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Exercise Commitment

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My husband confessed to me as we drove home from the gym in the pouring rain (it has been raining since last night and the roads have huge puddles everywhere!) that he would not have ventured out had it not been for me and the Pilates class I take. ( I really hate to miss a class because I lose so much precious ground in a week's time but if he had said he didn't want to go, I would have stayed home.) I also ran on the treadmill after the class. We are so glad that we support each other and nudge each other along when one of us wants to just relax at home. We have also discussed what we would do if one of us becomes unable to go to the gym. We would have to stay strong and keep working out without each other. He had a heart attack when he was in his early 50s and I had my huge bout with cancer later; we know what it is like to have a major disruption in our routines.

  
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TRAVELGO 10/18/2014 7:55PM

  That is GREAT!!

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LILSUZY1057 10/14/2014 11:10PM

    That's so great that you have that support right there beside you all the time. Unfortunately, my sister and I aren't such good supports. If one of us gives even a hint that we don't want to go, the other caves in also. Gotta get my groove on!

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Too little sleep, no rich color change outside but a good day...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I had a “freakout” night where I woke up a little after 1 and couldn't fall back asleep. I went downstairs to read until 3:30 and then managed to sleep 3 hours upstairs. Hubby is a light sleeper and he came downstairs to investigate, poor guy. Today was a day off from the gym so we wanted to go on trails to see fall colors. The colors are still far from their peak. First few steps of our hike we started talking about what we will cook for dinner when we got home. Last night we had round steak, rice, loads of pickles, and tossed salad. We liked it so much we wanted the same thing for tonight. We walked at a leisurely pace. Hubby asked if I wanted to walk a little extra at the end to make it exactly 8 miles, but my feet had blisters so I declined. It was in the mid 50s all day today. It got dark quickly and now we are wrapped in blankets watching football on tv.

  
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OWLWENEEDISLOVE 10/13/2014 8:43AM

    Great time of yr to see the colors :) sounds like a wonderful walk to me.

Have a great day spark friend !

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/13/2014 8:27AM

    emoticon what a great walk

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JENNAAW 10/13/2014 8:12AM

    Those are beautiful, tiny maple leaves in the photo, I didn't do them justice with my technique but take my word for it they were breathtakingly delicate. I don't know my trees; anyone know what these tiny-leaved maple trees are called?

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/13/2014 8:02AM

    Beautiful trail to walk on!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 10/11/2014 9:38PM

    Sounds like you had a nice time. I love this time of the year! emoticon emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/11/2014 8:55PM

    So pretty - I bet that trail is gorgeous when the colors change more! And what a long hike - good for you! I use map my walk/run too and really like it!

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DAIZYSTARLITE 10/11/2014 8:32PM

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Resilience (BLC26 Challenge Log)

Sunday, October 05, 2014


I often wished that I had a higher IQ, but one good thing I was born with is resilience. This trait has defined my life. Growing up was tough- both my parents suffered from extreme, untreated depression. My father had serious substance abuse problems during the most formulative years of my life. He was around 70 before he quit that lifestyle. My family was poor and to this day I and my children are the only ones in the entire extended family who graduated from college and married happily. Luck and resilience helped me do this. Along the way I put my own life at great peril many times during my teens and young adulthood. I wish I had not engaged in those awful things but I somehow survived so it is senseless to dwell on that past. I think I would go nuts if I spend too much time thinking about my past reckless, self-endangering behavior, so I deal with this by not going back except to reflect on how much better my life is today.

  
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LADYJ6942 10/6/2014 11:09PM

    Thank you for sharing, resilience is definitely a perfect title. Hugs and I'm glad to have met you here.

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-LAUREN- 10/6/2014 11:05PM

    Thank you for sharing! I'm happy you broke your families cycle, not just for you but for your children too. It looks like they took after you and your resilience!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/6/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon STRENGTH - thanks for sharing.

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SLIM-RACHEL 10/6/2014 1:24PM

    I agree that having resilience is a trait that helps people make it through tough situations. There have been studies done on people that have experienced traumatic events both short term and long term. The ones that possessed a measure of resilience are the ones that were able to go on to have healthy lives.
I too came from a very bad background and made many poor choices. Resilience is something that I possess as well.
Thank you for sharing this with us !

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BKWERM 10/5/2014 4:49PM

    I agree with Melanie. It is good to let go of the past. My sister can't let go of the past and consequently, I think she's a far more stressed person than I am. Letting go is hard but if you can do it, kudos to you.

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JENNAAW 10/5/2014 1:37PM

    I feel sorry for people who can't let their pasts go. I think the media often exacerbates that by setting people up for pity. For instance, if a victim of abuse is told "Poor, poor you!!!" over and over, it would make it quite hard to go on with a healthy mindset. I also would not like to use my early life as an excuse for anything I do today.

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MELWOW1 10/5/2014 12:02PM

    Many people can't seem to let go of their pasts and it often defines them. You have broken through that and,it seems, become a better person for it. I don't think many people realize how hard this is to do. emoticon

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Last computer access for a while...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I will miss you for a while, Amber Amazon Warriors! I hiked in Kentucky today; was 4 hours long and of course I got lost. A hike is not a hike for me if I don't get lost. My original plan was to stay on one trail. The trail was pretty narrow in one part as the photo shows. I feel really, really sleepy but not because of the hike, I was so excited last night about the trip that I slept three (hubby knows I never sleep well before a trip) hours at best. My muscles feel surprisingly good at this point considering that I had TRX class last night, drove over 7 hours, then went right to the hike. Going to bed really soon so we can be off and running tomorrow!

  
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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 9/27/2014 11:01AM

    Have a great time!!! emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 9/25/2014 7:45PM

    Sleep well...enjoy your tomorrow

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MY EXPECTATIONS FOR BLC26

Monday, September 22, 2014


My main goal for BLC26 is to be motivated to a live a healthy lifestyle. I was nervous and shaky the previous rounds; it took me this long to start feeling that the challenges were doable. I feel very comfortable with the team members now and that helps a lot. Every time a new Challenge rolls around I am afraid to open the document and see what it is because I fear not being able to complete it and consequently let my team down. This time I am off to a confident start. My kitchen is stocked with colorful fruit and veggies and I am discussing meals ahead of time with my husband. We endured a week without electricity; I gained 2 pounds from eating whatever we had left but I managed to get back to healthier eating. I am also giving a great deal of thought and planning to what and how I will eat next week while I am away from home.

  
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MELWOW1 9/23/2014 5:31PM

    You will do this! emoticon


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