Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yesterday was "Blue Monday"

Supposedly it was the worst day of the year.  The days are short and winter seems endless.  The Christmas bills are overdue, and the New Year's Resolutions have all been broken.  Yuck!

Sadly, several of my friends and acquaintances are going through some serious troubles, and for a couple of them things came to a head within the last couple of days.

Me?  Things are looking up.

If all goes according to schedule, my divorce should be final within a month.  I'm still having some lingering issues with panicky feelings whenever I get an email from my soon-to-be-ex-husband, so I decided to have a few sessions of individual counseling.  The first one was yesterday and I found it very helpful.

Also, yesterday I bit the bullet and joined the Y.  They have water aerobics classes that I can take which will not cause joint pain.  They also have exercise bikes that I can use for a modified Couch-to-5K.

Finally, I'm planning a vacation to take over Spring Break with the kids.  We want to go somewhere warm.  We've had a cold, snowy winter this year which is unusual for where I live.

I want to leave you with something that my counselor gave me.  He told me that my homework is to read and reflect on it every day.  The beginning part will be familiar, but you may have never read the whole thing.

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next."

Reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy forever in the next life sounds like a great plan.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Exercise, Shmexercise

I have realized that Couch-to-5K is not going to work out for me.  I love the idea of it.  Here's a plan to turn someone from a total couch potato to a regular exerciser.  Ready. . . .Go!

I downloaded a handy dandy podcast from the internet that would tell me when to walk and when to run.  I already knew that with my bad joints running wasn't a good idea and that I should just walk really fast instead of running during the running times.

I put on my walking shoes and headed out the door.  It was really cold (for a southerner), but I kept going.  I enjoyed my walk and did a good job during the walk-really-fast times.  I came home tired but refreshed.  Then I sat down.  And when I tried to stand up again, it was painful.  And the pain in my joints continued for the rest of the day.  Ouch.

Standing at the stove to cook dinner was not a pleasant experience.

I still hurt this morning.


I'm still determined to do something that will improve my overall fitness and health, because therein lies happiness.  I'll have to ponder it.  Any suggestions?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

And, I'm back

First of the year.

Time for a fresh start.

I had lots going on with divorce and other things and dropped off the face of the blogosphere for a month and a half, but I'm back again.  I'll be redecorating and then back with a longer post.

Happy New Year!!