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A Little Focus Changed a Lot

I am finally getting my feet back on the ground. We had a warm winter weekend and I got in three runs! 4 miles, 5 miles and 2 miles. It is not the 15 miles which my marathon training plan called for, but I ran.

I am running the London Marathon in April and I am trying to talk my body into getting the miles up.

I had a good food and weight week as well. I lost almost 3 pounds! I logged every day - well, I think I did. I had some challenges with the take-out food which I ate with a friend, as well as having dinner with friends.

The non-alcoholic beer is a calorie waster.

I counted it as water. ;) not really. I learned that you can't control your environment all the time, so I don't take cheat days. I planned for the indulgences by skipping snacks and enjoyed myself.

If all goes well, I will be in onederland by the end of April.

As much as I miss my mother-in-law, I don't miss driving 10 hours every weekend. I have had some time to reflect, relax, remember, and finally take down the Christmas tree.

My mother once said that leaving your tree up past New Years Day was a sign of mental illness.

I won't say that, but it did stress me out a bit that I couldn't keep my house in order. None the less, I wouldn't trade those memories with Carol for anything. During this time I received a lot of nice IMs and messages. Thank you! 

Spending time with a dying person tends to put your priorities in a better place. You don't worry about a lot of things.

I think we forgot to pay a bill on time. I'll be damned, they just sent another one. Besides, I like red ink better than black ink. This past weekend we had some time to unpack from when we moved in.

I like to be organized. It makes me feel more peaceful.

Of course there are my ongoing health concerns. They also took a backseat to life. Here is an update on all that. I skipped my melanoma skin check. It's expensive and a couple of months won't matter that much. I am in for a prostate biopsy in May, so I will do the skin check at the same time. Meanwhile my PSA is down which is good! I had to stop taking medication which made me feel better because it causes bone density issues. I am still working my way through that maze.

For now, I am back at work in the office, spending time with family and friends, logging food and drink, running, working on my next book, and be grateful for the life I have.

Now if the NE Patriots would win the Super Bowl, life would be perfect.

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sherry0614 wrote 9 months ago:
You have an amazing life, and family and friends, except for one thing - GO EAGLES!!! :-)
dsjohndrow wrote 9 months ago:
aliciaaw wrote 9 months ago:
I have to agree with sherry0614. You have amazing life and some amazing friends. Good luck with your runs
llollapot wrote 9 months ago:
Glad things are looking up. As Brian says - always look on th bright side of life......
Leahbcc wrote 9 months ago:
Thanks for this will rethink my focus now
suttercm wrote 9 months ago:
I totally agree with the Patriots. Love me some Tom Brady!
Thehardmakesitworthit wrote 9 months ago:
Happy living! Love your writing! and boo to the Patriots! LOL
LisaPrust wrote 9 months ago:
So glad for your good news and your ability to find reflection opportunities among the hard places. Every time I read that you are going to run that marathon my brain shorts out a little--thinking of your leg break--I am AMAZED that you can physically do it! And a little jealous. In a good way! We are cheering for you my friend! Oh, and tree is still up and will be 'til Valentines. Don't tell ya muhthuh! ;-)
izzybelle2013 wrote 9 months ago:
Gee, I admired you so much. But, a Patriots fan? It will take a while to get over that. Not particularly an Eagles fan (Go Atlanta Falcons), but will root for any team that beats Tom Brady.

Love you anyway man. Glad you are so much better.
franklin505 wrote 9 months ago:
Your doing great. The London Marathon Wow.
Wysewoman53 wrote 9 months ago:
You had me until the end! Go Eagles!
runningforthetrain wrote 9 months ago:
Such an awesome post -- had me smiling and feeling good until--- Patriots! LOL Well I guess if it makes you happy, I'll find my peace with it.
juliet3455 wrote 9 months ago:
If anyone ever gives you Guff about leaving the tree up - Just tell them you are keeping it up to Honor - Respect your Greek Orthodox friends and families. Awesome - positive post as always.
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