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!)
Saturday, June 18, 2011
For the first day of my challenge, yesterday was pretty good. It was a work day, and I got thrown into a meeting at the last minute. A 4-hour meeting... really changes your schedule! I ate very well, resisted pop & pizza at the meeting and brought my own lunch (bean salad, mixed fruit bought that morning, and water). Plus the meeting was very interesting (have I said lately that I love my job???) and the time flew by.
The idiot part came after the meeting, which was held in a building along the river. I walked to a park to meet my husband, but do I start off with a warm-up, or a slow walk ? No. Do I have good walking shoes on, to support all this extra weight I carry? No. Did I have a light bag or nothing to carry? No, I had about 15 lbs in my workbag.
I naturally walk a quick pace (I guess it comes from previously having walked everywhere!) and I start off quickly right off the bat. Probably a 15-minute mile. Last night shins were hurting. Knees were hurting. Shoulders were hurting. This morning my lower back is killing me.
It’s not like I was in a rush; I had to wait about 20 minutes for hubby anyway. It’s not like I don’t know better. But I just don’t notice when I do stupid stuff like this.
So, like I said. Idiot.
Plus I didn’t do my weight training. I got neither my freggies nor my water in. And looking at my daily goals, I realize that I didn’t do my 15 minutes of zone decluttering, and I spent money on both breakfast and lunch.
So what was so good about yesterday?
Aside from the walking, I made good decisions, especially about that pizza, and pop – oh, and cookies too!
I had a good work day, contributed to interesting and lively discussion, and closed some files.
I got some fresh air. Along the river. Really, really nice.
And I’m ready to go at it strong today. So my four things to get to today are:
• Buy good walking shoes LOL!
• Check what food is left, and go to market (farmer’s market opens today WooHoo!)
• Check my summer clothes – what fits, what doesn’t, what goes out!
Yeah, that looks like a pretty good day to me!
Friday, June 17, 2011
My goals for this week are in the areas of Health & Fitness, Money, and Household. I’m returning to the basics this week, which means:
Health & Fitness:
• Minimum of 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of weight training per day
• Eating nutritious food, including 8 glasses of water and 7-8 freggies per day
• I’ll have one day off per week (haven’t decided on the day yet) where I can eat whatever I want and don’t have to exercise.
I’m inputting our expenses since January into a computer program so I can set up our budget (finally!)
I’ll also go back to tracking everything I spend. This is something that pretty much got ignored while I was off work, and I really have to get it back in order!
I’ll be doing 15 minutes of zone decluttering and 15 minutes of garden work every day.
This really is bringing me back to basics, which should give me a solid footing for the 100 days to come.
Aside from those, my four priorities today are:
• Ffood for this week-end and do groceries
• Find my sandals (which disappeared into the deep, dark recesses of the basement while I couldn’t wear them)
• Call Dad (because I know I won’t reach him this week-end! It’s hard to believe he’s 89 years old – he has a more active social life than I do!)
My ultimate goal: We plan to go to hiking in the Lake Placid/Adirondacks area in late September, and I want to be comfortable doing that. If anyone has any experience there, I’d be glad to hear about it!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
So tomorrow is Day 100/100, starting the count down of my 100-Day Challenge. I’ve been working hard this week thinking thinky thoughts, to identify the right my priorities and goals, that is achievable but not so easy that I get bored, not so hard that I get discouraged. I should contextualize this by saying that all aspects of my life have suffered from lack of attention during my 1.5 years of cancer treatments. This is my fresh start. My framework is my longer-term "vision" oriented stuff that generally looks like this.
Health and Wellness: My body is strong and healthy, and I trust it enough to be spontaneous, daring and fun! (Obviously, this is my priority). (I just realized that this reads more like an affirmation, but it works for me.)
Family (including extended family and friends): I'm not even sure I know how to express this one. There's an awareness that the kids are growing up (i.e. my son, nieces and nephew) and so our lifestyles are changing. I want to ensure that it means we'll all grow closer rather than growing apart. I've been quite isolated during my cancer treatments, and I want to re-connect.
$$$ (there's no money emoticon??? or am I blind???)
Money: Be debt free, get our son through college without acquiring more debt, and really start focusing on emergency and retirement savings.
Household: That our house be a home, not only for us but for our extended family/friends to drop by whenever they feel like it. (Yes, that means decluttering, but also finishing some renos that we had started before cancer and getting the yard landscaped/patio re-done, and start inviting people over more often).
Recreation: This one is only on the list insofar as it feeds into Health and Wellness, i.e. hiking, photography, snowshoeing, etc.
All other aspects (learning, career, etc.) are coasting for now, as one can only focus on so many things at a time. I'm working on specific goals for those areas today
Taking a tip from the “Living Well Beyond Cancer” workshop I took with the Canadian Cancer Society, I’ll be identifying three goals each week, and ignore anything further than that. Holding a laser focus on short-term activities leading to my longer-term goals will kick-start my program, and get me further along than what I’ve been doing so far (that is, looking too far ahead and getting discouraged when roadblocks delay my journey).
“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach." Benjamin E. Mays
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