Category Archives: Across The Land

The big change – msmw

Immediately upon leaving the hospital in 2001, the work began, the work that would change my life.

In ICU a name came to mind, Kenneth H Cooper. Many years before, approximately 1970, I had purchased his book “Aerobics.” An internet search, after leaving the hospital, found a different book, authored by Mr. Cooper. I ordered it, read it, read it again, and in eleven months 100 pounds came off of my body. Another 18 followed during the next few years.

If you wish to read the history of what I consider pertinent, that led to my advocacy concerning Alzheimer’s, type “msmw” without the quotation marks, in the search box, and the posts will appear in reverse-chronological order.

My lifestyle needed some serious changes – msmw

270 days after my dad passed away with Alzheimer’s, the emergency room doctors admitted me to the Intensive Care Unit.

I love this picture of dad and I. My weight, just before the ICU stay was around 273 pounds.

The culprit was a bleeding ulcer. The loss of blood, the quantity, was atypical and my organs were beginning to shut down. It was life threatening.

After four days in ICU and one in a regular room, they discharged me with a serious warning. My lifestyle needed changing, and quickly, if I wanted the best chance at living a long and healthy life.

If you wish to read the history of what I consider pertinent, that led to my advocacy concerning Alzheimer’s, type “msmw” without the quotation marks, in the search box, and the posts will appear in reverse-chronological order.

About dad passing with Alzheimer’s – msmw

My dad passed away with Alzheimer’s in 2000. Nobody said so, but his battle with prostate cancer might have sped up the normally slower cognitive loss, than he experienced.

Dad is buried near Jesup Georgia.

My health was not good at that time and hadn’t been for several years. It’s my guess that being overweight had taken a toll.

When dad passed away my knowledge of Alzheimer’s was very limited, and it stayed that way until many years later.

If you wish to read the history of what I consider pertinent, that led to my advocacy concerning Alzheimer’s, type “msmw” without the quotation marks, in the search box, and the posts will appear in reverse-chronological order.

A little bit of irony – msmw

Around 1953, due to unfortunate circumstances, the car my dad was driving backed over me. The dirt driveway probably saved my life. The first prognosis was that I may never walk again, but I did.

Almost 60 years later, in 2013, I would attempt to run, jog and walk across America. The catalyst for the journey on foot would be the passing of my dad, with Alzheimer’s disease.

If you wish to read the history of what I consider pertinent, that led to my advocacy concerning Alzheimer’s, type “msmw” without the quotation marks, in the search box, and the posts will appear in reverse-chronological order.

Lifelong attitude about my weight loss . . .

On March 28th of 2001, I decided to lose some of my 270 plus pounds. The motivation was strong. The total weight loss was 118 pounds.

Subconsciously, I must have decided to never look back, or go back. My weight this morning was 158 pounds.

Total miles on feet in 2019 . . . approximately

2019 was a year of change and scrambling for me. The stuff I counted had went from “miles on feet while exercising,” to miles and steps all day long. The anchor is the 10,000 steps per day. It’s not a goal, but is what I shoot for.

This photo was taken at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia

In 2019, according to the Samsung Health application on my phone, my total miles on feet were approximately 2035 miles. There were times, but not a lot, that my phone was not with me.

According to some, the average American takes approximately 3500 to 4000 steps per day. My average in 2019 was 11,054 steps daily.

My hope is that concerning myself with this stuff will keep me living longer and in as good of health as is possible.

Do we have limitations?

Yeah, probably so, but, in my opinion, maybe if we begin as if there are none, our willpower, and other stuff, will make it harder to find those limits.

If a person tells me they have no limits, I tend to believe them.

My average steps with no planned exercise . . .

For several days my step count while exercising were kept separate from my total steps. My pedometer is on me most of my waking moments.

Without exercise, my average steps per day are approximately 3700. 10,000 total is what I shoot for, but sometimes have to settle for 7500.

My situation – the guts of it

On January 24th, 2016, I became a caregiver for my then 87 year old mom. She needed one and my only sibling, a brother, passed away in 2005. The responsibility came to me. My sister in law and nephew have helped every time I have asked for assistance. I don’t ask for help any more than I do because they have their lives to live. When I leave mom in their hands, I know she’s safe. I’ve been here almost 91% of the time. Her husband passed away March 12th, 2016. Mom’s house, upon her passing will be here for me to live in until I die, and then ownership will go to my brothers son. Recently when I was advised to become her power of attorney, I found out she had already appointed one, a few years back, my sister in law. Mom was of sound mind and body when she appointed a power of attorney and when she had the attorney draw up the papers concerning the house. Both of those situations are of no concern to me. Being here is my responsibility, my choice, my decision and the help I receive, is much appreciated. I do not enjoy the task, but it is my task to do. I feel like mom has as good a life as is possible. This is not at all what I thought I would be doing at age 69. I live here rent free, pay no bills, other than what I purchase out of the ordinary, such as shoes, clothing etc . . . I leave her alone occasionally, during the day and it always works out, but if I am here, she exhibits the need for me regularly. This is the hardest job I have ever had, mentally, emotionally. It’s adversely affecting my health, but I am working hard to remain fit. Most days, I wake up hopeful, but not every day. Regardless of how I feel, the job is getting done. Mom is safe and enjoys much. I pray daily concerning this. I wish I had my life back, and I wish mom was healthier, both cognitively and physically, but that’s not the reality. This is tough stuff. I love mom very much and I love life.

It fills good to get these words in print.

Reinventing ourselves

On social media, I see those words often, in one form or another. I’ve used the words “a new beginning,” many times.

To me it’s good stuff when we take a long hard look at ourselves, be proud of our growth and our “try,” but want to be even better.

My plans are to greet each day with a smile, set sail and head towards my destination, knowing the weather, so to speak, may change any minute. If it does, take it into account, adjust the sails, if need be, and keep sailing, keep moving. Maybe today will be a new beginning for me.