Day 170 - Monday Monday
Monday, May 18, 2015
I really thought today would be rough considering all the wine I thought I'd be drinking over the weekend. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. I was alert and ready to go, even though Stella woke me up at 4:30 this morning (really, sweetie, you really wanted to play over an hour before my alarm was scheduled to go off?). I managed to calm her down until about 5:30, and then I gave up.
I decided to try a new workout this morning. My workout coach Shaun T has 3 levels in the Focus T25 series. Alpha is the starting level, tough but not horrible. Beta is the middle level, and is focused more on intense cardio with a little strength training. Gamma is the last level, and is more focused on strength training and introduces new exercises, like the chin-up bar. I did my first Gamma workout today, and it was tough but manageable! Boy, did I feel great after that workout. I think getting the strength training level amp'ed up a bit is a good thing, and I probably need to do this more. I don't expect to get really muscular, because my hormone balance just isn't designed for that, but if I can get stronger (I already am a LOT stronger), then it's all good.
I ended the workout feeling amazing, and ready to tackle the day.
We had a planning meeting today with my construction crew on the next project, and we all agreed that it was really helpful to go over the project in detail before getting it started. The meeting lasted from 11am until almost 3, which didn't leave me much time to get anything done afterward. Then, Richard brought me into his office to go over my status report from Friday, and there went the rest of the day.
I stopped by a potential client on the way home to measure his entryway for a possible wheelchair ramp. The poor man is exactly one year younger than my dad, and he looks like he's about 100 years old. It was really sad. He lived alone, with a hospital bed in his living room, where I'm guessing he spends about 95% of his time. I don't think we'll be able to come up with a solution to give him a ramp (and technically, he doesn't qualify because he doesn't own the home), but the situation is so sad. It just about broke my heart to see him in such terrible pain and suffering, knowing how limited our options are. I promised to take the situation to my supervisor to see what I could do, and if nothing else, I would keep him in my prayers.
To be honest, it was surprising that a man in his condition was still alive and had the will to keep on going. His companions were a 1-year-old German shepherd and a very fat cat. He was obviously suffering terribly. Really heartbreaking.
My advice for myself and all of you: take care of yourself so that you can avoid ending up like this poor man. I see so many people who are lifelong smokers, with COPD, oxygen tubes, and other maladies that could have been prevented if they had made healthy choices when they were younger.
Choose health today, enjoy health in the future! SPARK ON!