Sometimes you just have to shut up and listen to the Universe. It’s trying to help you – honestly!
Earlier this month a lovely lady in my SummerSlimDown group posted about a recent loss, “My medicine, and my coping mechanism in the face of tragedy has been to take care of my body. It’s the only thing that feels tangible that I can actually DO and feel of use. Sometimes when life sends you horrible truths the only way you can process is by putting your best essence into this life.” This floored me. Tragedy of all flavors has always shut me down. I stop. I give up. I quit. I abstain.
I didn’t realize I had a choice to not to this.
The above concept has been knocking around in my head. I’ve been “trying on” the idea that I can use my grief, my anger, my frustration to reach my own goals rather than hit a hard stop. It’s completely foreign to me! What a novel concept! That I can continue onward and still be honoring those that have passed. That I can move forward and past the wrongs. That I can succeed and learn from failures.
Then this morning, this pops up on my Facebook feed:
Firstly – that picture is freaking adorable!!! And I had the idea to write down everything I DO control. And then I decided to it “later”. And then I decided I’m going to write this up and do it… now. Like really now. Seriously! Ok, ok, I’m going to do it!
My Friday was so pleasant I could have happily gone back to work today LOL I was just so refreshed, energized, and happy 🙂
So what got me there?
I got my shots! I have been unable to find my childhood immunization records so I haven’t been able to register for classes. I had to pay out of pocket, plus I needed to be over the sinus plague, so this has been something that has unfortunately been delayed many times. The nurses at the Health Department told me to move my arms to help the shots disperse. I asked about going to the gym later in the day and was told that was an excellent idea. Whew! I did end up taking some Tylenol before bed as I felt a smidge sore and feverish.
Yoga book! I wanted a book that would give me good photos and information on poses (where I’m supposed to be pressing/pushing/opening, what muscles to activate, etc) plus flow sequences. I think this one may do the trick, The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. I actually bought the paperback book so I could have it on the floor by my mat.
2.5 hours at the gym! My trainer got delayed so instead of coming home I got in some cardio (treadmill and bike), then worked 2 circuits on the machines. To make up for his being late, he gave me more than hour so I actually racked up 2 and 1/2 hours at the gym – WOOF!
Lamb chops for dinner! not something I would eat every week but damn, they are yummy! I marinate them in olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and a little tarragon. Throw them in a cast iron skillet to get a good crust then gobble them down!
Lower BMI!!! Checked my BMI using the Wii and while still Obese, I am at a significantly lower number. I was 43.45 and now 40.51! YES!!!
New workout pants – Comfy and don’t look too shabby 😛
The Diet Cure book – I read about this on a /r/xxfitness thread, and thought I’d give it a read. Hopefully it will provide some relief for my horrible sugar addiction. I’ve had some good result cutting wheat and limiting my dairy, I know if I could get rid of the excess sugar I’ll feel even better. I downloaded the Nook version.
Back in the gym tonight – Eager to see what I can do tonight.
Will start working out before work – my trainer is being absolutely awesome and flexible with my work schedule. We’re going to try meeting up about 2 hours before I go to work. I’ll pack a bag and shower/change at the gym.
Getting a game plan for the week worked out – with the above new workout schedule I will have to be organized. Plus I want to get my meals cooked & organized. I ate out far too much last week.
Just in case. Day 2 of my evening class and my feet/legs were killing me. No way I could have done anything at the gym. I’m doing 30-45mins of yoga at home before work, but really wanted some strength training & cardio after work. Facilitating this class is just too physically draining. However, I am keeping my packed gym bag packed & in the car. If I adjust, and feel up to it, then I’ll be ready 🙂
Friday was extremely stressful and busy, but ultimately successful. However, it wasn’t until I was telling someone about it that I realized just how lucky and/or blessed I was by the events.
I am extremely grateful for Dunkin Donuts messing up my order and giving me the large pumpkin spice when I only order a small black. And especially grateful for the bank teller that helped me out. She thought outside the box and worked to find a solution.
Some days I’m so far up in my own issues that I can’t see anything but the problems. Glad I was able to step back enough to see and recognize the positive.
Ok, everyone knows what ‘bukkake‘ is right?Don’t lie! and if you have to look it up, for gawds’ sake, don’t do it at work! ::snicker::
Well, I’m experiencing some ‘karmic bukkake’ right now and I thought I’d share the love! A couple of weeks ago I had a really lovely weekend with both new friends and my dearest friends. I experienced a few FUCKING INCREDIBLEconnections and shared energy experiences that just blew my mind. No, seriously! I feel like I have had my attitude/outlook rebooted or reprogrammed. I’m seeing everything and everyone is a completely different light. Shortly after my personal cosmic event, I heard from two very interesting individuals. This just added to my disgustingly delightful mood 😛
Adding to the overwhelming goodness it a couple of things on the burner career-wise. I’m just overflowing with this amazing energy and trying to channel it toward more good things. I suspect my summer is going to be very busy and massively productive 🙂
Three hours of cleaning/purging: I’ve got a bunch of clothing for friends set aside, plus I’ve thrown out quite a bit of unusable stuff. Work will focus on two rooms to start. Three hours will be enough to make a small dent but not overwhelm me.
Two hours of creative pursuits: Draw, color, goof around with a collage, fiddle with some beads. Just doing something to get my muse engaged.
One hour focused on blog: either finishing up the dozen posts I’ve not published, writing new ones, or learning/researching aspects of social media.