Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Storing Winter Blankets

I used an old standard pillow case and the ties out of crown royal bags to roll up, tie, and store neatly away my heavy winter duvet.

All tucked away til next winter.

Never Give Up

Folded the duvet lengthwise in half once, then again, then again, and then rolled up as tight as I could.  I could have done a neater job if my right elbow wasn't in such bad shape, but you get the idea.  And, there it is, the lonely blue pillow case.
Blanket inside the pillow case and case tied at top.  This will keep out dust and keep my blankie smelling fresh and clean.  I will make a sash of cinnamon and a bay leaf to put under it or behind it to keep the bugs out as it is organic cotton and they love that stuff!
Snug as a bug in a rug (or a duvet in a pillow case in this case) until next winter.

Bedroom Redo

A fresh coat of paint on one wall behind my bed just to spruce things up a bit. Headboard is next. With my limited use of my body, this project is taking far longer than it would if I could still move mountains. I realized how much I need to start stretching or doing yoga (or both) while reaching up as high as I could go to cut in at the ceiling. My abs are very tight.

Still, I didn't do too bad for someone who can't climb a ladder, can barely stand, and has an injured arm! :-)

Never Give Up

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Getting Healthy

I swear, why does being healthy have to be so boring?  I mean, shouldn't the idea of doing better for your body and giving yourself a chance to live longer be enough excitement?  ... Nahhhh.

I have made a deal with myself that I will allow myself to drink again once I hit 150 lbs.  I have been struggling with my weight for years, upon years, upon years.  I used to be 225 pounds at my heaviest!  I've lost a small animal so far, but still have another small animal to go, so I figured if I give myself some incentive it'll be a little bit easier to choke down those salads and say "No, thanks" when offered a beer.  :((  I do miss my beer!

I also realized that using a wheelchair occasionally has been injuring my elbow, or at least not allowing it to heal, so I have to stop doing that and just use the walker.  It would seem like it would be the opposite, but it's not.  I went two days without using the chair and my elbow started to feel better, then I used the chair again and it hurts again.  UGH.

So, I suppose I'll have to stop using the chair again just to see if my elbow will heal.  I like using the chair to give my legs a bit of a break and time to rest, but also for cleaning and doing the things that normally take me a month to do with the walker.  Oh well, I guess it's for the best to continue with my forward progress of trying to walk unassisted.  But, it still sucks.

So, in 15 pounds I can have an ice cold beer, and I will!  (or maybe even several)

Never Give Up

Thursday, March 14, 2013

No More Alcohol

I made the decision yesterday to take a 90-day break from drinking any form of alcohol.  I have been having such pain in my arms, and struggling so much with an injury to my right elbow, that I feel drinking only worsens these injuries and maybe I should avoid it until they heal, or possibly forever.

I enjoy an ice cold beer on a hot day as much as the next guy (or gal in my case), but in my condition, and with my history of lack of self control, I end up drinking more than I should, and then I put way too much strain on my arms to walk with my walker to get where I need to go without falling over. 

I will give it 90 days clean and sober and see how I feel then.  Even if I do decide to enjoy a cold one again, it will be only when I have the time to recover afterward, and in a way that won't put quite so much strain on my upper body. 

Another plus to 90 days of no alcohol will be more weight loss.  I still have about 25 pounds to lose, and omitting alcohol will only make that easier to accomplish.

So, today is Day 2.  I'm actually looking very much forward to detoxifying my body and healing a bit more.

Never Give Up

Wednesday, March 6, 2013