Sunday, January 02, 2011
The good news is, I did not gain during the holidays BUT,
I WANNA BE A LOSER!
I want to see the scale move again......NO, I want to see the scale move downward again. Late last night (really, very early this morning) I caught up with logging fitness minutes. All the little scraps of paper that were piling up on my desk are gone. So, all I "lost" in December was some clutter. I want to lose POUNDS, INCHES, FAT CELLS and this sugar stupor I've found myself in.
Exercise is GOOD but, it's not enough. If my minutes logged were pounds lost...I would have vanished by now. ALL of me is STILL HERE so, I'm thinking, I better start logging my food, water and get down to losing.
I WANNA BE A LOSER!
Join my team....
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Ah, good advice from my sparkfriend, Tracy. Take care of me too. I do get it and I'll explain why a little further down.
Mom is pretty much following the protocol right now. The first few days home were hard and I have to keep on her to remember to take the pain meds before therapy so that she can do the "work". She has already said she didn't think it would this hard and doesn't want to do the second knee. All the more reason to get her in the water. Even if she doesn't have the second surgery, she'll improve her balance and mobility.
I can't tell you how many injuries I've had over the years from sports and just being a klutz. Water always aided in the recovery and today was another example. Getting ready for work and trying to do too much, too fast, I missed a step on my inside staircase and went flying. Landed only on my left arm....missed all other body parts (even my a$$).
I really thought the arm was broken, it hurt so bad. Thank goodness, my son was home. I yelled for him and he came running, helped me up. I iced it and took some arnica while my son, cleaned off my car and off to work I went (I was the subbing and it was too late to find another teacher).
I took it easy while teaching my water classes and low and behold, by the end of the first class, I felt better. My arm is sore and bruised but, not stiff. If I hadn't gotten into the water, I 'd be in a lot worse shape tonight.
Not going to do my mom any good if I am laid up now am I? Slow down, breathe......
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Mom came home from the hospital yesterday with a new appreciation for the peace and quiet within her own set of walls. While she had very good care and rehab recovering from surgery, spending three weeks in any kind of care facility is not a restful state of bliss for anyone. My mom has not been hospitalized since shortly after the birth of my brother and sister, over 60 years ago.
Although she has her issues (arthritis, bad knees and back, high blood pressure & cholesterol ) and had fallen a few times (breaking her arm once and finger another time) at 83, she was doing okay and was always very independent. With her one knee so bad, it would buckle, it was necessary to do a total replacement. Tough surgery at any age. Healing has been difficult but, she has worked at it. Now that she is home, it's a new challenge to keep her moving toward recovery.
The one thing I can say is that she has slowed down considerably the last few years and is not very active, physically. Partly, it's due to pain and in part it's because she isn't motivated. I have tried to prod her to get in the water and exercise because that would keep her active while putting less stress on her joints. She has always had an excuse and she isn't really fond of water. I'm hoping as she feels better, I can finally convince her to get in the pool with me.
I am a great believer in the healing powers of water. Not only because I teach swimming and water aerobics but, because every time I have had an injury, water played an active role in my rehab. It has kept me mobile even when my joints ached and my motivation was low. Water gives me energy and improves my balance. When I am not in a pool regularly, I miss it.
So, I hope I can convince my mom to give it a try.....get her up and moving again.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
What is on your mind each day when you put on your shoes and walk out the door? Are you thinking about the day ahead, how many errands to run, what bills to pay, what to make for dinner? Are you counting steps, calories and minutes? Are you rushing from home to work to gym/library/ grocery store and home?
STOP! SLOW DOWN!..... Life is more than that. More than an endless stream to dos, checkbook entries and ATMs.
Life is......a little kid with a goofy, sweet smile asking you to bend down and look for a four leaf clover.
Life is......taking the time to call a friend, visit with your mom or dad, kiss your kids.
Life is......telling your one and only, he's your one and only.
Life is......living the moments that brush past us while we make our way from one day to the next.
Don't let them slip by.......
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I picked up the phone one day last month and a voice so familiar said,"I've been looking for you." An old friend, a girl that used to work for me when she was a teen, had looked me up and we caught up on our lives over the past so many years.
We made a date to meet and that was yesterday. She and her four girls and grand baby girl, traveled a couple of hours back to our neck of the burbs visit. It was a lovely sunny day, breezy and warm but, not hot. She is exactly as I remember, sweet and kind, a good kid grown up into a very nice woman. She married young to a good guy. I recalled being a demanding, impatient boss and she recalled that I was tough and taught her a lot. Didn't I say she was kind?
The day was spent over lunch and enjoying our local arboretum. The younger girls played in the kid's garden as we adults watched and walked and talked. She is good to her girls and they to her and it was amazing to see her now and remember her as a teen. They stayed to supper like family and got to see my adult kids and hubby. Come to think of it, they are like family. We plan to meet up again soon with her hubby too.
Life is about connections. People weave in and out but, the connections remain. The past holds a glimpse of the future. We don't always get to see how are our life impacts another. It's a blessing when we do.
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