Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I got a gift certificate for Christmas to the bike shop. Today I bought a bike computer. It tells me a lot of neat stuff....all of which I do not need, but it is fun to know how fast you are going--or in my case how slow.
Went for a short ride today, by my standards. It was chilly and tonight it is supposed to either rain or snow. I am not sure that it will do either one. We need moisture really bad and I am sure there are some that would gladly send us some extra snow.
Something to contemplate as it gets close to time for school to start again! LOL
Monday, December 27, 2010
Each of us sees things differently. Here are a few of my favorites:
Fires can hurt, destroy, cost...but the also bring new growth!
Cold, slick, deadly---but here in the high desert, a must for new and continued life.
Strong, constant, stable--a reminder of the past and a link to the future.
Sweet defender of all. Tiger in shining armor? Yes, according to Spanky!
Son, daughter, beloved pets and graduation. Does it get any better?
\Sunrise, sunsets, friends! I can hardly wait to see what 2011 brings.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I get onto SparkPeople and come to my page everyday. I have done this for almost a year now, but not as much as I should have in the last three months. The last three months have been really tough for me and I am not sure why.
I lost my dad in November a couple of years ago...might be why I despise November, because I still miss my dad. I don't look forward to December and "having" to visit my mother in the Alzheimer's ward, so Christmas has lost considerable excitement for me and perhaps the combination of the above is what starts making me miserable in October.
I have been physically active---check out my minutes---but while the body is playing the heart and mind---my soul is not really in it. Am I bored with exercising? I hope not because I am the type of person that gains weight by smelling food. I control portion sizes, what and when I eat and I have just about accepted that I will be forever "fat but healthy"; yet another reason the past three months have not been easy? I have thought long and hard about this point of view.
I had so much fun when I first started on here. I had many friends that were very supportive (still do) and several friends that I felt very close to (still do) and suddenly got hit with a couple of very close friends just becoming totally uncommunicative. I felt (feel) like I must have done something to hurt or offend them? I thought we were growing and changing together. I guess I stand corrected, but with my personality....this makes me guarded. I might choose not to share as much as I had. I imagine this might be good and it might not....I will see.
The gist of the matter is this: I am me for good or bad and I felt happier and healthier with myself when I spent more time on Spark than I have the last four or five months when I have spent less time and effort. I need to get my heart off my sleeve and let other people grow and change...even if it means that they grow "apart" from me.
I need to start anew with logging in each morsel that I eat and I really do need to closely monitor my diet as my doctor took me off of my cholesterol medicine to see if I would feel better. I was sore and achy and OMG---now I am not but I worry because my body "makes" too much cholesterol all by itself!
I need to communicate more with the teams that I am a leader of as well as with the teams I belong to. More time reading and sharing and truly taking an interest in others and not just me. I need to read more and find interesting facts to share and stimulate conversation, helping others to hopefully find items that will help them in their journey to fitness and happiness.
Yup, I guess I need to re-evaluate where I am at as well as where I want to go...at least that is what I am undertaking at this time. Hopefully, the friends I have will understand as much as I try to understand what they are going through. I am mostly a loner so I will try to keep my heart off my sleeve and be more accepting and willing to share. If I get stepped on, tis okay because we all have those days and I just realized it is possible to have one of those days for several months.
It is Time!
Life IS all about the climb and not so much what is on the other side!
Hoping one and all had and is having a fantastic Holiday Season!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I spent the last four days on a total vacation from "me" and what I usually do.
I spent these days playing with my kids. Now before you say that is normal...my son is 20 and my daughter is almost 19 and her significant other is 19 as well. So, we did not go to the park, play on the swings or decorate for the holidays. We went to the woods and went bird hunting!
I imagine many people do not believe in hunting and many people do and that is a discussion for a later time and place. Suffice it to say that most of the birds are safe when around me as I have not hunted in a while and my "keen" eye is not as sharp as it used to be. In other words..at times I could not hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle! The birds we did get we ate and they were wonderful.
I got my daily exercise in walking in sandy creek bottoms, toting my 20 gauge. I spent a great deal of time just listening and enjoying nature. Of course everything was not perfect as we had two flats yesterday. Mesquite can be very damaging to tires!
These trees have some wicked thorns and will go right through a tire. The birds love these trees and the more trees in an area, the more birds likely to be found.
I took the kids to all of the places my parents used to take me. Many things have changed...lots of places no longer open, landscapes changed with time, but overall I truly enjoyed myself. The trips also brought with them some tender moments...fond memories, some good laughs, and future memories, and some alligator tears for me as I miss my dad, brother and mom.
I feel renewed, rejuvenated and ready to go on and tackle the rest of winter and the holiday season. I have not finished shopping yet; I haven't even put up a tree, but my first and perhaps most important present bought this season was a 20 gauge shotgun for my daughter. Her first gun and she is very proud of it. My present was watching her hunt and enjoy herself and her new gift.
Have a great, healthy and active week spark friends!
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