Category Archives: Across The Land

Improving is better than not improving . . .

No perfection here and I am not much for extreme detail. An example . . .

My decision to lose weight resulted in the loss of 118 pounds. No doctors or medications were involved. It was a calorie restriction diet along with light resistance and aerobic exercise.

I wasn’t perfect with any of it. 100 pounds dropped off in 11 months and the other 18 came slow after that.

Was I eating healthy food with every bite? Did I do every movement of the exercise with precision? Did I eat, every once in awhile, unhealthy food? Did I skip a workout here and there? The answer is no to the first two questions and yes to the last two.

No rewriting history here. That’s how part of my transformation went.

It seems to be part of my personality that if I shoot to be perfect or highly detailed, on some stuff, I quit.

To this day, my eating and exercise, are done the same way as before. No perfection here.


He would want me to get up and Keep Moving

My time spent exercising has been off a little for the last four days, on the short side.

It’s my responsibility to do what needs doing, and no one else’s. On November 3rd, 2015 a friend of mine passed away. That was four years ago. Did that have an affect on me this week? Maybe it did but no, that shouldn’t happen.

It makes me feel stronger to think of him watching me and believing that he would want me to get back up and Keep Moving.

Tomorrow is a new day. Time to get back to work.

Tyler is missed . . .

Invictus . . . an important piece of work to a lot of people

2 comments made to me this week . . .

Most of my miles are jogging, some walking.

Twice this week, people slowed and told me stuff . . .

First young man . . . “Don’t ever stop running sir

Second young man . . . “You’re like the mailman, nothing stops you” (it was raining)

Tears came to my eyes as I typed those words. I appreciate the encouragement . . .

November 10th 2019 – Sunday

My sister in law picked mom up Friday morning and they will be home today or tomorrow. So it’s me and Dash the dog.

Wow, the weather has gotten much cooler. I don’t enjoy starting off my jogging in cold weather.

Mom and I are looking forward to reading from this book.

No matter what occurs, the old guy continues on. Persistence and moderation are important to me. Putting much thought into what I am persistent about is extremely important. Moderation allows me to keep other areas of my life going.

November 7th 2019 – Thursday

The past several days have found me continuing my caregiving duties and working to remain fit and productive.

In the month of October, I was on foot approximately 215 miles. Tomorrow will be the beginning of me tracking my time on my stationary bicycle.

The Charity Miles application continues to play an important role in my life. My two charities of choice are the Alzheimer’s Association and the Special Olympics.

Mom’s short term memory seems to be failing. According to some literature, the possibility is that some of her moments are not being stored, thus not being retrievable.

Great strides have been made in my caregiving abilities and although tough duty sometimes, I can’t imagine not being here.

Biogen has decided to ask for FDA approval for aducanumab. That’s the drug they had first deemed a failure.

Big news in Columbia with the family that all get early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Life is Good . . .

About National Family Caregivers month

Walking – from the Mayo Clinic #ENDALZ

“Walking is a gentle, low-impact cardio exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health”

The link below will take you to the article, the paragraph above came from.

Still Alice #ENDALZ

Lisa Genova wrote a book and it became a movie.

This, in my opinion, is a great movie. This morning, it came to mind and I watched it again. When she gave a speech, in the movie, at the Alzheimer’s Association, to me, that was an emotional time.

Because of viewing it this morning, I messaged a friend in Texas to see how her 50 something year old husband is living with his early onset Alzheimer’s. She said he is physically well.

Alzheimer’s and hearing #ENDALZ

I am not a scientist or a doctor, but I have gut feelings based on spending many hours with Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers.

Hearing loss may emulate Alzheimer’s disease. People may pretend like they can hear others, for whatever reason. If they didn’t really hear, it was not committed to memory. When brought up later under circumstances when they can hear, they will provide say they do not remember such.