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Recharge…

Ok, I am starting the third week of the second three week session.  The first two weeks have been interesting, I’ve done great with my strength exercises and my morning and nighttime routines.  I have not been great with my walking or drinking water, walking has actually been a bit of a fail.  There’s been a lot going on but this week I am going to get back to it.

Today there was a fundraiser for my brother in law.  There was a big turnout and I finally got to see a friend that I haven’t seen in about 15 years.  We keep track on Facebook but it was really good to see her in person.  I checked on Sully and Boo when I got home.  Both of them are feeling better but not quite 100% yet.  I ran back out to pick up dinner and by the time I got home I started feeling not so good.  After dinner I took my allergy medication and curled up with a blanket.  I took a short nap and felt much better.

I am sure I am fighting something off, either Boo’s cold or something else that is floating around.  Hopefully, I can get some sleep and recharge my system.

 

Phase 2:  Day 15
 
No walk today, but I really wasn’t feeling well.
 
I did my upper body strength exercises in short spurts when I was feeling a little better in the evening.
 
My morning and nighttime routines are going much better than I thought they would be.
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Peace…

Peace

Today, I am trying to get back to a point of peace and calm.  I am thankful after this week, I’ve felt so weary.  At least now I have a better understanding of my physical reaction to the last couple of years.   I ran some errands this morning and then spent the rest of the day relaxing.  While I was hanging out I got a few things done.  I matted, framed and hung up an art print that I’ve had for about a year.  Later, I cleared off my nightstand and part of my desk.

For the most part though, I rested and let my brain work through things.  After a while, I could feel myself relax and slowly let things go.  I was able untangle some of the chaos in my head.  Getting rid of the stress was a lot easier once I was able to separate all of the jumbled up emotions.  I am finally realizing that hanging on to emotions that aren’t my own will not help anyone.  I can’t help anyone else if I am overwhelmed and exhausted.  I’ve got my own emotions to deal with which is hard enough, without the added weight of stress and worry that is not my own.

Now I need to take the time to let everything level out.  I can usually work this stuff out by keeping myself busy doing mundane tasks.  I find that while I wash dishes, fold laundry or other similar tasks my mind can wander along and unravel the mess in my head.  I did well today resting and doing the little bit of straightening.  I think I did some of the brain work last night while I was reading up on highly sensitive people.  I will have to do more research to see how I can more effectively process all of the incoming information without sacrificing my emotional or physical health.

Week 3 starts tomorrow, I am really hoping to get back to my daily walks.  I enjoy the walks more than just the exercise, they are good for my brain too.  Ten minutes of quiet time for me and my mind.  Here’s hoping Week 3 is great. 

 

Phase 2: Day 14
 
I rested so no walk.  I mean, I planned on walking but resting was apparently more important.
 
I am doing really well with my strength exercises.  Well, I am doing really well in the sense that I am doing them everyday, half the time though I don’t remember to do them until it’s nearly midnight.  Perhaps in the next 3 week section I will set a time to workout, an earlier time would probably be a good thing.
 
My morning and night routines are going great.  I don’t know if I am necessarily getting more sleep with everyone else being sick and all of the phone calls.  I am trying though.
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Pause…

pause button pngAs productive as I was yesterday, today I was equally lazy.  I don’t know if I would, or should, call it lazy.  Stuff got done, like laundry and some general straightening.  I was sore and tired, when Sully suggested I take it easy I was more than willing to listen.  As soon as he said it I thought, ‘yeah, I need to sit down.’  Listening to Sully was good but listening to myself was even better.  It’s important to pay attention to what’s going on inside and out.  If I am thinking that I need to take it easy then it’s a good idea to take a minute and figure out what’s going on.  It’s one thing if you’re just having a ‘I don’t wanna…’ type of day, I usually just try to power through those days.  On the other hand on a day like today when you are trying to do it all and you think, ‘after I get this done then I am going to go sit’, it’s probably a sign to take it easy.

Even resting I got a few more things done.  I went through a box of paperwork, most of it ended up in the recycling bin.  I got my jewelry making tote out and made myself a pretty ribbon bookmark with charms on the ends for my new journal.   I straightened up my desk and nightstand.  For the most part I made a list of things to do for my Spring Cleaning.

Phase 1: Day 11
 
Since I was resting there was no walk.  Well, Boo and I went to Walmart in the morning so there was some walking.
 
I did one set of my lower body workout, minus the squats and step ups.  I also remembered to stretch.
 
Water = 40 ounces
 
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So that just happened…

I don’t know if I have mentioned my sprained ankle here or not, I know I’ve been whining about it enough.  If I have I apologize for repeating myself but I am too lazy and/or in pain to look through my recent posts to see if I have.

So, anyway sprained ankle, it started over the summer with a pain across the top of my foot.  I thought it was from bellydancing, which sounds sort of odd but not really when you think about how much  you are standing with your knee bent and up on the ball of your foot.  

If you aren’t used to standing in that position then you could see how it could cause some discomfort.  During the same time I was having issues with the arch of both feet.  Those issues fit the basic symptoms of plantar fasciitis, which is probably a combination of walking around without shoes and the bellydancing.  I started wearing my shoes around the house and a very cheap fabric ankle brace while I slept.  I did that for five days and the arch pain was gone, although the pain on the top of my foot still came and went.

About a month ago though, the pain started moving up toward my ankle and then one day I realized that it hurt when my ankle flexed and also when I stepped back or to the side.  I kept thinking it felt like an ankle sprain but it was too high for an ankle sprain.  After a couple of days of it hurting when I stepped wrong, I decided to look online and figured out that it’s a high ankle sprain.  Makes sense, feels like an ankle sprain but too high, yeah, high ankle sprain.

I’ve been wearing a neoprene wrap ankle brace with two straps that wrap around the ankle.  At night I’ve been wearing a simple ankle wrap that keeps me from moving around too much while I sleep and waking up in pain.  It’s been helping and I’ve seen progress, now it only hurts if I step really wrong.  I’ve been really careful to not make things worse.

Until this morning… our old nearly blind Labrador needed to go outside but kept missing the back door, you know, nearly blind and all.  On our third time around I caught him by the collar to get him out the door.  I don’t know if I startled him or if he was just being stubborn.  Did I mention he was old?  Either way he lunged away and I really tweaked my ankle.  So much so that just sitting my ankle was aching enough for me to notice it.  Time for RICE, (R) rest, (I) ice, (C) compression and (E) elevation.

Today, I am thankful for my sweet Boo who took awesome care of me while my ankle was hurting.  She brought me an icepack and something to drink while I put my foot up.  We both are thankful for Netflix because we watched some groovy shows while I rested.

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Home again…

We arrived home from vacation last night.  It’s nice to be home but I could do without the heat.

All of our luggage needs to be unpacked and laundry needs to be done, but I have no motivation to do any of it.  Of course, I drove all of the way home from Anaheim last night so I shouldn’t be surprised that I am so tired today.  So far I have spent the day resting with scattered moments sorting and putting things away.

I’ve already had to deal with a minor issue in the garage.  It’s pretty disheartening given all of the work I just did in there.  I have a set of plastic drawers that stack.  One set has two large file drawers, the other two sets have smaller drawers.  Anyhow, the bottom section buckled at the bottom and made the whole stack lean and fall over.  Luckily other boxes kept the stack from completely falling.  At some point in time I need to go out and figure a solution.  I might have to build a shelf for each section.  There’s just too much to do right now and it’s really too hot to deal with it at this point.  Maybe I will check it out over the weekend.

I am trying to stay positive and not let the heat of the never ending summer depress me.  My plan for the rest of the week is to deal with things in little doses so that I don’t wear myself out.  Here’s hoping that works. 

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Along for the ride…

We left Arizona this morning for our California vacation.  We left around 10:00 so that we missed the morning rush hour traffic here and hopefully we will be in San Diego before their afternoon rush hour.

We stopped in Yuma for lunch.  Here is a shot of the mural on the water tanks.  Click here for a great article on Arizona Oddities about the art.

We got into San Diego a little before 4:00 and then to our hotel in Encinitas at about a quarter after.  Our hotel is literally a mile from the beach, the weather is always beautiful, sunny with light, cool breezes.  The hotel isn’t the greatest but the price is right and I love being so close to the beach.

We got settled in the hotel room and then drove up the freeway a few miles to have dinner at King’s Fish House.  After dinner we went to the beach to watch the sunset, well, the end of the sunset at least.

I took this picture with my phone.  It’s not the greatest picture, it was quite beautiful in person though.  

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Under the weather…

Today I felt kind of punky, that’s my term for feeling physically and emotionally sick, blah or plain just not right.*  I had great plans to get a lot done and I ended up laying around all day.  I honestly don’t know if it was allergies or the humid weather but I was just not feeling it.  

Living in Arizona one of the things you hear the most about our weather is ‘at least it’s a dry heat.’  It’s a ridiculous statement because anything over 110 degrees is pretty intense and we go through half of June and most of July with those temperatures.  On top of that the relative humidity can be about 50%  in July.  Extremely high temperatures plus moderate humidity is not fun.  We’ve  had several Extreme Heat Advisories already this summer.  It can be a bit brutal so the whole ‘dry heat’ thing can be annoying.

*It sure didn’t help that our little Rose passed this morning.  We weren’t super close to her, she wasn’t very friendly but I will miss seeing her climbing around the tubes of her hamster condo.

Day 10

 1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 10 (3 step turn, hip bounce, maya hips, and Egyptian figure-eight)

3.  Writing  –  Research

4.  Exercises Abs and arms/Stretching*

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 15 minutes)