Tuesday, May 24, 2011
is 67 years old. no one thinks she is. she is slim, fit, with long flowing hair...
and she puts me and my husband to shame.
she has been here for a month. she has painted my living room/kitchen (including ceiling). she has put up shelves in the bathroom. she has put up a coat rack in her guestroom. she has been using a pickaxe yesterday and today to clean out some invasive weeds and is wondering what kind of deck or patio we want there! (huge area, at least 8x12). oh and on saturday, she took a day off and drove an hour to spend visiting a friend and walking through chinatown for 3 hours.
i meanwhile took a nap.
i do work full time + and i spend at least a couple hours with my horse everyday. and i feed everyone -- people and animals.
my husband has no handy skills. he keeps the lawn mowed (it is a huge lawn and the lawn tractor is broke down) and watches sports.
i'm just sayin' ............
i'm kidding, he actually is on call to drive 24/6 (i give him sundays off) and often goes and drives taxi at 4 am for a few hours. so, then he gets home and naps for an hour or two around noon (when my mom is starting her day). and he mostly deals with our staff of 20 or so. (it's like having children some days)
so, we have these non physical jobs and seeing my mom go, go, go, we feel kind of lazy and/or incompetent. my mom says "just ignore what she's doing" Yeah, right.
my mom is impossible to help with things. she won't let you just help, she micro manages the whole time. she does things the hard way alot. she keeps weird hours (i don't want to start helping paint at 9 pm). i guess that's the biggest one. she works from something like 4 pm to 2 am, just puttering along doing her thing.
Nooo, the biggest one is she is a perfectionist and she makes it impossible for you to just help. for instance, as mentioned, i have been a professional painter. and even though it is my living room, that i have to live with, she will not be happy with my work and will go behind me and 'fix' it.
i am pretty overwhelmed with work right now and don't have it in me to help much. my husband, while not as busy, finds he cannot help, cuz as i mentioned, she is impossible to help (trust me on this. i painted murals and faux finishes for 15 years and had her help a few times. the last time, i had to fire her, she drove me insane with her perfectionistic ways)
so, while i am ever so grateful for the progress she is making improving my home (and she is doing a first rate job), it's been a month; watching her work is exhausting! i need a NAP
PS: i love my mom alot and sure do appreciate all her hard work, i just sometimes need to vent a tich, cuz, she works way too hard, but, i can't stop her.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This week I have ridden my horse about 12 hours. According to Spark fitness, I have burned 10,686 calories just from riding. I burned more calories cleaning corrals, grooming, etc, etc.
My butt and thighs are feeling it. At the end of the day, I am tired!
So, this is obviously good exercise.
I started riding when I was 5 years old. I grew up living and breathing horses, horses, horses. Prior to getting the horse I have now, it had been about 6 years or so, since I had last ridden regularly. I was going through serious equine withdrawal and very much wanted to have my own horse once again.
I ended up with an unbroke 3 year old. So, I have spent the last 2 years training him. It's alot of work. But, this past week, the results are finally starting to show. He still needs work, but, now I can get on and go for a nice trail ride, which is all I've wanted to do for years.
I have tried many different ways to get fit. I have joined gyms, swam, yoga, walked, biked.
While I like all of them, they all fell by the wayside when things like work or health issues got in the way. It's easy to cancel a workout when it's not your first priority and you're mostly doing it cuz you should.
Now, that I am 2 years into horses again, I can tell you that this is a fitness plan that will be sustainable no matter what. You can't put the horse in the garage and ignore him. And, more importantly, I love taking care of him. Everyday, day in and day out; feeding, cleaning, grooming, exercising, riding. I long to be out there. It clears my head and makes me a better worker. It is helping me get fit again. It raises my self esteem to confidently handle and train 1000 pounds of muscular, flighty horse.
Sure, there are some days it's not so fun. Like on a terribly cold, wet winter day or when you have a cold and just want to stay in bed. But, as they say, a bad day with horses is better than a good day at work!
Now, I have called this blog "Do what you love!" because I think it might work to remember what you loved to do as a child. What activity were you passionate about? What were you good at?
Was it skateboarding, skipping, football, hockey, hop scotch? Most kids have some activities they love.
I think taking up something that you loved as a child or maybe even something that you didn't get to do (maybe your parents couldn't afford it or they didn't offer it at your school) but, dreamed of doing could be the way to fall in love with fitness.
So get out your kid's skateboard. Buy a tether ball set. Buy a pogo stick. Draw a hopscotch in the driveway. Play double dutch with your daughter. Go camping with your wife (and not pull up the motorhome to the campsite and set up the satellite dish kind of camping). Join the oldtimers hockey team.
Just try something you remember loving and see if it starts anything.
So many fitness programs are to get fit. You go and do it to lose weight, to gain muscle, to increase flexibility. There are so many reasons to exercise.
But, maybe the best reason is because you just love doing it!
I am eating healthy, I am eating healthy, I am eating healthy
Friday, May 13, 2011
I've just sat down and read a couple blogs by people I've never read before. They say that Yoovie is gone.
And, I'm not clear whether Yoovie was kicked out or left because of pressure. I don't think she willingly left though. Hm?
This young woman seems to inspire alot of people. She's a brave girl who's sharing her life adventure. She is an excellent artist, an especially gifted writer. What a loss to this website and they didn't even pay her for all the successful time she put into this site?
I know we'll see a book written by her on the bestseller list one day and we'll look at the back cover and say, "I remember that girl, I always knew she would go places!"
To the people who weren't Yoovie fans, I say don't read what you don't like. But, let the rest of us read what we do like!
This site is big enough to avoid those you don't approve of.
Monday, May 09, 2011
(This is Bill aka The Billiken Man )
"I am the Prince of Happiness,
I simply make you smile.
I prove that life's worth living.
And that everything's worth while."
All I wanted for a few years was another horse. I think it started shortly after I turned 40. I grew up with horses and haven't owned one since I was in my early 20's, though I have leased several over the years. I don't go very long without feeding my horse habit somehow.
So, finally, 2 years ago, I got 2 OTSTB's (Standardbreds). They were rescue horses. The main one I chose for riding was Bill and the other fella was Revy, a retiree, who came to spend his last days with us.
(This is Revy)
I thought Bill was about 5 yrs old and been on a few trail rides. I thought he'd be green, but, mellow. Turns out he had barely turned 3 and was right off the racetrack.
So, the last couple years have been interesting, to say the least. I have ended up training this horse from scratch. It has been going slowly, because of time and being out of shape, basically. And, I guess, being older, I am nervous. Not the riding fool I was at 16
This year, I was going to get a trainer to work with him for a month or so. We have been trying to set something up.
The other day, I rode Mr. Spook, and thought "Yup, I've got to get that trainer going."
Today, I hadn't planned on riding, but, I took him out for a workout (lunging, ground lessons) and then I tied him up while I cleaned his paddock. He seemed so mellow today, I ended up saddling him up, just for a spin around the corral. Next thing you know, we were out on the road and going for a ride. And, he was perfect!!!
We only went around the block (a country block), but, normally, a ride went like this:
We`re out the driveway, onto the road. We`re good until 50 ft down at the neighbor`s driveway. Then Bill wants to go home. We spin in circles for 10 minutes and I win and we carry on. Then 2 or 3 lots down, he`s scared of their garbage can (`he`s seen 50 times) and trys to go home again. Spin for another couple minutes. Get down to the end of the block. Kids in yard on trampoline. Then goats....and then, and then.....you can see where this goes can`t you. Going around the block is a major project.
We`ve been doing this for a year or so (didn`t ride him much til he was 4). While just riding my own horse is great, this much training has been starting to wear thin. I just wanted to hit the trails!
So today, we have finally moved on and I saw the horse I had hoped I had picked when I first saw him. We passed garbage cans, barking dogs, goats, garbage trucks picking up garbage cans, backhoes, etc. And, Bill didn`t turn a hair at a thing. Rode on a loose rein. Relaxed for the first time ever. It was Heaven!
Guess what I`m going to do tomorrow........
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
And I needed the motivation this provides
I have been doing pretty good exercising. Almost every morning I get up and go for a walk. I walk at least 2 miles. 5 miles is the most I've walked so far.
I always take my 2 dogs. Sometimes I take the horse as well. And one day my DH and mother came too!
What benefits am I seeing?
Well, my puppy has become a much better walking companion in the last week. She now listens. She comes when called and walks on a loose leash.
(This is her baby pic. She is now 16 months old)
My brain gets cleared out. I have a tendency to become obssessed with business issues and it doesn't make me work better. In fact it makes me less effective at my work. When I walk my thoughts calm and problems leave, even if only for an hour. Then I come back to the job refreshed and ready to dive in again.
My body feels good. I feel joy at living in such a beautiful place. I feel like I am fit already, even though my mirror would disagree.
There's nothing like a walk.
Last night I also rode my horse for the first time since November. I have been exercising him alot on the ground, but, somehow got out of the riding habit during the cold weather.
He was a handful, spooking at everything and full of energy. It was scary, but, fun!
(here's the big boy waiting for some attention)
So, today, it's sunny, I have walked. I am now going to eat a healthy breakfast and then I will be ready to wade into my work for the day.
And 500 sparkpoints is the motivational icing on the cake this morning.
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