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Hello 2021 - Good riddance 2020 !

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Happy New Year, bye-bye 2020 and hello 2021 ! Don't know about you but I sincerely hope that 2021 bring us all more health. And this pandemic ends; while I know we likely not have any normalcy until 2022. But at least to be able to see our families, especially my Mother who will be 79 in August. She is immuno-suppressed, not being able to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren is breaking her heart. Also she has lost friends to COVID.

Family: Last March, right before we were shutdown my eldest daughter broke her foot. Of course, she eventually lost her job working in retail because of COVID. It turned out very positive for her. She has gone back to College, she just finished her first semester on the Dean's list ! Very proud of her.

My youngest daughter delivered her third baby, an another son. So the oldest will be 7 on January 29, the middle one will be 3 April 23 and the baby will be 1 on January 27. In addition, my step-daughter also gave birth. So my step-grand daughter will be 4 in June and her baby brother will be 1 on February 3. They keep us busy, let's just say.

Work: Since March 2020 I have been working from home, it was an adjustment. By August, knowing we would not return to the office I had to rearrange my office. Purchased a second work table, painted my office a very light green. Bought new curtains and decorated also. Has it been easy not; at the beginning and even at times I work 12 to 14 hours days.

Although, being at home I was able to apply for promotions. Unfortunately, did not pass one. Still awaiting the results from one in particular that I wrote an exam and my references were validated since the end of October. I am eligible for retirement on February 4th, 2021. To be honest, financially right now I cannot afford to retire and also why reduced my income by 40% when I am working from home.

One thing from work though than irked me, no honestly insulted me. A person was transfer in at the level I am competing for. I am still doing most of her work because she is lacking the experience. After 3 months you would think she would have step-up to the challenges, nope, not at all.

Workout & Weight: My gym was closed from March to June, then closed again since October. It does not look like it will reopen any time soon. At the beginning I was doing the Zoom classes, the first time I borrowed an AirDyne bike but the second time around I did not bother. Also the schedule did not fit since my husband is a night worker I have to be my workouts by 07:00 in the morning. Anyhow, for Christmas I requested a 25 pound Kettlebell, a 15 Slam ball and wireless headphones. I write-up my workouts several days in advance. I am moving my body at least 5 to 6 days a week.

Weight: If you have followed me in 2016 - 2017 I had managed to lose 33 pounds and maintained for a year and a half. Slowly, the weight came back on with a vengeance. Being in menopause didn't help, lots of stress as well. Each year I was gaining weight, so basically my weight went from 177 to recently 213 !!! When I hit over 200 again, I was crying. I also nursed two separate injuries, just recently I was diagnosed with inflammation on the top of my left foot. It seems to be arthritis. As for my weight gain, bloodwork revealed nothing everything is normal.

My Doctor who is a researcher, consulted with a BMI specialist. I have put on medication since November 12. I have lost almost 10 pounds ! Which is huge for me; so I hope 2021 will be more motivating for me.

I am leaving you with this photo of my husband & I at my niece's wedding (September 2017); we rarely take selfies and this one captures that throughout 2020 we kept laughing even though we were confined. On New Year Eve's we were talking about how financially it did not affect us (he is a city worker so essential and I work for the federal government) and how all our family is healthy and safe.
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