Monday, March 03, 2014
I started today off well enough. Woke up at 5 a.m. as I had planned, did one mile of WATP, fed dog, fed fish and started walking dog at 6:30. Then I had a last-minute sub call, 1st grade at 7:30. Well, thought I, I had planned for this by getting up early. Well, maybe, but the teacher left a terrible lesson plan with way too many gaps. Gaps are bad with first graders, who have attention spans of nanoseconds. So I felt very grumpy after only an hour of struggling to keep some kind of control.
Still, I didn't succumb to the cookies that were in the teacher's lounge and, when I crawled home at 2:30, utterly exhausted, I had a healthy snack of rice crackers and hummus instead of stopping at Safeway and buying a giant cupcake.
Then just as I was coming back from walking the dog, she barked at someone across the street who went off on me. Sigh. AND I got another one of those "we have some new fees for you" e-mails from my HOA in Santa Fe. Golly I wish I could sell that condo.
I decided to eat a "comfort" dinner of light tuna noodle casserole. And so I am feeling rather more peaceful and will crawl into bed, hoping tomorrow will have a few less challenges in it.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Went for a 2-mile walk with the dog this morning. It rained all day yesterday, very unusual for our area at this time of year. The monsoons aren't due for another couple of months. It was the California storm coming through apparently. I hope that the storm in California signals better, moister weather for them in the future!
Anyway, the first thing I saw on my walk was a hitchhiking cactus:
It was just off the walking path and it struck my funny bone. We may not have beautiful flowers or lush greenery but we do have some odd looking cacti in southern Arizona.
The other thing we have, at least where I live, are mountains:
They, the Huachucas, aren't as high as the Rockies but I still enjoy looking at them. I hope to be hiking them more than I have been. My conundrum has been whether to bring the dog or not. Many trails around here don't allow dogs so I would have to leave her at home. I don't like hiking alone with her. We do have a couple of hiking groups but I have tried one and didn't find it very congenial. It was kind of "martial." Anyway, I am still mulling it--perhaps look for trails that DO allow dogs.
So it is March and I am very glad that February is over. I had one illness after another so that I was laid low almost the entire month. I did manage to lose 2 pounds but it wasn't a good way to do it!
My goals for this month are to use my time more wisely, concentrating on health, spirit and learning. I know, having lost those 2 pounds last month, that I CAN eat more healthily and still "survive." I don't need to be eating a lot of the things I was eating before I became sick. And I also know that I do have time for things like exercise and thoughtful writing. I just have to DO it. Right now I am pumped and I had a very good day yesterday. Keep it going!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I didn't eat a whole lot yesterday because my gut was still so sore and bloated (read DIverticulitis.) I didn't exercise much except for walking the dog. But today I feel much better. My challenge today will be to eat well--fruits, veggies, proteins--and finally get a session with a Leslie Sansone DVD in. There won't be an excuse not to. Apart from teaching today, I have no other commitment on my calendar. Except the commitment to make 2014 a banner health year! (Said quietly so the Furies don't hear.)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Yesterday afternoon I had a really bad attack. Fever, chills, and pain in the gut. Talk about a lesson about bingeing! I am okay today--shaky, but okay. I am really glad about that because I have four more days to fulfill my sub teaching contract and I really didn't want to call in sick.
Goes without saying I am eating VERY carefully today. I didn't eat much yesterday but did focus on banana and applesauce; that helped.
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