now is almost too much to bear. He is missed greatly.

I am excited and energized about what the new year will bring to me. 2007 was filled with highs and lows, but each and everyday I am grateful to be here on mother earth, to have a family (4-legged and 2-legged) that I adore, friends who are wonderful, a home that makes me happy, a job that leaves me satisfied, a spiritual life that fulfills me, a voice that I can use to sing, to praise, to yell, to question, to laugh and to cry, and a life that is blessed with goodness.

I am happy to be back!


Heidi ( said...

I'm so sorry to read you had so many health issues to deal, right at the holidays, too! I'm sorry your Charlie died, I'm sure you will miss him and cherish the memories you have. Now that the NEW year is here... Have a Blessed Year and enjoy each moment! (ok, try to!)

Tara said...

I'm so sorry you lost your kitty. Poor old guy.

9.6 lbs???!?!? WOW! That's one heckuva first week! I'm way impressed! I've flirted with being a vegetarian for years but just haven't committed, mostly due to anemia issues. I'd love to hear what you're doing, what you're eating, etc. to do so well! Congrats! My first weigh-in is Thursday so we'll see how my first week back on WW went.

lindaharre said...

Lolly, Thanks for visiting:) I really appreciate it when people comment! Thanks again....Linda

Violet Twilight said...

I am so happy that you are trying the best life diet, vegetarian version. I am back on weight watchers and have decided to go back to vegetarian myself. I even signed up for Oprah & Bob's Million Viewer Challenge 2008. Good luck and if you need any support, weight loss wise, or other-wise, just let me know!!!

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Lolly,
So glad you came to visit, I love to meet new people. Yes, I am looking forward to this new year with alot of
anticipation.....I am so thankful and
blessed too, to be able to enjoy all life has too offer, visit again soon
Pinkie Denise said...

I'm so sorry about your kitty, he was a cute guy!

And what a great start you have made healthwise for the new year! Good for you.

cindy said...

Hiya honey! Been wondering where ya where. Oh, I'm so sorry about Charlie. I know you are heartbroken. Made me tear up just to read it. Hang in there. And wow...9.6! That's awesome. I'm going to join WW, just have not done yet...You take care of yourself.

Kimla Kay said...

So sorry to hear about your beloved Charlie, but wow, was he ever lucky to have a Mama like you to take care of him! Congrats on your amazing weight loss...that's really awesome. Just know that there are so many of us out there who are struggling with the same issues and we are cheering you on!! You can do it, girl!!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your cat AND of course, your health issues. I hope that 3008 brings you health and happiness.

Miss Rhea said...

Oh, Lolly, I am so sorry to hear all of that, and about Charlie. You can do it !! This is the year for feeling good and being healthy. I have lost 27 pounds since August. I have a bit more, but for me it is all about eating healthy. I eat lots of cottage cheese, yogurt (Dannon fit and lite) salads, fruits and veggies. Also, I have oatmeal, raisin bran, or oat nut bread every day. I eat beans ( garbanzo, kidney) on my salads for protein. And skim milk. I am not a meat eater really, just once or twice a week. I know that you can do this, you are such a special lady !! You are off to a great start !! I am having a giveaway on my blog, come enter !! Hugs,

Lisa said...

Condolences on your sweet kitty. You can tell by that picture she definitely had some character.

Good luck on your 2008 goal.

Have a great week!