Monday, July 14, 2014
When I chose to clean up my life and to begin my journey to become mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthier, I was somewhat unaware of the amazing blessings that would follow. I knew life could and should get better, but I underestimated the joy of each and every day. Don't get me wrong. Life is still hills and valleys, high hills and deep valleys. But, I accept that now, and look for the small miracles and have gratitude for God's grace in my life.
Oh, what I could have missed.......Oh, what I could have missed!!!!!
As I share this I am leaving for a 4 day trip to Sacramento to visit my favorite aunt (my "mom"). She is 81 years YOUNG and has just downsized and moved from the Silicon Valley to a senior community outside Sacramento. I visit her at least 3 times a year and can't wait to see her new digs. I could have missed a relationship with her and my cousins had I continued on the path I was on a dozen years ago. My boys are all coming home to be with my husband while I'm gone (when the cat's away the mice will play?) But, what a blessing to be an active mom for my grown boys.
I am also sharing a picture of my two grand children from last week when we babysat. I could have missed the indescribable elation I feel when they wrap their arms around me and yell "gra-ma, you're here!" Ahhhhhhhhhh!
Our good health is so very much more than the number on the scale or the size jeans we buy. We all know this, but it is finally becoming a deep thread in the fabric of who I am.
I have a LONG way to go to be the healthiest me, but instead of bemoaning that, I am now excited for the lifetime challenge.
Thank you for letting me share, Sparkfriends. We are all in this together.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
I have two beautiful grandchildren. My grandson turned 1 year old on Friday. My son and daughter-in-law had a wonderful party for family to celebrate.
Some months back, I found the old Radio Flyer Town and Country wagon that belonged to our three boys buried in our tractor garage. It was really beaten up, but I thought it could be salvaged for my grandson. (note: I had hand painted my son's old rocking chair for my granddaughter when she turned 1) Well, the wagon project required that my husband participate, as the base needed to be completely rebuilt. We have no experience with this kind of thing, but we have imagination, persistence, and determination. After several weeks of disassembling, sanding, pounding, taping, re-taping, varnishing, painting, and reassembling.......we finished the wagon. The wagon was transformed with love, time, sweat, and work. I even found an old picture of my two oldest boys in the wagon with some neighbor kids 33 years ago.
It was a hit and so appreciated. I'm posting a few pictures because I was asked to do so by a few Spark friends.
But, for us, the message is more profound. My husband and I are in our early/mid sixties and did not always take great care of ourselves. About 15 years ago I began a clean up and restoration of my body, mind, and soul. He has followed the "clean up" plan, as well. We are refurbishing and restoring ourselves on a daily basis. The message? You are never too old or beaten up to make changes with love, hard work, persistence, and determination.
The wagon refurbishing was a fun and joyful experience for us both.
Our personal refurbishing is also fun and joyful, if we chose to make it so! And we do!
Have a healthful, happy, and loving week, everyone!
Friday, February 14, 2014
My husband and I went for a short 2 mile walk this morning. We started out before 11:00 knowing that it's predicted to be a bit warm today. When we turned the corner we were somewhat surprised by the thermometer on one of our businesses. We kept our walk short, but worked up quite a sweat!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, SPARK FRIENDS.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Well Spark friends,
We are all having some very extreme weather in 2014. Ours here in California is very dry and warm, with no break in sight. But, I must say I enjoyed my walk/jog today in the early afternoon. I decided to go to the top of the hill that our Jr. College is on. It is steep, and I do more walking than jogging, but it is a good workout and I can overlook our valley when I get to the top. I took a "selfie" to show you how brown and dry we are. I'm not very good at "selfies" but you get the idea. When I got back down to the boulevard, I snapped a picture of the digital temperature on one of our businesses. Then I snapped pictures of my greeting committee when I hit home. Mary, our remaining sheep is finally beginning to trust our dog, Molly, after the pit bull attacks last summer. And Molly, who misses Bosco, our old dog that we put to sleep before Thanksgiving, is enjoying the company. They make a good pair and put a smile on my face when I reach our driveway after a run.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
My goal in 2012 was to jog/walk 500 miles. When I met that goal last year, I set a goal of 600 miles for 2013.
I ran 4 miles this morning and realized, after my Spark Tracker recorded my mileage, that I was only 2 miles from my goal. My husband and I walked the last 2 miles this evening as the sun went down.
Even though my health was problematic in November, I was pretty sure that I would still meet my goal. I was unable to put in longer distances in November, but by being consistent and very moderate (a mile here......a mile there....) I was able to maintain until my health improved. My mileage increased this week and a was able to meet my goal.
So the lesson again for me, with health and exercise, is to be gentle with myself and treat myself kindly, but keep my eye on the ultimate goal of healthy living through fitness, healthy eating, personal and spiritual growth, and outgoing love.
Thank you Sparkpeople, as always, for being here for me through the highs and the lows.
You are at the top of my daily gratitude list.
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