Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thank you to those of you who have asked about my progress with the Mayo Clinic. I'm sorry to say that I'm still in a holding pattern at this point in time. Although it is utterly frustrating and sometimes downright scary at times, they seem to operate on their own timetable. After a particularly scary incident last week, I called my coordinating doctor's office to ask for a status report last Wednesday, June 22. His nurse took my phone number so he could call me back. Today is June 28 and no call back. Tomorrow I'm going to call my neurologist/migraine specialist who seems to be a little more patient friendly. Perhaps he will return my phone calls. I'm sorry to say that I'm no better at all. I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The name may be different but I'm still me! I decided to change my name from flutterbugce to aquagirl08 because I felt it was time for a change. I've changed quite a bit since I started with Spark People in August of 2008. I've done a complete overhaul of my eating habits, changed my focus to getting 7-8 solid hours of sleep per night, drink 64+ ounces of water per day and get lots of exercise. In fact, when my husband became diabetic in 2010, my Spark way of eating probably saved his life! Of course he had to be willing but our kitchen was already set up for it so it was much easier.
So with all of this in mind, I was feeling that I should make my name fit the new me a little more. I tried and tried to think of something that would sum it up but I came up empty handed. Then as I got my snacks, water and gym bag ready this morning, I leaned over to kiss hubby goodbye before heading out to water exercise class. Hubby says to me, "Knock 'em dead aqua girl!" I laughed and went to work out. When I got home after working out he said, "Hey aqua girl, how was your workout? Did you kick butt?" Now the old me would have been gasping for breath not kicking butt however, the new me can complete between 70-85 minutes of aqua jogging. So I really must be an AQUAGIRL!!!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
What is a mother? Webster's New World Dictionary (paperback) copyright 2003, on page 422 says that a mother is "noun 1. a female parent 2. the origin or source of something 3. a woman who is the head (mother superior)of a religious establishment - adjective 1. of or like a mother of 2. to care for as a mother does." That definition just seemed to leave out all of the wonderful emotions and associations that we have with the word mother.
I scanned further down the same page to see if I could find a listing for mothering or something close. I don't even know if mothering is a word - I guess not since it wasn't listed. I did find "motherly" which means "adjective - of or like a mother; protective, nurturing, etc." Since nurture comes from nourish, I looked up the word nourish. According to Webster, nourish means "1- to provide with substances necessary to life and growth 2- to foster; promote"
This gave me something to think about. Now I could come up with my own definition of mother or "mothering". Mothering is the act of promoting the growth process by providing nourishment that is vital to another person (or one's self) physically, emotionally, mentally and protecting same said individual from harm.
The reason I didn't just call it being a mother but rather mothering, is because mothering is something you can also do to yourself. I started thinking about the roll of mothering in life particularly here at Spark People. If you want to make changes, you have to promote your own growth process. You have to provide nourishment that is vital to yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. You can do that with healthy food, support groups, Spark teams, Spark buddies and by doing things that spark your imagination. You also have to learn how to protect yourself from harm and from all of life's pitfalls and roadblocks. You have to figure out how to get back up when you fall down. You have to have a plan with goals, dates and rewards. It has to start with having yourself in your own corner being positive about what you're trying to accomplish. Love yourself as you are right now. You are worth mothering!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
On Thursday when I was driving home from water exercise, I stopped at a traffic light and a dragonfly perched on my antenna. I watched the beautiful creature while I was waiting for the light to turn, noticing how the sun reflected off it's iridescent wings. The dragonfly seemed to be taken with the ribbing on the antenna and it's little, delicate legs strummed up and down like it was playing an instrument. I was enthralled with it's movements. Then the light turned green and the cars moved forward. Now the speed limit in that area is 45mph and I wondered what would happen to the dragonfly as I approached 45. Amazing as it was, it still clung to the antenna. Together we traveled for about 8 miles this way and I thought that surely the force of the breeze must have killed the lovely creature. Then, I would see the legs move to get a better grip and I knew that it was still hanging on. I approached a big intersection and turned onto a road where the speed limit increased and I couldn't help but wonder. Would it....? The speed increased to 55mph and I glanced over. Yup! It was still there! Unbelievable! Then the speed increased to 65mph and suddenly it was gone. Poof! Just like that! I can't believe I actually felt a fleeting sense of loss for this little insect. But, then I realized it really wasn't just about the dragonfly at all.
How many times have we found ourselves wanting to do something for ourselves and had outside interference? How many times have we had to just grab on tight and just hang on for dear life? Even when the ride was going too fast, we can find a way to still hang on to that antenna. If the ride gets too bumpy and we slide off, what do we do? Well, I would imagine that my dragonfly found another antenna on a slower moving car or a flower to hang on to and we can probably do the same.
The fact is that there will always be things that threaten to derail us from our quest to reach our goals. We have two choices. We can quit and never achieve our goals (not an option!) or we can hang on tight and ride it out. Riding it out may involve some bumps and bruises but we'll achieve our goals and what a ride it will be!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Hard as it was, I took the day off from going to the gym to water exercise today. When I got up this morning, my head and neck were too sore to even contemplate a water workout. Instead, I power walked to the cluster mailbox to check for the mail. I walked as fast as I could. Our little male dog got upset and ran after me. He was just too cute for words. Then I power walked back. The dog just broke out into a run and waited for me at the front door. Later I did some chores around the house but put some limitations on myself due to pain issues. I've made listening to my pain cues one of my special Spark goals. I was practicing this today. It really helped with managing my pain and with avoiding my tendency to become obsessed with exercising. I thought I'd be crawling walls but today turned out to be a great day!
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