Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 31 13,069 Steps


It will be just a couple more days until I fly the friendly skies to visit Dave.  The ol' boy looks pretty darned handsome in this old pic.  I know it was a beach vacation we took before the hurricane cleared off the Bolivar penninsula and  I do know that he still wears that shirt - it's a bit greyer and so is he.

I'll have to work hard at getting my steps in during the CA visit, as Dave doesn't love being personally ambulatory - if we can drive there, we will - so I'll have to make alternate plans.  I do need to see how far off the beam I am in re: to making the 500,000 steps before London goal. 

I'm still eatin' right and livin' good. 

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Smile.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Day 32 12,403 Steps

Funky Flowers From Years past
Man, the weather here is insane.  It's supposed to dip into the low 30's by tomorrow.  Now it's blowing a cold, north wind.  Temp has been dropping since the high of 50 when I got up this morning.  Sunday morning, I awoke to thunderstorms rolling in, with the promise of damaging hail by evening.  That didn't happen, but I did end up having to go to the gym to get my steps in.

My garden this year is so screwy - I still have dafs blooming along with roses!  I lost a lot of plants to the late, late cold snap and I'll have to take in my houseplants again tonight. 

On the health and fitness front, I was reading something (where, I can't remember) over the weekend that talked about choosing your "win" - as in defining the one thing that will get accomplished that makes the day a "win".  That way of looking at things was really helpful yesterday (Sunday) in setting my priorities.  There were several things that I wanted to get done and the timing was just a bit off.  I wanted to see the latest Catherine Deneuve movie that was playing at a local museum.  I wanted to get my steps in (the gym opened at noon) and I wanted to meet up with some friends later in the evening.  That was the dilemna - how to get all this done.  And truthfully, I know myself and I know that the later in the day it gets, the more my resolve/determination/ability to get shit done weakens.  So my win was getting in the steps.  I chose to go to the gym at noon, instead of the 11:45 movie showing because I couldn't be sure of my ability to muster the gumption to get my exercise AFTER.  And I didn't go to the 4:15 showing, as that would have interfered with my meet-up at 6pm.  But as my truth told me, by 6pm, I was done.  I didn't do the meet-up, either.  But the day still falls in the win column, as I did the one thing that made it a win for me. 

A big shout out to Moss and Kim who are racking up the miles and encouraging/inspiring me all the way to London town. 

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Choose your win.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Day 33 Steps 13, 786

Saturday was a fabulous day.  Great bike ride, although the wind was brutal.  I did go out and buy some new tennis shoes - oh, my.  I didn't realize how much I needed new shoes until I got them.  No leg pain!  Even though my legs were tired after riding that morning, I was still able to walk lots of steps without any twinges!  Woo hoo!

In the early evening I went of to Pebbles' for Barkley's birthday party!  No, it really wasn't a dog party, but it was an excuse to see the big dog.  And what a thrill that was!  He was placed on different anti-seizure medication about two weeks ago and he's a brand new dog!  So energetic and so playful - it was a joy to see him doing so well.  We did wear him out, as we took him on a walk after he'd played outside with us all evening, so he needs to work on his stamina after being so sedentary for so long.

Pebbles and Slater have gone paleo - given their food sensitivities - so we had grilled artichokes, grilled veggie kabobs and shrimp!  Very yummy.  I still find Pebbles' appearance a shock - she's back to her high-school size - and suddenly looks gazelle-like.  I think she's gained a foot in height.

Weather's a brewin' around here, so I'll be sticking pretty close to home.  No yard work for me.  Oh, and speaking of yardwork, Slater was able to remove the offending broken part of the weedeater.  I've ordered the new part and the grass will just have to grow until it arrives.

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Constantly re-evaluate.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 34 Steps (really too few to count) 5796

Old injury but this is the bad shin.  
Shin splints again.  Today, I am getting new shoes.  I'm riding this morning, but after that, I'm off to the running store.  Even though I don't run anymore, I do prefer my Asics shoes.  And it is way past time.

I've been wearing my one pair of "supportive" flats over the past couple of days and I've discovered that the toe box is just a little too big and I sorta keep my big toe jacked up to keep my shoes from slipping around.  I've had ongoing leg/foot issues for almost two months and it's time to figure out what's going on.

I had a long talk with a cousin last night who's got a bit of medical background and he advised me to take an NSAID every day and get some new running/walking shoes.  I also think I need to incorporate some stretches into my daily life.  Or more yoga - it's been ages since I've practiced.

My problem with home practice is I somehow think I need to do all the yoga in the world.  What I need to do is just pick a few simple stretches, something that takes just a few minutes and do those.  I KNOW that small changes are easier to incorporate, but I tend to go whole hog into something and then fizzle right out.  Another thing, I need to get out of the habit of crossing my legs all the time!  I've moved myself from my kitchen stool to a chair in the sunroom where I can keep my feet flat on the floor.  It's no wonder I'm sore half the time!

On the good news front - my neck stiffness and pain has lessened significantly since I purchased a gelled neck support pillow back at the first of the year.

This has been another whiny post, brought to you by the ravages of age.

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Stretch yourself.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 36 11,586 Steps

Back in the saddle again!  Or back on my feet again.  It took three small walks to get my steps in, but I did it!  And I feel pretty good this morning, so I remain hopeful.  I'm still a little ouchy, but no heels for me for a long while.  Last evening, I did start what I hope might be a habit, at least for the springtime (which may last another two weeks).  I was still hungry after dinner, so I walked the mile round trip to the store and bought some blackberries as a treat.

Tonight, I think I'll wander back to my group meditation class and then tomorrow evening is my sister's family birthday party.  So I'll go to that.  Pebbles and Slater may come over for that, but Pebbles has been under the weather.  I'm going to try to do some yardwork over the weekend (I bought a new weedeater and will release my old one with a diagnosis on bulk trash day).  Bulk trash never makes it to the landfills around here.  Someone is always cruising by and picking up stuff.  I hope someone else can get some use for it.  Katie - I don't have a hardware store that will do much of anything, so I took Dave's advice to stop my frustration.

Again, I am always, always amazed at what a couple of days of clean eating and a couple of nights of good rest can do to reframe my outlook.  You'd think I'd know by now :-)  I always seem so surprised when the same damned things derail me - sometimes it's like I wake up in a brand new world each day.  The more I avoid gluten and dairy, the harder it is on my body to recover when I choose to dive back in.  After an indulgy weekend, it's taken me until this morning to feel human again.  Plus, I certainly think it exacerbated my back issues (inflammation).  For a smart woman, sometimes I'm an idiot.  Now if I can just remember the unpleasantness of the past few days the next time I feel the need to do something unhealthful for me.

Kim and Moss are kicking my butt at steps right now - but watch out, cause I'm coming for you!  Keep your eye on your rearview mirror!  Those aren't cinderblocks on my feet, them's my white orthopedic walking shoes!

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Just Three Days.  Promise yourself three days.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 37 Steps 4233

Still down with the back.  I'm trying to stretch it out but it's still pretty painful.  No more heels for me for a while, which makes dressing for work difficult, as all my work clothes assume heels.  I did stay tethered to my desk quite a bit yesterday and I need to set an alarm to get up and walk around (and not to the vending machine).  Sigh.  I seem to be craving sweets like nobody's business.  Which contributes to inflammation and makes everything worse.  Plus, my meal planning is slipping and without a plan, I sometimes faulter.

Yesterday's meeting with the contractor went okay.  Terse, but supremely all-business.  And DONE.

I seem to have a lot of work to do before next Thursday when I leave again to go see Dave for a long holiday weekend.  I do wish he could come here once in a while, as does he, but he won't kennel SadieLu and I can't blame him for that.  Poor old thing.

Goal for the day:  1.  no sweets.  2.  Walk a bit every hour for back health.

Take good care of yourself.  Be kind to others.  Plan.