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Hard Times

Monday, March 13, 2017

This past weekend was a very rough weekend, following a hard week.

I have been sick most of the week due to grass fires in the area. Lack of breath = not much in the way of exercise, and defiantly no walking the dogs. Understandable, and uncontrollable. It happens. But looking back, I think this started things.

I have made a promise to myself and my fur babies that we would take at least one personal walk every week. With 3 dogs, this guarantees at least 3 walks a week, even when I don't feel like exercising. Walking with them is more than exercise. It is bonding time with them and my DH when he is able to come with us. Being outside with my babies is depression therapy.

This past week, I actually CRAVED my walks with them. I didn't realize that I had achieved this non-scale victory! But I couldn't be outside without feeling worse. They didn't understand, and would go to their harnesses and look back at me. I know that there was nothing I could do to change things, and circumstances made it where I wasn't actually breaking my promise, but my depression kept saying I was letting us all down.

Add to this stress at work from an internal audit. Blech.

Then comes the downward spiral. Saturday DH was working in the yard. I was in bed with a migraine. Depression says "you are so lazy, look at you laying here and him working". Anxiety starts listing everything that I need to be doing instead, because if I don't who will???

Long story short - I was a basket case on Saturday and Sunday.


This is Monday - a new day, the start of a new week, a new beginning!

The great thing about life is that today does not have to be limited by the past. Today, I feel good. Today, I can and will be happy with what gets accomplished. Today, I will do what I can to move closer to my goals. And, today, I will be able to go for a walk.

Now to choose which one of the babies to take with me.
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    Good for you for seeing a new beginning and giving yourself a break. It sounds like you are really doing some great things. Don't forget to remind yourself of your accomplishments. When I was working out with a Jessica Smith video tonight, her dog came in the picture, wanting to join in. Then my dog did too. I thought we need a mommy and me pet work out like the ones for mommys and toddlers. :) I bet they would love it.
    1242 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That was a rough week and nothing you can do about it. Glad your home wasn't threatened by the fires.. I haven't been able to go outside for a long time due to unsafe icy conditions or extreme cold. Our poor one dog has had to make do with a back yard quick play more often than not. She of course prefers the large off leash dog park across the river with miles and miles of trails and the river to explore and we prefer that too. Can't wait for spring!! I keep up with exercise indoors but its not as fun.
    Enjoy getting out!
    1242 days ago
  • PUDDLE13
    Monday is indeed a new start new beginning emoticon . I always like starting things on Mondays:) I walk indoors with the Jessica Smith youtube videos when I don't want to go outside. I'm just not very good at doing them consistently.
    1242 days ago
    1242 days ago
    Enjoy your dogs
    1242 days ago
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