Bump in the road
Monday, August 26, 2019
We're an elderly couple who've had smooth sailing for quite some time...blue skies and ocean spray, sails taut against gentle breezes...and so on and so forth. On the horizon, unbeknown to us, was a squall of no small magnitude - enough to knock us flat (weight-loss-wise). Yes...our refrigerator died. The compressor still ran as usual, but delivered no cooling effect. Dead. Twenty-two cubic feet of refrigerator with bottom freezer, fifteen years old and...dead. We really should have expected this, but 3 days later as the internal temperature of the fridge gradually ramped up to 73F, we were still vacillating between; "How can this be?" and "Now what?".
In the meanwhile, hubby picked up a virus of sorts that laid him flat in bed. I got the coolers down from the loft. There were three, but one was soft-sided and all were on the smallish side. This turned out to be somewhat like being on a skateboard without a helmet, knee and elbow pads and hitting a bump in the road. You know you're going over and your last thought before hitting the ground is "How bad will this be?" Well...long story short, the coolers were too small and too few, the ice I got was too big, the soft-sided cooler leaked all over the floor, the weather turned hot and we lost a lot of food. Frozen fruit was salvaged from the freezer, now being turned into reduced-sugar jam. The name of this jam is "Summer Wonder". There was some terrific exercise through it all...weight lifting...many hours it seemed.
The meals turned into take-out (Wor-Won-ton soup for the sick hubby which I also enjoyed). And fresh fruit in a bowl in the kitchen And nuts. And avocado. We actually fared quite well using some of the many Spark tips I've gained on SparkPeople. It was impossible to track our food and exercise for the one and a half weeks without a refrigerator as there was simply too much going on and no time to plan. So, we ate moderately and he rested to get better and I kept up with the cooler-hauling. Neither of us gained weight. We both feel a bit tired out.
We got a brand-new refrigerator on Saturday; more wonderful than the last one which was well-loved and we're back to tracking our nutrition and exercise. Take-home lesson: there are going to be bumps in the road so let's plan for them! Lets be flexible and adapt to whatever life throws in our path. When the going gets tough...let's remember to have a good laugh about it!