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Times like this I realize......

Thursday, August 11, 2011

just how much progress I've made. I still struggle sometimes with really knowing how I look. I often feel as if I've made no progress, that I'm just as heavy as I used to be, that those 67 pounds have crept back on and I'm fooling myself to think I'm really smaller, more fit.

Then today comes along. My director needed assistance taking a bunch of materials to a presentation. She was going to ask my male co-worker when I volunteered to grab an additional dolley and take them. It was too beautiful to stay inside, and besides I'm strong now. I no longer "need a man" to do it for me.

About 1/2 way through the presentation they called to say they needed more materials - another full box. A co-worker helped me assemble the packets and away I went, hurrying across campus with the dolley in tow. I didn't realize until I was done and back in the office just how quickly I was able to complete the task and I WASN'T OUT OF BREATH! Last year I would have been out of breath, 13 months ago I would have "needed a man" to do it for me. I would not have thought twice about sending my male co-worker with it.

I think I'm rather pleased.... emoticon

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a fall, bumps and bruises and broken glasses...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Things just keep getting better. Went for a walk this morning about 5 am and with about 1/2 mile to go took a fall in the street.-antique paving bricks HURT! My left knee and right wrist took the worst of it, but also managed to break my glasses-which is really not good. I can't see spit without them and won't have new ones for 10 days.

Have a feeling I will be extremely sore in the morning-road rash and extreme bruises are really not fun. I'm grateful I didn't break a wrist or my knee; I realize it could have been so much worse, but this really STINKS when piled up with everything else going on. emoticon


so frustrated I could scream

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

It's been awhile since I've been this overwhelmed and frustrated, but I find myself ready to snap and scream for quiet. My work situation is the main cause of this - I'm tired of a lazy co-worker getting by with murder AND getting paid, while I do the majority of his job, plus I'm training new staff and trying to hold my own responsibilities together during our absolute busiest time of the year. On top of that I'm dealing with frustrated, angry parents (I work at a university) who are upset about the costs.

Add to all of that, I'm not sleeping well and for the first time in my year on SP, I'm struggling with getting up in the morning to work out. This is my 4th week of struggling and I hate it. I did manage to get in a 2 mile walk in 86 degrees at 5AM - YUCK- and I am still hitting my minimum of 90 min a week, but that is happening because we are taking long bike rides on the weekends. I'm also struggling with finding an acceptable form of cardio that doesn't aggravate my hip issues. Running is out, the elliptical is iffy and walking isn't much better. Biking is the only thing I can do without pain, but at 4:30/5AM it isn't practical, nor is it at 6 PM when the temp is over 100. AND I'm stuck on a 6 month plateau. ARRRGH!!!!!

I'm out of sorts and I just don't like it. Ok - enough whining for now-my lunch hour is over and I have to get back to work. emoticon

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    The doctor suggested swimming, but our local indoor pool is closed for the summer. I can't swim and was going to start lessons at the community center in the town where I work, but missed the first two classes due to work. I just can't seem to get it together right now. Unfortunately, there aren't any water aerobics classes offered when I'm not at work.

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GAMELISSA 8/2/2011 3:25PM

  All I can offer you is a hug..... I hope things get better soon. emoticon

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RAINPETAL21 8/2/2011 1:35PM

    Try swimming for exercise for your hip issue. Being almost weightless in the pool will help alleviate the stress on your body. Plus, it is an excellent full body workout.

If you don't know how to swim and haven't started those lessons yet, check for a water aerobics class. It is usually done in the shallow end of a pool, but it will provide similar benefits to swimming.

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quiet moments

Saturday, July 30, 2011

i feel blissful right now. My parents, youngest daughter and son have all been here for a family meal. It's the first time since Christmas that Abby (daughter) has been home. She left last June for college and has only been home twice since then-christmas and now. Saturday mornings were always our time together, buying groceries, shopping and just goofing off. It was such a joy to have her all to myself again this morning.

Our son lives in Kansas City and came down to pick up his parakeet. We've "birdsat" for him the last three weeks as he traveled. My parents live at Bennet Spring State Park and came up just to see Abby and Josh. They brought fresh peaches, both white and yellow, to share.

At the moment, Abby and her Dad are off on our new bikes for a ride on the Katy Trail. Russ just got his pedals and clips, so it could be an interesting ride.

I love moments like this but, they happen so rarely. I sit here in a quiet house, alone, just soaking in the days moments and counting my blessings. It feels like I've gone full tilt for the last year. I honestly don't remember the last time I had this much quiet all to myself. Lovely! emoticon


Glorious morning

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My husband and I had a beautiful ride this morning. We decided to stay fairly close to town instead of heading down the Katy Trail, so we stayed on paved county roads and got out into the country. We encountered quite a bit of wildlife, including 2 young buck whitetail deer with velvet still on their antlers, a doe whitetail, had a indigo bunting flit across the road in front of us, and heard bob white quail calling. As always in the morning, we saw lots of bunnies and squirrels.

There were two incidents that were memorable. The first occurred less than a mile from the house on a very shady street. As we approached the block, a flock of starlings took off which, in turn, spooked 2 red squirrels and a gray squirrel. As we passed the frantic animals, I heard, quite clearly, a blue jay calling his alarm call "thief, thief." It was a priceless moment and gave me a good laugh.

The second incident occurred as we approached the flood plain area of Truman Lake. My husband was a bit ahead of me (as always) and rounded a curve, startling a flock of large white herons. As one, they took off from the water and flew off to the northwest. With the morning sun on their backs, their stark white color stood out in deep contrast to the water and tree line. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

i realized, after we got home and I started my normal weekend chores, the ride both wore me out and renewed me. We had a good 2 hour ride, but I feel refreshed. I've always loved being out in the country, and today's ride seemed to blow away the stress of work and demands on my time. What a great way to start my week.

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