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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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The halfway point snuck up on me while I wasn't paying attention

Saturday, August 22, 2009

At my consultation this noon, the scale showed I had reached the halfway point to my goal of record. 12 weeks, 26.3 pounds gone!

I feel incredibly better with those pounds gone. In the face of "health issues", every pound of fat out of the way of what a surgeon may need to do is a very good thing!

And I just ordered my reward... one of those Spark no-burst balance boards & a SparkPeople coffee mug. I'm a sucker for a sloganed coffee mug!



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VSWINGLE 8/22/2009 9:34PM

    Congratulations!!

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NENATO2 8/22/2009 6:03PM

    Good for you! Just shows you are commited to your new habits!

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And that ride on the muddy trails gave me another flat!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Updating for the week. It's been a real roller-coaster.

Someone who works in the larger organization, whom I've not met, but recognize his name... died this week. Funeral was today. Another co-worker's mother passed away early this week, and I will be going to that funeral tomorrow.

Meantime, on my own health meter... suspected hyper-parathyroidism that may be contributing to the bone loss my doctor is concerned about. So, bunches of tests.

What has suffered? Well, the workouts did. Only got one strength training session in. As long as I hop back on, I should be OK. Reminder to self: a week like this is a reason to treat yourself gently, but it is not a reason to throw in the towel on healthy living efforts!

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MISSDIANE 8/21/2009 9:56PM

    You're doing ok and I don't see this keeping you down for long *hugs*

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