This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

I kept my goal for the Healthy 65 wellness challenge vague.


When in doubt – be vague.

But what does this goal even mean, strength?

Staring down 2016 I feel more confused than ever about my fitness goals.

Over the weekend, I took this confusion to Google. Google took me to YouTube, where I found just what I needed:

I found a channel called Fitness Blender.



I liked the videos I found there, which are mostly short and focused on fitness areas I wanted to improve upon, like strength training, high intensity intervals and yoga. There is no terrible music, just cues from the instructor. I blasted my own tunes from my iPhone. It was Aesop Rock O’clock. Did I just writet that?

I next fell into a Fitness Blender worm hole and emerged only after throwing down $14.99 for the site’s “8-week Fat Loss for Busy People: Lose weight, tone up and build strength” program.

#Righton. It had me at “fat loss for busy people.”

Surely, I could do a half hour, six days a week for eight weeks and melt off a little holiday fluff, no?

Saturday marked my first day on the program, and it entailed an assessment *that doesn’t include getting on a scale.*


Instead, it asks you measure how many push-ups you can do until you tire, how fast you can run a mile – stuff like that, there are four or five measurements, and I still have to do a timed mile.

Monday I had my regular weights class and I skipped the video, not wanting to over-do it.

Tuesday night-just three days in- I faced my first major obstacle.

I was freakin’ exhausted!

My day starts at 5 a.m., and I had been too busy to fit in a workout before 6:30 p.m., at which time my son needed to do daily physical therapy for cystic fibrosis and somebody needed to do the dishes.

I luckily have a supportive, helpful spouse. He did the dishes and hooked my son, Eli, up to a shaking vest for his nightly half-hour session.

I switched on our neutralizing beam, ie, the TV, for our children. Thank you, Netflix.

Luckily, Tuesday’s planned Fitness Blender workout was, by design, an easy cardio session.

My draggin’ ass half-assed it like no workout before.

Laila snapped out of her TV trance to come and “spy on me,” as she put it.

I completed the half-hour easy cardio vid, and buoyed by her presence, did the 10-minute abs video.

She did the abs with me.

“This is fun, mommy!” she said as we rolled on the floor, kicked our legs and did planks.

“Well I’m glad somebody thinks so!”I said.

I *hope* I can complete this program. That’s my goal, not my promise.

We’ll see how it goes.

For no reason, here is Eli’s tum. I love that little bowl full of jelly!

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I’m in the midst of the Healthy 65. It’s a 65-day wellness challenge.

Sign up for the Healthy 65 newsletter.

Participants are encouraged to pick a simple goal and keep it up from Nov. 30, 2015 through Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.

Share your healthy effort by using the hashtag #healthy65 on Twitter or Instagram.

Make sure to look for Healthy 65 posts on, too, in a special spot on the sidebar at the right side of the page.

What will your goal be?

Mine is strength – physical and mental. Translation: weights and yoga.

I started the Healthy 65 to help her son Eli stay well. He has a chronic and life-threatening lung illness called cystic fibrosis. Children have a hard time pronouncing the disease and sometimes call it “65 roses.” This blog documents my family’s experiences raising a child with CF.



















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