Striving: Thanks for the tip. In the past, when I've felt tired and lacking energy, I've always eaten something! Usually something high in calories and carbs, too! Which, in hindsight, might have been the worst thing to do! Now, that I am being careful with my diet, I have to find alternate means of getting energized.
Environment: Cleared off the table in the family room yesterday evening. This is our landing pad/launch pad and turns into a clutter magnet in no time at all. And when it gets piled up with stuff, I get the feeling that the whole house is cluttered. But when it is cleared (or at least, the stuff is stacked in neat piles) I feel that order has been restored. What seemed like a huge pile of papers/mail was reduced to a small stack of things to be filed - MUCH more manageable.
The gardener came back after being off for 2 weeks and started pruning the rose bushes and weeding, etc. So, the garden is starting to look cared for, once again, as well.
Health: Really trying to eat a more healthy diet, in light of the recently diagnosed diabetes. Cutting down (not eliminating) on the carbs and portion sizes, trying to incorporate more whole grains and vegetables (I already eat plenty of fruit), trying to make wise food choices, and trying to drink plenty of water. Taking my medications; testing my blood sugar.
I seem to have lost 5 lbs. since Dec. 23; I was told that if I lost 10% of my body weight (= 18 lbs.), I'd start to see some real medical benefits. My goal is to lose 20 lbs (just 2 lbs. more than 10% of my body weight) by June. Ultimately, I'd like to lose 60 lbs. That would put me at the upper end of the ideal weight for my height.
Finances: Last week, I went shopping and bought 5 blouses and a pair of pants for $19.80, total.
The pair of pants (originally priced: $19.99) was on sale for $2.10 as was one of the blouses (originally priced $11.99); 3 other blouses were priced $3.60 and the last blouse, a short-sleeved knitted top, originally priced at $29.99, was on sale for $4.80. Each of the items I bought will go with at least one other item already in my closet, so nothing will hang unworn. And I am pleased as punch to have been able to update my wardrobe for under $20.00!
ME-time: I'm taking the time to relax and knit in the evenings. I am making some knitted hats to send to my nieces for their children.