A time for reflection and new beginnings…..

It’s the 31 December 2012 and I’m taking the time to reflect over the last year.  2012 has been an eventful year, the 1st full year of my retirement and my diagnosis of diabetes at the end of 2011. We had a lovely Christmas in 2011 with all the family and 2012 looked like it would be a good year.

Unfortunately our son’s marriage broke up early in the year and by April his wife had left him with the baby to pursue her career and move to another town and eventually moved in with her boyfriend.  My son had stood by her all the time that she suffered from Post Natal depression and gave up his full-time job to work part-time so he could support her and look after their son.  He has continued to do this for the past year and has looked after his son whilst working, and now doing a college course to train as a child care worker as well. He volunteers at his son’s nursery, twice a week and loves working with children and it feels to me that he has found something that he will be happy doing for the rest of his life. Plus, he’s very good at it and has a wonderful rapport with the children there.  His ex has their son on Sundays and Mondays (unless she’s working) and he doesn’t seem to have any ill effects from it, but he’s still very young and things may change when he’s older. I have to say though, that I am so proud of my son and how he has coped with everything and his son has a wonderful role model to grow up with.

In June, I spent a brilliant holiday with one of my best friends, Annie, in Tenerife. We had a wonderful week at Golf del Sur and went into Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas almost every day. It was certainly a place that I went to with mixed feelings but came away loving the place and we will go back in 2014 with another friend or two. We had great help with places to see and go from Redqueenmusings, another blogger and we are aiming to meet up with her when we go. Tenerife is so much more than the southern coastal areas; we loved Mount Teide and the forests and felt so sad when there were the forest fires there.

We went to the Olympic park in September to have a look around with our step-grandson. It was a cold, wet, miserable day but it was so fantastic to share in the atmosphere of the park and we felt so proud to be British and part of the experience.

My daughter has also had an eventful year! They moved from their private rented flat into a 3 bed private rented house so that the children have rooms of their own (my son in law’s son from a previous relationship lives with them and they have a little girl of their own). Now they are expecting another baby at the end of June (around the time that William and Kate expect theirs!) so we are now looking forward to a 4th grandchild!

My sister went to Florida in October so we dog sat for 2 weeks. Sam is a wonderful old dog, abandoned by his original owners for two weeks when they moved house! He’s now 15 and been with my sister for 7 years and is such a wonderful dog. He’s great with children, and everybody loves him.  Before he came to stay with us he had a series of what I suppose you would call mini strokes which left him “wonky” but he still loved his walks and would run around at top speed when we took him to the fields. One night he was in our garden and decided to take a dip in our pond and came running in to the house soaking wet! It was funny, the look on his face, and ours! My grandchildren love Sam and it will be such a shame when he’s no longer with us, he’s such a joy.

Unfortunately things haven’t improved much for poor old Sam and he’s got problems that the vet can’t help with so he’s living on borrowed time but considering in November we thought he wouldn’t last two weeks, he’s still here, albeit still wonky, and although he has days of not eating, he is fighting to stay with us. He will be so missed when he does go, his previous owners were cruel and have missed out on a dog that has given our whole family so much love and made us so happy to have known him.

Christmas was great with all the family together on Boxing Day except for my poor son-in-law who had a bad tummy bug and our step grandson who was visiting his mum and Nan. We had a lovely meal at a local Harvester and then went back to our house to watch the grandchildren opening their presents and playing and dancing Gangnam Style. All in all it was a good day.

New Years Eve night John and I spent at home watching TV and enjoying the fireworks in London in HD, all nice and warm! LOL! Years ago there would be lots of people out in our street at midnight but this year there was just me on the doorstep at midnight! Sad but I guess things change and more people seem to stay in doors.

One of my downsides this year is that despite losing nearly 2 stone between December 2011 and June this year, my diabetes was well under control but since then I seem to have lost the plot! I’ve put back on all the weight I lost (and probably more) and have not stopped eating! Don’t know why, I know how important it is to keep my blood sugars under control but for some reason I’ve been in meltdown! So I’ve got to take myself in hand and get myself back on track and start to eat properly again and avoid anything sweet. I don’t usually drink but have had a few over the last couple of weeks and I just know that I really must cut it out altogether, chocolate has to go – I can’t be trusted when it’s in the house and no more sweet biscuits or cakes except on special occasions.

I also need to start exercising more, walking and swimming are best for me and maybe find a Pilates class. No more shilly-shallying about, need to be more positive. I belong to a weightless site (weightlossresources.co.uk) that has helped me before and I’m going to be more proactive on the forums there and log everything I eat and drink and any exercise I do. It works for me, I know it does, I just get lazy sometimes, and I just need to focus!

We are going to Spain again in September and I can’t wait to go back, it feels like my second home and if money was no problem I would definitely have a second home there.

So, although I’m not one for making resolutions as they are so easy to break, I am going to make a few notes of things I am hoping to do this year.

  1. Get my diabetes back under control
  2. Lose weight
  3. Exercise more
  4. Give my family and friends all the love and attention they deserve
  5. Have a wonderful holiday
  6. Make time to craft and make my cards and reorganise my craft room
  7. Get cracking with the decorating!
  8. Tidy up the garden and make sure it stays that way!
  9. Try brushing up my Spanish and actually use it when we’re away
  10. Update my blog more regularly and put some photos in again next time!

I’m not saying I will manage all of them but I’m going to try my very best to achieve the majority of them!

I wish everyone out there a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

2 January 2013

Well 2nd day of a new year and my toothache has started to get worse! Dentist visit booked for Friday so painkillers till then! Tomorrow is the first day of my new healthy eating and exercising change of life! Being diabetic isn’t easy, I thought I’d cracked it in the first 6 months, lost weight, reduced all levels and was doing well, then it all went wrong.

So first thing I will weigh in, log it, log everything I eat and make sure that I drink plenty of water and avoid the sweets and fatty stuff. Have managed to do it before and will do it this time, but this time I will stick with it. Will try to keep you up to date with my progress and hopefully be able to give you some photos of the slimmer me soon!

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