Meandering through the synapses

I’ve thought about doing a WordPress blog for sometime, but didn’t actually get around to it until looking through some blogs today which are based on WordPress platforms.  At this stage, not much of a goal beyond a personal journal of exploration.

I start from the perspective that we all have something to share and some of it may be of interest to others or may end up being therapeutic, cathartic or just simple entertainment or all three rolled into one!  (Let me tell you about my psychoses!)

I’ve long been interested in writing and did it professionally for a while in the news business.  I’ve always maintained a link to writing and now belong to a couple of writers’ groups and hope to expand my involvement in those very soon.  Presently, I work as a manager in the non-profit sector with a small agency that like every other non-profit is facing funding issues.  I used to be involved in a lot of volunteer, community organizations, but in the last few years, I’ve retreated some.  Some of that is due to health and some of it is due to burnout.  I come home at the end of the day and close the door.

I start writing this at an interesting point in my life.  I turned 63 in March and have decided that this is the year I am going to retire from full time work – 166 days from today actually.  (I put a countdown timer on another page I maintain).  So, you can see it’s a time of some mixed feelings – anticipation of not having to get up in the morning to go to work, thinking that this is “the last time” I will do such and such, wondering what it will be like to be a man of leisure but perhaps most importantly wondering if I can afford it.  So many things going on in the brain synapses.  I have reasonable hope that it will all work out in the end.

Physical health is an issue that is on my mind a lot.  I have several things going on including chronic diabetic kidney disease.  My kidneys have been functioning at about 20% for a couple of years now.  So far, I’ve been lucky and haven’t had a lot of effect from the poor kidney function, but I have reason to believe that it’s just a matter of time.  Obesity is a major problem with a BMI of 38.5  A bit of osteoarthritis and the knees are taking a beating so I’m slowly getting to a point where I’m starting to lose a bit of weight.  Having been fat all my life, that is a challenge.  I’ve been reading a lot of inspirational stories on the internet and those are helping.  Fat Man Burning is a good site (http://fatburningman.com)  I just bought Abel James’ book and am starting to read through that.

For anyone’s who interested, I found a couple of decent free tools online to help with the weight management struggle.  The first is https://www.myfitnesspal.com/  If you haven’t checked out their database, it’s worth a look.  I log in the food I eat each day and record my daily weight.  The second tool is https://www.fatsecret.com/  I use that mainly as a daily diary for weight recording.  What I like about them is that they have apps which work on my Samsung phone,so I can input the information regardless of where I’m located.

Enough for now.

From time to time, I’ll suggest blogs that I think you might find an interesting read.  I’ve recently become aware of Renude Pride, a blog written by Roger – a gay nudist – who posts some great thoughtful material.  I’d suggest that you  visit his blog and read some of his posts.

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