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Trying it out


Friday, September 13, 2013



Ta-daaaa! Even though I didn't have to assemble the elliptical, it has been some work to get everything together for it. Rented a truck & went out to pick it up as planned; it was a long drive, but the seller was nice, & my friend was so gracious & helpful. We wrestled it out of the truck & up a couple of small sets of steps into my condo, & then took the truck back to the lot. Dinner was yummy & my friend really enjoyed it--he has been living in a flat he bought this summer to rehab, & didn't have a stove till last week! By the time we were done it was quite late, & I couldn't ask him to stay to help me get the elliptical ready for USE. Anyway, I still needed some things: rechargeable batteries for the console, a charger, the pad to put under it, the instruction manual (the owner had lost the original copy). I ordered the various items & found the manual online. But the following days were very busy with prior commitments.

Today I took a sick day because of being very worn out physically & emotionally (giving some support to a friend with marriage troubles last night, mainly). So I read the printout of the manual while I ate breakfast, & this afternoon I put in the charged-up batteries & the console immediately lit up! Such a happy, relieved moment. I set up my laptop on the folded rollaway bed in that room--a good height--& watched the beginning of an interesting Argentinian movie while I did my first 21 minutes of elliptical exercise.

It's wonderful to have this set up, & I'm determined to use it regularly, alternating with the SP video that combines cardio with ST. I'm yearning for a more ordered life in which I'm again giving exercise the priority that it requires. There will always be conflicts among my priorities, because I care about several important things besides my health--my spiritual life, work, being debt-free, church, family, growing as a poet, cultivating friendships, working for social justice (especially in Colombia), spending time outdoors (including gardening), reading, art, music, film--& I'm just one human being. But that's the tension that comes with having a rich life.

I was nominated by a number of people to be an elder in my church. I did consider it seriously, as the time commitment has been lessened & I have some dreams about initiatives to start in the church. But eventually I realized that because of the extra work I have to do to pay down my debt, plus my commitment to the Colombia group (I'm currently secretary, so I have specific responsibilities), I shouldn't add eldership at this time. Maybe down the road. I hope to be done with the debt in about a year & a half.

In the meantime, I am rich. And I'm taking care of my health. So grateful.
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PIGGYWAY 1/11/2014 7:57PM

  I NEED TO TRTY THIS

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/14/2013 4:16PM

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So happy to hear how things are coming along. Good for you for not taking on too much commitment.

Keep up the great work in the areas you're committed to. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 9/14/2013 11:46AM

    How exciting! It is great to see a plan come together! emoticon hugs, Laurel

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SHANSHE 9/14/2013 8:16AM

    busy, busy, busy!!!! BUT, you got it up and running and are using it! Sooo happy for you!
Shan

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MTULLY 9/13/2013 11:43PM

    You have been quite busy! That elliptical is a good investment. My daughter loves hers and has almost convinced me to get one as well. Congrats on being nominated to be an elder in your church. That is quite an honor. I think you are wise to put it off for a bit though. When the time is right for you, you will know it. Glad to hear that so many good things are happening to you. You deserve it!

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PEGTIGER 9/13/2013 9:48PM

    Exciting new item for you and to be asked to be an elder. Wise to consider before giving an answer. Happy that things seem to be working out for you!

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KAREN_NY 9/13/2013 7:42PM

    woohoo!

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