Saturday, May 07, 2011
Early today, I was doing my “old lady fast walk” on the treadmill at the fitness center, watching mindless television which I never do at home—“Say Yes to the Dress” I think it was... I was moving, going fast, perspiring nicely. There was nobody else there; it was great! After about 20 minutes a young, toned fellow leapt onto the treadmill one over from where I was. He cranked that baby up until he was running about a gazillion miles an hour on that thing. Suddenly, I felt as if I were hardly moving.
That old, familiar feeling of “What am I doing here? I don’t belong here. This is for young/skinny/good-looking people.” started to come on. But I said to myself, “Self, this is for you. He’s doing his thing; you’re doing yours. There’s no difference.” And you know what? I was right!
It was great! That was a huge step forward for me, to just stay there comfortably doing my “old lady fast walk”, even if it wasn’t that fast, while he did his “young fella running like hell” run.
We can only be right where we are. If we aren’t there, we aren’t anywhere. Right now, I’m a too-heavy aging lady. I will be thinner, but I will never be younger. And that’s okay. I’m where I’m at right now. The great thing is, I like it!
Sunday, February 06, 2011
This comes in response to the degrading way our National Anthem was rendered at Super Bowl XLV. We don't need a law regarding this, but I would encourage everyone to contact the people who make decisions regarding the performance of the National Anthem at public events. Please ask the people in charge to consider carefully who they have sing the National Anthem, and to set some ground rules. Military bands and vocal groups, college bands, talented high school bands, people who actually care about the song and what it means. Please, no more celebrities for whom it is only another photo-op and a chance for some camera time. That is not what our National Anthem is about. Take the money that is now being thrown down the toilet on the so-called "performers" and use it to endow the arts at the chosen schools. This needs to come from the people, "We, the people" who care a great deal about the National Anthem, and what it stands for.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Hello Everyone. It's been a long time since I put up a blog post, and I have missed it! Progress has been achingly slow, but at least there has been some!
The recession has clobbered our piano teaching business, which is our only income. Until the last year or so, it has always been enough. Not any longer. It's been a struggle.
The upshot of it all is that I am back in college. Yes, at this age! It's odd to be the "Grandma" in a classroom!
I decided a few months ago to look into returning to college. At first I was angry...so angry! I was angry at the necessity of it. And also, looking at age 60 really soon, I didn't want to think about "starting over".
But, I've calmed down a bit. I'm enjoying school, as I always have. It's interesting to be around the young people.
I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that it will be interesting!
Monday, June 07, 2010
We just had a week off from teaching, which has been delightful. We didn't get everything done we had hoped to...actually, we didn't get anything done we had hoped to! But, we always make big plans and then do whatever strikes our fancy at the time. It's a pretty good way to vacation.
We celebrated my husband's 65th birthday last Wednesday, which was great fun. We drove to Wichita that day to visit a clinic he is very interested in going to. That was wonderful. They are very focused on health and nutrition, and they work in connection with your primary care provider.
It's not been a "diet week" to be sure. I have two feelings about that. One, it's been great to just relax and sort of "get away" from watching myself like a hawk. I've enjoyed it. At the same time, I've missed tracking my food and progress! I'm not going to weigh myself until next week, after my life goes back to "normal", whatever that might mean! I suspect there are a couple of extra pounds hanging around here somewhere, hopefully mostly water weight because of the extra carbs I ate over vacation. And it's okay.
We had a great time, we're back to teaching tomorrow, and it will be good.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Some time ago I posted a blog about my rings falling off. That was a great feeling, to "under-grow" my jewelry. With the help of something called "ring snuggies", they stay on now. I don't wear them very often, as the snuggie is a little uncomfortable, but I can wear them if I choose to. It will be wonderful when I can finally have them re-sized!
I was sewing a button back on a blouse this morning, and my thimble kept slipping off. Now, the blouse was on the clearance rack, so I'm not distraught about having to sew a button back on! I'm going backwards through clothing sizes, so pretty much everything I buy these days is from the clearance rack! Ungrowing my thimble never occurred to me, though. Is that even possible? The thimble didn't stretch; it's metal! But the dog-gone thing will not stay on.
So, my next shopping trip will be to buy a new thimble. That is so unexpected. And, so amazing.
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