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Some Wonderful People

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some wonderful people have given me great advice this past 24 hours. I have taken it to heart and am working on changing myself. Their advice was great and came just when I needed it. Thank you to those people. I will treasure your comments forever.

  


Bittersweet Walk

Monday, June 14, 2010

Today my walk was bittersweet. I love the walks down my street. One side starts a wooded forrest; the other side is a bay of Lake Guntersville. I've meet most of my neighbors by going for walks. Their dogs have become my walking partners. But I know I have only two more walks down this street before moving back up to Michigan. I got choked up a couple times thinking about this. I know I have to leave. I'm glad I have such fond memories.

  


Peaceful Sunday Morning

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I started on my morning walk at 6:20 am. As I was walking, I really started to notice my surroundings. The sun was coming up, brightening up the day. the birds were waking up and chirping merrily to each other. Other animals were doing their wake up sounds and stretches. I could hear the water lapping at the shoreline. Only two cars passed me today. (There was 27 on Friday.)

Then it dawned on me. God was telling me good morning through nature. I was reminded to be at peace with myself. I am banishing all my negative thoughts today. God wants a peaceful Sunday morning.

  


Cha-Cha-Changes!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Let me first tell a little history of myself. On July 3, 2006 and on April 14, 2009 I broke a vertebrae each day. They happen to be right next to each other in the middle of my back. I had operations each time.

A common side effect of having two broken vertebrae close to each other is scoliosis. I had this side effect on my lower spine. On December 27, 2009 I had an operation where doctors went in and put rods and screws in to straighten my back.

The recovery has been long. The first three months, I had to wear a body brace all the time - except for sleeping and showers. During one shower, I turned wrong and got a stress fracture above the rods and screws. During the fourth month, I got to slowly wean myself off the body brace. I am now in month six of recovery and should get the green light to resume vacuuming, working, etc.

This past week, I have been making changes to my workouts - adding and re-arrainging excercises and walking a little farther each day. I noticed that when I went for my walks and towards evening, my back was a little sore.

This morning, a emoticon appeared to me after my excercises and before my walk. It said to try wearing a simple back brace while walking. Good thing I listened to myself - I could tell a diffence in my back during that walk. Lesson learned: be careful with body parts during excercise and cardio sessions.

  


Humpty Dumpty

Friday, June 11, 2010

As I was walking this morning, I couldn't help but to relate my life to Humpty Dumpty. When I started three weeks ago, I felt like I fell off the wall and was in a million pieces.

I am determined to put all my pieces back together. The first step in the right direction was, by a fluke of luck, finding SP. I started learning how to eat better. I learned what my bad habits had done to my body. (That part was a real eye-opener!) I am now making better food choices and tracking everything that goes in my mouth.

I am now consistently working out every day. I have my excercises, my walks and my stationary bike. I'm feeling the difference already in my clothes.

The best way SP helped me to start putting my life together was that it made me take a look at myself. What was I feeling? Why was I eating things? The soul searching made me realize so much about myself. I have let myself become a victim of those around me and their attitudes. I'm learning that I don't want that for myself. And I'm armed and ready to fight back!

Thank you to all those people who have listened to me, consoled me, and guided me. It means the world to me. With your help, I am putting all the pieces back together again.

  


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