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An Emotional Week or Wreck?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Timothy, my youngest, graduated from high school this Thursday. I was very emotional spanning from agitation, to happiness and then to sadness. You would have thought I was graduating. He had what they call "senioritis" a phrase putting the emotional roller coaster of the graduating teenager into a one word nutshell. I was affected by this.

Eating bad stuff, emotional eating, and overeating were just a few of the habits that found their way back into my routine. Fortunately, I found time to exercise. It is my new habit that has replaced some of my old ones. I like to exercise now. The treadmill gives me time to think and gives me time for myself. It is almost as good as ice cream and I feel so much better after wards. It gives me an excuse to escape the house and go to the complex gym. I exercise without music and just listen to the sound of my footsteps on the belt underneath my feet. And I think.

Exercise actually does help release stress as you get used to it. Before I didn't like to sweat because it felt so messy but now I know I'm burning calories and getting a good workout. So, I feel better about it. Along with this I have been drinking plenty of water. The fluid retention in my feet and hands has nearly gone away and I do feel better. In the heat of summer, it is good to drink extra water before I get thirsty. I'm learning to drink water with breakfast and when I wake up.

These changes are for the better and I plan on getting better and better. Of course, I will always be striving for perfection and never get close but its good to at least try even if its just a small change. But, most of all, having a positive outlook for the future, is what motivates me the most. Just to think that I will no longer fit into those fat clothes and wear the sizes that don't have an X in them. Also, to think ahead instead of behind me and keep going when it seems the hardest. To not give up is what my grandfather told me and to hang in there when it gets tough. So, remember you can do it whatever those goals may be. Have a great day as well.

God Bless You
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    3904 days ago
    Congratulations to your son on his graduation. Hope you are getting back on track now.
    Exercise as good as ice cream? That made me smile. I miss the gym. Being a caregiver now has changed that. I was nodding and remembering when you talked about listening to the sound of your feet on the treadmill. That was my favorite gym equipment prior to major surgery.
    You are making good progress with positive changes. We will be celebrating with you as you reach those goals!
    3912 days ago
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