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Are you a swinger?

Sunday, September 02, 2012

I AM!!!

NO! Not THAT kind (and, no offense, but... ewwww!)!

...or this kind (but I wanna be... thanks for the reminder RANDOM00B)...

THIS kind!

Tonight I experienced my favourite NSV (non-scale victory) to date... I went swinging, with abandon, on a regular playground swing and nowhere on my body did the swing saddle dig into my flesh, or pinch or restrict my movement.

I was comfortable.
I felt FREE.
My daughter yelled across the playground, "MOM! Look at YOU!"
My husband sat on a bench across from me and adored me with his eyes... sharing my delight.
I felt strong.
I felt successful.
I felt joyous and alive.
I felt almost like a girl again... invincible and daring (though not enough to do my usual flying jump dismount... I can't afford an injury just now).

You see, swinging has always been a favourite activity of mine. When I mount a swing and start pumping I leave all of my cares on the ground below me. Nobody can touch me. The wind in my hair obliterates the rasping howls of criticism and derision. I believe I can move beyond my troubles because I am STRONG... my arms and legs tell me so. For a short time life is simple, straightforward and exhilarating... and within my control.

As a child/teen, sometimes, late at night when everyone was asleep, I'd sneak out of the house and go to the playground and swing.

At University, when the pressure would get to me, I'd search out the nearest empty playground after bedtime, and swing 'til I was worn out and my mind would have stopped racing.

In the throes of therapy, hot scalding tears streaming down my face, unable to envision ever again being whole, I'd swing.

Before I met my husband, I'd swing, and pray, and dream of him.

I haven't been able to seat a regular swing for at least six years now. Saucer swings have their own charm (cuddling while swinging is lovely), but they couldn't replace the feeling a regular swing gives me.

Tonight I got that back. I swang and giggled for nearly 20 minutes. I even pulled that upside down move the girls above are doing (but I extend my legs straight out and point my toes like a ballerina, using my arms and thighs to keep my body on the swing), my hair dangling and caressing my face, and I revelled in that delicious queasiness in the pit of my stomach. I swang so I could see over the top cross bar of the set, pushing limits as I have always done.

Tonight I was quintessential 'Ramona'... I can't think of a better note upon which to end my summer. It almost felt as though the fireworks down by the river afterward were just for me...

...and for us as a family... we walked out of Mass tonight, and the evening was SO mellow, and fresh and inviting... we took an impromptu walk... sometimes holding hands, sometimes playing chase... for about an hour we walked, and ended up at the river where we had forgotten there would be fireworks... and then we walked back to our car, so we could get home, LOL!

We do a lot more of this now... without thought or hesitation... and every time it feels like a celebration of everything good...

...My goal for September... MORE of the same!!!

I hope your summer, too, is winding down to a victorious close... and that today and every day brings to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

P.S. I found somethng really cool and new-to-me here at SparkPeople:
The SparkPeople Fuel For Improvement® System

"The SparkPeople Fuel For Improvement® System is a program of personal improvement that helps you achieve goals in any area of your life. It focuses on creating good habits, breaking bad ones and getting a little closer to your goals every day. Four Cornerstones of the System work together to take your development to new heights:

Focus - is the ability to set priorities, live a life according to your values, and get clear about your vision and goals.

Fitness - is a physical and mental springboard that gives you the energy to reach goals and trains you to think on your feet.

Fire - is the passion that creates action and momentum. When you live with Fire, you see possibilities, not problems.

Positive Force - is what happens when you share your energy and success with others. The more you give, the more you get in return."

From 'Fire':

"When you were a child, you were full of energy, dreams, imagination and the joy of discovery. The days and weeks seemed to last forever.

"But you couldn't just do whatever you wanted to do. You had to ask permission for everything. You survived on a few pennies or dollars each week. You had to go to bed early. "If only I didn't have to do those things," you thought, "I could have some real fun." Well, now you can.

"Playing hasn't changed. You can dream just as big, play just as hard. Except now, you have the clout to do it right.

"You have the freedom. You have the resources. And you can stay up as long as you want.

BLOG: Hey, Fat Girl!

BLOG (maybe one of the best I've ever read): I Am a Super Hero! (duh!) =)


...Because YOU are only as limited as you choose to be!



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures OCTOBER 1, 2012!
(I should have known better than to have set a September 1st deadline... I don't have time for posing and snapping... too many other things need immediate attention to get our Fall off and RUNNING, LOL!)

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Leaving NORMAL

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga

Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?

Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)

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    I need to go find me a swing.
    2050 days ago
    How wonderful!! Congrats on you being free to be YOU!

    I remember getting on a swing a few years ago, and I was afraid to go too high! And I was definitely too chicken s* to jump out! I don't know how I did it when I was a kid! Back then I never gave a second thought to broken bones - lol! But I certainly enjoyed the feeling of swinging free in the air!
    2057 days ago
    Did you happen to notice my picture ?
    I am so happy for you.
    2058 days ago
    Reading this put a big smile on my face (wiping of the previous frown) and gave me a warm glow inside. I love reading about you loving life and feeling like the marvel you are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2058 days ago
    No, I'm not a swinger (makes me dizzy).
    But I respect your right to swing.
    2058 days ago
  • KNH771
    I love to swing! When I was still teaching, I used to go out to recess duty early so I could swing a bit before the kids came outside.
    2059 days ago
    I *love* swinging!

    What joy you must have felt being able to swing with no discomfort and reminders that you are not yet at goal!

    emoticon emoticon (one of my favourite emoticons)

    As I age, I find, though, that I get a little nauseated when I swing. I wonder if that will change as I lose weight, or if it is just a sign of aging for me.

    2060 days ago
    Way to be alive my dear! emoticon Keep on swinging!{{{hugs}}}
    2061 days ago
    Bahahahahaha ... I love kettle bells AND swinging! I can't walk by a swing set without the urge to get on and fly! I still love to jump out of the swing as high as I can. I like feeling scared to try, ready to jump and then flying through the air!

    Sounds like the perfect end to your summer ... A party just for you! emoticon
    2061 days ago
    Just loved this "swinging" blog! Had me a good chuckle, as I strolled on by the pictures!! emoticon

    Did some peeking around through your links and your other blogs are very infectious. What a glorious mentality you have. It's fabulous!! emoticon

    **Oh yea...forgot to say..I love swinging, too! But my tummy is no longer such the fan of it. Drats! emoticon
    2061 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2012 8:03:52 PM
    You know sis, that is just one of the joys of being a kindegarten teacher. I get in about 6-10 good "swings" every school year. Some days they just call you, and if my class is out alone and they are behaving, I just sit down and swing, first time in a school year it just amazes them, by the end of the year it doens't even phase them.

    It always frees my heart and makes me feel young and connects me with my grandpa who, worked hard his whole life and always got on the swing next to us when we were at a park together.

    Good for you that you found that again!
    2061 days ago
    ... I love to swing too!... I passed a playground last week and thought "... "boy did I had fun swinging when I was younger!"...

    ... and I can again... and I will!...

    ... to be continued emoticon

    Thanks for this wonderful blog, and "keep swinging!!!!"

    ~ Dee emoticon
    2061 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2012 2:53:55 PM
  • IAM_HIS2
    Ramona, you are so gifted; and you have me exactly what I needed in this blog...what a special person you are--filled with wisdom, giving and love. Thank you.

    Your blogs are so full of information, creativity, caring and a clear plan to improvement. Thank you! I personally think Spark people should hire you to write for them...you are awesome.

    God bless you and I respect you more with each blog I read.
    2061 days ago
    You feel about your husband the way I do about mine. Lovely.

    And: you've inspired me to head to the park for a swing!! (After the gym).
    2061 days ago
    I love to swing, too!! emoticon on your accomplishment!!
    2062 days ago
    I've often thought that swinging would be relaxing and meditative, but alas, don't have a swing in my size.
    2062 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Tonight I was quintessential 'Ramona' is my favorite line from this blog.
    I, too, love to swing but have not done so in decades. I will have to find a swingset!

    I am a KB swinger, though not as often as I should be.

    Have a great week!
    2062 days ago
    Great title post: when I first read it, I thought you were going to blog about kettlebell swings! The actual swings themselves are much better!!
    2062 days ago
    Fabulous Blog! I feel your joy! Hope it is voted "most popular"

    I cast my vote!!

    2062 days ago
    wow awesome, swinging, sets you free, great that you can once again swing
    way to go girl!!!
    2062 days ago
    I too love to swing and it has been too long, there is a park just a the end of our street. I have looked at the swings thinking I should go on them some day...
    Thanks for the reminder and perhaps the courage to go do so.
    Have a great september
    2062 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    I remember that feeling, though it must be at least 50 years ago now. I enjoy your blogs so much. Hope you're having a great weekend. Sounds like you are!
    2062 days ago
    Swinging is like that--very soothing! It's no wonder so many babies can be calmed and put to sleep in their swings. I love swinging too! There's a playground down the street from me here. I'll have to hop on a swing next time I'm passing! Thanks for reminding me of swinging, and thanks for nice post this morning. You made me smile! emoticon
    2062 days ago
    2062 days ago
    I look forward to the day when I can actually fit comfortably on a playground swing again. I used to adore swinging!
    2062 days ago
    I too feel the same way on a swing. It has always been my secret stress reliever. There is just something about it that helps you leave all your worries and stresses behind you. Even if it is just for a few minutes.
    2062 days ago
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