Monday, March 04, 2013
Yes, I have been awake all night--I am not sure why unless it has to do with how sore my tummy is after such a rough weekend and the off and on sleep that I got along with it--or if it is the soup I finally ate to get something into my gastric system with the high amount of sodium that I didn't realize I put into myself until I did my nutrition tracker--who'd have guessed that with just over 500 calories that I'd have went over my daily sodium? Oh well, that's a rare one for me and I needed to eat so my head would quit spinning and that I could get into some normal mode. I think for me that exhausted will do that.
Anyway, as we expect 7 or more inches of snowfall to start around 6 AM, I am thinking spring. I will blame it on Spark People because of one of their new challenges that I noticed. However, I really am weary of snow and ice and frigid temps (and to my friend Linda in Canada--I know, I know--but we get our share here in the Midwest...). I am not a fan of the cold because, as anyone dealing with arthritis or who has had a few surgeries knows--IT HURTS. This has not been my season to date--after surgery and falling, injuries to my knee and shoulder from something to do with recuperating from my new hip has led to more than my fair share of pain. Add in the flu and pneumonia that I am dealing with and my body has earned spring.
I am thinking of daffodils (My favorite spring flower) and crocuses and tulips--lilac bushes in fragrant bloom and ditching my coat, scarf, boots, gloves and so on. I am thinking of green peeking through the branches and ground and I am thinking of that fresh smell as well. I am thinking of being covered with a light sheet and throw and wearing my sleeveless flowered nightgown. I am thinking of putting out my swing seats and enjoying being out in the yard. I am thinking of looking at the clouds and imagining what the clouds might represent.
My thoughts have moved to my goals and what I need to be at the new goal I have set up for myself. I am almost back to my lowest weight again--so that leaves me with another 20 pounds to lose. I wonder if I can be active enough to lose them by June. That's about 7 pounds a month and that should be doable. I know my former routine for eating, exercise and healthy weight loss. I cannot quite get that level of cardio back yet, but I can work towards it. I cannot swim until we get a handle on my shoulder for sure and likely my knee as well. I see my ortho on Friday.
As for the other reason I am thinking of spring...Our school spring break starts after the students leave on Friday. I have two weeks off of work and I did not volunteer to tutor or do any such thing while we are on break. I am not planning to work much--except to take down my snowflake collection and replace it with the colors and fun of spring. Everyone will be ready for that when we return after break. I am going to spend my break at the pool, working on my afghan, and doing some decluttering around the house. It will be fun, slow and productive enough for me to feel some peace.
Oh my--happy spring!! It is nice to know it is in sight--I avoid thinking winter until I must and I'm the first one to want winter to be gone.
Here's to yellow and pink and lavender and pastels--and lots of pretty greens!!