Saturday, October 01, 2011
DH (and I) spent 25 years thinking about his job about 24/7. Now we aren't. It was difficult to decide, then again, it wasn't: time to move on. DH said when he got home and though we were exhausted from driving, that he had the best work out EVER. He was not stressed. Though he'll have a new stress with new environs/job, it hasn't hit him yet. LOL. That should come Monday. He left w/his vehicle full of winter clothes today for parts yonder North. I will miss him (again).
We ate salad first. For dinner: 2 chicken breasts w/asparagus for gluten-free me. (Such a big gf deal, you'd think I'd gotten a pic of IT instead of the salad - lol). Actually, I didn't take the pic, and the salad was part of another pic. I thought I'd share.
Between two hunks. :)
They were nice to the wife and gave me a certificate of appreciation for MY 25 yrs of service, and a dozen roses (smelled so lovely). What a thoughtful and nice surprise.
This event was held like a roast, and boy did we have some laughs. I see by this pic that I need dental work (there is a trend w/celiacs to have a space between those teeth as I do.
Along the Everglades Highway aka "Alligator Alley" which runs east-west across the state from Miami area to Naples, FL.
This is the "Pink Castle" or Don Cesar Hotel -- it was lovely.
184 lbs. wearing 2x cotton shorts I can't get rid of they're so comfie. :P
We loaded up the U-haul the next day and as a treat DH took me for a night in St. Petersburg so I could walk in the ocean. It was all I could do to stop myself from jogging on the beach cause I was not fibro-pained... I'd get sweaty (humid? YEAH) and I'd showered blah blah. I got 15 mins on the beach, btw, & we had to hit the road. I will go back, I swear!
Down the beach. The ocean water was warm and perfect!
Tampa skyline taken from speeding U-haul. LOL.
Driving past Birmingham, AL skyline. We bought avocados from Sam's Club there, and they never really ripened. What's that about?
End of story.
Fibro update: when I got home, my legs started hurting! I cannot for the life of me figure out why. Part of me thinks it could be I had NOT taken my probiotics so I'm trying that again, and another part of me links it to serotonin, norepinephrine???...sunshine??? (I get plenty of sun at home) I was happy on a kinda-sorta vacation?! Hormones and neurotransmitters DO make a difference in pain levels.
Happy 51st Wedding Anniversary Mom and Dad!
Sis is seeing a more holistic dr. who told her the 2007 Enterolab stool test for gluten antibodies was positive, why wasn't she gf? Sis just thought it was "borderline" and admitted she was in denial. Her divorce is final, and I asked her to please concentrate on healing herself. She is listening. Her endocrine dr. did nothing for her ... the other dr is already getting her to go gf and helping her with her thyroid. I am relieved.
I started eating nightshades again, besides the potato chips a few weeks ago, I have incorporated some tomatoes on occasion. But after getting a nudge from the universe via this article ( bit.ly/mercola5foods ) I think I'll just stay clear again.
I'm gathering stuff for a big garage sale. Proceeds will fund Dd's eventual new apartment.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I didn't sleep (again). DH and I are sleeping in a Queen. We're King (sized) people. LOL. We have a "line of demarkation" we used to joke about when newlyweds getting used to sleeping with each other. I'm panicked if I cross it because he has MORE on his mind; I want HIM to sleep, therefore, I'm on heightened alert all night - LOL. It's so nice to have someone to talk to before I go to sleep (besides the dog, you know, someone who talks back!). 'Cept DH doesn't like "big talk" before sleep, which makes sense, because how can you sleep after "big talk." So there's a little "little talk." *sigh* I have a lot to catch up on. I think about it all night instead.
I awakened grouchy from thinking too much with my Ugly Head on. I was thinking about hot babes who do business w/DH. I have not been in hotty-patotty FL seeing all the skin like he has. I'm not a jealous person, but *jeeeeeez* ladies. You can't NOT see the (beautiful) boobs, butts, legs. I overheard two women (older) at the grocery store talking about turning men on with their walk and other salacious things people w/taste don't mention in public *ew*. It's all over the tv. I guess I don't talk about it, and here you're reminded at every turn. When I looked at my bike riding pics, I had joy from the accomplishment. Now I look at them and see my middle only, and how much work I still have to do. I feel gross. I'm eating a bag o'chips (not helping the gross feeling at all I know), having my meltdown, then going out to walk. In sunshine. Just being real. I often don't share my real. I know: this too shall pass. "Think positive, think forward, and eat a salad..."
Wassa matta? Aren't I sexy?
I left clothes in FL when we moved DH into his apt 4 yrs ago. They don't fit anymore. Size 3X pajamas:
Gonna pack some dishes, ttyl.
Monday, September 19, 2011
DH's retirement dinner was very memorable Thursday night, and we felt the love. Pictures have to wait as I don't have the right hardware or card reader for that particular media card/camera.
Thursday I walked to a nearby park for a lovely walk around a pond, then I went swimming. In public. In a swimsuit. Really! I can't remember the last time. Of course the suit had a skirt to my knees, but still! Progress! LOL.
Saturday I used a treadmill, which I find SO much easier than the road. I walked/warmed up a good 15 mins then worked my way up to level 6, or an 11 min mile for 5 mins or so, but mostly I stayed around 4.5. 55 mins of treadmill felt good. I probably could have pushed harder, but mentally I freak out and tell myself to cool it already. I didn't fibro ache that night, and I was not sore the next day - awesomeness!
I AM able to quickly share pics from yesterday's 15 mile bike ride. We rented bikes for a couple of hours @ $7.50/hr. DH and I slept in, so we got out there later in the day - read that as it was HOTTER than it could have been. I was so happy to be out there. For the first time in years I feel a bit of freedom, the burdens are lifting. YaY!
About mile 12 the novelty wore off, however, lol, but I kept a peddlin' and even pushed harder to get done sooner. DH usually rides his racing bike rather than these old cruisers, and said his legs were tired. I, Miss Fibro, did FINE! I'm NOT sore today either! What's up with THAT?! I dunno, but I like it.
Here're some pics from the ride.
The ride started nice'n overcast. Marshy river to the right. Water snake came between DH's bike and mine: we all didn't know what to do! LOL. He slithered panicking between us (fast critter) and I was afraid it'd strike, but didn't.
Only 14.6 miles to go.
Marshy river was full of egrets, one w/fish in mouth, but I missed the shot of course.
See the white spots on the road? Acid pee from alligators, so says DH. I saw one gator scuttle by the whole trip. DH swears there are tons of them here when he rides. Hmmm. LOL.
Heading to the mid-point tower. Looks to me like the land of "Lost."
The top stairs were closed. Argh! Got bit up by mosquitos, horse flies, and other bugs. My water bottle lid wasn't tight, was upside down and bunged up in the backpack, so it dribbled out as we merrily went along. Water impoverished. Argh!
It was lush below the tower before the ramp up started.
We were in the heart of the Everglades.
View from the middle landing. Saw a few sea turtles, no gators.
Middle landing view.
View to where we were headed back out. We're at the half-way mark, so 7.5 miles to go.
This is actually on the highway outside the park. I liked the trees.
There're a lot of these dead trees (from a previous hurricane).
Having fun in the sun, wish you were here!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
(artist's conception rendering of the Ground Zero Memorial courtesy of wikipedia)
Spike Lee made a nice video for State Farm which honors NY Fire Department (yes, I get watery eyes). It's a good day to share this. We had friends who were part of the horror of 9/11 in NYC. The new memorial looks beautiful.
Note to self: I joggled two days ago: walk, joggle 14 min mile for a mile, then walk again for 2.5 miles I think it was. I was sore yesterday and more sore today, but it was more muffled and tolerable. Whatever I'm doing, I'm going to keep doing it (re: fibro pains in hams/quads).
Dr. Mercola has an interesting interview re: what to eat for DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness I'd like to listen to and revisit. Too busy right now.
Need a 3 minute pep talk? Try something new for 30 days:
Hee hee. I said I wouldn't be blogging as much. I think a busy person gets more done, eh?
(I'm so sorry I'm behind on responding to comments. You all are so kind and thoughtful to stop your day to read my ponderings and then to take the time to comment, too? You spoil me; and you're welcome to not leave a comment! I'll stop by when I can to catch up.)
Milestone marked: 90 'flowers' have left my body today. WooT!
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