Observing patience and persistence in the natural world helps me to deal with poor health and endless paperwork.
There are two kinds of change: the change we resist, and the change we long for. When it comes to the changes I am eager for (losing weight, finishing a quilt that's taken me months of work, re-organizing my studio), I want instant results. I want to be done yesterday. Instant changes are rare. Even... Continue Reading →
Back in November, I bought myself an activity tracker. I've been trying to get more regular exercise and I read in Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits that tracking an activity helps us to improve our performance. I bought a Garmin Vivofit 2 because it was the simplest model that had... Continue Reading →
I don't do New Year's resolutions. I like to set goals for myself and don't see the point in waiting until January 1st to get started. However, New Year's is always a reminder to pause and see how I'm doing with my many plans for myself. While I'm not up for resolutions, I started thinking... Continue Reading →
It helps to resign as controller of your fate. —Anne Lamott It happened again. I had a "Down" Day. Back in 2006, nearly all my days were Down Days. I wound up on disability because I couldn't work more than two days in a row. I was lucky if I had enough energy to... Continue Reading →
Thanks to my many physiological quirks, I've had to build my own health plan. I've learned that things that are healthy for others, like a vegetarian diet, are not healthy for me. Over the years, with the help of professionals and friends, I've discovered that I have a thyroid problem, various food sensitivities, and some... Continue Reading →
My husband has been traveling a lot lately and it's made me aware of something I'd nearly forgotten about: I don't feel like cooking when I'm on my own. When Kurt is home, I cook constantly, making sure we have healthy, tasty food to eat. When I'm by myself? I stare into the cupboard looking... Continue Reading →
Apparently, the number one thing you can do to increase the chance of good health in your senior years is to exercise now. Even the shortest walk is better than not moving at all, so my new goal is to move daily without being too strict about what counts as moving. Gardening and walking the... Continue Reading →