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The RIOT Group Knows Some Helpful Truth

Monday, August 20, 2018

So much going on, it's hard to choose a topic to blog about!!

As I wrote in my status, I'm icing an ankle after my 5.5 mile interval run-walk this morning. Enjoyed it a lot! Did a warm up walk, ran-walked, then cool down walk 7:05-8:15am and then some stretching. I can just barely feel something isn't quite right in my right foot/ankle. It will probably be gone tomorrow. Hope so, because truly I love running. My shoes are good, so that's not it; I'm pretty sure. I've been wearing some new splints to help my bunions (there's a muscle in the front bottom of my foot that is pulling and the splint relieves that) and this minor issue may be a result of that effort to make things better. Will keep trying. I intend to run as long as I can and enjoy it as much as I can, and that may mean very slow running. Right now, after I'm warmed up well it really feels good to do a little speed work. I feel young! I feel like I could fly down the hill on my street!!

There are times I'm not feeling so young. Twice recently I got the wrong day on the calendar and once I was late picking kids up from school. They weren't upset and laughed about it -- but I'm not sure that is better. (Old Mom is getting Old!!) The other time I thought I was having dinner guests tonight, but it is next Monday. No harm, no foul, almost everything I bought at the grocery store yesterday will keep. I'm aware, though, I need to work harder on staying aware and keeping that brain active and staying involved in my own life -- not just be passive!!

It is funny, but not funny, you know. Today's SparkCoach asked you to envision the future and where you want to go. The immediate picture that popped into my mind was me, in a bikini, lying beautifully in my coffin. Oh, no. I laughed and laughed. Really tickled myself. And I promise not to request such after-life treatment.

Thinking of my dear daughter and all she's going through to take care of Natalie. This week they will try again to get the 2 hour MRI on her spine. The waiting is frustrating to me and it has to be to the whole family and Natalie, too. Wish we could just get to it and through it, but I know waiting is required to arrange the best available procedure. Getting anxious over it won't help and won't make it pass quicker. I would hate to count how many anxiety-related calories I have consumed in my life, but I know that the running helps far much more than the food. We have one running group that named themselves RIOT for Running Is Our Therapy. Yeah, I get that!

Wishing you an anxiety-free day, and if that isn't possible, wishing you healthy anxiety relief!!
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    I love, love, love the bikini in the coffin! You could have a head only viewing for modestly sake. LOL. Seriously, I get the anxiety feelings. You want it over, preferably without any pain, moving directly through an easy physical therapy and back to normal. Waiting is like sitting on a powder keg, about to explode at any moment. emoticon

    As you think about caring for yourself during all of the chaos, remember the airplane message.....
    Put on your oxygen mask before trying to help others. Take care of yourself first so you can be available to take care of others. They may need you but you also need you. emoticon I hope your foot feels better.

    I keep a large calendar where I can see it often. It has all of our appointments and social activities on it. Hubby calls it our life at a glance. I also keep a much smaller one in my purse. It keeps me from forgetting!
    358 days ago
  • CLEE2830
    Bikini in the coffin! I like it! emoticon

    Sending you hugs!
    360 days ago
    Your blog is moving -- and YOU are moving: however best you can, to honour your commitment to your own health while supporting your family to address Natalie's health!!

    And: bikini in the coffin?? Just jot down those funeral instructions right now and make sure your daughter's got them handy (not part of your will . . which won't be "read" typically till well after your funeral!!) Because yup: you're gonna rock it in your bikini!!
    362 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Bikini in a coffin? Oh my!!! What a vision. You are a hoot.
    Perhaps you could make some little care packages for your Daughter, Natalie and the rest of the family to help them get through doctor visits and procedures. Lotion, books, puzzle books, coloring books, pencils, gift cards, journal, mints, water bottle. Perhaps you could even stay with Natalie, so your daughter can take a break. Best wishes for you and your family.
    362 days ago
    Hope your foot is okay tomorrow.

    Prayers for Natalie and the family...

    363 days ago
    Wishing you no discomfort on that foot soon and especially may you continue to enjoy running however you want to because nothing beats exercise for a stress relieving feel good time!
    Love that running group's title, right on!
    Praying they will get the MRI soon for Natalie.
    363 days ago
    I like the name of the running group. You've identified the anxious feeling. You're doing your best to take care of your body so the running will continue to work for you. Speed feels good, but is not essential. Walked in the rain this morning myself, and I still need to go see if Benji will walk for me. (Ace says he's not fond of rain.)

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    363 days ago
    Ah yes, we have to find those little tricks to jobg our memory. It happens.

    And prayers for Natalie and the whole family.
    363 days ago
    RIOT group! emoticon Yeah, I get it too!

    I have yet to consistently sustain running in my life. Thankfully, I have other healthy avenues to relieve anxiety and stress … like sitting outback on the patio in the morning sun, with my cat demanding to be pet, enjoying a cup of hot, black coffee with the morning sunshine on my shoulders. Hummingbirds whirling about. Yeah. Peaceful.

    363 days ago
    Sounds like you have a lot to do!
    363 days ago
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