Tuesday, April 26, 2011
For some reason my Spark flame has been getting dimmer and dimmer over the past few months. Like an unattended fire, my Spark has been reduced to smoldering embers at times before roaring to life when my SparkFriends have gathered around and kept the tiny flame alight with careful tending. Even when I wanted to throw buckets of ice cold water over the embers there have been friends scurrying around with sticks of kindling, breaths of air, and lots of minding.
So, I'm not sure where I am now or whether it is fair to expect my friends to do all the work. I just don't have any motivation right now and am trying to figure out why. Is it because I'm so far off my goals that I've already admitted defeat? It is because I truly believe I can't do this despite everybody's encouragement?
I know how to eat correctly but I can't do it on a regular basis. I get spurts of it when I feel great but when I feel "blah" I either don't eat or eat the wrong stuff. I know I feel better when I walk the dogs but when I don't want to do it, I just don't.
I've been trying to get into to see my psychiatrist to have a gut-wrenching talk about all of this. I know my current medications cannot be increased (it has been done before with horrible results) and I wonder if I need totally new ones. This is like very mild manic-depression and I wish I could feel "level" most of the time rather than the rare moment here and there. I dread the thoughts of experimenting with new medications as over the years I've often felt like a guinea pig. Everybody is different and it takes a lot of trial and error to get the right balance for each person.
I'm also laid off for the summer (this happens every year from May to late August) and as fun as it sounds, I've discovered I need a reason to get up and get out in the mornings. Otherwise, I fall into habits of sitting here all morning watching mindless tv, checking Spark or wasting time on Facebook.
So, I need to come up with a plan! Nobody is to blame for this or how I feel. I have to take responsibility and try to find solutions that work for me. I am going to call my doctor yet again for an appointment and I'm going to get outdoors this morning even for a short period of time to enjoy the sun. That is a step in the right direction, right?
In closing, thank you all for being there for me and for being my flame-tender when I've lost all interest in Sparking. Keep at it! I have to start being more active on here and to start encouraging all of you as you have been doing to me!
Friday, April 22, 2011
First of all, I would like to wish all of my Christian friends, a very Happy Easter. I always find it a bit weird when it falls this late in April but this year it is even worse as we have had more snow! Yes, you read that right! For the past two mornings we have woken up to snow-covered ground. Yikes.
Anyway, despite it being incredibly damp and windy (I think the windchill was actually -8 celsius) I did manage to get out for my walk with the dogs and my husband. I wasn't going to go but then he mentioned that two huskies were reported lost in the area where we walk so I had to go to do my part in the search. Luckily they wandered back into town last night by themselves and were kept at the SPCA until the worried owners showed up. Funny thing is, there is only one way back to town and that is because a major river runs along the side they were lost on. So they had to be smart enough to figure out there was only one bridge that crosses over (the river was much to high and powerful to swim) that would lead them back. So, I have two lost dogs to thank for getting me out this morning.
My husband I went eyeglass shopping yesterday! Talk about trials and tribulations! I am such a old fuddy-duddy that I really don't want anything too stylish as it is simply not me. Well, apparently everything I picked out was too "old-fashioned" for the staff so I ended up taking three pairs home until Monday. Since they have a two-for-one deal, I'm sticking with my guns and going with the practical pair but have decided to branch out and get a slightly more funkier pair as a spare. I am not, however, going with the ones suggested as I'm uncomfortable going around with some silly designer's name on my temples. I was quite overwhelmed at the eyeglass store but am proud that I didn't cave to pressure. Oh, hubby had his picked out in two seconds flat! Figures! Ha!
I've got an interesting weekend ahead of me (for a change!) and will be going out to celebrate my birthday with my two dear friends from our humane society. It is apparently their treat and I'm looking forward to sitting back and laughing. Tomorrow evening, I am going to the wedding reception for a former student from our college. It is to be my very first Muslim ceremony and I'm looking forward to seeing how things are done. This will be their civil wedding and then they have to wait 6 months to get married in a proper Muslim ceremony in the country of her father's birthplace. It is an arranged marriage but she always knew that is what would occur and she is quite happy. I'm just thrilled to be included as their were only five people from the college invited and I'm only one of two going.
Well, I must go and try to read some more blogs. I seem to be really slow in catching up but I'm going to try to do so.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I've been absent for several days due to taking my Mom on a road trip to our capital city (yes, Ange, I was going to look you up but things got really hectic). Mom and I had a wonderful time together and despite our differences over the years have realized that we are more alike than either of us would like to acknowledge! We share a complete love of laughter and spent half of our trip wiping tears from our faces.
The hotel where we stayed had a Sci-fi convention going on which is a total foreign concept to my mother. We went to breakfast and were asked if we were there for the breakfast with Darth Vader to which my quiet mom pipes up, "sorry but we aren't dressed for the occasion but we could swing back to our hotel room and grab our winter hats and shower curtain for a quick costume!"
Then there were all these older men dressed in their housecoats and carrying wooden staffs.......I'm not sure why or what significance it was....but mom leans over to me and whispers....."crazy fools.....next thing you know they will be having Viagra conventions".
I'm feeling a lot better this week and the break did me the world of good. Spent more money than I should have (don't we all!) but not on clothes. I got so discouraged trying on clothes and not liking the Pillsbury Doughboy look. Even the plus-sizes were a failure....I seem to be between sizes which I suppose is a step in the right direction. Ended up with one t-shirt and two pairs of pj pants.
Oh, to get to the title of my blog......today I turned 45 years old! I`m not where I was hoping to be weight-wise, but I have come a long way with my physical fitness in the last year. I know I`m on the right path and Spark is so embedded in my soul that I will never, ever, be able to kick the life lessons it has taught me out of my self-consciousness. Talk about a great birthday gift and one I gave myself! Makes me wonder what will happen over the next 45 years.....
Are any of you familiar with the now-deceased Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers (something is gone crazy with my keyboard and when I type in a question mark this is what I get É) Anyway, he did a great song called ``Forty-five years from now`that is OUR song. Try to google it....it sums us up and is kinda apt for today.
My darling husband gave me a nice pair of gold hoops, some perfume and a Tilley hat. I don`t know if many out there are familiar with Tilley hats (I personally call them the Silly Hats) but they are practical and this one is a nice taupe shade to keep the harsh sun off of my freckled face! I wore on on my trip to Australia (years ago now) and found it great but this time I went for a more modern look. Anyway, I`m not wearing it for looks....thank goodness! I will post a picture when I get brave!
Will get back on to bandwagon tomorrow because I know this program works for me!
Thank you all for being such an important part of my life!
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