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And after venting... it's gone!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thanks to all who gave me a supporting shove yesterday after my whine about motivation and "what's up with that"? Funny thing, but even writing the words, like journaling on so many topics, helps put the feelings in perspective and get a body back on track. I highly recommend it, folks!

What started as a "blah" unmotivated day turned into a pretty good one. I hopped on the treadmill in the evening and tried a different setting. Changing up a routine does help with boredom issues.

As for the emotional stuff? Back on center track. Onward to good attitudes, and good days!

  
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VSWINGLE 9/10/2009 7:28PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like you're on the right track again.

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Where did THIS come from?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I'm looking at my motivation which seems to be flagging a bit.

Yesterday was a fine day on program... I got up early and walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill before work. I left work on time. I did my resistance training in the evening. I stayed within my calorie range.

OK, I did stay up just a little later than I would prefer, but still got some solid z's in. So, physically, I was doing things good for me.

Emotions? That's one of my weak points... some folks will probably point at the letter from my ex that arrived yesterday and my response to it: knee-jerk reaction was to provide the assistance he requested. But that's not all I did! I went on to beat myself up over his situation. What's up with that?

What's up with that is that it tends to put me in the "unworthy of self-care" mind frame. Bingo! A real motivational buzz-kill.

So, today: remind myself that I am worth caring for, independent of the rest of this "stuff". I am a human being, and my body deserves my own respect. I deserve to go for walks, to eat healthy foods, and to savor the day and my own life. I am not responsible for the attitudes of others. Not my job to beat myself down to play "can you top this" with tales of woe.

Old habits die hard. Bet there are a few out there who can identify.

  
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VSWINGLE 9/9/2009 4:04PM

    I can certainly relate, but you're right...you deserve to be taken care of and you're the one that will do it. Don't forget to pamper yourself a little too!

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SMARTIEBEE 9/9/2009 10:29AM

    I also relate! Isn't it funny - funny peculiar, not funny haha - how we allow other people to make us feel less than we are! You Do Deserve all that - and more! And you are definitely worth all the effort you are putting into getting yourself healthy and strong! Remember all the good things your son (who knows you well!) told you on your walk! You are a strong woman and you can do this!

Shirley

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NARNIAROSE2003 9/9/2009 8:20AM

    I can SO identify with this. One thing that helps me? Say OUT LOUD when you are alone some of those things that you feel guilty saying in front of others. It's OK - and it releases some of the resentment we often feel toward others, even though it is US allowing them to take advantage of them sometimes. Then you can move on to that wonderful word - NO.

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EJORDANE 9/9/2009 8:18AM

    I agree, you do deserve all that! I hope you have another good day...until that last bit. ;-)

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Walking by water...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

As we lead up to the time when my son will be physically separated from me by many miles and time zones, I am cherishing every moment I spend with him. Yesterday afternoon late he called to see if I would be OK with him coming over to "hang out". Apparently his wife needed some alone time (gee, wish my ex would have recognized when I needed alone time...)

So we took the dog and walked around a nearby lake. The path that goes around is approximately two miles long, and as the sun is waning in the evening, and as it was a calm day, the sunlight gleamed on the water.

The dog was in her element, of course, sniffing here and there, acknowledging the presence of others who were also enjoying the park.

It is on walks like this that I get glimpses into my son and the man he has become. It is on walks like this that we encourage one another. I mention my up-coming surgery and my hopes that it happens before he goes overseas, so he'll go with the confidence of his mom recovering well. He tells me he sees me as tough, as having a strong will to live.

I'm hoping for another walk mid-day today. I intend to go to the State Fair and get my annual treat: pineapple whip. With some luck, I'll get some company for the walk.

  
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SMARTIEBEE 9/9/2009 10:25AM

    It is so good to store up those good memories! I am glad you were able to do that! Great start to your weekend.!

Shirley


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KOREAMGIRL 9/7/2009 12:00AM

    Sounds like a beautiful walk by the water. Good luck to you on your surgery and to your son overseas. My dad is overseas also. I pray for all of them!

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VSWINGLE 9/6/2009 4:20PM

    What a beautiful blog...thank you for sharing it! My daughter is stationed oversea, so this really meant a lot to me.

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RUTHANN05 9/6/2009 9:21AM

    Precious moments with your son that you will never forget.

That is what you hold on to through out life.

A prayer for your son to return

Have a great week end. It sounds like you have a great start.
Stay strong.

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And the Holiday weekend begins!

Friday, September 04, 2009

For US folks, anyway, next Monday is Labor Day, which means I'm off work. I celebrated early by taking this afternoon off.

emoticon I wanted to get the process of renewing my driver's license over with. Mission accomplished.

emoticon I needed a haircut. Mission accomplished.

emoticon Took the dog for a walk. But she was not up for it, because it was kind of warm. Came back home after just getting to the playground... rather than going around the big block of the neighborhood.

This is a weekend to get things done around the house and to store up energy. Hope it's a good one for all of you!

  
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VSWINGLE 9/4/2009 10:58PM

    Thanks...hope you enjoy your long weekend also!

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And the new toys arrived...

Friday, August 28, 2009

I am now the proud owner of a balance board. For any of you curious about the size (I was, and couldn't find it listed on the site), it's about 16 inches in diameter. I've used similar balance disks at a gym I used to belong to. My trainer had me using two, placing one foot on each, and doing free weights. I think it was hammer curls and lateral raises.

Being on the balance board forces you to use more of your core muscles just to keep balance while doing other things. My motivation had been flagging yesterday as it was my strength day and I'd been getting a trifle bored with my workout. This was just the ticket to freshen things up!

  
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SMARTIEBEE 8/28/2009 10:51PM

    Well, that sounds like an interesting toy! I have a Bosu Ball it is flat on one side, and round on the other. It is inflated to however you want it to be and there are a lot of exercises you can do with it, but I haven't done much. I guess I should get them from the Bosu web site and try some!

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