Amazing things can happen in one year – wonderful, glorious, awful, depressing, eye-opening, life-changing events; along with the everyday routines, which seem to be my biggest problem when it comes to long-term behavior change.
I don’t have much to say on this day except that as I reflect back on why I started blogging, “as an adjunct to monitoring food and weight and behavioral changes”, the process has been helpful to me. I have received much support from comments and from reaching out to other bloggers as I post on their sites. My natural inclination is to be extremely introverted – except when I work, then I can throw myself out to others. Thus, my experience in the blogosphere has probably not been as connecting as others have found. I, however, have found the experience to be invaluable for keeping me on track – even when I got off track for a couple of months. In the past I would have just let my behaviors revert to overeating, bingeing, and losing touch with my body. Forcing myself to come back to this place has helped to keep me grounded. And, goodness knows I have needed help through the sudden death of my mother and the not-unexpected grief that I have experienced alone and with my family. (Knowing about the grief experience and going through it…)
Today we found out that our oldest dog, Mattie, probably has lymphoma. So we will be struggling with arranging palliative treatment without the vet specialist conducting invasive tests for a definitive diagnosis. (Sue worked at the “world’s best cancer hospital” for years – we are ready to put up a fight for Mattie not to undergo unnecessary pain.) Pets – so much joy, so brief a time in our lives.
Thanks for being here along the journey.
Jan & Mattie