Tuesday, March 11, 2014
First, I've been gone for a couple of weeks. Been busy helping my Mom & brother in the evenings and weekends as they got new carpet in their apt. Had to pack up all their stuff (knick knacks, books, china, etc) move it to their storage unit, be there the day the carpet went in and then begin the task of bringing it all back and putting it back out. (The carpet guys moved the furniture for us, thank goodness.) But, my goodness, they have a lot of "stuff." My son helped out on the really heavy stuff and making repairs to things that had seen better days. Between all that and working 10 hours a day, I had to let something go. Actually, several things. But they are now happily settled with their new carpet so I can try to get back to other things.
Today was the first day of mandatory stretching at my job. The outside crews have been doing it since December but us inside office folks didn't have our training sessions until this week. They were postponed twice due to our snowy/icy weather the last week of January and the 2nd week of February. So, the deal is, we are now required to do 15 minutes of stretching a day. 5 minutes when we get to work in the morning, 5 minutes before or after lunch and then 5 minutes before we go home. It's basic stretches, nothing fancy. Just something our Safety and HR departments have come up with. I'm sure it has something to do with the new healthcare requirements that are coming down the pike. Maybe we'll get lower insurance premiums if we are all participating in some kind of wellness program. They haven't said that, but it makes sense. So anyway, we got all 15 minutes in today at the meeting, but we start with the 3 a day tomorrow. Some folks aren't happy about it, but as long as I can do it in the privacy of my office, I'm ok with it. LOL And I got in a 20 minute walk at lunch. Something I haven't gotten to do in a long time. So it's been a productive day.
I'm so thankful for sunshine and warmer weather! It is absolutely beautiful here today. Although here in GA it can be 75 degrees one day (like today) and only 50 degrees the next (like tomorrow.) But I have had my fill of ice and snow. Between spending the night at work in January, falling on my face on the ice Jan 30th and spending 9 hours in the ER (after having spent the night at work) and then spending 2 nights at work in February, I'm done! Ready for better (and warmer!) things. My Valentine's Wine and Chocolate 5k that was scheduled for Feb 15th was rescheduled to Mar 15th because of the ice, so I have that to look forward to on Saturday. Just praying it doesn't rain. I don't mind cooler temperatures, but me and rain just don't get along. LOL Hurry Spring!!
I've missed all my spark friends the last several weeks. Hope you all have been doing well. I don't usually post alot, but I enjoy reading what you post. Take care and have a sparkling rest of the week!!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hurray! The winter storm has passed and we are finally beginning to thaw. I got to come home today and will get to sleep in my bed tonight. I did get a shower this morning, but couldn't linger long because there was a line forming behind me. LOL I'll make up for that in the morning.
The storm also caused our Valentine's Day walk to be postponed until next month. The area where it is to be held had 5 inches of snow and it just wouldn't be ready by Saturday. I know that to our Northern Spark friends, 5 inches of snow isn't a lot, but here in Georgia it's a BIG deal. It doesn't come often and it usually doesn't last long, but when it does come, things tend to stop. But, life will be up and moving tomorrow and Sunday it will be close to 60 degrees.
Well, my bed is calling my name. Hope everyone has a great day/evening and those of you who are still dealing with the winter storm, take care and stay warm!!!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Yep, still at work. I have been here since 6:30 yesterday morning. Hopefully we will get to go home tomorrow night. They are predicting about 2 - 3 inches of snow to fall tonight, but it is supposed to be only snow and not more ice and freezing raing. We have been very lucky at my electric co-op. We have had very few power outages from the storm. The worst of the storm seems to have gone south and east of us. For that we are very thankful. But please say a prayer for all the electric workers, no matter the company, that are out in this weather working to restore power to peoples homes. Many are having to work in, around and even under tree branches that are hanging thick with ice and could snap at any time. My department has been fairly quiet so I've been using the time to get caught up on work that has been backlogged on my desk. They do provide meals for us which is great. That in itself is a challenge when virtually nothing is open right now. But somehow they pull it off. I really do work for a great company that treats it's employees very well. The worst part of this is sleeping on the floor. Or rather, trying to sleep on the floor. I do have a mat that's about an inch thick and I brought an old comforter to fold up and put over it and then a light blanket to put on top of me. And I have small heater that helps keep the office warm. So it's not really so bad. I just hope I can grab a shower in the morning. LOL There are alot of folks in for the storm and only a few showers. May have to take another "sponge" bath in the bathroom sink. That in itself is not so bad, but I would love to wash my hair!!! I just try to pretend I'm camping and just go with the flow. It won't last forever and if I don't get a shower in the morning, I'll get one at home tomorrow night and then climb into my own bed.
I hope any of you that have been in the line of these crazy winter storms are safe and warm. Here in Georgia we always say, if you don't like the weather, stick around a few days. It will change. We are looking for sunny skies and almost 60 degrees on Sunday. So we will finally thaw out. Last month we had a week with sub-zero wind chills on Tuesday and on Saturday it was 70+ degrees with tornados. It's never dull and definitley keeps you on your toes.
Well better run, I just took a few minutes to sneak in and get my log in points. The last weather issue we had, I broke my log in streak and didn't want it to happen again. Everyone take care and stay warm!!!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
I just signed up for the 5K. My sister and I are going to walk it together and I think it is going to be so much fun!!!! It's the day after Valentine's Day at a new sporting complex that is being developed in Emerson, GA called LakePoint Sports. The website says there will be chocolate treats handed out along the way and a yummy (and healthy) wine brunch after, along with a block party. I needed something to get me motivated again. Wine & chocolate?? Oh yeah. If any of my fellow Sparkers are interested you can go to wineandchocolate.com to register. If you do, be sure to let me know, we can make it a sparking party!! The registration fee includes the brunch, block party, tshirt and a swag bag full of goodies. It's going to be cold I'm sure. But as long as we don't have another snow "event" like last week, I think it's going to be great! And with Georgia weather, it could be 60 degrees that day instead. LOL First time in a long time that I'm actually looking forward to Valentine's Day.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
I have spent the last couple of days pondering why I haven't been able to get it together and get back on track. I seem to have lost all motivation and "want to." I know I need to and I've made little starts, but they've failed almost as quickly as they started. So I've been trying to figure out why, thus the pondering.
I think my knee injury last year is part of it. Something went out of me the day the doctor told me I absolutely could not run. Now, I've never been a runner so you'd think it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but it was. You see, I keep hearing Jillian Michaels in my head saying "running makes you skinny." And despite all my times of saying I just want to be healthy, I've finally admitted to my self, I do want to be skinny! I want to be skinny, I want to be cute, I want to feel pretty. Does that make me vain? Does that make me shallow? I don't know. Of course, I do want to be healthy, but can't I be skinny, cute & healthy? Seems like a foolish thing to want at my age. I know I should be thankful that, at 58 1/2, I am generally healthy and I am thankful. I do have fibromyalgia and crappy knees, but I know it could be a lot worse. So many of you are battling far worse and still succeeding. So what's my problem?
As I've been pondering things the last few days, I've also been remembering my 8th grade PE teacher telling me I'd never be an athlete. That I didn't have what it takes. This was after I had passed out on the field while running a 440 yard dash in 98 degree weather. I can still hear her saying "you've lost the race, but at least get up and finish." And when I couldn't she sneered at me, told me I didn't have what it takes and walked away, leaving me on the ground. Why do I still remember that after all these years? Why is that still in my head? For that matter, why is my ex-husband still in my head telling me I never finish anything I start? When I got involved with the American Stroke Association (probably 16 or 17 years ago) and wanted to train for a half marathon to raise money for them, he told me to go for it. But he also said that he didn't think I would or could do it. And he was right, I didn't. I didn't even get to go to the marathon because I didn't raise the required $3000 to go. I didn't have what it took to finish the race. Again.
So, here I am, trying to figure out if I have what it takes to finish this race. Am I just too old, too tired, too lazy, too beat down, too whatever? Or am I just afraid of failing. Again. I wish I could see myself the way my best friend does. She tells me I'm an amazing, smart, strong, wonderful woman who can do anything. And I know she doesn't lie. About anything! Why can I not get the negative voices out of my head and get her in there instead? My son believes in me. Why can't I? I need to figure this out.
Maybe if I can figure it out, I can be successful at fitness & weight loss, as well as house cleaning, organization, time management. Maybe I can rid myself of this feeling of "you can't do it, why bother?" Maybe I can finally feel like I'm good enough. Maybe. Wish me luck.
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