Friday, October 17, 2008
My enthusiasm has kinda petered out for a while, but I'm still doing healthy things for myself. Eating well and exercising are just things I do now, not some special program, which is such great progress, I have to admit.
I did go to a water aerobics class at the YMCA for the first time in Springfield. It was weird...I felt odd and left-out. I used to be such a water aerobics junkie...I even taught water aerobics for about a year. I've spent a lot of time jumping up and down in pools.
But, that was then... this is now. I have to get used to the new. I think I was expecting it to be the same and familiar, which of course was a dumb thing to expect. I'll have to keep going, and give it time to become familiar.
Last weekend I went with hubby and our daughter to a service lock-in with the youth group to a small church outside of Kansas City where we painted and moved dirt and all kinds of things to help get their building in shape. Then the next day we went to the Renaissance Festival. It was a great weekend, but I came back exhausted physically, mentally, and every other way you can be exhausted. Teenagers are a lot of work. I'd forgotten. Even though I have a teenager now, she's such a joy and such an easy person that I forget that she's not a typical teenager.
Now I'm getting ready for an art show next weekend, a little nerve-wracking because it'll be the first time I've showed my work for real. I'm working on a new piece, hopefully it'll be ready in time.
So, yes, I'm still alive, still kicking, still hanging in. Hoping you are too.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Saturday I hit a goal...44 pounds lost, 15% of my starting weight. It was huge. Very exciting!!! I've decided my reward for this will be to plan an overnight trip biking the Katy trail, hopefully sometime this month.
Although, I do have a bit of work to do to get ready for that. Saturday we went for a 22-mile ride on the path from the airport north toward Bolivar. We went 11 miles one way and then back. I was exhausted!! I haven't been so tired since I don't know when. I came home and had a long nap. Not sure how ready I am to do 35 miles or so for two days in a row. Have to keep working on that one.
I realized the other day I have stopped thinking of myself as fat. Not that I think of myself as exactly thin or anything. But I was waiting for the bus and standing on the side of the road watching the cars go by. The drivers and passengers were looking at me and I realized that before, I would have thought of them thinking... "look at that fat lady standing on the side of the road." However, what I was thinking on this day was just that they were seeing me, not seeing a fat lady. I don't know whether this makes any sense to anyone else, but it is really a fundamental mind shift in my own head, and that's where it counts anyway.
My parents decided at the last minute not to come up. Things were getting back to normal fairly quickly in their town, so they stayed to finish the cleanup. That's okay, they'll be here for Thanksgiving, so that'll be cool.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
My parents, brother and his family, and hubby's brother and his wife all live in the wider Houston area. Just last winter hubby, daughter and I went to Galveston and stayed in the Hotel Galvez, right on the seawall. I lived in Seabrook, Clear Lake and LaPorte for many many years and so seeing the pics on the news makes me cry. It feels really personal, this storm.
We have heard from everyone, and everyone is all right. My brother and sister in law have yet to see their house, they were closest to the water in Friendswood. My parents, in Livingston, had a tree go through the roof of their screened-in porch. My brother and family, in Bryan, came through with no damage to speak of. However, no one has power. At my parents' house, it's been estimated they'll be without power for six weeks, because they live in a rural area, and there are so many more densely populated areas that need to get hooked up first.
So, my parents are coming here. I was trying to get them to do it before the storm, but it didn't work out. However, they're emptying out the refrigerator and freezer, putting tarps over the hole in the roof, and booking on out of there. I expect them in the next day or two.
Because my mom uses a wheelchair, we're having to do some shuffling around...the room that is the guest room won't really accommodate her chair, the turn into the room is too tight. So, my daughter is having to move out of her room for an undetermined amount of time and live in the guest room. She's not thrilled, but like the sweetie she is, she's bearing up well, except for the meltdown last night which had to do with moving here, moving out of her room, missing her friends, just the whole ball of wax. I feel so badly for her right now.
At the same time, I'm excited about seeing my parents, and introducing them to Springfield. They've mentioned moving here and I really hope they do like it here as much as I do and decide to move here, it'd be nice to have them so close by and be able to take care of them if/when they need it. My brother and his family are sorta close by to them now, but they have three kids at home and very busy lives. I'm down to one kid, no job outside the home, and am just a lot more available to help with whatever is needed.
Okay, so to get ready... I need to wash the MOUNTAIN of laundry that came out of my daughter's room...yikes! And all the rest of the laundry and towels. I need to finish putting together the bookshelf I bought yesterday and unload some boxes of books onto/into it. If needed, I will go get another bookshelf and put it together too.
When my daughter comes home, I'll help her with her room, to get her ready to switch into the guestroom.
Looks like I have my work cut out for me.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Although it poured last night, and the rain and wind on my bedroom windows kept me awake, Ike has moved out and it's a nice day. You know what that means! Bike ride!!!
Hubby and I visited a local bike shop and got lights for our bikes, so if we get caught at dusk with these shorter days, we don't have to haul butt to make it home before it gets too dark! We can just keep going, if we want.
I also got a guidebook for riding the Katy Trail across the state and am so excited about doing this. I'd love to go this fall, but it may be too soon and not enough time to train. But maybe we can plan a 2-day trip next month, sort of an out-and-back thing. Fall is my favorite season and I'd love to at least do a short ride.
As you may be able to tell, I'm totally obsessed with my bike. It's almost becoming unnatural...
And the biggest jazz of all... hubby has lost 20 pounds. This morning he went to put on his jeans, and they were too big in the waist. He tossed them on the bed. Some crazy impulse led me to pick them up and try to put them on...and they fit!! They look good!!! So I just got myself a couple new pairs of jeans. And even more better...concrete proof that I really AM shrinking!!!! Woo hoo!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Just a litany of things that are bugging me today...
It's supposed to rain all weekend, which means I won't be able to go ride my bike. I love biking so much that any other form of exercise pales by comparison, and I really don't want to go do anything else. Grump.
Hubby is out of town until 6:30 Friday. I don't sleep well when he's not here, although as much as he's gone these days, you'd think I would get used to it. Grump.
I'm working on a canvas floor cloth which will be my dropcloth to protect the floor while I'm painting, and a decorative rug type thing when the studio is being used as a guestroom. I had planned out a design, then went to sketch it out on the cloth, and decided to improvise. I wound up putting some preliminary color on to keep the penciled in areas straight, as to which one would be which color. The improvisation seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I don't think I like it. It's ordinary and boring. So I think I've decided to paint over it and start again. Grump.
My knee is really bothering me. I have osteoarthritis in my left knee and it's been flared up since before the move, all the activity, packing, unpacking, walking, etc, etc. Grump, grump.
And last but not least, I have family in the Houston area and they are being ordered to evacuate. My parents are in east Texas, not in an evacuation area, but I'm trying to convince them to come here because my dad is almost 70 and I worry about them riding out the storm there. I've been watching the weather channel and Ike doesn't look like a friendly storm. Grump, grump, grump.
Okay, I think that's it for the whining. Thanks for listening.
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