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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I know I disappeared for a good week there. No problem, just really busy. First of all, I have just plain overcommitted. Things will calm down in about three months, but for right now I have more going on than I have time.

Last week, the biggest busyness was getting ready for a garage sale with my SILs parents, hereafter referred to as the ILs. They have been through a really long hard time, with caring for their parents for 16 years, the last four seeing his father move in with them in ill health after the death of his wife, the death of her mother, and about a month ago the death of his father. They had committed to keep their parents out of nursing homes if they possibly could. I admire their committment. I know I couldn't do it.

Anyway, we had talked about having a garage sale earlier this year, before Papa John become so ill, and they decided they needed to do it before winter sets in. I had a bunch of stuff here, and my DD and SIL and their daughter also threw stuff in. I ended up making about $100 and they made about $500, but the biggest thing is that we got a lot of stuff out of our houses that we didn't need or want, and that were just clutter. They took all the left overs to GoodWill yesterday, and I took the left over books to the library book sale.

It was a really pleasant day, beautiful weather, and in many ways it was enjoyable, but we of course had to put out all this stuff in the morning, and put away the left overs in the afternoon. DD and SIL helped with some, but DD had the Girl Scouts out helping with the MS Bike-a-thon, and SIL is studying for an important test for his job, so it was mostly us mid-60s people, and we were pooped and in pain by the end of it.

Sunday, I was scheduled to co-lead a meeting, and had to prep for that as well. Have another one I am leading this Saturday, and then the following weekend another meeting that I need to lead. I told you I was over committed. And, of course, I have rehearsals on Wed and Thurs each week, and am going to be teaching Sunday school most weeks starting this week through November.

Went to my first, and last, Zumba class last night. The leader was a very nice young woman who actually had a sense of rhythm (not true of all athletic types), but it was too high-impact for my knees and hips, with lots of hops and bounces. About half-way through, I told her I just couldn't do it, and left. She suggested water aerobics, and said she teaches Zumba water aerobics. I may look into it, but most of these things locally seem to happen during the work day. I have to say, I was very disappointed, especially since there were other women there who were probably no more than 10 years younger than me, and I was a little tearful last night. It was mostly that I always liked to dance, and haven't been able to for years. By this morning, I was reminding myself that I can dance a little again now, and that the Zumba, although it included some dance moves, was basically aerobics for the limber. I was thinking about Pat's recent comments that there need to be exercises for older people who are still fairly able, but just can't jump and bend the way they used to. On the other hand, I have one less thing on my agenda each week for the next 11 weeks, so that is a good thing.

Anyway, during all of this, I have been off track again. Although getting ready for the garage sale should count as exercise, I can't figure out how to track it, and didn't do anything official all last week. Sunday afternoon I did the absolute minimum of housework I could get away with, and spent the rest of the time aching, and today, after the great Zumba experiment, my knees and hips are really achy again, so no exercise today. I'm going to try to get back on track with that tomorrow. The food had been pretty good until last night, although I have to admit that the old emotional eathing thing got the best of me, and I ate WAY too much, all of it junk food, last night. Getting it back together today. Need to get back to tracking again, but don't have the wherewithal to deal with it tonight.

Hope all of you have been doing OK while I was off on my own process. Going to go do some catch up with blogs now, but I will probably never get through all of last weeks--that time thing again.
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    You'll get back on track b/c it made you feel so good! And jettisoning stuff from your house always feels good (at least it does to me!), makes you feel so light and free.

    I'm also trying to not get bummed out about my new exercise limitations. I'm not that old, but shoot, my body seems to disagree more and more as the years pile on. I still have a 10 year old! I can't start just sitting around. So I, too, am looking for FUN workouts that aren't high impact on my spine and legs. I might be going back to boxing slowly, maybe you can try that? It's fairly easy on the knees, as long as you don't do kick-boxing. And it leaves me more "at peace" than yoga ever did.

    Let's try and look at our limitations as an excuse to try new adventures in exercises. Like what? I don't know yet, time will tell. But that's the cool thing about Spark, we can pick each other's ideas up and try them out on ourselves.
    2080 days ago
    I'm impressed that you TRIED the Zumba class! I stay far away from anything jumpy, bouncy or dancey. Like Sharon, I have trick ankles and toes which are forming bunions. Don't feel bad! I wouldn't have made it through the front door of the class. You COULD put some of the preparation for the garage sale under heavy housework. I would! I've had a garage sale before. I know they're a lot of work to put together. Rest your poor aching muscles and start again tomorrow.

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    2080 days ago
    Sorry the Zumba is a bummer. I believe Zumba is for people who can do Zumba and not for people who can't. I can't and I'm only 41. My ankles and toes are too messed up. I don't understand why teachers don't offer more classes for people who's body parts are limited. I hope you find other things you can do and enjoy. You know, in your spare time, ha ha.

    2080 days ago
    All in all it was a busy week and frankly it could have been worse with more emotional eating getting in the way.
    Yes you are over extended, you need yourself some BOUNDARIES so you will have a little bit more latitude for what you want to do.
    The garage sale went well it's the best time to de-clutter the house. In the fall we fall back inside in places where we do get cold weather and that means we get to be in the clutter longer than in the summer. We can at least escape outside and do some yard work in summer.
    OAK Take it easy and give yourself little me time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.
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    Comment edited on: 9/11/2012 8:49:03 PM
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    Really sounds like you've been busy.
    2080 days ago
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