Monday, February 14, 2011
It's a small two-person Coleman tent, well reviewed on Overstock.com, & today it is on special for just $41. With $1 shipping, what a deal! I also bought a roll-up foam pad to go under my sleeping bag.
This is symbolic in a couple of ways--because:
1. My husband & I got a nice little Eddie Bauer tent as a wedding present--but we never used it. Because I was sole support of the family, I worked most weekends as well as weekdays, & there was never a good time to go camping. Besides, after a few years of marriage I realized that he was too anxious & crabby to go camping with--it wouldn't have been fun AT ALL.
2. When he moved out, he wanted to take the tent & the propane lamp (also a wedding present). It wasn't worth arguing over, so I said OK.
3. I am starting to feel better after two weeks with bronchitis--& spring is coming!
4. I am actually picturing using this as a ONE-person tent for getaways at Starved Rock Park (central Illinois), or by a lake in Wisconsin, to hike & write. I myself AM a fun person to camp with--things don't have to be perfect, I take problems in stride, I hugely enjoy the beauty of nature. And I enjoy solitude.
5. I also enjoy people! I can go camping with groups of friends. I can even bring the tent to future church retreats & thus have private sleeping quarters rather than sharing a dorm-style room. When my granddaughter (who will be born any day now) gets old enough, I can take her on short camping trips!
OK, this was an impulsive purchase (I just happened to scroll through Overstock's ad today & a larger version of this tent caught my eye). But it obviously speaks to some of my deep longings. I hereby proclaim that one of my 2011 goals is to take at least one weekend camping trip!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This is my Motivation Blog for the next 5% Challenge.
My BMI is within the healthy range. My blood pressure is usually lovely (at my last visit to my doctor, despite this bronchitis, it was something like 100/70). My blood sugar is fine, my cholesterol is fine. I'm not disease prone.
But I still want to lose some weight & tone up, especially my upper arms. At my goal weight, 150, I will be at a BMI of 21.6--still healthy, not underweight at all. I want to get there so I can comfortably wear some favorite clothes--that sleeveless black dress in summer! that slinky wool-knit black dress in winter! that white dress with a jazzy belt! all my shorts! all the sleeveless shirts/tops!
Yep, I want to be strong too. But this round, it's gonna be for the way I look! Hurray!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Today I went to the office, & I sorta wanted to put up a big QUARANTINE sign on the door. When a colleague approached me just outside my door, I actually held up my hands & said "Unclean, unclean!" (Have you read how people with skin diseases would have to call that out in biblical times, to keep others from catching their ailment?)
But let me back up a bit. Because the snowpocalypse was due to land midafternoon Tuesday, my supervisor encouraged us to leave early that day & take work home with us. I did--but during the train ride home I started feeling a chest ailment coming on. The next two days were snow days, & I did some work at home but felt quite yucky. Sucked some ColdEeze, which usually knocks out colds for me, but this was obviously more than the normal cold. Friday I took a sick day & got in to see my doctor. She confirmed that the dreaded bronchitis (which I had for the first time a few years ago) had returned, but I had no signs of pneumonia. Mainly I'm just supposed to rest a lot & drink lots of fluids, especially hot drinks.
I bowed out of church & social responsibilities over the weekend & just hunkered down. Fortunately I had a good array of groceries on hand. And though every morning when I wake up I feel perfectly miserable (terribly sore throat, aching body, nonexistent voice), by afternoon I'm better & have energy to get some editing work done. I have even done a little bit of cooking.
After nearly a week, my bronchitis is still really bad! But I needed to move several projects forward at work--there were tasks no one else could really do for me. So on the way to the office today I stopped at the pharmacy & stocked up on cough drops, tissues, hand sanitizer, & the indispensable Mucinex. Then, at the office, I kept my door closed most of the day. At our weekly department meeting, I sat away from the table where everyone else was clustered. I used hand sanitizer repeatedly, especially after blowing my nose & before dropping off projects in others' inboxes.
It was a really productive day! I was able to move four or five book projects out of my office. I also cleaned up files in the book I'm currently editing, & then e-mailed them to myself so I have them ready to work on here at home.
My plan now is to work at home for two days & then reevaluate. Maybe that will end up being one sick day & one workday--we'll see. I'm not going to push myself; rest is ESSENTIAL. The next couple of days are going to be really really frigid in Chicago, so I'm glad I'm able to hunker down & not go out. If I need to stay home Thursday & Friday as well, I will. My boss just wants me to get better as soon as I can--she's not rushing me to come back.
I left work early, & on the way home I stopped at the grocery store. Besides ginger, honey, & a couple of teas to vary my hot beverages, I got bananas, oranges, & oats. Then I decided to get some treats: some Triscuit crackers & some dark chocolate! I have been VERY conservative about food treats ever since I started living by myself. I mostly just eat food I have cooked--& when I bake something sweet, usually I give most of it away. So getting these modest snack foods feels like a major indulgence, which amuses me. Don't worry, I will treat myself only when there's room in each day's calorie count!
Since the end of the recent 5% Challenge I have stayed within a pound of my ending weight. Pretty good for not having energy to exercise because of being sick! But I'm hoping to do some low-key exercise tomorrow.
Sounds as if I'm getting better, doesn't it, since I'm yammering on so long? Maybe--but it's also that I'm quite tickled about being able to quarantine myself for a few more days! I'm not truly isolated, as phone & Internet allow me to connect with lots of people. It's nice to be protected from the cold, stocked up on good things to eat & drink, encouraged to rest, & comfortable with my own (& my kitty's) company! And Netflix will have a good film in my box tomorrow, & there's a novel from the library to read . . . As Claudia says, life is good.
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