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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yes, I purposely skipped any swimming pictures because I have gone months now without swimming. The college pool has been closed since May of last year and the city pool has been closed since August and won't open until the very end of May or the first of June.
Since I have been unable to swim I really started hitting the weights and I have seen some definite results. My biceps have increased by an inch and my chest has increased by 4 inches, (NOT that part of my chest)! I have not really lost any weight until these last three weeks.

I have basically quit worrying about "how" my body looks and I spend a great deal of time relishing "how" my clothes fit instead. Several things I have learned, one being that the more I cycle the larger my thighs get. My legs might look like a linebacker's, but I am happy with them. I have come to accept that I can't run but I have increased greatly the time and the distance that I can race-walk, and I am happy with that. I still have good days and bad days with my knees but if something hurts a little I don't automatically panic, and I am happy with that!

Fox Field, pictured above is my running area and my gym for my P.E. classes I teach. It certainly has NOT been an easy year at school. I no longer have the drive to be a teacher. In fact I drag myself out of bed to go to my job everyday. I hate it! Yes, education is broke in a lot of ways. Yes, some things can be fixed. My biggest complaint is that students never have to accept responsibility for their actions! Parents cover for them pushing all the blame onto teachers. Students don't want to be at school, don't want to learn, and seem to take the "make me" attitude overboard!
I now need three classes to apply to go to school to be an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant! I have spent all my free time taking classes, observing and working with a physical therapist and next week I start a shadowing program at an Orthopaedic office with a group of outstanding doctors. My motto (or one of them) is: If you don't like something, change it! Currently I am working on it.

I truly live breathe and eat cycling. My massage therapist is a retired professional cyclist. She has started riding again. For her 60th birthday we did the Desert Springs Physical Therapy Gila Monster Challenge. It was the first time this race had happened and it includes one of the toughest stages of the Tour of the Gila. We had a blast. I completed the Tour de Safford as well, and might have been in the top three had I not had a flat in the first three miles. I am looking forward to several cycling events this year, the first being the Santa Fe Century in a couple of months. I also plan on doing the citizen part of the Tour of the Gila. I might get a triathlon of two done once the city pool opens.
This summer? Cycling, classes, shadowing--not necessarily in that order, are all in order. I average at least 300 cardio minutes a day currently and I plan on keeping this a constant. I have lost seven pounds in the last three week. I feel great, I am told I look great (please don't ask me if I agree), and then just for my personality--I AM GREAT! Just ask me--at least that is the attitude I try to adopt. I know it is not always so! LOL

Real Cowboys Show No Fear--I am trying to adopt the same attitude in the midst of a major career change!
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    Way to go! Lol I showed my 7 yo the hilarious cat pics & espec the invisible bike!
    I love how you are working smart to transition from the school system.
    I lost interest in uni teaching about 4 years back, & walked away. I am now looking into early early childhood education training (0-7 yo) ...
    Loving your body attitude! So positive with your strong thighs!

    2610 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2012 11:18:55 PM
    At first I wanted to say that you are so lucky to be doing what you love. But then, there is no luck involved, just lots of hard work doing an amazing variety of things that make you happy. Whoever gets to work with you as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant will be fortunate.
    2612 days ago
    Wow you are packing the fun in!!! Love it :) twould be fun to meet up for one of these events... Hey have you done the Seattle to Portland ride??? Join me!
    2616 days ago
    Love your positive blog, way to go !!!
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    2617 days ago
    Great blog my friend and good pictures of you. Love the jokes especially duz mu butt look this bis....LOL

    Too bad no pool is open...would make it complete. Have a good day Pat.
    2617 days ago
    You always stay so busy! It's so unusual for me to read people's blogs here and think to myself "I know the orthopeds" you're going to be at and I know the physical therapist (I think if it's the same one you referred me to last year) and I just came back from running from my house up to Fox Field and some laps around it then the mile back to my house from there. Everyone else is so much further away from me. It's so much fun when I can identify.
    The only pool left I guess is the ones in the Wellness center but there hours are so limited, it's open when they are so laps are very difficult without running into kids or people just chatting in the pool, and the water's too warm for that type of workout LOL! You need to win the lottery and build your own indoor pool in your back yard so you can use it whenever you want regardless of the weather!
    I would not have the patience to be a teacher! I am seeing enough difficulties with 2 of my grandkids, one who is almost 12 and one who just turned 13. It's a fight every day for my daughters to get these kids to school. And kids fight back so much more than when I was a kid and would never have dared to fight back with my parents the way they do. When I supervised employees, I saw it carried so much into a total lack of work ethic so often.
    Guess I'd better get off my soap box now. Have a great day!
    2617 days ago
    You sound busy & happy.

    I am so glad to be your friend, because you certainly are GREAT! emoticon emoticon
    2617 days ago
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