Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I work at a prep school and we started our meetings yesterday. I don't teach. I am the Head's exec. assistant, so I have to prepare and/or review all of the stuff that we do to set up the new year. And then take minutes on 5 days of meetings. Boy, it's a lot of detail and my mind is shot today, but I know consistency at the gym is important no matter how tired I get and Idragged in there after work.
It was very helpful in calming down two things: my state of mind and my sore back & chest. All the working out has awakened old issues in my shoulders due to the long inactive period since my surgeries and PT. My muscles are simply not understanding what I would like them to do, lol. Today I did not do any shoulder or back stuff but merely walked and biked, hoping to avoid losing my interest in the gym as it has been incredibly energizing for me to go. If it starts to hurt and Pam sort of fades out...not this time, I hope. Baby-ing my shoulders is only smart if I want to hang in there.
Nice Metamucil surprise package in the mail from Spark today! A huge box of stuff to test out and comment on. Not a problem at all, since I have IBS and have to take fiber supplements sometimes. I will switch to this brand and get back to Spark with my feedback. Very nice to get free stuff that you can use and to be useful to SP, too.
All is well. No word from DD, my boss seems to be okay and happier, car is fine, cats are fine and the weather is delightful. Gratitude all over the place from me!
Monday, August 11, 2014
BF and I took a four hour drive to Provincetown. We stayed from Thursday till Sunday to get good hotel rates, although it is so expensive to stay on the Cape that there is no real savings on anything. You just throw all your money in your purse, drive up there, and spend it.
We did a lot of walking around the aptly-named Commercial Street and I was very happy to find an original watercolor at a bearable price. (On the way home I found the perfect frame for it at a Christmas Tree Shop.) We found shops for every kind of fun thing and lots of delicious food.
Each night my feet were killing me! Sauntering along at a snail's pace is not really exercise as you never get that cardio thing going. Hence, your feet hurt from pretty much standing around. Whereas, in the gym, you walk very fast, get your heart pumping and get outta there before your feet get tired. I can't think of all that walking/shopping/gawking as exercise. We even took a pedi-cab twice. Maybe my right hand got a workout from handing over my Visa!
We had good side trips to Orleans and to Marconi Beach. I am a pool person and hate that icky sand feeling, so I preferred the salt water pool at our hotel. We ate reasonably well, with not a single binge on my part. Lobster is too expensive for a binge anyway and we kept my weight-loss efforts in mind with each meal. Dear BF! Only two ice-cream cones the whole time. (Liz, one was at the old Dairy Queen in Johnston!)
Well, vacations end. We know this. Coming home and watching my cats rocket out the back door, emptying the litter box, and unpacking - it's all a little sad until next time.
I have three more days away from the office and will be back at my desk on Thursday. So I can hit the gym, clean the yard a little, and relax on my own. I will eventually get the pictures from my iPod.
Off to the gym.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
I have been back at the gym for a few days and feel great. I did 22 minutes on the treadmill today. Then - this is big! I did a walk-thru and training session. It took over an hour to design my exercise plan, then I tried every machine that was suggested.
I have been too easy on myself, trying to avoid re-injuring my shoulders. It was surprising to feel muscles again! I think I can do what my plan says except much more gradually than planned. Especially my right biceps and shoulder will need some care.
But I did it. I overcame my shyness and my fear. I was afraid people would notice (NOT) and that I would get hurt.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Thank you, friends, for reading and replying to my Blog of Sorrow a few days ago. All the replies made me a little embarrassed that I had let things go and gotten myself terribly down in the deepest of dumps. Your suggestions and support encouraged me and helped me get moving again. I had to admit how awful I felt to get it over with and out the way so that I could feel better. And I do, hooray!
Yesterday I made a sticky note and stuck it to my purse that said GO TO THE GYM. The note on the purse must be obeyed, and I did go to the gym. I pledged ten minutes then did exactly that time on the treadmill. Overdoing it is not a good way to start.
Today I went again and did fifteen minutes. It wasn't a big deal to go back. Nobody pointed at me and called me a quitter ... in fact, no one even noticed me. Great! Anonymity! the Unknown Tread Miller!
Some good cleansing work on my inner anger was done by listening to the Clash at an unhealthily loud volume, with a few rounds of Fallout Boy. Angry music for this depressed lady reminds me that depression is only anger turned inside out. I guess I AM angry and being miserable about my health is no solution.
Whether online or in person, good friends make life just that little bit more livable by offering support, humor and affection. Thank you, and you have all that from me in return.
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