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Day 92/100 - Off to a Good Start for the Week-End

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I’ve read some blogs that got me thinking this week.

In her September 23 blog, SeptemberSpirit’s talked about clearing pebbles from her path. She shared a quote which is very a propos. “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” (Author Unknown)

I realized that in my first week of my 100-Day Challenge, I’ve been focussing on the big picture, figuring out how to put things into place so I can reach my goals. The one missing piece was the pebbles. I forgot to pay attention to the pebbles, and I’ve been getting tripped up.

I am a super organized person at work, so this week-end I’m bringing those organizational skills and tools at home. My energy is still limited, and this will allow me to ensure that it’s spent on the right activities, so I don’t trip over the pebbles in my path.

Why didn’t I realize this before???

PAT3ONTHEBACK’s June 23 blog got me thinking when she suggested asking "would I serve this to guests?" That really hit home for me. One of my relatives has celiac's so that pretty well knocks out baked goods and most snack foods from guest menus. I always make sure that whatever I make is celiac-friendly, so she doesn’t have to feel like (1) she’s a whole lot of extra trouble and (2) like she eats weird food. So it's a good question for me to ask myself when I get those urges! If I go through the trouble to make celiac-safe food for her, why would I not make sure I make the food I and my DH and DS need for our health and wellbeing???

Yesterday was a crazy weather day. On our return home from work, we ran into (in order) a flooded street, a fire, a head-on collision, then multiple flooded streets. I had a physical assessment scheduled at the gym we joined this week, but as we were fjording the streets to make it home the gym called to postpone. It turned out for the best given the circumstances, but I had really been looking forward to getting that baseline data.

My four things to do today:
(1) Pick up cement blocks for the garden
(2) Go to the farmer’s market for freggies and to support our local economy
(3) Go to the gym and do some pool exercises
(4) Reschedule my physical assessment at the gym

Have a great week-end everyone!

ETA It's time to sign up for the Summer 5% Challenge! These seasonal challenges have led to some great success stories. Just for the record, the StarFish team is the best one around (in community if not in points!)

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/26/2011 11:21PM

    I'm in your blog! Does this mean I've been published!!!! JK. I'm glad you "took something home." Now I have to figure out which pebbles tripped me up--with the power outage and the travels, I have completely forgotten about my 100 day challenge. Maybe that format isn't for me. Have to investigate.

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JULIEANNCAN 6/26/2011 2:51PM

    It sounds like you're doing well. :) Good for you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/25/2011 2:55PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan.
Now just stick to it

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JECKIE 6/25/2011 9:24AM

    Some great insights here. I let the "pebbles" get in my way sometimes, too, because I have such lofty sights. I need to look down once in a while!

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Day 94/100 – Just passed the longest day of the year, and still the days are too short!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Today’s “Healthy Reflection” could have been written by me: “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” (John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist)

There haven’t been enough hours in the past couple of days for me to feel like I’m even making a dent in what I want done. But who cares? The best thing of all happened today – I saw my son graduate from high school.

A year and a half ago, when I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, I wasn’t sure I would see this day. I am forever thankful for the medical team that managed my case, and the support of my family and friends as I went through treatments and surgery. They’ve all given me a new lease on life.

And still, I find the days too short!!! Tomorrow will be busy as well, being a workday for me as well as having my physical assessment at the gym we just joined. I’m nearly afraid to find out how badly I’ve slipped down the scale, but it will give me a clear baseline from which to work.

Happy snoozes everyone!

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PAT3ONTHEBACK 6/26/2011 11:23PM

    I found it really hard to voice that proud moment of being alive for something I was not sure I would be for. Made me feel weak that I had doubts. .. .

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JULIEANNCAN 6/24/2011 6:45PM

    Yes, the days are too short, aren't they? emoticon

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    You are a true survivor and the gift of life that you have been given is being used in great ways!! emoticon

Cheers to having more hours in the day!!

Happy Friday!!

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KELPIE57 6/24/2011 4:12AM

    So much to be grateful for, and so much to put into each day

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KAREN_NY 6/23/2011 9:12PM

    No fear!! You'll find some joy in the new movement and be on your way!

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96/100 Short and Sweet

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today was a work day for me, and it was very productive. Ate a healthy breakfast, brought a healthy lunch to work, had a healthy supper. I’m happy with where I’m at in my reintegration to work, and with the projects they’ve given me to do. I can’t say it enough – I’m very lucky to be working with the team I am.

After work, we did some not-so-quick shopping to get equipment for going to the health club. In particular, DH didn’t have a sports bag and we both needed indoor shoes. Having just learned that my shoe fitting problem isn’t that I have a wide foot, it’s that I have an exceptionally high arch, we went to a specialized store where their staff is trained in fitting shoes. What a difference! I’m going to feel like exercising even more now!

So that was my day. Now I have to think about what I’ll do tomorrow to be productive, before and after a medical appointment. ‘Night Sparkers!


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SPARKCHANTAL 6/23/2011 3:59PM

    ho ho! i'm familiar with that one, the high arches!
maybe you should consider getting some toe shoes (pointe shoes in british) for ballet dancing! you might have quite an attractive foot for that.

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JULIEANNCAN 6/22/2011 6:18PM

    So glad you have found some more comfy shoes!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/22/2011 8:07AM

    Hope you rested well. What did you decide about today's activities?

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DAV128 6/21/2011 8:53PM

    Good for you. Sounds like things are on track and your head is in the right place.


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97/100 – Not a good night or morning or afternoon... but I closed the day with a bang!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Yesterday went pretty well, and we got the back gardens started. There is soooo much work to do back there, it looks like a wild field right now, but framed in by the fence. It’s really just a postage stamp sized yard, but I haven’t been able to care for it for two years so it’s really gone wild.

Well, that has to stop this year, so we’re trying to work at it a little every day.

Last night, however, was not good. I took a nap after an early supper, and then couldn’t sleep last night. THEN, I fell asleep this morning after my guys went to work/school. Woke up stiff and a little dizzy around 10:30, ate, and chatted with my son (who got back from school about 10 minutes after I woke up; only has one exam left until he graduates high school – WooHoo!) I really didn’t feel any energy until nearly suppertime, and then...

We went and toured a local health club. Fabulous. They have everything we would like and more. Salt-water swimming pool. Women’s only area. Treadmills with virtual trails to walk/hike/run. Zumba. Aquafitness. Tons and tons of stuff! We’ve signed up, and I have my physical assessment on Friday.

So my day finished the best way of all – with a move forward!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
--- Mark Twain

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JULIEANNCAN 6/21/2011 6:37PM

    emoticon I hope the new fitness center is a great new addition for you!

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RUTHXG 6/21/2011 4:51PM

    Fabulous that you found a health club with such great amenities--enjoy it! And may the gardening be very nurturing to you body & soul.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/21/2011 2:12PM

    Great job signing up at the health club! And congrats to your son for finishing HS... it feels so late in the year to still be taking exams!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/21/2011 7:12AM

    emoticon for you. I would love to: "throw off the bowlines,

May I join you on the adventure? Rocking 2011 Together!


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KASEYCOFF 6/21/2011 4:04AM

    Great quote! And I wish I lived near that fitness center: sounds heavenly, and just the kind of place I would so enjoy, too!

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Day 98/100 – I save his life, he pees on my foot!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

So I had thought through what needed to get done yesterday, and had a plan. Then I asked hubby what he wanted to do for Father’s Day week-end, and he wanted to go for a drive “in the country”. “Today”, that is Saturday, not Sunday. We wound up driving all the way around Gatineau Park, with a few short walks in between. It totally changed my plans for the day, but it was wonderfully sunny and I was happy we took advantage of that.

Our first stop was at a pond we had been to earlier this spring. DH had lost his sunglasses, and thought perhaps he had left them there. We found them! There! On the side of the railway track! What are the odds??? While he’s looking for them, I’m taking pictures (natch!) and I caught this very proud, very loud red-winged blackbird that had caught a dragonfly. How do they sing with a bug in their mouth? Anyway, I was happy he could because that’s how I originally found him, in the shade of a tree. I snapped the pic when he moved to the top of a cedar.

Then we stopped in Wakefield for coffee and to stretch our legs some more, and then on to north of Gatineau (AKA the 366). We tend to check out side roads so we can get out and walk (and pull out our cameras!) There was a turtle sunning himself in the middle of one of the dirt roads, so I saved him from certain death (an SUV and a pick-up were on their way, and there was a hawk circling overhead) by picking him up and putting him by the water. He thanked me by peeing on my foot. No matter, it’s another turtle saved (at least for that day). (On another note, that particular foot is really not lucky. Same one with the toenail problems LOL!)

While we were dawdling along, we had a great discussion about my situation and next steps. One of the things we’ve been debating is whether we get a membership at a health club, or just rely on the equipment we already have. There are pros and cons to both, but we finally decided to go for the health club. I think I need the framework that a personal trainer can give me, and I want to learn to swim properly and they have a salt water pool.

Plus, as anyone who has been reading me for a while knows, aquafitness!!!

We crossed over to the Ontario side near Quyon/Renfrew, then drove down the Bonnechere River and for a picnic supper in the area of the Fourth Chute. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here it is. I just wish we had had our video cam – the sound of the crashing water is fantastic! We sat on the log on the left to eat supper, then walked around a bit.

Today we’ll be working in the garden mostly. Lots of work to do, too little time. My four things for today:
• Buy more mulch
• Carefully transplant the bleeding heart (I know it’s not the time, but it will get crushed when we cut the tree out front)
• Identify which plants I want to keep (I hope to be able to pull some of the others to freecycle)
• Pull the bush that is going wild (I don’t think we can save that one for freecycle, but we’ll try!)

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/20/2011 8:40AM

    WOW the Pics are emoticon Thanks for sharing with us.
It sounds like a really nice day!

I use freecycle also and love it!

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MEMARE 6/20/2011 8:28AM

    What a fabulous day! Your photos made me feel as if I were there.

Regarding the turtle tinkle on your foot... who knows it may have healing properties! emoticon emoticon

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KARENE10 6/19/2011 9:25PM

    Sounds like a really nice day,love the pics! emoticon

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KAREN_NY 6/19/2011 8:47PM

    What a fabulous weekend!!!

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KIN59VARA 6/19/2011 5:10PM

    Beautiful pictures!

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/19/2011 1:23PM

    like princess says, i've heard turtle urine bears incredible healing powers.
luck comes in the strangest forms....

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    Beautiful pics.. would love to know how to get to that place with the chutes (I'm a water fanatic)

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MKPRINCESS007 6/19/2011 12:44PM

    Sounds like a lovely day! Love the scenery and the son loves to take pics and it so reminds me of him.

I have a theory: maybe the turtle peeing on your foot is TOTALLY lucky. Maybe, his pee is the natural remedy for what ails your toenails! There you go, problem solved!

Hope you have a great day,

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