Thursday, March 05, 2009
Even though I've had my share of physical problems, March has started out great. I've decided that having occasional physical drawbacks isn't the end of the world. If you look for the silver lining in whatever clouds your day, you not only have a perfect growth opportunity, but staying positive actually can make you feel better both physically as well as emotionally. Today as I stood out on our front steps, I looked around and I saw beautiful flowers, a blue sky without any clouds and I felt the warm sun and cool breeze caress my face. A sense of peace washed over me and this simple moment awed me. It was a scene I had witnessed many times before but hadn't stopped to really look at because I was so distracted by life's hustles and bustles. There is beauty all around us; sometimes it hides in a smile, a supportive comment on a blog, in a hug or in a gesture of good will by family, a friend or a stranger. In this day of nasty politics, poor economy, tight money and unemployment it is easy to get caught up in it all, become stressed out and negative. We've all read articles about what stress can do to our physical and emotional states - most of it impacts us negatively. But what would happen if we started to look for the positive that might be hiding within the negative? Could that change us in such a way that we could feel better about our situations and life experiences? I think it could. I took a look at where I was eight months ago and where I am today. I could easily have given in to all of the trials and tribulations that have wreaked havoc in my life during this time period. Sometimes the temptation was very strong. But then I decided that there were lessons to be learned, deaths to be grieved, bones to be healed and life would still go on. I've watched others get dragged down by negative thinking and I realized just how often I was giving them pep talks. I would say that life is too short to waste on negatives. There are no "do overs" in life so why not make the most of it. Since I decided to take my own advice, I've learned a lot. I'm much less stressed and I'm starting to actually like me. I'm accepting myself the way I am - the total me - mind, body and soul. And you know what? I'm not half bad! So, look for that silver lining, see the beauty that surrounds you every day and accentuate the positives. I'm much happier when I do and the people around me may see a little ray of hope peaking through. You never know how many lives you touch by offering a positive comment, a smile and a glimmer of a hopeful future.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today I was able to take two walks (.7 mi. on each walk). I did a big rest period between the two and will continue to take it easy for the next 4 weeks. I'm feeling so good that reigning myself in will be a challenge, but I am determined not to do anything that will hurt my foot and land me back in that boot! Hubby took me out to breakfast this morning. I was surprised at how easily I could make good food choices. I had 2 eggbeaters with sliced tomato and onion, sprinkled with about a tablespoon of grated cheddar cheese, half a cup of unsweetened applesauce and a toasted bagel. I should have stopped eating at half the bagel but for whatever reason, I ate the whole thing with a little jelly. Next time, I'll just eat half. I'm a work in progress. I don't have to be perfect - this was just a little slip up - so I have forgiven myself and I'll just make a better choice next time. So far it has been a great day.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Today I went to water aerobics class. I have eagerly awaited this day for 7-8 weeks - since I first injured my right foot. First, I warmed up with an 11 minute ride on the stationary bike. Then I got into the water. I was able to do a 50 minute class by modifying a lot of the exercises. If the exercises called for jumping around I marched in place or did the movement by treading water. I don't want to go jumping around too soon and damage my tendons, ligaments and muscles, which have been in a boot for 5 weeks. Doing the routines like I was in deep water kept my feet off the bottom and prevented me from bouncing. I wore water shoes that have thick sole and padding inside. It felt so good to be back in the water. I'm tired but happy.
Have a great weekend friends!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Today was the dreaded trip to the vet. I dreaded the trip because of the cost (the little stuff they do really adds up) and the trauma to my fur babies. The vet is a really nice, caring guy and the dogs seem to like him. He takes the time to pet them and talk to them every time they see him. They used to be really upset when we pulled the car into the parking lot but now I hold them while they get shots, blood work, anals, toenails etc. so they seem to do a little better. When Tiberius (our male) was being examined and worked on he protested loudly but just leaned against me. Unfortunately, the vet tech took Traci to the other room (to weigh her, draw blood and clip her toenails), and she got very scared. She hates getting her toenails clipped and having blood work. I held her and put her on the table for the vet when she came back. When the vet tried to examine her, she tried to crawl inside my jacket to get away from being touched any further. Poor baby! When she couldn't get into my jacket (I still had it zipped up) she put her little head under my arm and buried her head. Of course when it was all over and the treats were being passed out, she was her usual happy self and made short work of her doggie treat. Now that we're home, Ti and Traci are taking a nap and the house is so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. I think they're so exhausted from their morning out that they need the sleep and they didn't even get their shots today!
They are scheduled for that in June. It's time for some snuggles with my K-9 children I think.
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