Tuesday, July 05, 2011
With July here, I am finding myself smack dab in the middle of the summer that I miss so dearly during the cold midwestern winters. It feels like it has come on suddenly and is speeding past. In my nature, I want to add on activites endlessly, but am coming torealize that as I do, other important activities suffer. So, this month, I am trying to take the tie to be quiet ... even if it means not doing or accomplishing EVEYTHING I think I should or want to do.
I am continuing to try to find enough time to train for my halfs this Sept and Oct but still get my work and home and church obligations done. In addition, I am trying not to let cross training fall completely away. This may require that I do some more biking, swimming etc instead of the classes that I have come to rely on. I have found that I can swim as cross training while still enjoying family time, or couple short errands with biking or jogging. This allows me to get in the fitness and still get oher committments and obligations done.
This morning is a light morning and although I would have loved to get in a yoga class, I am taking time to get things accomplished at home before work and then my women's group tonight. I also had a phone interview for another position at the Home Depot. This would be a merchandising position...lots of early mornings and some travel, but a fairly regular schedule and FULL TIME w/benefits. This Friday I hope to be able to speak with the manager of the team that I am hoping to join. Just having a more stable schedule would be a great asset in giving me mroe balance and the added benefits of full time would be awesome!
Tomorrow, I have a full day off, so I hope to double up on my fitness and then Thursday, I work, then drive an hour to the clinical trial location and the official start of that program. Friday and Saturday are two very full work days and then Sunday a day of rest.....hoping to meet up with some buddies for our long run.
I don't know if I will ever get this "balance" thing, but I keep on trying - and like one of my favorite quotes says, "You can't fail (or lose), if you don't give up!"
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Last year, when the temps really started to rise, I got up extra early a couple times a week to get in some miles (like at 4:30 am) before work. Since my sleep has not been all that good recently, getting up any earlier just hasn't been an option and I'm usually in bed pretty early. Tonight however, I knew that I would be up for the fireworks and since they are only a couple miles from the house, I chose to run there. Then on the way home, the temps were just too comfortable and I got in another 4.5 miles. Right around 6.5 miles total. Running in the dark was a little disconcerting, add to that the fact that I ran on the road instea of the sidewalk since the sidewalk had no light and aren't the flatest in this town and I didn't want to trip. I didn't hear the headphones and watched out for crazy drivers.....it is the 4th of July. May have to try this again on a non holiday night. It was quite comfortable. Maybe now I'll get a good nights sleep! Hope everyone had a great 4th!!!
Friday, July 01, 2011
So, this week has been like many in my life.....busy, busy, busy. And, in addition to the already crazy pace, I learned that my sis will be having yet another surgery in August, this time to burn a nerve in an effort to make moving less painful for her. They are still looking at her thyroid...no word there yet. Then, yesterday, I had to say farewell to my "Red kitty". He was 17, almost 18, and we knew that the end was coming, but no matter what, it is still a sad adjustment period for everyone.
The good news is that despite my stress and lack of sleep and the million other reasons that I could have given, I didn't go overboard with stress and comfort eating. Have maintained my weight and my healthy living (as much as possible), and, got accepted into the clinical trial. The same day that I had to put Red kitty down, I had a physical to see if I would be a candidate for this trial. They did a full physical including an EKG...which, after looking at it and my vital signs, the doctor asked, "HOW OLD are you?" When I told him 50, he said, 'well, that's a BEAUTIFUL EKG and you are in great shape for 50!" That made my week! So, once the three vials of blood are evaluated, I go back in next week to get those results, and then.......the fun begins!
As for now, I know that I have pages and pages of e-mails and messages to catch up on, but I know better than to try to catch up all at once. My internet was having issues for 3 days and it will be at least three or more days for me to catch up now. Be patient with me.....I will get back to each and everyone of you. Have a very safe and happy Fourth of July!!!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Yesterday (and for that matter the past few days) have been inreasingly stressful. Last night's poor quality of sleep did not add to today either, but tomorrow is the start of te clinical trial that I am participating in, so, hopefully, I will be able to at least get some better rest.
I'm struggling a little with the craving of sweets and last It didn't help that Verion is having issues with there service in my area. All five cookies were consumed while on the phone with the help desk trying to get the internet service working right. Today is better. I just have to resolve myself to get done what I can, and that will have to be okay....I still need to sleep and fighting the poor internet service is not going to contribute to my sanity or healthy living. Please understand dear friends if I fall behind in my Sparking. I should be able to find a little time this weekend to catch up.
The work front is guardedly improved. Today, I was award with a watch for customer service excellence, and, immediately after the presentation seemed like a good time to confront my boss (and the store manager, since I caught them at the same time) with the issue of my hours being cut back again. They were immediately reinstated which is good, but now the word is that there is going to be a new scheduling program we will be testing starting in August. I could start worrying about it now, but, since there is really nothing much I can do about it, I think I will just trust and leave it in God's hands for now. I think HE can handle the additional issues better than I can at this point in time.
Add to the rest of the issues that have been cropping up, my sis will be having another "minor" surgery to deaden a nerve on 8/11. Also, my cat, (actually my ex husbands cat, but he's been mine and living with me since we parted ways) is now 18 years old....I know, a ripe old age for a cat....but his health is failing - FAST-and I know that soon I will have to take him in and have him put to sleep. I'm praying that he can make it through the holiday weekend, but we'll have to see. He was extra weak today...couldn't even make it up to the counter where we put his food to keep it safe from the dogs.
On a lighter note.....abs and group strength class were AWESOME - aahhhh, I needed that!!!!
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