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Saturday:Staying ABC-Active,Busy, Connected

10 Oct

“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.” 

Todd Stocker

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Saturdays can often be a crazy busy like a bunny or lazy like a lizard kind of day. I always prefer crazy busy. The day seems to go by faster, and I find weekends to be the most challenging.

After a very fun-filled Friday, ending with a delicious dinner with Lynne at Olive Garden, (I love Olive Garden) I stayed up way too late, didn’t have my chocolate ice cream Black Russian till almost midnight, so getting up early was in question.

But, I set my alarm for 7am so I could go out for a run in the cool morning air. It’s been pretty dang hot here in Texas. I also love capturing the sunrise both on my phone and in my soul. (Pretty deep)

  
It’s funny, I’ve been running in the morning and just keep going until I get too tired and winded, or until I have to ” make a pit stop,” whichever comes first. Amazingly, I never really got winded or tired, but I needed to get home to get ready for our writing group at 10. I ran somewhere between 4 and 5 miles. Pretty good for an old bag!

Writing group was good. I’m working on revising my “Open Letter.” Those will be an eye opener one day. Then, stopped at SteinMart to look for something to go along with my dress for the big gala dinner tonight. Sherri invited me to be her guest. Gotta love a gala. (More on that tomorrow)

Oh yes, then I came home and started baking mini cupcakes for the church picnic tomorrow afternoon. I’ll frost them later or after Mass. 

  
Oh look, a funny face in the cake mix.

  
My favorite minis are chocolate batter with one cherry from a can of pie filling. A fun surprise when you bite into it. One box of mix made 6 dozen minis. Cool! I may frost some them with little spider webs and a plastic spider for the kids.

Now, just writing, clean up the kitchen, then get ready for the Community Lifeline Center Gala. Another busy Saturday. Love it! 

 
I’m running the day!!!

Tuesday Tip of the Day: Take Time For You

8 Sep

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.Andrew Solomon

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Sometimes we don’t take care of ourselves, but we are more than willing to take care of others. Like the flight attendants say on the plane, “Put you mask on first , then assist others.” My take on it … You can’t help someone from a hospital bed or the cemetery. 

So, here’s where I share. I’ve been walking my neighborhood with friends or by myself for as long as I can remember. I enjoy it , but now I am taking it s lot more seriously. I’ve started incorporating some running too. Of course , I call it a joggle. 

I started joggling in June when I went to Chicago. I’d walk a little, then joggle a little. I got up to  1/ 3 mi run, then 2/3 mi walk, rinse and repeat for about 2 or 3 miles. I continued when I returned to Texas, smack dab in the middle of the Heat of summer. 

Yesterday morning ,  I finally got curious enough to map my run/walk. 

  
I was able to run almost 2 miles before I slowed down for a walk. Then , I ran at least another mile or more. In total I covered 6.46 mi before 10 am. Needless to say, I was very proud if myself. Exhausted …but proud. I did it for ME! 

And truth be told, as I’m running and pushing myself , I say  ( in my head of course ) “YOU are amazing!” And you know what! I AM!!! 

 
If you are reading this, thank you. Now, go and do something for yourself!

  
All red in the face, sweaty, and feeling AMAZING!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Inspiration

13 Aug

“Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can.”~ William Arthur Ward

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The greatest honor one can receive is to be told that you are an inspiration. 

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Through all the painful hurdles, falling down, and  picking myself back up again, the one thing I am most proud of is my determination. When I set a goal for myself, I always complete it. 

My recent goal has been to keep up with my walking and exercise, even in this hot Texas weather. It’s way too easy to just give up and say it’s too dang hot. I’ve been going to kickboxing on Monday  and Friday, then Zumba  on Tuesday and Thursday at the YMCA. Wednesday is my non-Y day. The perfect opportunity to sleep late, but I can’t sleep anyway, so I set my alarm for 7 am. 

This morning was going to be a little cooler, so I was dressed and out the door by 7:15. I’ve added a little running to my walking routine. I walk a couple of blocks, then run around the pond, walk, then run, and keep going until I can’t go anymore. The last few times, I’ve managed four circuits, or about an hour. (Not bad for an old broad.)

  
But then, look at this beautiful view I have every day. 

There were several people out walking this morning, as opposed to the solitude on the scorching hot days. As I pass people walking their dog, or pushing a stroller, I always wave or say hi. 

Something pretty cool happened today. I was running around the pond, and I said, “Mornin'” to a young woman walking, all geared up with headphones, and a brisk gait. She replied the same with a smile and a wave. We continued in our opposite directions. About an hour later, as I ran past her with a slight wave for the fourth time, she took off her headphones as I passed, and said, “You are an inspiration!”

Wow!!! I said, “Why, thank you,” and continued my run around the pond, followed by my two block walk. Me, an inspiration to a neighbor? She must have seen me out on my daily walks before, and I was so honored that she took the time out to tell me that I inspired her. How cool is that? I actually got a little misty under my sunglasses.

Needless to say, I didn’t go home after my fourth loop around the neighborhood as usual. I continued to walk, then run a fifth lap around the pond, then walk back home to cool down. I was pumped.  After all, I AM AN INSPIRATION!

   
 

Saturday: Simple Silly Determination

25 Jul

If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!Sarah Dessen

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I’ve tried to do all of the above. Trying is the start, not giving up despite all the odds is the reward. I do hold my head up and try again. 

After I went for my short 1/4 mile run/joggle yesterday, I thought to myself… “Self, how far can you joggle today?” It was only about 84 degrees when I laced up my running shoes at. 8 am. My goal was to go as far as I could go before I felt queasy. I set my phone app to log my jog, or loggle my joggle, and proceeded. The streets were quiet, the sites were lovely, except for the dead armadillo by the sidewalk, (didn’t take that photo), the horses were grazing across the street, and I was determined. 

  
I went a lot further than I expected, around the pond, and down a few streets, and back to my door to get some water before a cool down walk. 

  
 1.28 miles, PDG… Pretty “darn” good for an old gal. Except … When I got to the house, tried to unlock the door with my key, it wasn’t opening right away. My ears started tingling and I got light headed. Uh oh! I felt faint. I went from rapid heart rate to a complete stop too quickly. Finally, the door opened, I grabbed some water, turned on the ceiling fan and plopped on the couch. I recovered in about ten minutes, drank more water, then went back out to walk the same route of 1.28 miles to cool down. 

Now, that’s determination. Either that, or just plain crazy. I’m thinking the latter. 

“Sometimes plain  ol’ crazy is the best inspiration.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

  
AND DON’T FORGET CRAZY!