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Off to Water Exercise

Monday, March 16, 2009

At last the day has come when I can go to play/exercise in the pool. I won't be participating in water aerobics but rather splashing around on my own; trying to exercise without putting my sore foot on the bottom of the pool. I will follow it up with a shower, then home to do my on the bed weight routine and perhaps followed by a nice nap. The key here is for me to take baby steps and not hurt either my foot or my back. I'm just going to take it slow! Here I go.................

  
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AMBERROGUE 3/16/2009 4:05PM

    Good luck! I know you can do it!

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CINNIEMAY 3/16/2009 1:24PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!

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L*I*T*A* 3/16/2009 11:10AM

    best of luck...........am sure you will find the deep water end very helpful to you...................blessings and hugs.................lita

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Boundaries

Saturday, March 14, 2009

One of my goals for this week is to put into place boundaries and to do so without getting angry or frustrated with other people. This is not as easy as it sounds however. My whole life I've felt like I have to justify every decision and every emotion that I've felt or made. In the process, I've given up much of my own power to other people. I find that I wait for their approval for my decisions and feelings. What's wrong with this picture? Why do I place myself into situations where I am constantly vulnerable and living on the edge? I need to reassess my wants and needs and how I'd like to deal with certain situations. I need to be cheerful about what I can and can't do, cut out the guilt trips and take a stand from the very beginning when dealing with people who push my limits. I need to do this before I'm backed into a corner and start snarling, for my own sake as well as my overall relationships with others. If people know what to expect because I've communicated clearly, what my limits will be, many stressful situations can be avoided and some of this self created stress will resolve itself. This will help me to take care of myself and offer some degree of self protection. So, for the remainder of the month of March, I will try to set 1+ boundary per day in a very pleasant way, without feeling that I have to explain the reasons why I'm setting the boundary. I will journal my daily results and look for areas that need work and patterns that arise. Since this is a learning experience, it's okay if I mess up as long as I can look at the dynamics of the situations. I'm also going to look at how this affects my eating patterns. Am I eating to medicate myself from stress? I can certainly see how this could possibly hook into emotional and stress related eating as a result.

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 3/18/2009 2:19AM

    There is an author and a book that I love. It is called THE LANGUAGE OF LETTING GO by Melody Beattie. I love her first edition the best. She has another one with the same title but it has the word MORE added.

This book is daily transitions that you read about all we deal with in life and how to deal with it ...and a prayer for the day. One page a day.

I think you would love it and it has some wonderful pages on setting healthy boundaries.

Good for you!

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ALTHORP 3/15/2009 9:45PM

    This is really interesting...I have a hard time deciding when I should set a boundary and when I should just keep quiet and accept something. I might blog about this issue myself. Good luck with your goal!

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AMALAVITA 3/15/2009 8:21PM

    Very nice FlutterBug. You've hit the nail on the head for a lot of people, especially women. I've felt this way myself, many times. I think I've gotten better with it, but only through consistent effort. What a great idea, checking the stress concerning boundaries against eating. emoticon

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DAISYDUKES2010 3/15/2009 7:19PM

    WoW I love this !!! That is well put and I think most of us need to do this !

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L*I*T*A* 3/14/2009 11:32PM

    good for you...............it is important once you recognize these issues to practice asserting your self in order to maintain your boundaries.............with practice you will get a good handle on things and will later wonder why you were so stressed over those issues...................best of luck..........you can do this.................beleive you can.................and you will...................blessings and hugs..........lita

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CINNIEMAY 3/14/2009 11:11AM

    I think that you are on your way with figuring out the problem. I have faith in you! You can do it!

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ETAGGEL 3/14/2009 9:46AM

    When you are eating because of any situation which is causing you stress, then I would agree, it is emotional eating. I have a tendency to let things go as well. then , when it gets too much, I explode!
I am also trying to combat this and I agree it isn't easy!

Best wishes
Phyllis

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Good News and Bad News

Friday, March 13, 2009

I had my foot doctor's appointment yesterday. The good news is that my heel bone is healing very well. The bad news is that just as we expected, I have strained my Achilles tendon. This means that although I can go back into the water (YES!) my foot is non weight bearing for all exercise for a minimum of 2 months. I can swim but no walking or water aerobics in the water. Since I've had back problems related to walking in the boot and had to take steroids, my 2 months rest can only begin once all steroid treatments have stopped. I have a back appointment on the 25th to see whether or not I need to have additional blocks on my back. If I do, the rest period begins on the date of my last block. This means that I may not be able to do any weight bearing exercise until sometime in the mid to late summer to avoid rupturing the tendon. The good news is that I can continue my weight routine from the bed without putting pressure on my legs and swimming or deep water exercise where my feet don't touch the bottom of the pool can be a different kind of aerobic workout for me. I also need to use a motorized cart when going someplace that requires walking. (Walking around the house is okay thank goodness!) So now it is up to me to buckle down and take care of myself. I think I'm creative enough that I can adjust to this and come out of it stronger than I was before I started. It may take a while to adjust but if I look at it as an adventure and a new way of doing something, I can adapt. It is certainly preferable to take care of it rather than rupture the tendon and go through the surgical process and rehabilitation. I will prevail!!!
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CINNIEMAY 3/13/2009 1:27PM

    I have my fingers crossed that it all works out for you

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L*I*T*A* 3/13/2009 11:59AM

    great attitude...............i do deep water all the time and when there is none i join the shallow water group and stay in the deep water and follow along..................the pool is the best place for most knees and foot injuries.....best of luck.................have a great weekend................blessings and hugs...............lita

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AMBERROGUE 3/13/2009 10:49AM

    Great attitude!! You'll be through this before you know it!

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EDNABP 3/13/2009 6:45AM

    Like you attitude. I need to keep that in mind with going to the doctor this morning and just know there are things that I can do to keep the exercise going in my own way with my restrictions.

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Today's Pampered Princess

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I was so surprised when I logged onto SP and saw that I'm today's Pampered Princess. I am bowled over by the generosity of all of the people who wrote to me. To all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive. And, of all days too. I was feeling a little depressed because my foot has been tender the past 3 days and the doctor made me put my boot back on until I can see her on Thursday for another evaluation. It may just be that the tendons are tight from being in the boot for 5 weeks or it may not be healed enough to go without the boot. Either way friends, you all got me through this and I am ever so grateful!!! Thanks for making me feel pampered today!

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CINNIEMAY 3/12/2009 5:53PM

    I hope that you took some time for yourself today!

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ESS@HOME 3/11/2009 6:36PM

    Congratulations! It's nice to feel the love! I'm glad it came at a good time for you - when you needed it. Take care and God bless.

~Ess/Sharie

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L*I*T*A* 3/10/2009 7:33PM

    how wonderful......................cong
ratulations....................
blessings and hugs.................lita.

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Pampering Myself - Additional Goal

Monday, March 09, 2009

I'm making great progress with my Pennies for Pampering! I had four perfect days last week! Yay me! I've been keeping my goal sheet right next to my food diary on the kitchen counter - that way I can check each thing off as I complete it! I'm going to add another goal to my list for the next two weeks as an experiment. What I'd like to see happen is for me to do some emotional growth goals. I'd like to start with giving other people clearer boundaries in a non-threatening way as my first emotional growth goal. We'll see how this plays out, as I will start out with baby steps and just see how it goes. I'll record what I do and the results in my journal every day. That way I can look at my behavior in black and white and see if any patterns develop. This could be interesting!

  
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1AVERY 3/10/2009 12:51PM

    Hi Cyndi, How exactly does Pennies for Pampering work. I always say I have a me day because I do what I want done. Not really pampering myself but getting to aquafit etc. It looks like you know what you want to do and have a plan to get there that is very positive. Take care Teri. emoticon

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