I enjoy being an advocate for people with disabilities. I am not afraid to speak my mind. I have a voice and I like to use it. I take pride in being able to help others. Whether it is helping a newly injured patient, or just offering my email or phone number to someone who needs to talk.
As the year comes to an end it is time to reflect on this past year and set some goals for the new year. I’m looking forward to what the new year is going to bring for all of us. I hope it is only good things.
2012 wasn’t that exciting of a year for me. Work and working out is keeping me busy, which I like. I didn’t attend too many concerts or football games - rare for me in a year. I’m hoping for more concerts next year. Football season is still going on and my Dallas Cowboys still have a chance. I am hoping we go into the new year with a trip to the playoffs. I am hoping I am not broken hearted going into the new year with a loss and no trip to the playoffs.
I lost my grandma on December 14th. She went peacefully at home; that was her wish and that of everyone who loved her. She was a strong German woman who lived with MS for almost 50 years and almost lived to be 90 years old. She will be missed.
My weight loss journey continues, but it’s been coming off so very slowly. With the holidays I have kind of fallen off the wagon, but am going to be back on it. I’m also looking at discontinuing Weight Watchers and doing it on my own. I am just not getting what I need out of the Weight Watchers meetings and would like to save that $40 a month and put it toward something else or save it for a rainy day.
The FES bike is going great. Since my last update on the bike I have now improved to 500% increase since I started. My physical therapist ran my numbers and at that time I had logged over 830 miles. That’s pretty impressive. I don’t know too many people that can say they have done that. I am still off baclofen and I don’t miss it one bit. I do believe the FES bike keeps my spasms to a minimum. I can tell that my muscle tone is a lot stronger then it was when I started out in the gym in March. I’m eager to see where this FES bike can take me in my journey.
I have three fitness goals for 2013. One is to get standing and the other is to get back in the pool. My pressure sores on my feet were doing really well and then all of a sudden took a turn for the worse. Lucky for me my new chair is in and they are customizing a footplate for me that will rotate so I can adjust it to the pressure based on how my feet sit on the chair. I haven’t stood in a long time and every time I have I have I passed out. I am going to try a tilt table in the new year and see if we can slowly work my way up to standing in that and work my way into a standing frame. From what I am hearing of the tilt table, this is my best case scenario. Wish me luck. And the last goal is to be skinnier than I am now. I plan on setting smaller goals. Hopefully, that helps in getting the weight off for good.
I celebrated 9 years in remission with my Lupus. I am looking forward to hitting that 10 year mark next year. I have never felt better and so far there are still no signs of it. I hope it stays that way for a very long time.
I have a few friends getting married in 2013 and I bummed I didn’t find anyone in 2012. I’m looking forward to all the weddings and seeing my friends enter a new chapter in their lives. Maybe 2013 will be the year for love for Kristi. Lets hope.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and got everything they hoped for in 2012. Here is to a very a great 2013. Happy New Year Everyone!
© 2013 Kristina Allen