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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!
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  • no profile photo CD15118206
    I know how difficult it is to see people suffering. I see it everyday where I work and it just pushes me harder to take better care of myself.
    God Bless You!
    2264 days ago
    What about a portable ramp. They fold up and can be moved. That way it doesn't matter if he owns the house or not. Thank-you for caring.
    2264 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon on your workout and for playing with Stella when you wanted to sleep.

    I hope you can find someone who can provide the ramp for the gentleman you visited. You would probably have to contact the homeowner before anything can be done. Depending on his weight, and the height and length of the ramp he needs, perhaps a non-permanent ramp could be constructed.

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    2264 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12915013
    Great job on the exercise today. I feel terrible about the elderly gentleman. I pray someone will come forward and help. Does this man have family? Makes me sad that our elders have to suffer so much, it just isn't right. You have such a compassionate heart and I know you will find something or someone to help him. Thank goodness for his dog and fat cat to keep him company. Take care and I will be praying for both of you.
    2264 days ago
    I smoked for 20 years...hope I quit in time!!

    2264 days ago
    Oh that is awful. Yes, make the right choices. There are lot things we have the controls.
    2265 days ago
    Congratulations on moving up to the new level in the video!

    Yeah, we need to not smoke! My mom's boyfriend died a year and a half ago, because of smoking related cancer. It could have been avoided completely.
    2265 days ago
    Glad you had a good productive day and a new workout that "pumped you up" for the day! emoticon The older man you saw at the end of the day just breaks my heart. He is in my prayers! I am glad he has the dog and fat cat...I am sure they are good companions for him!
    I hope someone can help him with the ramp!? I know someone who delivers Meals on Wheels and his stories also are so heartbreaking and moving! We, as a society, so need to not overlook people!
    I think our society doesn't do enough to educate on the effects of choices we make and how they effect our lives later!
    Have another great day tomorrow, Steve!
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    2265 days ago
    I am glad you feel so great after the weekend - you obviously only drank and ate in "therapeutic" quanitities! And that workout sounds amazing - even if you don´t turn into an Arnie through strength training, you will change fat into muscle over time and you will see and feel a difference. I have non-defined upper arms (as in kind of shapeless) but if I do light weights and get on the elliptical trainer regularly they firm up and I can feel muscle there.... 10 minutes a day on the elliptical also streamlined my shoulders, back and side view - being consistent is, as always, the key!
    I am sad for your client and that his life has shrunk to a bed of pain - poor guy - his love and feeling of responsibility to his animals could be what keeps him going.... Let´s widen our own little worlds and think outside the box, stay compassionate and appreciate our lives more!
    2265 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Steve, maybe you can contact a local St. Vincent de Paul or Knights of Columbus or a Catholic Charities who could find resources for building the ramp. I encounter a lot of elderly folks who live alone is such horrid circumstances and these are some organizations that I have used. Most KofC's are looking for charitable projects. My heart goes out to these guys, who have children that don't have the time to bother with their parents. And prayer is a great tool as well. God never lets us down! And your compassionate heart will find a solution I am sure.
    2265 days ago
    Great job. You made me sad with the end. There are too many people like that in our country. So sad. It makes me happy to know there are people like you taking care of them.
    2265 days ago
    Oh my goodness! What a sad situation for that man! You are so right: we need to take care of our bodies while we can and as long as we can! God bless him....that's so rough!
    2265 days ago
    emoticon for the good advice !
    2265 days ago
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