Monday, March 11, 2013
My "baby" brother celebrates a birthday today. He lives in Japan with his wife and son.
Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi.
Today I learned that Joel Lee Compton's application for parole was denied. In 1983, he killed Officer Jerry Cline of the Albuquerque Police Department. Jerry's wife was my history teacher and they were both leaders of the Explorer Scout troop that I participated in for two years. When Jerry's killer was convicted, he was originally given a death sentence. Later, an outgoing governor commuted all of the sentences of those men on death row. The governor now says he did not think any of those men would ever come up for parole. What that commutation of sentence means is that, now, every two years, Jerry's widow, family and friends have to try to persuade the parole board that his killer should not be given freedom. It keeps that wound from ever healing. I am in my 50s, Jerry's widow and friends are older than I am and I think it is a cruel twist of fate that they get to spend their last decades continually reliving Jerry's murder and the pain of that trial. The most painful thing for them is that his killer has not expressed any remorse for killing Jerry.
Speaking of pain - day two of migraine. Great way for me to spend my "staycation". I learned today through a coworker who emailed me at home that layoffs have started. About a dozen people were on the list of people leaving the company. Some were already gone on Friday. I know one guy is retiring this Friday, but I suspect most of the rest are layoffs. I know at least 3 are.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I can't remember what I did on Friday in terms of moving my fitness forward. What a week it was!
Yesterday was Saturday. Saturday is my longest work day. I work part time at a car dealership. The work is usually really boring, but I can't complain - the work is easy, the pay is ok and I am grateful to have the job. The length of the day is broken up by the luxury of a 2 hour lunch break! I can run errands (I shop near there all the time), take a nap or, gasp, exercise!
Yesterday was a beautiful blue-sky day. Cool and gorgeous, perfect for walking. I have not been walking regularly, so when I do, my lower back tightens up. Losing weight will help with that. I walked from the dealership to my car, grabbed my fruit and walked over the slough to the strip mall, past it to Subways and bought an oven roasted chicken sandwich with tons of veggies. Walking to Subways, I had to sit twice. On the way back, I chose to sit outside and eat my sandwich.
When I crossed the slough the first time (bridge), I found someone had put some religious pamphlets on a post. Some had blown down onto the ground and others were headed towards the water. I rounded them all up and recycled them. Littering does nothing to enhance whatever message the depositor was trying to share. C'mon! The ducks, geese, coots and other birds and wildlife that call the slough home cannot read and don't need the paper clogging things up. YUCK!
When I returned over the slough, down the other side, the city crews were spraying something. Their truck was partially on the sidewalk and all kinds of cordage added to the need for me to step carefully. I was starting to resent the workers and the situation when they turned off the sprayer and said hello. We exchanged cheerful greetings and they waiting until I was out of spray range before resuming their work. I am so glad that was the exchange instead of what was in my head!
My pedometer says the walk, slow as it was, was about 45 minutes and something over 2 miles. I am a turtle and that is ok for now. At least I moved!
I was supposed to meet a former fellow paralegal student for coffee this afternoon, but I woke up with a migraine and canceled. I was not thrilled about spending the time and gas doing this anyway, but it would be nice to see her again. The time was going to be smack dab in the middle of the afternoon, so it would have created logisitical issues anyway. We're going to meet up and it will be wonderful, but I am relieved it's not today.
If the headache allows, BF is going to give me a boxing lesson. He found a punching bag and stand that someone was throwing away and lugged that home yesterday while I was at work. A couple of years ago, I bought some Cancer Awareness pink boxing gloves at the local Sears when they were at a clear-the-shelves price. The Sears store was closed and torn down, putting a few hundred people out of work in the name of real estate development...I hope, not just for the fitness, but also for the relationship, that I like boxing. BF loves it. His dad boxed semi-professionally when he was young, so he grew up around it.
So, my first week on the "Firecracker" challenge is a bit uneven. I did "something" on 5 of the 7 days. Great start. I need to have longer and more consistent sessions, but that will come with time. For the first time since I don't know when, I actually feel good about my activity level.
What really helped was wearing a talisman to support a cause every day. For the past two days and through the next few, I am wearing a red and white and a white and red cause bracelet "Hope for Japan". Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear accident at Fukushima's Dai-ichi plant. My brother, sister-in-law and nephew live in Japan. I worry about the long-term effects of the exposure on my nephew, so this cause is very near to my heart.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Yes, I skipped a day. Yesterday was a scheduled vacation day that was planned to be spent doing laundry at the laundromat, walking and doing other errands. But a migraine changed all that.
This evening, I took a short walk. It started sprinkling lightly (I love rain) and the temperature started to drop. My lower back cramped up so that was it.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Lower body ST tonight, but just a little. I am so far out of shape!
Today was a tough, tough day and I give myself a small brownie point for moving at all instead of diving into emotional eating.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Thank you, SparkFriends who commented on yesterday's blog. Your support is treasured!
I have not made my pledge yet, at least not written anything down, but, by my actions, I am living it - starting to do so anyway.
I came home after running a couple of errands after work. Before I sat down to do anything, I spent a few minutes doing a very short upper body strength training session. I feel it! I am so proud of myself for doing it and am not letting that be diminished by "should have been longer", "it was really elementary and short" or any of that self talk that fills my head.
Tomorrow is my personnel review (we do them twice a year most of the time). Not looking forward to it, but I am hoping it's better than I think.
My cat Juneau is not feeling well and I am worried about my loving and loved Maine Coon!
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