Health and YouTube Challenge

Apparently I am a sucker for punishment because in between taking care of my mother and working on getting some projects and other sources of income, I have decided to give myself a health challenge and a YouTube Challenge.  What is going on?  Read on.

I was trying to get my mother in the tub to assist her in bathing and not only did she only get water in her face, I ended up with a sore back.  My tailbone is killing me and I realize it is because I am so out of shape.  For the last couple of years, I have concentrated on everyone’s health and happiness.  Then last year, I decided to take advantage of the gym in my apartment complex.  Just when I was starting to get used to going at least three times a week, I got the call from Puerto Rico.  I dropped everything and flew down just to find out my dad was in the hospital in really bad shape.  I did not exercise after that (except for a couple of bad attempts I really did not put much effort into).  I sweat off 15 pounds and with my fabulous adrenaline and ice cream diet, gained 20 more for a whooping 235 pounds.  I am not healthy and I am not happy, like I mentioned on another blog post.  So now what?

I started walking.  Yesterday I went around the block once.  Today, I was able to go around the block three times.  Then we loosely measured the distance with the car and it turns out that it is 0.1 of a mile.  I need to go around ten times to walk one mile.  My goal for the month of March is to walk around ten times.  Let us see how that goes.

Not happy with what seems like a big enough challenge, I decided to take back a challenge I wanted to do last year.  I started out a 100 day challenge and everything was going well until my dad took a turn for the worse and I abandoned the goal.  So, as you can see, I created a video and I started the challenge yesterday.

So what challenges have you decided to tackle this week?  Leave your comment below the video.  Thanks.


Where we Are

The last fourteen months have been a learning experience.  For a person that likes to have control of things, nothing is more interesting, annoying and heart breaking than to have absolutely no way of making anything happen.  As important as this lesson seems to be for some reason, it is also important to keep myself accountable.  Today, we are going to discuss where we are and hopefully get some idea of where we are going.

When I started this blog a long time ago, I was hoping that I could blog once a week, maybe even more.  It did not work out that way.  Mostly due to career and health challenges, there have been times when I’ve been able to write once a week, five times a week and then I disappear for a month, sometimes more.  This is not the way I wanted this to be and it is very frustrating.  I am a control freak and I freak if I have no control.

So then comes 2014 with my beautiful health diagnosis and I was off to surgery, medications, horrible side effects and then no medication.  In September I started feeling better, in October my husband got sick and then the big nightmare started.

Between January 2015 and January 2016, my husband and my father both got diagnosed with cancer.  My husband had surgery, some moron gave my dad radiotherapy which eliminated the cancer but messed with the leukemia my father had been living with for ten years.  Then we went to Puerto Rico to get my parents to the US, became aware of my mother’s own situation, came back here, and finally, my father passed away in January.

Twenty four days later I was unemployed.  There are many reasons why this turned out to be a good thing, mainly because my mother is still undiagnosed officially and I am looking for a good doctor for her.  And yet, in another twist of fate, I have to spend all her waking hours with her, because it calms her down, severely limiting the amount of time I can look for projects or work on my own things.

Then last night I saw a video about a young man called Sam Berns.  He passed away a few months after he gave his speech in TED talk.  I am including the video here.  The one thing he made me think about is that I have to re-engineer my ideas.  She wants to see me around her but that does not mean that I cannot create content, answer questions and communicate with the outside world while I take care of her.

I started a separate blog for the journey that I have with my mom.  That is one of those projects.  I am hoping that I can blog here once a week.  I am wishing that if anyone reads this and is going through something similar, they can give me advice and I can remind them that they are not alone.  In the meantime, I leave you with the video so that you can get a lesson on living a happy life no matter what.  And if you come up with something, even if you are not going through this, leave your comment below.