Next phase of my life - empty nesting
Sunday, October 09, 2011
So here it is October and my boys have been off to college for awhile (one left in August, one in early September). In the meantime I have had major back surgery so we haven't had alot of empty nesting honeymoon time! My DH has taken amazing care of me and I am grateful to him and my friends for being such a wonderful support system.
I actually have lost weight b/c I am not hungry (probably from not exercising) plus without the boys here, I am able to make much less food. My DH has, of course, lost alot of weight - that drives me crazy! But I know that I can do this and it doesn't matter about his ability to lose quicker! Not a contest, right?
I miss exercising alot. I can walk about a mile but then have to rest for hours afterwards. It is all normal but frustrating for me, being a fitness instructor and a half-marathoner. I was scheduled to walk a 1/2 next weekend but obviously cannot - instead of just letting the money go, I got a deferral and now my goal is to be able to do the 1/2 next year. I did it last year and I know I can do it again. Maybe not as fast (did it in 3:15 last yr) but I will finish!
I am hoping to be able to get on a stationary bike soon and see if I can exercise a little. We can set up the bike trainer and put my bike on it and I could just pedal a little. Definitely not ready to bike outside.
I thought I would be back to teaching in the winter but it looks like either the spring or even possibly next fall. I didn't realize how hard the recuperation and recovery from this surgery was going to be and I need to adjust my mind to this new way of life. I am no longer a day-to-day mom and I am not working at the job that keeps me fit and makes me happy. It's all a little weird!
The boys are happy at school and coming home next weekend since I am unable to attend their parents' weekends. It will be nice to all be home together. And then we will probably be ready for them to leave again!!