Thanks and giving

I miss my grandma…

This week was pretty good. I am gearing up for Thanksgiving, so my mind’s mostly been on that. Went food shopping yesterday… the way I described it to Girlfriend was like Vikings with shopping carts.

With the cooler weather, I’ve been more focused on food in general. I got a new cookbook of vegan crockpot ideas. I’m not vegan, but I was looking for something on the healthier side, and this seems to fit the bill. I also got a different healthy cooking book to give as an Xmas gift. Do I need a copy for myself? I haven’t decided yet.

My formerly broken things have been stiff, and it may or may not be the brace that’s causing it. It probably is, but life without the little sock brace thing is not as sure-footed… I have to decide what I’m doing about that. It will be harder to fly without a net, but also probably better in the long run. Getting back to the home-based exercises should help it, too.

I’ve been very busy, making up for lost time, I guess. I’m still working on the logistics of life 😉

It’s probably past time to go clothes shopping again, because I need winter clothes that actually fit. It’s tough to break the piggy bank open after living so modestly for so long, but, you know, the tiny wardrobe thing is starting to wear thin.

I’m trying to save for various goals. It’s all been said before, but Gen Xers and Millenials got screwed. I will be paying for my education until I’m retired. It factors into every decision I make. I did manage to make a donation to an organization that helped me when I was in great need. Although that was not a debt in the traditional sense of the word, it was a debt in my mind, and repaying it felt good.

 

 

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Update

I’m starting to speed walk again. Not as sport- as life. That was my default setting. I feel good having that speed back again. I missed it so much and never thought it was coming back.

I’m now going down stairs the right way. Finally. It took so long to get this back. It’s not perfect yet, but pretty darn close. I still wear the sport brace most of the time. Should I be? I don’t know. When I wear it, going down the stairs is much easier. When I don’t, it’s far more difficult. But the difficulty may lie in the stiffness. (Don’t go by me if you’re in this position, but rather, ask your doctor).

In terms of stiffness, I still need to check out my PT to sort of see where I’m at in comparison to where I was.

I’m walking tons but not working out much.

I’m not losing any weight. I tried eating less, but by the end of the week, I was very hungry, and consequently, ate too much & wiped away the progress I’d made.

So, I’ve been beating myself up over that, but I’m wondering if maybe it’s time to just let the weight chill for a while, and instead re-focus on my health, good food, and regaining strength and vitality.

 

Baby Steps

So, here we are. …Not quite at a month yet, just a couple of weeks. I’m doing ok. Returning to normalcy is what it is.

I face rejection of my inner self- the unicorn part of me- the creative part of me- most of who I am. It is hard.

I am working on finding something good that will improve my situation.

I am also working on my ankle, and I wobble much like this little cygnet at the moment.

I got one cherry tomato plant this year- a type I haven’t tried before. It is pretty. I hope it does well. I did not want to do my former 4 because it cost too much and I didn’t have enough gardening supplies. I had one bag of soil left, so I chose one plant.

I used up two of my three gift cards, so I’m running low on the ability to buy an iced coffee or some such when out. This is important because I’ve been having stomach issues lately, and the (obviously non-alcoholic) drinks help.

I miss speaking to the nice people at the old pt, but have avoided it because I’m trying to move on. Mixed feelings.

I’ve been doing what I can to clean ancient messes. I’ve been doing it in spurts. I’m feeling better now, and that helps.

 

Join a Band

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Do your PT.
Aside from just enjoying the bands more than dumbells, I like the way progression is conveyed through color. For the moment, that’s the closest I think I will be getting to karate belts, and I love it.

So far, I’ve been promoted twice! While this really only means that I’ve moved closer to average, that still gives me the happies!

Working out in a chair. I can do it! 💪