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Trying to come out of the cocoon I built...

Monday, July 08, 2013

I have been in hiding since I lost my house to Sandy. I haven't been able to deal with my issues of my loss and it has been much easier to hide in my house only going out when I have to. I don't have to answer any questions from anyone and I could wallow in my pity party.

The condo where I am renting till I can rebuild has a great gym and outdoor pool. I have been here since the end of April and have not taken advantage of it and it is free. Well this past Friday I came out of hiding and went to the pool. Aqua Aerobics is every morning till they close the pool after Labor Day.

I was quite sore because I had not exercised since Sandy except for a couple of times when I used Coach Nicole's exercise videos. It has been almost 9 months since I have been following an exercise routine. SHAME ON ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still haven't exercised with weights and machines in the gym but I will. I also just bought a 5 pound weight to use at home since my free weight set was under water at my old home. We were not allowed to take anything that had been under water so I had to leave that set there due to the high contamination level.

emoticon still haven't used that yet, but I will. It is all a matter of baby steps!
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    Baby steps is right. and you've gotta cut yourself some slack for getting off routine. You are doing great. You are surviving. You're not being self-destructive, you just haven't been gung-ho going for what?! You weathered (quite literally) a horrific storm, and now you are rebuilding your life. You're doing great!!!
    I hope you keep enjoying the water. It's such a lovely place to be...
    1196 days ago
    Baby steps indeed and you will get there that's how it's been for me I think on difference levels of the stress and disaster situation one thing I can say is that were both trying to lift our heavy feet and get back to our active self. emoticon is all I can say and we will get there.

    I've been walking on evening with a few breaks when my niece has something planned and I can't go walking, that's where I am at the moment walking is helping. I have noticed I can fit in my clothes and I"m not forcing them on they are not as tight so that is good news and I feel lighter already with just walking alone. emoticon

    So yeah baby steps and I will be your buddy if you want and we can look out for each other along with the many friends here on Sparkpeople.

    Hearing that you are sore is best sound of all so embrace and know you are on your way!

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    Best Wishes,

    Annette emoticon
    1200 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2013 11:29:35 AM
    What a great opportunity for you!! You're making some more progress forward, a step at a time (and taking advantage of what condo life can offer you is a giant STRIDE.)


    Thanks for the July 4th goodie; I was wondering how things were going for you and it was great to hear from you.

    1200 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2013 6:17:44 AM
    You are starting to do things for yourself and that is great! Its been such a rough time for you, but I'm glad that you are doing things and checking in here. ((((((BIG HUGS))))))
    1200 days ago
    Hang in there and try to get to that gym or at least work at home with those weights.

    It's terrible to lose almost everything you own and then have to deal with the insurance company and FEMA is enough to make anyone want to crawl into a cave and shut themselves in.

    It's really too bad that those who are honest and follow the rules get dirt kicked in their faces, while those who are gaming the system manage to get what they want...

    I hope things turn around for you soon.

    1200 days ago
    I'm sorry that you've been having such a rough way to go my friend. Glad that you are able to take advantage of the water aerobics at your condo. Have you gotten a new job yet? You are always in my thoughts & prayers. We've been rebuilding in the 50 pound group... made it private & doing some stuff to try to revitalize it. I've been too busy & had to leave the Weight Loss Cafe. If you ever want to come back to 50 pound... let me know & I'll send an invite. We'd love to have you there. Love you... more than you realize. emoticon
    1200 days ago
    You suffered through a lot over the last nine months so it's understandable why you just wanted to isolate yourself.
    That's great your condo has a pool and gym.
    Good for you for taking those baby steps. It will get easier.

    1200 days ago
    Way to go!
    Glad you are feeling better ..Baby steps . emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1200 days ago
    emoticon good for you!! Sounds like a great way to start the day!
    1201 days ago
    Losing your home, especially in such terrifying and traumatic circumstances must be equal to losing a spouse! It's no wonder you've been grieving! No shame to that 9 months of loss, but emoticon for fighting through it and starting to rebuild your life. Today aqua aerobics, tomorrow the world!
    1201 days ago
    Yvonne... you've been through hell and back. It will take some time. Be patient with yourself.
    1201 days ago
  • LGAR519
    It is perfectly understandable that you have been in hiding and off track. I just recently restarted my self after a bad year. Nothing like yours, of course. But don't we all think our problems are the worse. I joined the YMCA. I walk, do water aerobics, and chair yoga. I feel better than ever. It's great your gym is free. Take advantage of it. I think of you often. Keep the Faith!
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  • L*I*T*A*
    we have all been there in one form or another....
    congratulations on your efforts to move forward....
    you can do this...beleive you can and you will.....
    we are all here for you......
    blessings and hugs....lita

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    1201 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I pray for you all the time, Yvonne!

    I know it's not easy, but look at it this way.

    Sometimes God allows thing in our lives to get
    us where we need to be in the future.

    You have an appointed time for an appointed
    destination and I know it will ALL WORK OUT!

    Hard to believe, but I KNOW you will look back
    on this as a blessing in disguise.

    That's a promise!

    Love YOU!
    1201 days ago
  • DS9KIE
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    hey its a horrible thing to lose your house and your still living it right now so I'm glad your starting to exercise and eat right.

    you have got lots of spark friends here to help you along the way
    1201 days ago
    Without setbacks there can be no comebacks! Keep your head held high and push forward!
    1201 days ago
    No shame on you at all. You have been through a very traumatic event and it takes a while to bounce back in any way. Good for you for getting up and trying the aqua classes. Those can be quite therapeutic. I hope you enjoyed it. LOVE free gyms!
    1201 days ago
    emoticon Yvonne, small steps hun emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1201 days ago
    So true. . and am happy you have come out of your shell!
    1201 days ago
    No shame!!!!! You got out, you went to Aqua Aerobics AND you have a plan. When I was stuck in my pity party, a good friend told me to put a smile on my face even if I didn't feel like it, get off my couch and out of my house, and do something I loved - and if I didn't know what that was to just do something - until I found it. Congrats on doing just that! You are taking steps! You ARE going somewhere! You go girl!!!
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  • KELLYB60
    Congratulations on taking these first steps out of the cocoon. It is a tremondous loss you have suffered, but exercising is a great way to combat the feelings of loss and sadness. Keep taking small and consistent steps and before you know it you'll be further along the journey than you ever imagined.
    1201 days ago
    sometimes theres a roadblock we just have to climb over and that's what you are doing hang in there honey it aint easy!You can get over this slump!!! emoticon
    1201 days ago
  • KNH771
    emoticon on the water aerobics! Can't change the past, so no use worrying about it. Here's to future progress! emoticon emoticon
    1201 days ago
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