Thursday, October 09, 2014
Today is my 4 year anniversary on Spark. It's been a rewarding, frustrating, enlightening, fun, tough, hopeful, and often disappointing journey. I've been super active, sorta active, sometime totally inactive on the site. But I'm still here. Still determined to win this battle. Sadly I've gained most of the weight back. There are multiple reasons for that. Some justifiable, some not. As I'm facing my 6oth birthday next year, I want to get there as healthy and fit as possible. So today I recommit to the journey. I can't do the things I could do 4 years ago. Knee replacement surgery is looming in my future. I want to put that off as long as possible. So I'm going back to the basics and trying to find new ways to do things. I will not be defeated. I still have a lot of living to do!! I WILL DO THIS!!
Saturday, April 05, 2014
I spent 5 hours in the yard today. We had pruned the crepe myrtle trees a couple of weeks ago. As well as cut down some trees, cut back a lot of vines. You know, typical yard work when the yard has gotten away from you. Last year I worked 55 - 60 hour weeks and it seemed to rain every weekend, so there was so much that needed doing. Well, the day after we got everything cut, it rained. But today was a beautiful day. Sunny skies, temps in the upper 60s. Perfect for yard work. My riding mower would not crank so I couldn't use the trailer to haul everything to the backyard to be burned. Fortunately my neighbor was home and willing to loan me his wheelbarrow. So ALL that stuff was either hauled back in the wheelbarrow or hand carried back. I couldn't find anything in the tracker to track hauling limb and brush, so I improvised and did the best I could. I actually counted the steps from the top of my front yard to the brush pile in the back. 85 steps. I made that trip back and forth at least 28 times. I may not be able to move in the morning, but right now, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Saturday was quite a day. It started with the Valentines Day Wine & Chocolate Hybrid Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Itwas a beautiful day. My sister and I as well as a friend of hers walked the 5K. We finished in about 52 minutes. It was my sister's first 5K and when we crossed the finish line, she burst into tears. She said it was the first time in a long time that she had actually finished something she started. I was so proud of her and more importantly, she was proud of herself. The wine & chocolate part didn't turn out quite like they had promoted. We got one small cup of wine and one, yes one, piece of chocolate. They said they had to be sure there was enough for everyone that was still on the course. This was the inaugural event for the new Lakepointe Sporting Complex that is being built in our area so there are still of lot of things to work out I'm sure. But the brunch was awesome. And healthy. It was a lot of fun and we will definitely do it again next year. A great time!!
Then, Saturday night, my cousin treated me to a BJ Thomas concert. It was amazing. He may be 74 years old, but he puts on a good concert! Lots of fun tripping down memory lane to my teenage years. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, I Just Can't Help Believing, Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song and so many more. And when he did Mighty Clouds of Joy, it was like being in church! So awesome.
So, it was a great day for me. And believe me, I slept great Saturday night. LOL My sister is already planning our next 5K. I think she's hooked.
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!!
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