Good morning... Well, as you can see, I made it back from my trip up north. Please accept my apologies for missing last week's weigh in. As I noted in my last post, 2 weeks ago, it wasn't a scheduled trip, since my mother-in-law had passed away. Those trips are never easy, but necessary just the same.
Of course, the first few days were spent on funeral arrangements, getting through the funeral, etc. My mother-in-law was 95 yrs old and had lived in the same community for most of her life, so everyone knew her and many came to pay tribute. We've been gone from the area for 26 years so I guess if there's ever anything good about at times like that, it's getting to see family and friends one hasn't seen in many years.
Once the funeral was over, we began the task of cleaning out the home my mother-in-law had spent the majority of her life in (something like 75 yrs). The past few years had been spent in a nursing home, but nothing had been done in the house she'd lived in... She hated to throw anything away ("we might need that tomorrow, you know"), so there was no shortage of "stuff" to be gotten rid of. We spent about 4 days going through things (3 story house) and deciding what to donate or discard and what could be kept to be sold. Aside from things to be sold, we got it down to a few piles of old family things that my sister-in-law wanted to go through. She thought some should be kept in the family, though I don't know who would want them; other things she wanted to donate to the local museum, etc. We left her to it and came home.
We were there for 10 days and I can't believe how horrible the weather was nearly the whole time we were there - cold and rainy. Only a couple of days was it decent - by that I mean above 50° and sunny. lol Of course, we'd left 90° and sunny so we even though we'd checked the forecasts before we left, we weren't prepared. We also didn't realize that we were going to need so many grubby clothes for the cleaning expedition we embarked on - mainly because we didn't know we were actually going to be doing it. We'd each taken only one pair of jeans and one long sleeved shirt - fortunately, the hotel at which we stayed had laundry facilities and they placed us right across the hall from it so we could wash our grubby clothes every evening and wear them again the next day. As you can imagine, all the other clothes we took stayed in the suitcases and took up space!! Had we only known, we could have traveled with only carry on bags and our funeral outfits, plus the grubbies... Oh well. :-)
So - weight-wise, I gained 2 lbs. Both, my husband and his brother exist on pizza and hamburgers, with chips or French fries. I went along with that for a couple of days, but eventually had to get other food because my stomach began to rebel. My husband and I went to the store and bought a large beef roast, with veggies and I cooked that up, with salad. Everyone there appreciated that - it seems that I wasn't the only one running into trouble with the pizza and burgers!! Fortunately, I bought plenty of salad fixin's so those of us that wanted to were able to eat salads for a couple of days. Also on our last night there, my husband, his brother and myself went out for a nice dinner, and I was able to get a good salad. Of course, by then, the damage was done - I'd picked up that 2 lbs, but hopefully, I'll be able to lose it.
There was no shortage of exercise - up and down stairs, lots of walking, kneeling in front of cupboards, etc but it wasn't "exercise" type walking, kneeling, etc so I'm trying to get back into that, as well. It's been horribly hot here so getting out to actually go for a walk is almost too much, unless it's done before daylight because when it's dark is the only time it's cool enough. Anyway, no excuses - it's got to be done.
I've had quite a bit of swelling in my feet since we got back into the heat so that's not helping. My cardiologist took me off my fluid medication as they thought it was causing me to have the cramps in my feet/legs... I'm sure it wasn't that because I've been off the med now for nearly 3 weeks and I'm still having the cramps.
So that's my story - I've got 2 lbs to try to get rid of over the next week, just to get back where I was. Then I can resume my efforts trying to lose more from there.
I hope you were able to meet your goals. Tell us about it.
~~Wishing everyone a wonderful, successful week~~