Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My DH and I walked part of the Wolds Way on Sunday.
We did around six miles even though it decided to bucket down with rain instead of the light showers we started off with.
We do walk and bird watch a lot when I think about it but it doesn't seem like hard work when you're doing something you enjoy. I'm slower than I used to be but persevere and manage quite well. I'm very good at walking uphill but not much kop at coming down them when I always end up sidling along like a crab...LOL it's to do with the joint I think, no pain going up but pain coming down.
I have an arthritic knee and ankle and recurring problems with piriformis syndrome, morton's foot and a ligament in the back of my knee...this is all in the same leg...LOL...but I find walking through the aches and pains pays off as by the next day I can usually feel the benefit. This week I didn't ache much at all when I set off, that came later back at home when I relaxed, but I slept well and next morning I was more or less ache free again and I'm convinced it does me good by giving me exercise and enjoyment.
High points along with the fresh air and exercise were many and varied:
Being enthralled by a hen harrier catching prey and carrying it back to the nest, hanging in the strong wind with a mouse dangling from her beak but sadly not long enough for me to focus with the camera.
The kyloes with their calves, trusting enough to come quite close to the fence but not quite close enough for you to touch them...so sweet!
Standing on the brow of the dale with the wind in your hair, the carved oak waymarkers pointing the way and the green fields undulating in the background.
Turning a corner from a high hedged lane to see an oilseed rape field sporting a streak of beautiful red poppies across the middle.
Walking through the darkling wood listening to the raindrops pattering on the foliage above our heads.
OK it rained...a lot!! but the fresh air, the sights and sounds more than made up for it and we finished up in a beautiful country pub for tea.....simply delicious and through my wise choices all healthy and on my programme too!!
Was I good or what??
All in all a Wonderful day.
oak waymarkers on the brow of the dale
poppies streak across a field of oilseed rape
Kyloe and calves
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I'm not sure if the tool is anger or disgust but it works!!
On Saturday I had a thoroughly unpleasant experience which really upset me.
It was a beautifuI warm sunny day with lots of holidaymakers strolling through our little town.
I was walking down the street, minding my own business, when a woman of around my own age of sixtyone, maybe even a little older and DEFINITELY old enough to know better, whom I'd never seen in my life before directed a nasty and derogatory 'fat' remark at me which was very obviously intended for me to overhear.
I was shocked.
I didn't retaliate and carried on walking.
When I got home I realised how upset and mad I really was, mainly mad with myself for not retaliating.
I know why I didn't.
Because she was with two other people.
Another woman who was nodding, smiling and agreeing with her and a man who did have the good grace to look sheepish and tell them to shut up.....
I was out numbered.
Anyway, I alternated, on and off, all day between quiet seething and bouts of crying which is definitely not like me.
Everytime I thought about it I got upset, and I couldn't NOT think about it.
Who was she to spoil my day?
Who was she to knock my confidence?
Who was she to make me angry and upset?
Who DID she think she was?
I'm not a fighter and I don't use bad language but I could have quite happily knocked her straight into next week and the bad language inside my head would have shocked even me if I'd used it!!!
Consequently I didn't sleep very well.
But next morning, on a beautiful hot and sunny Sunday I enjoyed a walking and birdwatching day up in the dales miles away from any people with my DH.
It seemed to put things into perspective.....so much so that I decided that I'd use Saturdays horrible experience to MY advantage.
I got weighed and I'd lost another 1lb.
As I was altering the ticker on my Spark page I realised that having already lost seventy seven pounds I WAS an achiever and I wasn't going to let some mean spirited woman I didn't even know throw me off course.
So, if ever my resolve weakens.....
I'm going to use the experience to spur me on towards my goal.
I'm going to use a negative comment to make a positive outcome.
I'm going to reach my goal.
I CAN DO IT.
So Mrs. Horrible Woman whoever you are I'm turning you into a weightloss tool.
Your warped view of people has NOT succeeded in me falling off the wagon, to the contrary I'm up on it and staying here.
I'm not upset or mad anymore, I'm POSITIVE.
Your unkind, nasty, vindictive and unnecessary comments have spurred me on to a new high.
I'm glad now that I didn't retaliate and come down to your level and I suppose I should, albeit grudgingly, say thankyou to you as I feel as if I can reach the goal I've set myself and in a warped sort of way you're the catalyst for that.
On Saturday afternoon, just after it happened, I posted on a Spark board entitled 'What's on your mind?' that I was seething over some 'fat' remark made to me by a stranger.
Not long after I received a wonderful comment and mail from a kind and caring Sparker proving the contrast between people. This person helped me get things into perspective and showed me that most people are kind and caring, it's only the odd one who can turn a pleasant life into turmoil.
Spark helps us achieve in so many ways and so do its wonderful Sparkers, I'm so glad I found it and all of you.
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