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I understand what happened

Friday, May 11, 2012

In my last blog, I wrote about the ugly nature centre that was built at the Cherry River Bog. As we were approaching the centre, I told my sister: "I'm so anxious to see how the nature centre is coming along!" She said, "You mean you haven't seen it yet? It was finished last year."

It dawned on me that I hadn't gone to walk there a single time last year. I almost didn't walk at all last Spring/Summer/Fall, and I regained a LOT of weight.

As we talked, I realized what happened. I was working more and more hours at the office. The responsibility became more than I could handle, and I didn't have any mental or physical energy left to go for walks. My health deteriorated. I started getting angina pain again (I had a heart attack 2 years ago) and my diabetes and blood pressure were out of control. Finally, my doctor told me to apply for disability. I started filling out the disability forms.

Then I asked my doctor if I could try working only 20 hours per week. That worked out very well. My wonderful bosses were willing to adjust my responsibilities. Anyway, I worked my way back up to 24 hrs/week, which my doctor says is the absolute maximum I can work. And it works really well for me. (Gotta budget carefully though!)

I have time and energy for walks, and my health is improving once again. The weight is coming off so slowly this time though. But I know that I'm doing what I need to do, and I'm enjoying my walks with the best walking buddy in the world! I'm extremely grateful for my understanding bosses. I've been secretary there for over 25 years. I know that in many places, people get fired when they can't produce as much as they used to. emoticon

Today, we went for our walk at the Andre Nadeau Open Air base.
It's a scenic and delightful 4.3 mile walk.

I don't know what these yellow flowers are called. They grow abundantly along the banks of brooks and streams. It's great to see nature starting to get its colours back.
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    Your progress is fantastic!


    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Wheat Belly Team
    2204 days ago
    I'm glad you have a better balance in your life now Rej, you are obviously a valued worker with understanding and supportive bosses- management like that is so rare.
    I'm glad too that you're enjoying your walks and sharing them with us. You are getting fitter day by day and the pounds will melt away- the slower the better actually, then they'll stay off.
    Keep well my friend and have a lovely weekend emoticon
    2204 days ago
    Good for you for figuring it out. I am SO enjoying your walking blogs again - and so glad that you are out walking regularly again. How wonderful to have your sister as your walking buddy.

    And what a wonderful place to work - they must be good people, and they truly value you. What a wonderful thing for you to know.

    Keep walking Rej, and sharing your walks with us.

    Irene in BC
    2205 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Barb said it -you are very much appreciated at your work!! I am so glad you can still work, but are now able to enjoy life more fully. Your body was telling you something. Enjoyed these photos very much!
    You will have no trouble losing the weight you want now that you are able to look after yourself properly. One step at a time, you are going to do it!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    2205 days ago
    Lovely pictures, sorry that I don't know the flowers names either. I know exactly what you mean about time going by and not getting out for walks. I couldn't believe how much time has gone by since we walked in the Hills.

    2205 days ago
    It's good to hear that you have such great bosses and a great place to work. And how nice that you can take such beautiful walks. And that you share them with us!
    2205 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Good for you to have figured that out and to be in such a good work place :-)
    Enjoy your walks :-)
    2205 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I agree with Barb. I think your workplace appreciates you, which is also not heard of much anymore. I'm glad that it is working out where you can take care of you. You are so worth it.
    2205 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    So happy things are improving!
    Sounds like you are balancing life's responsibilities well.
    Enjoy your walks and look back at last year as a learning experience.
    Take good care of you! emoticon
    2205 days ago
    You are so appreciated at your workplace. I am glad they recognize your value.

    I had that happen with a job once, when I had things that prevented my being able to work a full 40, I was told they'd rather have me for the 30 I could give, than someone else for more! I walked out of that meeting on air! Made me extra loyal to that place, too.

    May your health continue to improve, and your life be full of peace. Happy Mother's Day, by the way!

    2205 days ago
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