Wednesday, June 04, 2014
It is the end of the school year and things are in hurricane mode. Today is the last day for Seniors to present their culminating projects, graduation luncheon-rehearsal-ceremonies are Friday (which all happen after I teach from 7:45 until noon), and Prom is on Saturday night (which I am helping chaperone). Between meetings, problem-solving for individual students, and closing out IEP paperwork for the year on my students who are graduating, this chick is TOAST!
Through all this I have managed to keep my head about me because of all my wonderful friends on SparkPeople (my virtual "family") and my YMCA/Trainer family. You have buoyed me when I was down and feeling overwhelmed, encouraged me when I want to give up, and been the shoe in my rectum when no other method would suffice.
While my numbers haven't changed in about 6 months, my body has in more ways than I can address:
* Thanks for pointing out the NSVs and reminding me that they are (and I am) more important than a number on a scale!
* Thanks for pointing out that I am more fit than I have ever been in my life!
* Thanks for showing me the muscle definition in my back when I was in my baggy bathing suit and didn't know there was progress going on on my body where I couldn't see.
* Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder when I didn't make it all the way through my AMRAP because I was too tired but still had a PR on my box jumps.
There are no words to express how much I value each and every one of you and the SP website for all you are in my life!
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Yesterday, at my session with my personal trainer, I did something I haven't done since I was a child. I did box jumps! Granted, the box was only 6 inches tall, but , for a person who hasn't been able to jump on anything for 30+ years! a 6" box jump (repeated over 30 times) was a very big deal for me. To say I was excited when I finished the met com, which was 3 rounds of 10 box jumps, 10 barbell thrusters, 15 wall ball squats, and as many kettle bell swings I could do in a minute (29, 31, and 32 per minute), would be a huge understatement! It was AWESOME!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I find I reach points in my life where I catch myself being an observer rather and being a true participant. These times are usually infrequent and are generally characterized by a general level of subdued behavior, less inclination to laugh or make jokes, and a lack of clarity and sparkle in my eyes. I am not particularly fond of these periods of malaise, but I know that they do occur as part of life's cyclic nature.
I have found that, while these times are uncomfortable for me (and for those around me who care about my well-being), I DO benefit from the things I learn during these episodes. I do not begrudge them, but take the time to analyze them, picking them apart to see which morsel of discomfort has been planted for me to process so I may grow stronger.
This does not mean that I have to like what I learn. Nor does it mean that the lesson will never have to be repeated. It just means that it is a need in my life that I must meet and that, if I choose not to listen to its call to learn, I will get to repeat it sooner and with a touch more vehemence than the initial summons. Experience has taught me that it is far better for me to accept the initial call than to blow it off and await the next, more vociferous harangue.
Today I am relinquishing control so I can move forward and make myself a better human being.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For the last week I have had a flaming sinus infection. I finally caved and went to my doctor and got the antibiotics I need to kill this dizzying monster. I had forgotten how debilitating a sinus infection could be. Given the nature of the antibiotics I am on, I am presently cramming all the probiotics and yogurt I can into my system 4 hours after each dose in the hope of keeping up with the death rate of by beneficial flora in my system. Yuck!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Sometimes life sneaks up on you and snacks you very hard in the face. It takes you by surprise, it makes you reel, and it comes out of nowhere! Memories are like that sometimes. Especially flashbacks of a time in your life that maybe wasn't so positive and left a great effect on you. It can cause all kinds of reactions depending on who you are. When that happens to me, I need to get out of where I am and go somewhere that I can reconnect with my core. It doesn't happen to me very often, but when it does, it's pretty profound.
Learning to bounce right back up after being knocked down is definitely key to surviving these events.
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