Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I just joined the Walgreen's walking program and am most interested in two parts of it. There are some good coupons there that I may take advantage of. But, more interesting to me is the mapping part for my walks. It was very easy to mark the route I took today and find out how far it was and about how many steps it should take. For me, it was pretty accurate according to my pedometer reading. I look forward to entering more walks along my way. You may find this of interest, too. It was mentioned on the Dr. Oz program this week. You might want to check it out. Have a great day!
Monday, May 09, 2011
I was about to head out for a walk when I flipped through the tv channels and found a yoga program just beginning. So I rolled out my mat, kicked off my shoes and joined the beginners. I tried a few of the more advanced poses, but discovered I've gotten really tight since I've been away from an organized class of any sort. It was fun to twist and stretch and breathe with the others. It was such a good beginning to my week. I may tune in again when I'm home at that hour. But, I still feel the need to get out and walk or go to the exercise room and do some weights, bike and elliptical. So, we'll see how the weather cooperates. Meanwhile, I'm thrilled to have an hour of exercise done before I 'started' my day. Have a great day everyone!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
I walked the 5K Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday. Since I live near the race site I walked 3/4 miles to get there 1 1/2 hour before race time to meet a friend and explore the exhibits and visit the breast cancer survivor area. It was all great fun, but then we had to walk back to the start life a couple blocks away. So, I'd already done about 1 1/2 miles before starting. I wondered if I could then finish the event because my ms doesn't always cooperate. The weather was perfect the crowd electric, the music inspirational and the cheerleading awesome. I made it the whole way and then walked a bit more to visit with others and to fill some time while the crowd thinned. There were 20,000 registered participants plus lots of kids, dogs, and walkers and runners participating who hadn't registered. I was so thrilled to look out on the crowd in front of and behind me. At he finish I got to march with other survivors in my years of survival group (11-15). From my vantage point as we stood for pictures I could see so many cheering faces all around. It was such a great celebration. From there I went to my daughter's house and sorted through some of our stuff still stored in her basement (actually we still own the home and are letting her family live there for a few years while her husband does a critical care fellowship nearby - he's a neurologist and we are really hoping they will stay in the area when he finishes). Anyway, by the time I did all my walking and packing and everything else I had completed nearly 18,000 steps. What an awesome day. That is so much better than I've been able to do in the past 15 years except for the few times I did more and ended up in the hospital. So, I believe I'm in a good place to start to see some success with that scale once again. We'll see. Meanwhile, I will remember this successful day and remember that I can do it again! Hooray!
Friday, May 06, 2011
We came home to a phone message from my mother-in-law saying she got a letter delivered to her house that was intended for us. Curious, my dh called her right away and was astounded. I had requested an online banking code so I could pay extra on our mortgage each month. I can't do that from our regular bank site as there is no way to note what the extra amount is for. Since my dh had an account with the new company back in college, it sent the access code to his mom's house, an address he hasn't had for 38 years! It's not even in our state. Now, I get to try and straighten all this out. It reminded me of an incident I had with this bank when I started college. They advertised heavily to open a checking account in my home town and it would be forwarded to the location of my college. Well, my first several checks bounced. The account never got directed properly. Right there and then I decided never to do business with that bank again. I was not thrilled to see that bank was the one selected for us by the title company when we recently downsized to a condo, but only when we discovered this latest blunder did I remember why I didn't want to work with them. I shouldn't let this stress me, but it does. It seems so many people take so little care to properly do the jobs they were hired to do! Very sad. But, it's getting late and I must at least try to get some sleep tonight.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. I look in the mirror and groan. My dh looks at me, gives me a hug and tells me I'm beautiful -- sometimes with words, sometimes with actions, sometimes both. I can look at a gloomy day and see a beautiful flower, a darling toddler, a couple at a nearby church coming out after their wedding ceremony and think that this is a beautiful day. I can listen to my grandbaby laugh, I can watch her 'run', I can play peek-a-boo with her and I know this is a beautiful day. And, I can see the sunshine, feel the warmth on my face and the newly green grass beneath my feet, and I can hear the brook gurgle through the park a few steps from my condo and I know it is a beautiful day. Yes, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. We can find that beauty even on our darkest days if we open our senses to more than that which is dragging us down. Have a beautiful day!
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