It feels like every time I write I seem to apologize for it being such a long time since the last post. When I looked back and saw that the last post was during the Olympics I almost cried. I know I keep saying the life is busy, but it really is.
So much has happened since my last post that it's hard to choose where to begin. It is Wednesday so it feels like a great time to bring back Random Wednesday. I am going to try to elaborate on some of the topics at later dates....this year, hopefully.
My lingering plantar fasciitis is still an issue. It's not nearly as bad as it was, but it can still take me out on occasion. It has kept me from running. I can't even remember the last time I went for a run.
I had been doing well with managing my pain and flare ups. This past Saturday I went to a concert. Teenage Jennie was in her glory. I was 13 rows away from Bret Michaels and the rest of Poison. There was a lot of jumping up and down. That night I was awake until 2 am with foot pain. It was tight the next day, but it's been okay since. It's been a struggle though. In general I wear sneakers all day every day. It's not easy to find the right supportive shoes that I can wear otherwise. A couple of weeks ago I wore slight wedge heels for a couple of hours to a Celebration of Life Service and I couldn't sleep then either.
The holiday season was extremely sad and heart wrenching for me. Just days after Thanksgiving my grandmother had a stroke. I spent the better part of December travelling to Virginia to sit by her bedside and hold her hand. I honestly don't know how I coped. It's sort of a blur...I know there was lots of comfort food involved though. LOTS of comfort food.
Mom-mom passed right before the new year and I'm still grieving.
I moved a couple of months ago. I'm still in the Charlotte area, but I'm a little further into the country. It's beautiful and relaxing. I have cows for neighbors. The only problem is that it's a little further from most of my obligations. The bonus is that is that I don't pass any options to stop for a quick meal on the way home. It's really forced me to focus on planning my meals out. I was good at it before, but I would always have that option if it wanted it.
My schedule lightened up a little when Room in the Inn and Lenten services ended. I'm really hoping to be able to actually enjoy my views. There is a pond in the back yard of the new place. I look forward to spending lots of time on the deck. I'm dealing with a lot of stress and I'm trying hard to focus on relaxation tools. I've spent some time knitting for fun and enjoying books for leisure. It feels good.
For Lent I did the impossible. I gave up chocolate. I mean I even avoided Mocha coffee. It was not pretty let me tell you.
After the first week it was pretty easy to avoid chocolate at the store. I was just fine. If I didn't buy it, then I wasn't tempted at home. However, all of the offers of all things chocolate just about drove me over the edge.
I stood tall and didn't falter. And then came Easter Sunday....when no man was safe if he came between me and chocolate. No lie, I made myself physically sick that day.
It's that time again. It's time for me to get recertified for Personal Training. Instead of taking multiple course credits I decided to get my credits through a Sports Nutritionist Specialist program. I'm very excited. I really need to get back to studying, it's been a couple of weeks, but I will.
While I was home for Easter my mom gave me pictures from both of my marathons. And then the Boston Marathon was on Monday. I will never make it to Boston, but the dream to go for Number 3 is not dead. I know some people don't want to hear that...and right now it's not physically possible...but that dream is there and it will spur me on.
My birthday is next week. That's right, Birthday Month is upon us. I'm really trying hard to take my life back and get control of my schedule. I'm really working on putting myself first. And so my first step is to focus on my Fitbit daily Step goal. For May my goal is to hit my step goal every day. So far I'm in good shape, but it's still early. I need these steps for my heart health and my mental health. It will also, hopefully, help with curbing my Birthday Month Celebration sweets.
I have missed you so much and really want to get back into blogging. I miss interacting with all of you. And it really helps me to hold myself accountable to you. We're all in this journey together.
Have a Blessed Evening
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yeah, sorry, I messed up and the "l" is missing....I need an assistant :-)
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