Year of Marcia....continued
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I just re-read my previous blog regarding the Year of Marcia. Now 10 months later...I am heavier than ever. What started as a journey in healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight (I actually did good for 4 months), turned into a year of caring for family and letting the stress of it sabotage my good intent.
In January, my brother got sick. He almost died....a result of his alcoholism. It required me to travel to MO and stay for 3 weeks until he was well enough to travel. He now lives with us in NC. Then my father in law and his wife got sick. We had to travel to FL, brother in tow, to take care of them. She ultimately died and he had to be placed in assisted living. Then....we had to go back to MO and help my brother move his belongings into storage and put his house on the market. The highlight of that trip was my nephew's graduation from Highschool.
My husband and I have made the decision to move his dad in with us so he doesn't have to live alone. Consequently, we are adding a second Master bath so he can live in our room on the main floor. We are living in a construction zone! Gack!
These stressors proved to be too much and I gained my weight back...plus an additional 20. I am the heaviest I've ever been! How will I ever overcome this?? How can I stop this stress eating?
Well for one....I have to hold myself accountable....NO MATTER WHAT! I have to track every morsel that crosses my lips! Also...start moving! For dear Gods sake! That's why he gave me limbs...so I can be mobile!
So yes....the Year of Marcia took a different turn. I became a caregiver in a capacity I had never been in before. But...I think she would have been pleased. Mom was a sweet and caring person and always devoted herself to her family. I'll be 59 in a couple of weeks. It's not too late to include taking care of myself during this Year of Marcia. Nope...not too late!