Dear Readers, I’ve been struggling with binging on food at night. Anything can trigger me, especially salty foods. Sometimes I even hide food from Mr. UT. I wake up feeling bad. I have had struggles with binge eating ever since I had hyper thyroid disease in college. Most people lose weight with this disease, as … Continue reading The Softer Side
Dear Readers, Yes, sometimes I do worry. I worry about my country. I worry about the hate I see. I worry about the greed. I worry about Mr. UT dying. I worry about the fate of the planet, our beautiful and only home. I worry about my family. I worry about abused children and animals. … Continue reading Sometimes I Worry
Dear Readers, I am not sure if it's the changes of seasons, with lower levels of light, or a late summer cold, but I have been having feelings of uneasiness. A bit of sadness, mixed with a bit of anxiety, I think. I can't put my finger on it, but it is bothering me bit. … Continue reading A Bit of Uneasiness
My brother took us to Shoshone Falls in Idaho!Dear Readers,Life is unpredictable.Sometimes it feels like a tornado, other times a gentle wave.Of course, drinking to cope didn't work so well. All that did was make new problems!So those of us in recovery have to learn new ways to live life.When things seem scary or chaotic, I have learned some new … Continue reading New Ways to Cope
Dear Readers,I lost my hearing, slowly over time. For awhile, hearing aids helped, but when I was around 58, my hearing diminished to the point where they did not help anymore.This was a struggle, not only with teaching, but hearing in any sort of group setting.After I retired, I took a leap of faith and had a cochlear implant … Continue reading Can I Hear You Now?
Dear Readers,My body just doesn't want to give me a break.I have been struggling with breathing issues, which over the last 6 months have gotten worse.I can't catch my breath if I do anything physical, even sometimes just doing the laundry is really hard.The last time I played golf with a friend, I was gasping for air.My primary doctor said … Continue reading Broken Body
Dear Readers,It's finally partly sunny here, after many days of rain.Or maybe it's partly cloudy.I never can understand the difference between those two weather phrases.I think life is like that.It's part sun and part clouds.Sometimes it's raining, and sometimes it's not.Like the weather, it's unpredictable.I am working hard to challenge myself on my thinking that I am a victim … Continue reading Life Is Not Fair
Blue Sky on our HikeDear Readers,Today I have been sober for 16 months!Yay! The sky is so blue today!The prettiest blue ever!I LOVE blue!(Blue is my favorite color, in case you didn't guess!)Hubs and I went for a walk Saturday, in a park close to our house. There is a creek that flows even in winter. … Continue reading Blue Skies on 16 Months!
Dear Readers, So many people struggle with trying to stop drinking. I was one of them. It took me several years to first come to the acceptance I had to stop, and then trying to stop. This was not easy. Below is my story. It might be similar to your story. I am sharing it … Continue reading Why Did I Stop Drinking
Dear Readers,I read a quote on FB this morning.It spoke to me loud and clear."Nostalgia is a liar."Yes, it is. If I get the longing for the "good old days" when it comes to drinking, and really think through them?Well, there were only a few years of the "good".Why is it so hard to divorce oneself from … Continue reading 4 Months or 120 Days