My “Get Up and Go” Has “Gotten Up and Gone!”

It’ been a rough weekend. In fact, it’s just been a rough couple of weeks. Since I said goodbye to Winston, nothing has been the same. To add insult to injury, Dad had a mini-stroke last wee, causing his Lewy body dementia to take a turn for the worse.

This weekend has been especially bad – it’s like everything has come to a head. I haven’t exercised in three days. I’ve eaten too much, yet very little of the right thing. I haven’t blogged. My room is a wreck, the house is a wreck and I feel totally overwhelmed.

I know that I have so much to be thankful for:

  • A good job
  • A great sister/roommate
  • Wonderful Mom and Dad
  • Good friends
  • 85-lb. weight loss
  • Two sweet cats and one really special dog

And that’s just to name a few. Still, I’m just finding it hard to get it all together.

I have no great insight here, folks. In fact, I could use some words of wisdom. How do you carry on when your “get up and go” has “gotten up and gone?”


  1. Hi, Mary Pat,

    You’ve gone through huge changes in the last year. Maybe you’re grieving not only the loss of Winston, and your Dad’s setback, but your “old self.” You have dramatically changed your appearance, which is bound to get reactions from people. For example, are friends and co-workers treating you any differently? How about in social situations with strangers? I get the impression that your attitude towards food has changed dramatically, too.

    You have been so strong for so long that now it’s time for you to allow yourself a “pity party,” but set a date for it to end; (2) take at least a long weekend and spend the time indulging yourself (not with food, however); (3) don’t be hard on yourself because you haven’t stuck 100% with your healthy diet and exercise.

    That’s what’s worked for me so I wanted to share it with you. Your example has helped Jim and me stay on our healthy program, and we are so grateful that you have been willing to share your journey. Best, Kitty and Jim

  2. I am SO WITH YOU!!!! I have been in a funk lately myself, too! I used to get up and work out ALL FIVE DAYS of the work week. Granted, I still manage 5 most weeks, but some weeks, I only do 4 days. And I’ve started eating a little less healthy. Still not unhealthy like I used to eat, and I’m still losing pretty much weekly, but my heart just doesn’t seem to be in it these days. I need to snap out of it, though, because I feel better emotionally and physically and everything else when I work out at least 5 days a week and eat healthy! So hang in there, and know that you’re not alone!

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