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What happened to Spring??

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Last week I was complaining about this past Winter being so cold and being cooped up inside for many months, well now this week the temps have been climbing to the mid 80's and may even get close to 90 degrees North of us in DC. Last week we had freezing temps with possible sleet... Go figure??? What happened to Spring??? I guess there is no such thing around this part of the country....
I am a FL Gal who moved to NC to care for my elder mother. I have been going through many adjustments being in a new area of the Country and also a 24/7 caregiver. I was so spoiled by living a mile from Tampa Bay and only 20 minutes from the Beaches. I could just walk out my door and go for a beautiful scenic early morning run along the Bay anytime of the day and feel safe. I guess that's where my old town got it's name, Safety Harbor. I knew just about everyone out there and picked up runners along the way. The people at the Safety Harbor Spa knew me quite well too, since I always stopped inside for a water break etc....
Since being cooped up this winter, I started getting serious with Spark People once again around Thanksgiving recording my meals in the Food Tracker, my weight and measurements and also my workouts in the Fitness Tracker. I joined many challenges that are very helpful in my daily workout routines and every now and then, weather permitting would get outside for a walk /run. About 2 years ago, I was running up to 18 miles for my long run training for long Distance before I had an operation. This was two years ago, so I should be able to start up a running routine again... But being away from it for so long has made it hard to get back to.. Funny thing is, I love running and am very competitive. It just is not the same though, since my Sunshine Running Buds are not here. I just got so use to running with my group of friends always in training. I am so restricted now because I just can't get out and be gone for so long away from my mother. She is wheel chair bound and can't get around like she could when I first came up here. I saw an article about a man who runs the Boston Marathon every year and has a disabled adult son that he takes out in a special wheel chair made almost like a jogging stroller. I think this would be a great idea if I could ever find something like this. I have taken my mother out for walks but the wheel chair does not have great shocks on the wheels so it makes her ride slightly bumpy.
Today's plan is to do a few of my in door work outs in Hawaii, makes me feel at home being on the beach with Palm Trees and finishing up Coach Nichole's Challenge Jump into Spring. I also have been doing her Rise and Shine Challenge, which I most definitely am an Early Bird Early Riser.
Thank You Spark People! Even being cooped up this Winter I have manged to loose 17 pounds so far and it is because of this program, support from my Spark Friends and many Spark Challenges. emoticon

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JAZZEJR 4/22/2013 8:18AM

    Well, in Michigan the temps are still in the 30s so I'm envying you. :) I'm walk/running--and even that has my knees sore today, but like you, I love to run. It just doesn't feel like I've gotten a good workout if I don't run.

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MIRAGE727 4/12/2013 8:15PM

    I'm feelin' ya, Sharon! I wish I had words that would help. I admire the fact that you are a caregiver. Karma will win out for you!
Stay strong!

Monty
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DJ4HEALTH 4/11/2013 9:09PM

    Have you tried getting a gel cushion for her wheelchair? That will help with the jarring on the bottom and will protect her from getting sores too. The wheelchairs are petty durable and some are made of steel (heavy) and some are made of aluminum too(light).

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DMARTIN302 4/11/2013 1:37PM

    This winter was unusually cold and long. It's not always like this! There is usually a *spring* instead of going from winter to summer!

Don't worry, it won't be long until we're complaining about how many consecutive days over 90F. Meanwhile, enjoy the yellow pollen season! It lasts about 10 days or so.

You might try running at some of the smaller lakes around here that have a 2-4 mile paved trail around them. Many have a shelter or other gathering area where mom can sit and enjoy the weather, ducks, the view, people watching, reading, etc., while you can run some laps and check on her each lap. I know where a bunch are in southwestern Wake County...wish I knew more about the northern area. It gets you both out for an enjoyable time.

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OOLALA53 4/11/2013 11:13AM

    Wow, you have your work cut out for you. I hope you have a good relationship with your mother.It can be hard even when we love people we care for. Does your community have any services that might give you a break periodically? I'm sure there must be online communities for caregivers that might offer support and be knowledgeable about how to find good equipment, too. You deserve to find something so that you can both get out and about!

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NANNABLACK 4/11/2013 7:23AM

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BUDDHA33 4/11/2013 6:50AM

    I really wish there was something I could do to make things easier for you, Sunshine! Your ache for running is palpable and so understandable. But I feel strongly you are on the right path and going to work this out.

Liz

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MYBULLDOGS 4/11/2013 6:17AM

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my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 walking 15000 steps a day'

i lost 44 pounds at age 61 by giving up grain and sugar products

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