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Taking Care of ME

Monday, February 08, 2010

This weekend I decided to take off a few days for myself. I told DH I wanted -- no needed-- some personal time. I said I wanted to stay home instead of go to the cabin. He didn't really understand, but he packed up Bucky and Midi (our dog and cat) and went to the mountains alone.

I have spent (maybe wasted) a lot of time wishing I was already retired. I am so tired of working and having no time during the week to do the things I want. I love going to the cabin, but it means I don't have time on the weekend to do things in town, like shop, have coffee with friends, go to the gym, etc. My life is good, but I want to be retired.

So this weekend I pretended I was retired. I got up when I wanted, stayed on the computer as much as I wanted, exercised when I wanted, went to the gym when I wanted, shopped when I wanted, cooked new recipes when I wanted, watched movies when I wanted, called friends when I wanted....You get the idea. I did what I wanted when I wanted. It was great! I missed my DH and animal friends, but I took care of me.

I feel refreshed and renewed! I am actually ready to go to work today. I think this weekend will keep me going for another month. Maybe every 4 to 6 weeks I need to take a weekend off for me. Then in December I'll know what to do when I retire!

I also want to think about a VERY part time volunteer position that would fulfill my need to help others but allow me to go to our cabin whenever we want. I am definitely retirement dreaming but not as frantically as before.

Life is Good!

  
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ASPENHUGGER 2/9/2010 12:17PM

    emoticonWe are so used to doing what needs to be done, and doing for everyone else that we often don't think about taking time for ourselves. Well done!

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RURAL3 2/8/2010 4:07PM

    Hmmmmm I am retired but your weekend sounded much better than mine. LOL I don't seem to get to do stuff when I want. emoticon Oh now I think I get it...you sent DH and the animals away. emoticon You weren't retired silly. You were on vacation. emoticon emoticon

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MTNGRL 2/8/2010 2:45PM

    Congratulations on doing this. We so often forgot about ourselves. You describe my day pretty well. Being retired is wonderful and I enjoy not being on anyone's schedule but mine. DH and finally taking the time to work on ourselves instead of for someone else. Renewing yourself was a wonderful gift you gave to Daisy! emoticon

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HINOTO 2/8/2010 10:13AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Taking time out to do things for YOU is something you should do more often. It's always so refreshing :)

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GABY1948 2/8/2010 8:56AM

    That's emoticon we all need something to look forward to...good for you, Nancy

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MMAZZIE 2/8/2010 8:37AM

    emoticon emoticon..Great idea!!...Sometimes.no most of the time we forget we need to treat ourselves the way we would treat others.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticonGood Luck! emoticonI hope you do take the time to emoticonand take some emoticonfor yourself... emoticon emoticon

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Swim Like a Fish

Friday, February 05, 2010

I've been really enjoying my Friday morning swim at the Rec Center. When I was younger (about 50 years ago!....really 50 years ago!) I was on a swim team and I used to dive. About 25 years ago I was on a synchronized swimming team. But I haven't been swimming for about 10 years. I started swimming for fun every Friday morning a few months ago and my stroke and my endurance are coming back. I decided a few weeks ago that I would join the Thursday evening Masters preparation class at the pool. Well, for the last 2 Thursdays I just completely forgot about it on Thursday night. So, today I put in a Spark appointment to help me remember. Duh! I hope I don't forget to bring my swim gear when I drive over there!

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ENUFF81020 2/6/2010 12:57AM

    Hi there,
I love my work at the pool, it is so calming for my back and I can actually hold myself upright and walk. I am on my 5th week and have gotten so much stronger that I know I'll get back to where I was and better before long. It is so good to hear another person have the same experiences with this. Keep up the good work and share any new ideas you get for additional things for water workouts!!
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Sylvia

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RURAL3 2/5/2010 12:58PM

    And you can get an extra point for that and the benefit of the exercise and fun of doing it. I am still trying to find a place to swim in the winter here. Small town problems. emoticon

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MTNGRL 2/5/2010 12:14PM

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Great idea putting it in Spark Appointment. I just starting doing that myself.
I can float, that is about it, lol!

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GABY1948 2/5/2010 8:06AM

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Seriously, I envy you! Good going, Nancy

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Ups and Downs

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Today I ate 3 cookies and a small piece of cake. Tonight I made a beautiful vegetable curry. I am not going to get overly excited about either one. I made a poor decision at work and I made a conscious healthy decision when I came home. My guess is that my weight loss journey will be like this forever. Some ups and some downs. The important thing is the overall consistency and commitment to healthy eating and living. And I am committed!

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ASPENHUGGER 2/7/2010 5:17PM

    Yes, wonderful perspective. And I think you're right -- as long we keep working towards healthy eating, the occasional slip won't stop us in our journey!

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RURAL3 2/4/2010 11:30PM

    great perspective Nancy. emoticon

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GABY1948 2/4/2010 8:21PM

    You are right...NORMAL people eat more some days and less others. WE are becoming normal people! Your attitude is great and you are doing a fine job, Nancy!
Gaye

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SHERRYK5 2/4/2010 7:34PM

    Everyone has a day when they crave sweets. At less it wasn't at 10pm. You had it early ate a great dinner. Don't beat yourself up. Your on the right track again. Hope you enjoyed them and now move on. Maybe to alittle more movement tonight. Keep up the good work.

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JAMIEK927 2/4/2010 7:29PM

    Had a day that was off myself...will just let it go and focus tomorrow....

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Always a Mother

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I am sad tonight. My DD and her DH are having a hard time right now. Her job situation and their finances are providing challenges. She is stuck in the town where she works tonight because of bad weather. It is her DD's 13 th birthday tonight and she can't get home. She is so sad and I am sad for her. As a mother I wish I could run over there and rescue her somehow, but on the other hand as a mother I know everyone has to work thru their own family problems and their family will be stronger because of the working thru it....But, I am sad tonight.

Nancy

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RURAL3 2/4/2010 11:34PM

    I hope this all worked out well for them. We always want to wipe away their tears. emoticon emoticon

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ETAGGEL 2/4/2010 4:26PM

    Being a mom of 4 adult children, i dont know how many times in my life I have wanted to "fix" it for them. But I cant! It is so hard to stand back and see things happen. But they have to sort it out themselves, as long as we are there when they need us, We never stop being Moms. My mother used to say, "you are a worry when you are children but you are an even bigger worry when you grow up!"
Take care
Phyllis

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BRATS4 2/4/2010 2:53PM

    you never get over being a mom and wanting to fix everything.i remember my mom telling me it would be this way.

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ASPENHUGGER 2/4/2010 2:37PM

    emoticonNancy.

I have been through this with my DD, wanting to fix it for her so she wouldn't have to endure so much heartache. Of course I couldn't, just as you can't. But you're right, once a mother, always a mother, & every stage of motherhood is excruciatingly hard in a different way.

I hope you found a way to relax in spite of your worry. And how lucky you are to have such a nice relationship with your DD that she calls & talks to you about her troubles. Many mothers don't.

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GABY1948 2/4/2010 2:25PM

    I am so sorry for this...I have often thought when people say they can't wait for their kids to grow and leave home so they don't have to worry about them...the problems just get bigger and we can't kiss them away. It will get better though!
Gaye

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OURELEE1 2/4/2010 11:23AM

  Sorry to hear about your family. It is so hard to be a parent. I think that is the hardest job there is.

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LOULOUBELLE2 2/3/2010 11:00PM

    I once was told that when our kids are young they step on our toes...when they grow up they step on our hearts. It's really true, all you CAN to is let them work through it. I know your pain...all Mom's do. I'm sad for you, its so hard not to be able to step in and make things right again.
Pray for them, God will see them and you through.

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MTNGRL 2/3/2010 10:25PM

    emoticon Being a Mom can be a very hard job. emoticon

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New Tops!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I told you all how I bought 3 new pairs of pants last week. Well a Spark Friend mentioned how she is buying things at Goodwill while she is losing. So I went to a place called Savvy Seconds here in town and got 6 new size 16 shirts/tops/sweaters for $10. Wow! and the proceeds go to Women's Work a non profit that helps needy women get on their feet. I feel great!

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ASPENHUGGER 2/3/2010 1:55PM

    Welcome to the Club! I love shopping at thrift stores -- it's always a good feeling to find a bargain. I try to shop the stores that benefit a particular charity. Good Will no longer runs their own thrift shops, but has contracted them out to another company. All the good stuff is now sold off their web page, and by the time you add S&H costs, it's not a bargain any more. I still shop there occasionally, but it's slim pickin's compared to former times.

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MTNGRL 2/3/2010 8:38AM

    Great idea, helping you and helping others! I love Good Will and similar thrift shops. emoticon

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RURAL3 2/3/2010 8:28AM

    Now that's great shopping. You will be set now until your next milestone. That is coming soon. emoticon

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GABY1948 2/2/2010 8:30PM

    My DH introduced me to Poor Kids' Stores (Salvation Army) when we were just going together and they are my favorite stores to shop in. Glad you have discovered it.

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