Well, I have exceeded my goal weight loss by several pounds, and even though I’ve quit counting calories, I’m still losing weight. It’s just as slow a weight loss as it was all those months of trying, but losing it I am. And I’ve been allowing myself the occasional milkshake or pizza, as the mood strikes, too, without regard for calories or lactose intolerance or blood glucose numbers!
I guess I’ve just gotten so used to eating less that I am still “on a diet”, even though I’m not trying. Hmmm… anyone want a milkshake?
I’ve finished reading Dan’s book, I Will Go On, and I’m in the process of re-reading the chapters I found most inspirational to me. I can’t say that I “enjoyed” the first few chapters, but the bulk of the book more than made up for the opening explanation of the various types of Parkinson’s Plus disorders. I would still recommend it as great reading for anyone dealing with PD, or any Movement Disorder, either as the one with it, or as the care giver. I didn’t find the explanations that helpful, as I’ve already read all this many times before in my own Googling, but I would think that anyone new to PD Plus would find this layman’s explanation of all the variations of severe Movement Disorders to be very useful.
I can only be thankful to God that I have a relatively mild Movement Disorder.
Hubby and I have noticed some occasional tremors in my right hand that aren’t as jerky as my foot, shoulder, and face can get at times of stress. It’s nothing to be concerned about, but worth noting, in case it becomes more frequent. I will be able to look back here and see about when we first started seeing it.
When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, we bought a notebook to log any and all symptoms, doctor’s visits, meds, etc. And I kept it up religiously until after the MDS had changed the diagnosis to Essential Myoclonus and had me on Primidone, which worked wonders for me. But I’ve long since quit writing much in it, depending more on keeping track here on my blog of our war on my Type II Diabetes diagnosis. I would recommend the journal method though, for anyone with a progressive disease, such as Parkinson’s. It’s great to be able to answer the doctor’s questions about onset of symptoms by turning back in a journal to the first entry for a given situation. And it’s much easier to keep track of the side effects of meds, etc., too.
There have been some family issues that have kept me somewhat depressed and definitely more tense of late. I don’t handle my emotions as well as I used to, either, so it’s affecting me more than I would like. It’s just something I need to work on. I know that with God’s help I can meet anything that comes my way.
I recently started trying to memorize scripture verses, both as a way of drawing closer to God and to also exercise my memory. I’m picking verses that I already know in a general way, and now I’m trying to learn where they are in the Bible and learn the exact King James version of them. That’s the version I grew up with, so it’s best for me to use. I know a lot of scriptures in a paraphrased sort of way, but, with few exceptions, I never learned their location in the Bible. I regret that I did not master these verses a long time ago. I can certainly tell that my brain is not as sharp as it used to be, but I’m glad to see that I am having some success.
So here I am at this moment in time, with some successes and other situations I continue to work on. Life is good.