Sunday, January 22, 2012
With the payrise I got end of last year I finally am able to afford the gym again. Looked for a new one near my office and have found one I like. When I went to look at it they gave me 2 vouchers to go for free. So now that the eye Doctor has given me green light to start exercising, I used the vouchers and enjoyed myself. The gym opens early enough that i can go before work - that is if I get out of bed in time.... :), but also from work I can be there in 5 minutes. It has a nice mixed crowd there, but not so many that you have to line up for cardio like in my old gym. The instructors in the weights room are also fun guys, who know how much they can give you to do.
So I used my 2 vouchers in the first week and now have paid for the monthly membership. I want to go 2-3 times a week.
With this newly diagnosed exercise induced asthma, I have to take it slow when it comes to long-distance running, so I want to increase slowly on the treadmill. If I do it when running outside, i might find myself too far from home, when I get an attack and then strain to get back.
Today I did 30 minutes, but slowing down inbetween, and it went well. I think I am learning how and when to use the inhalors.
Now I only need to start losing pounds again.... But I know that will come.
I know I am on the right track!
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Wow I can't believe it is so many months since my last blog!
Last year was challenging in many ways, with all those changes on the job front, the crazy inflation here in Kenya (food goes up every time you shop) and the new health challenges.
Hope this year my health can stabilize a bit.
In September I developed a wheeze, then it got better, but I developed now a wheeze on every run.... Gosh don't want to have to deal with tat, but I guess this is just another thing to be tackled head-on. then when I was getting round to having this sorted out and seeing the specialist for asthma medication, I went for the annual eye check-up and was told the cataract has gotten worse and I should think of surgery. Well I went right for it and had it done. Now I see better than ever (I was severely short sighted before...), but suddenly need reading glasses.
Difficult to get used to, still feel silly carrying them with me all the time.
Now after these 2 new challenges I am 3 month without a decent run (have been walking though but that is not the same.... :) ), about 2 kg heavier and URGENTLY need to get back to exercising.
I have found a new gym near work, which I can afford thanks to a pay rise (Yipeeh!!!!) and will join as soon as the Doctor says I can exercise again, am seeing him next Monday.
Since I have lost this weight before I know I can do it again!
So i am up to this challenge, are you?
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.
Ancient Samurai Saying
Friday, February 04, 2011
Some times you get the feeling that every time you get up from one crisis and start to walk, some one pulls the carpet from underneath you and you are down again.
I have gone through many phases like this is life, and learned it only helps to go through it taking it one day at a time.
The same applies to the current stretch in life.
Not only am I caught up in a protracted Management Change-over in the company I work for, but also my work permit is affected by it. And since the old company is not really making any money in Kenya, payments have not been regulare. So we have lived through months of uncertainty already. Now when the new boss started paying our salaries, it has become a bit easier, but thats when I realized that Inflation is really biting!
Over Christmas * New year i had to sit down and calculate my budget afresh. With so many things falling apart in my house (after my divorce I furnished with second-hand things) and my running shoes so worn out that they hurt my joints. I was already down, but then when I realized that my car is my single biggest expence and considering the cost of living I can't really afford it. I tried to see where I can save money, but I am already living as low-cost as possible and even trying to look for a cheaper house would not bring much. Cost for rent has gone up every where and even cheaper housing estates now cost almost as much as I pay now and the extra time I would spend on the road going to and from work would orevent any savings.
So I was really frustrated and kept on thinking, here I am with 24 years of work under my belt and not much to show for it. Also retirement is looming in 16 years from now. There is nto much in terms of pension here and you have to make your own provisions....
But as much as I was getting depressed I decided I was not going to give up!
I kept on walking, since my shoes are too worn out to run in them and somehow I will find the money to buy a new pair.
I have figured out a way in which it should be possible to pay teh car insurance in 2 months from now and I had a candid talk with the MD.
A salary increment is not posssible until the management change-over is finalized, but the Executive Director , to whom I was also able to talk a bit, has agreed to give me an allowance for use of mobile phone (we use prepaid cards) and fuel, which both are generous.
So the future is already looking brighter and some how I know I will manage to keep my car. This way I will be able to hang in there until the Management change-over is finalized and then negotiate for a pay rise. By that time they will have seen more of my work as well.
Lesson relearned from this: Don't give up! It's is okay to fall, but it is essential to get up and try to walk again!
Have a great weekend
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