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A Senior Moment 2: Sink Or Swim? It's Decision Time!

Published on 8/7/2017
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Anyone who knows me knows I'm constantly doing battle with myself over staying healthy... So far, so good, but I've been struggling with the exercise part... I'm doing OK diet wise... I have never counted a calorie in my life... I'm just not that structure oriented so I needed to figure out what would work for me... 

 I've done a lot of research on the subject, became a vegan for a year & a half, switched to almost vegetarianism because I was missing eggs in my diet... I then started making my own home made fruit & veggie smoothies... I was in diet heaven... I lost 35 pounds in a year, not paying too much attention to the time frame because I know weight loss just doesn't work if done too fast... I was feeling pretty good about myself having been able to fit back into my "skinny" jeans...  I had gotten so tired of going shopping & asking the clerks where would I find the "Lardache" jeans? 


Then came the Holidays of 2016... My only daughter had a massive stroke two weeks before Christmas, but was able to survive... About the same time I found out that my second son was dying & he did pass away on January 11th of this year... I wound up in the hospital with all the symptoms of a massive heart attack... All my tests were negative & it was chalked up to all the stress that I'd been under... I had no idea stress could affect a person like that...

 To make matters worse, I'm a stress eater so the conditions were perfect for me to gain back some of that weight & I did gain back 15 pounds... Only by the Grace of God have I been able to accept these events that have happened in my family... I realize through all my studies I cannot live my children's lives for them, I can only love them & I always will...  Heck, I'm still learning how to live my own life!

This has been my struggle this year... I've pretty much cut out the sugar & prepared foods in my diet once again... I'm just starting to get back into my smoothies so my mindset is almost fully adjusted to where it needs to be for my fitness goals...

I have the advantage of Silver Sneakers on my side & there's a health club not far from where I live... I decided to check it out... It has a pool & knowing the impact water aerobics had on my recovery from dual knee replacement surgeries I know water is the solution... I have 3 bad discs in my neck, two in my mid-back & 1 in my low back... When I was a young girl I used to go swimming almost every day, so yesterday I decided to give it a try... I'm not the best swimmer but I figure with some practice I can relearn... While I was swimming the length of the pool one way I felt the two discs in my mid back trying to tell me, "Be careful, or we're going to haunt you"... I stopped, not wanting to overdo it & today I'm feeling good enough to know I've found the solution... I know swimming is excellent exercise & with the pool so close, I now have no excuses...

So now as far as my health goes it is indeed, "Sink or Swim Time"... If it's going to be, it's up to me...  My health is my resposibility, so like it or not, I must make that live frog part of my daily diet!

Signing off 'til next time this is,
Linda Michel White (aka Ivory)
Happy Networker & Senior Blogger from FriendsWhoLikeZoned4Ebony'n'Ivory



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