Wednesday, June 22, 2011
After meeting my newest granddaughter I was quickly reminded that I need more stair workouts. Our son's house has three floors, all of which are very much in use. In fact, you enter on the first floor - music room, laundry 1/2 bath, mud room. The living area, kitchen, dining are on middle level (no bathroom there). The bedroom and two more baths are at the top. So, with a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old I was up and down a lot. I really felt how out of shape those muscles are. So, on the flight home I prayed that I would be in better shape for August when I return for four weeks and four days to care for the children the first few weeks our daughter-in-law is back to work. Well, the Lord certainly has a sense of humor. We arrived back to our condo to discover that the elevator to my parking area will be out of service for the next few weeks awaiting parts and repairs. Now, every time I come in or out I have to go up or down at least two flights and if I'm ambitious I can do all seven. The shorter routes take me to another parking level or lobby level to cross over to another elevator. Because my parking is the deepest, only one elevator actually goes all the way down to it. Every day offers new opportunities. Yesterday I was up and down four times. Puff, puff! Hopefully I will be in shape for those stairs when I go back to tend those little girls.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I thought I was going the right way again after adjusting thyroid medication. But, when I hopped on the scale yesterday and today it told a different story. Now, I'm wondering if I haven't been drinking enough water and retaining some. So, my next plan is to really focus on getting all the fluid I think I need and then add a bit more because it's now summer. Hopefully, by the time I get home from meeting my new granddaughter this weekend I will see that the water has come off. At least that's my current plan! Hope everyone is having a great week!
Monday, June 06, 2011
Through the years I've continued to win small prizes now and then. Nothing grand. Just enough to keep me interested. When I talked my husband into standing on a number for a prize drawing over the weekend as we walked through a store promoting Father's Day, he was very reluctant. But, he relented and stood on a number adjacent to the one I picked. Well, my number was chosen and I received some bags of nuts and a gift certificate for clothing. It was a thrill for me. He, of course, won nothing. Both of us had reinforcement for the future choices we make about entering little contests. Getting healthier is similar to me. When I have little wins along the way - I can walk farther, lift more, lose a few ounces or a few pounds, etc. - I am encouraged to keep trying. Success breeds success in so many things. So, I'll keep working towards those little wins in my life. They give me a thrill. They encourage me to keep on trying. I hope you have some wins of all sorts in your life today and every day.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
It never ceases to amaze me to see the resiliency of little ones. Our eight-year-old grandson is on a demonstration team for his martial arts dojo. I watched practice last night and gasped and shuddered as he was dropped not once, but twice as he was the top of a pyramid holding a board for another to break after launching himself off steps made up of others. It was terrifying to watch Steele crash to the mat and I am still a bit upset that there isn't better spotting for these moves. Still, he got up after the first drop, shook himself off, took a moment to breathe through it and then up he went again. Later he was dropped again, this time on a board. That will leave a mark. It also was quite painful and his tears about broke my heart. Still, after a rub down by a master and a few minutes to collect himself he was back in action. All this at the end of an already long day and with a sore throat, cough and fever. Can't miss those practices. He already has one state championship under his belt and this continues to be his passion. It is inspirational to see him get back up time and again. Certainly I can force myself to get in some much needed exercise without finding every excuse in the book to miss a day. After all, I'd like Steele to think of me as 'one tough grandma'. We'll see.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Once again my weight went up without obvious reason. It took over a month, but I finally remembered to ask my doctor about thyroid status. Once again I found out I needed a boost to my medication. So, yesterday I began the higher dose and hope I will have more energy and be able to see that scale budge in the right direction. I encourage all of you to be in touch with your medical providers when you seem to be doing it all right and yet not seeing results. Don't give up on your plan. Find out if there is a medical cause that treatment can address. Have a great day everyone.
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