Days Gone By And New Days To Come

by Sherry Riter in Hope,Sherry

goodbye 2012 hello 2013

I’ll tell you where I’ve been for the last three days, but first let’s do the New Year thing since today is the LAST day of 2012. A year ago around this time, I was breathless and unable to speak. Boy how things change in just one year.

Let’s see if I can give a few high and low points of the past year.

The Joys And Sorrows Of 2012

2012 was the last year of my forties and definitely one that will not be forgotten…

Up to this point, I had shared many, many delicious recipes such as:

That was, of course, before I learned that the reason for my increasing weight and inflammation in my body was due to a grain allergy.

hallmark lifetime crochet recipe sew sleep

Where Have I Been For 3 Days?

Obviously 2012 was filled with a lot of stuff and through it all, I had PTSD which hopefully will be gone eventually. However, my grain allergy will be with me for the rest of my life and I’m having a hard time accepting it.

I guess if I hadn’t ever really cooked a lot, it wouldn’t be so hard for me, but my life has always been woven with delicious food experiences. Not having fluffy bread, delicious cakes, buttered corn, warm oatmeal and a billion other things is not only a drastic change for me, but is really hard to avoid completely. I read labels on EVERY single thing that touches my body. Am I whining? Yeah. Will it really get me anywhere? Probably not.

Many new foods have been introduced into my meals and I’m not starving to death, but I just have an overall sadness for the food I can no longer eat unless I want to get sick and/or die. It’s a drag and somewhat scary, but eventually I will come to terms with it. Who knows, but it may help me to actually ward off many diseases that I might otherwise have succumbed.

For the past three days, I have read and read and read about food. I’ve also gathered new crochet/sewing patterns, watched the Hallmark and Lifetime Channel which have been showing Christmas shows/chick flicks around the clock, loving on Bella, sleeping A LOT because I’m really tired and cleaning/cooking as little as possible. I was also feeling very sorry for myself which I think everyone is allowed to do once in awhile especially when they are actually depressed. It feels so good to feel sorry for yourself when you’re depressed. LOL

Thinking And Moving Forward To 2013

This year I will not jinx myself with the whole exercise commitment because I don’t want to have another injury! Even though I do not have six pack abs (yet), I look and feel so much healthier. That grain allergy really kicked my butt and now that the weight literally fell off of me once I quit eating grain, I am almost back to the size I was twenty years ago. Yeah, you read that correctly. TWENTY years ago BEFORE I had Alyssa. Amazing, huh?

So 2013 presents 365 days to accomplish a few goals. This is my plan…

  • See the end to at least most of my PTSD problems.
  • Hone my body into an all around healthier condition and quite possibly get those abs I’ve always wanted to possess.
  • Learn how to make an absolutely awesome bread without using grain flour. By the way, most recipes that are grain free lack a delicious taste and some actually are not edible. This is one of those things that you really should just believe and not experience. 😉
  • Steadily work on my book about PTSD. I would really be happy if it were finished by the end of the year.
  • Finish my eBook which is already 100 pages. Nope. I’m not telling you what it is about until I’m finished, but I think you will be quite surprised! I don’t have that much left on it, so I really just need to buckle down and finish it.
  • Get my homemade Christmas gifts finished by the end of October like I used to do many years ago.
  • Learn to accept the things I can’t change.
  • Blog, blog and blog.

I think that’s enough of a list. No need to overwhelm myself before I even get started! Besides, the PTSD wellness plan, grain free cooking and accepting change are really three very, very, very hard things to do.

In summary, 2012 has not been a good year for me in many areas of my life, however, I’m still alive. As long as I keep breathing there is hope for a brighter tomorrow filled with love, laughter and abundant happiness. Don’t you agree?

Learn from yesterday,
live for today,
hope for tomorrow.”

~Albert Einstein~

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D December 31, 2012 at 1:41 am

Sherry – I’m very glad that you’re alive, & hope this will be a good year for you!!!

{{{huggssss}}} 🙂


2 Sherry Riter December 31, 2012 at 1:44 am

Thanks Skip and likewise to you! 😀


3 teresa vett December 31, 2012 at 2:58 am

Good blog, let the old year go, and send it on its way. A new year with much promise and not free of trials, but we can do it as Gus Gus said on Cinderella, lol. Mama loves you, very proud of you and all you do.


4 Sherry Riter December 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Thanks. I love you too.


5 Lisa December 31, 2012 at 5:01 am

Wow, you have had quite the year. Congratulations on the weight loss, I hope I can do that for 2013. It must be hard to avoid those foods, those are my traps 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful 2013 and accomplish all you have set out to do 🙂


6 Sherry Riter December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It is hard to avoid grain because it is in sooooooooooooooo many things!!! My mother is enjoying all my lotions because they ALL had either corn oil, wheat germ oil or avocado oil in them! Oh well! LOL If you want to lose weight, go grain free and I guarantee the weight will fall off of you. 😀


7 Jerel Gall December 31, 2012 at 5:12 am

Thank you, Sherry, for helping me during my 100,000 mile journey this year. It is a delight to experience the things you share…and to witness your courage in doing so. Have a Happy New Year!


8 Sherry Riter December 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Thank you Jerel. 🙂 Happy New Year!


9 Teresha December 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Happy New Year to the hardest working blogger I know! I wish you joy and happiness, but above all this I wish you LOOOOVE!


10 Sherry Riter December 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

And I-I-I-I-I-I-I will always love you-u-u-u-u-u-u! 😉 Happy New Year Teresha to you and your absolutely beautiful family!


11 Young Werther January 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Good on ya for ‘coming out’ and revealing a photo on the blog header…
Me, still a chicken and a pic would drive my two readers away!


12 Sherry Riter January 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

It was very hard to give in with the face in the header! My daughter and best friend just wouldn’t hear of my looking down anymore, so I really had no choice except to buckle under pressure. LOL

Yeah, I figured out that you were in the header because I’ve never known a talking and writing tree. 😉


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