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!)
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!
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!
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
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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