when Friends Are Gone
stand When You’re All Alone
and Believe He Shall Receive His Own” (“Stand” by John P. Kee)
In continuing on my journey to better health (and yes, I still am doing this), you never know what opportunities or challenges may come your way.
Just last week, I received a phone call to see if I could be a match for a patient awaiting a bone marrow transplant. I joined the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1996 (Wow that long?). I will go through the process as explained to me…this is the opportunity to help someone else. The challenge: more time taken off from work for personal leave is closely leading me to another write-up on attendance. I admit, I’ve taken days off dealing with doctor’s appointments regarding my health and a trip to visit family in December and April (that was the last straw for them). In addition, weather conditions during the winter months did not make a good commute for me. I haven’t worked with this new organization a year yet, and I was informed in verbal and written form of excess personal hours taken. My work hours are tied into my insurance/ health & wellness benefits so I really have to be careful. However, an opportunity to help someone else is a sacrifice for me. I’m grateful that I can work because some people are not able to say that right now–especially with this economy. So as the song goes, “I decided to take a stand” and in the meantime, I’m looking for a permanent, full-time job that pays more (student loan payments are on the rise).
Last week and up until today, I managed to work out through the following: belly dancing; abs & chest; walking; house music dance; specific cardio workouts. I worked up a sweat in all of them. However, I think I need a rehab from going through drive-thru restaurants and getting those golden french fries (HELP! LOL). I know I can defeat this craving and other unhealthy foods. The weather was great today for a walk, so I managed to do so on my lunch; humidity was low and a breeze was in the air. There’s something about walking among God’s creation; being able to see and hear everything…..and get a good cardio workout!
I didn’t feel well earlier today so I took some Alleve and went to lay down. I woke up hungry so I fixed a fruit salad and doing my laundry in the process. It’s amazing what a nap does for the body.
As I continue my journey to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle, I will continue to take a stand for better health and share my story with others.
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4).