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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wow, it has been almost a year since I last blogged. And what a year!! I started out strong in January with the Spark People Winter 5% Challenge and a Metabolic Effect Feed the Lean Challenge. I lost around 7 pounds and I was starting to heal from adrenal fatigue. Then things went crazy.

We went back to Delaware to care for my MIL who has dementia/Alzheimers, after her breast cancer surgery. After the surgery we realized she could no longer live on her own. We started the process of packing up her house and moved her to live with us the end of February.

The last 9 months have been a roller coaster. Three weeks ago, she fell out of her bed. She didn't get hurt, but things have gone downhill. She hasn't anything solid to eat for a week and barely drinks anything. This last Monday, she was admitted into in-home hospice. The nurses say she probably has 2-4 weeks at the most.

Also, during this time, my kilting business has taken off. This has been a blessing, because it was a good stress reliever to sit and sew.

I am still struggling with adrenal fatigue which makes it hard to lose weight. I am grateful for Spark People and the 5% Challenges and SparkFriends!! The challenges have helped me not to gain weight, but to really maintain, which is so unusual when I am under stress. This is the final week of the Fall 5% Challenge and the LTGL challenge is to blog. It was a good prompt for me to get back to blogging.

The Winter 5% Challenge will start in January. Here is an Invitation:

Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let's have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in January. Please click on this link to join the Challenge.
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    So sorry this has been another tough year for you!! I am so happy that your kilting business has taken off! Are there pictures on your page? Are you still quilting some? Still doing day care even with your MIL? You have always been such a busy lady!! Its no wonder your adrenals have worn out emoticon How is the natural path dr working out?
    Sorry for so many questions!! I've just missed you!! I will try to post a blog soon to update you on my crazy life!!

    Much love & emoticon
    1120 days ago
    Carrie I am so sorry you have had such a stressful year with your MILs illness-
    . My father had Alzheimer's at the end of his life so I am familiar with many of the symptoms you are describing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
    1121 days ago
  • IAMNOT61
    It is a pleasure to be on the Cloverleaf team with you. I grant you strength to get through whatever is to come.
    1122 days ago
    Carrie you are always such a positive encouragement to me when I've struggled with things and I thank you for that. 2016 has definitely been a challenging year for you, but through it you have maintained a positive outlook and kept working on taking care of yourself too. That is awesome! emoticon Let's make 2017 a great year by kicking it off with the winter challenge! emoticon
    1122 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Being a caregiver is so hard and when you see someone you love become a different person from the one you knew it is especially stressful. You have done amazing in managing to take care of yourself while caring for another. I look forward to sharing the 5% challenges with you during 2017.
    1122 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    I'm sorry you are going through this.. it must be really tough. I'm here for you! Great job in not spiking in weight with all the stress. emoticon
    1122 days ago
    This is a lot of stress. Congratulations on not gaining through all you've been through.
    1122 days ago
    Carrie, you are an inspiration. In spite of constant stress that would have sent me packing long ago, you maintain not only your weight, but more importantly your positive attitude. Praying 2017 will be a wonderful year for you. It's your turn!
    1122 days ago
    You have been taking care of yourself during this stressful time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1122 days ago
    You have been through alot. Hope all gets better for you.
    1122 days ago
    Boy you've been through the wringer but you've managed to hang onto maintenance. That's the way to do it. Thanks for the link to the next challenge. emoticon
    1122 days ago
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