Two weeks from tomorrow I may or may NOT be leaving for San Antonio, Texas. I hate not knowing for sure. I've always been a planner and am a firm believer that the looking forward to a trip is as good as the trip itself! However, we are only going to San Antonio IF our Lady Cornhuskers make the NCAA Volleyball Final Four, and that is a big IF!
Yes...they are ceded 2nd in the tournament, and also ranked 2nd by the Coaches Ass'n., so if that holds out, we SHOULD make the final four. But you just never know, and just last Sat. night, an unranked and only a .500 record Northwestern team beat Nebraska in 4 sets. (Kinda like their football team upsetting Nebraska a couple weeks ago--what is it with Northwestern??) So it appears that Nebraska is not playing its best volleyball right now. They may have hit their peak a month or so ago, when they defeated Penn State, Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota. Of course both Penn State and Purdue have avenged those losses when Nebraska played them again at their home arenas. The day after Penn State defeated Nebraska, our setter (and coach's daughter) Lauren Cook was arrested for hitting two motorcyclists who were parked on the side of the road, then fleeing the scene of the accident. She only got a few blocks away, when the tire on her SUV blew and she did call the police (after calling her mother, who told her she HAD to call the police). She was held out for two matches, then because there was no alcohol involved (she is just a very BAD driver it seems) she got pre-trial diversion and has been playing with the team ever since. But since then, the girls on the team don't seem to be quite the cohesive unit they once were, and you have to wonder if the driving mishap didn't have something to do with that. All the girls on the team talk about how they LOVE each other, and really have a good time playing volleyball together, but sometimes when something like that happens it can upset the equilibrium of the apple cart and all the apples spill out!
Anyhow, when an opportunity through the volleyball's Match Club (supporter group) came up in October to buy really good seats for the Final Four in San Antonio, I sent in my check for $110. I will attempt to sell those tickets to fans of one of the Final Four teams IF Nebraska doesn't make it, but that could be tough, since we won't know until after midnight the previous Saturday. Our Regional is in Hawaii, and the final won't be played until midnight (our time) Sat. Dec. 10, so there's not much notice, or time to get those tickets mailed to someone else. Still, we felt it was worth the gamble, in case Nebraska DOES make the Final Four, because those are great seats, and we fell in love with San Antonio when we were there in 1992. It's a beautiful city, with lots to see and do. (This time I'm going to go on one of those boat tours down that river that creates the famous River Walk! Last time, I was too fat to get down into that boat!)
So, I have the time off from work, telling them I might or might NOT be gone those days. I'm glad they're flexible! I have no hotel reservations, so that will give me something to work on IF we end up going.
IF we do get to go we'll be leaving Lincoln on Dec. 14, to get to San Antonio by the evening of Dec. 15, when the first game will be played. December 14 is the anniversary of the day when I started my Get Healthy journey in 2009. That is the day I went to the doctor for my 6-month blood pressure check-up (my BP was always high, even though I was on five medications), and I complained to him that any exertion made my heart palpitate (pound). He said (knowing my maternal heart history) that we should do an EKG. After the EKG, he came back in the exam room, and these were his words, "The EKG seems to show you've already had a heart attack." OMG! That really scared me. His words have echoed in my brain ever since. I wasn't even 59 years old yet, and it appeared that I was in BIG HEART TROUBLE! Since my mom died at 65 of a sudden heart attack, and my grandmother at 62 of a sudden stroke, the worry of possible heart problems was always in my head. I thought back to the night several weeks prior when my heart had been pounding (as usual) after I made a trip to the bathroom, and I laid in my recliner (couldn't sleep all night in a bed, it hurt my back too much), and imagined chest pain and wondered if this was IT! I went to a cardiologist's office at the hospital that afternoon, after my EKG, had more tests, and they decided my heart was fine, there had been no heart attack after all.
But it was THAT DAY I decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It was humiliating to have those tests done for heart problems, because it was all due to my obesity. It was something I had done to myself, I could expect no sympathy from others for something I had caused, it was entirely my fault! I was ashamed and embarrassed and decided to change my life.
It was a slow start....I didn't think I could make BIG changes to my lifestyle, I liked to eat too much. I simply cut out snacking and ate only one helping of the regular food I continued to make for meals. But as the pounds started coming off, I got more motivated and inspired, started eating more fruits and veggies, lots of salads and in March 2010, I joined Spark! I also started walking and I have never looked back. Now....184 pounds later (that varies from day to day, but this morning the scale said 144, which is a 184 pound loss from my high of 328) I am continuing my new lifestyle and enjoying living more than I ever imagined possible! And that includes planning a trip to San Antonio to see my beloved Lady Huskers try to win a national championship....a trip I never would have attempted two years ago, when simply walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night left me breathless and my heart pounding rapidly.
What a different life I am leading from a short two years ago. A short time, yet a lifetime away from where I am now. Dec. 14 is forever ingrained in my mind, as the day my life changed forever, the day I started on the path to regaining so much that I didn't even realize I had lost. So it is fitting that on THAT day I might leave on a trip that is just part of this new wonderful life I am leading.
GO BIG RED!!!
This picture is from 2006, when the Lady Cornhuskers won the national championship the last time. The Final Four was in Omaha that year, and I WAS THERE!
Long live Dec. 14! Long Live Lady Cornhuskers! Long Live Maggierosebowl!!!