a new beginning. again.

I woke up and just decided I’m starting it.  AGAIN.


Healthier living.

To heck with the bum knee from tripping over the co-worker’s dog in February.

To heck with the UC from the past 2 years.

I’m about 90% healed from the emergency gallbladder removal.

I’m overweight, more than I want to be, because of all of the above.  Exercising came to a standstill.  Dietary needs overtook weight concerns.  (unfortunately, I’m in the minority of UC patients who actually has less inflammation from grains than from produce.) (but I’m in enough remission, I think, to test that theory.)

ANYHOW, I’m tired of excuses.  I’m tired of restrictions that may have only been temporary.

I will have to make allowances for certain circumstances beyond my control.  I can’t do the low carb/high fat diet that I’ve been so successful on in the past.  But I can do a modified low carb diet that is lower in grains than I have been the past year, for sure.  I can cautiously up the fresh produce.  I can certainly start walking again, even if dancing is out for now.

Baby steps are better than no steps at all.

So, I begin.  Today is a new day.  It’s the start of the rest of my life.  That’s the beauty about a new day.  The possibilities are endless!  We have nothing but the future in front of us!  We can carve that future any way we like, even within the framework of whatever restrictions we must abide within.  (poor English; sorry.)

So I am.  I will.  booyah!

46 thoughts on “a new beginning. again.

  1. Lynda

    You can been through a lot of health issues lately – take your time and find what works for you. I've enjoyed reading your blog over the years. Health is the number one reason to do anything, especially at our age 🙂


  2. Jean R.

    Vest of luck for your new beginning. I hate that some of us have to be so obsessed with what we eat and don't eat. I bought ingredients to make vegan ice cream-like frozen Popsicle today.


  3. Silver Willow

    Good luck, Penny! We can do this! It might not be as fast as in the past (but I have found age is an excuse; I lost a lot of weight post 60 or right around 60…well past menopause), but it's still doable. Slow and steady will get us there! 🙂


  4. Silver Willow

    Yes, I'd rather not put that much effort into it. I know food chemicals for the most part don't work for me. Example: I can't eat store-bought grated cheese because of the antibiotics they put on it to keep from clumping, (that white stuff), but grate block cheese at home, no problem. But, we gotta do what we gotta do. :)Let me know ow that vegan ice cream-like Popsicle turns out!


  5. Olga Hebert

    Health, especially after a certain unspecified age, does take attention and a certain effort, but I believe it is so worth it in the long haul. I am rooting for you, as for anyone who tries to take good self-care.


  6. Ann Thompson

    Good for you. Now that it's just me I'm finally working on eating healthier. It was hard to diet with my husband because he was such a fussy eater and if I said I didn't want what he wanted he would just not eat.


  7. Beatrice P. Boyd

    That sounds like a plan and one which Inalso need to start working on as well. Certainly being healthy is a good thing and thankfully I don’t have serious health issues except being overweight.


  8. Sally

    I didn't know you have UC; from the experience's that my daughter had, I know it's a terrible disease. She had her colon removed in l999; I hope that doesn't happen to you.Best of luck with your diet; YES you can!xoxo


  9. Betsy

    Great for you! You will do it. I have started exercising. I stopped a year and a half ago because of TKR surgery. Best of luck with your diet. Betsy


  10. Spare Parts and Pics

    Hello! Just came across your blog. We have a couple things in common (living in OC, CA, and I'm recently retired and sounds like you will be soon!). Anyway, love your header photo and wonderful words of encouragement!


  11. Elaine

    You can do this! I shall look forward to hearing about your steady progress…and if you can do it, so can I. Onward to a lighter and brighter future!


  12. Silver Willow

    Sally, my case (with UC) is rather odd; I only got it about 2 years ago, at around age 64. VERY old for onset. And I was fortunate, in that it's (so far) a 'mild' case. Given my age at diagnosis, and the 'mildness' of my case, we are hopeful it doesn't end up being as serious as your daughter's. Hopefully, she'd doing well now?and thanks!


  13. Pam

    Love the assertiveness, I am going to read this a couple of times and hope to syphon some off. After losing and gaining over the past few years I know that I only need to drop another 7 Kg, any more and my face looks as though I am starving to death, all bones and sunken cheeks. There is a Slimming World group very close to me and this Thursday I will be joining. Positive thinking and stamping on that sweet tooth is the way forward.


  14. Cynthia

    Good for you! Not easy, but it will be worth it and I like your mantras. It helps to have reminders like that when you face temptation and they'll keep you going.


  15. ~Lavender Dreamer~

    It's so true that what you eat affects how you feel! I eat healthy but could always do better. Keeping lots of healthy choices on hand is the answer for me. During the summer months, it's great to have lots of fruits and veggies in season and plentiful. Love your quotes! Thanks for the pep talk….I needed that!


  16. ellen abbott

    good for you. some of it is developing new habits. a chiropractor I went to for many years told me the body takes six weeks to develop a new habit. 3 weeks to break down the old one and 3 weeks to build the new one. he was talking about muscles and body memory but it also applies to behavior and habits I think.


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