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An Attempt at a Recap

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hello Sparkelators!
(I love how DogLady13 comes up with new 'titles' for Spark folks, so there's today's spin!)

I'll try to keep this light. I really should blog daily, or at least weekly, so my friends know that I'm still around. I mean, I 'Like' the feed and reply to blogs, so you know I'm here, but it's a bit one-sided. And *I* think that I've got little to share, but you look back and it adds up!

The start of the corner came in September. I ended my assignment willingly (and haven't missed it for a minute) and stayed unemployed until this month. The stress was non-existent, but the pay stinks. emoticon I experience intermittent 'outages,' so I always have a list of things to do / see / try when I've got down time.

My plantar faciitis (sp?) was acting up about the same time as I stopped working. In a crazy cocktail moment I realized that ginger helped the pain. Really! I visited the co-op the next day and check in with their supplement folks. I know that's not medical advice, but I was confident that I wasn't going to hurt myself trying it. SURPRISE! The knees, the big toes, the heel... everything felt better; sweet success in my book!


The other side is that I did little else for fitness activity. I had a hard time building motivation when 1) I wasn't feeling stress, and 2) didn't need to manage arthritis symptoms. The lack of disposable income also factored in. I did (well, or not did) this until the end of the year.

2016 and the prospect of a new assignment helped me gain some perspective. As my SparkFriend SoapsAndRopes pointed out, doing nothing - over time - means that doing anything will hurt. And she's not wrong. Building fitness is a bit like building a good GPA; they seem to fall and flounder faster than they climb and strengthen. Ugh.

emoticon Argh!

The good news is that the weight gain was actually not terrible. Measurements are changed and manageable. But the new assignment is harshing my workout routine! I need to get to work early to park, a concept that is largely foreign to me (I've walked to work for nearly 10 years!). Working out after work is not my preference, but it's what I've got. Like other changes, I'll learn to do this.

This is where I'm at today. I will continue to look for ideas, options and places where I can make something happen. It's all good, even if it's not all on my terms.

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    149 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Ginger is sure all-purpose! Hope it continues to work for you.
    I need to find some fitness motivation myself. Been too long and it shows.
    I hope to be back on SP on a more regular basis again, and am looking forward to rekindle our friendship!
    1917 days ago
    I'VE ALSO HEARD TUMERIC IS GOOD FOR INFLAMMATION. A great exercise for plantar fascities is standing on a step holding on to railing and letting your heels drop and slowly back up 30 times...recommend by my orthopedic, and it works...pain is gone!

    Have a blessed day!!
    1931 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Wonderful to hear from you. Funny about the ginger, isn't it. Just take it a little at a time and before too long you'll be back to "normal" emoticon
    1932 days ago
    Loved the update! Made my day!

    I like being a sparkelator. LOL.It makes me sound important.

    I know I need to blog more too but I seem to seldom find time.

    So cool to find out about the ginger. I use it a lot in teas and such for an immunity booster but am thinking maybe I need to use more after hearing about your experience.

    Sounds like you are in a period of transition and as someone who is used to change routinely I know you will land in a good place.
    1932 days ago
  • F8CONE8
    It is good to hear you are having some successes. I imagine it is also good to have an income again even if it messes with your favored routine. I know you are relieved to find something that helps the planter facitus (sp). I wonder if ginger could help with the nerve pain in my foot. I may need to research this.

    Have a great day. Love that you are on the boards.
    1932 days ago
    Glad that the ginger is helping you. You can do this, little steps at a time. Maybe it is time to try a new fitness activity?
    1932 days ago
    I remember when I moved further away from my work place and had to drive in every day; I sure missed my morning walk. You will get used to it and find new ways to get that activity in. (But I still miss that morning walk to work!)

    And isn't ginger amazing??

    It sounds like you're moving in the right direction; great job!!
    1933 days ago
    Onward ho, yes, as long as you start again you win !!

    Adaptations, or transitions, are a challenge to me too and great learning about myself experiences.

    1933 days ago
    Sparkelators... I like it!

    You could park farther away and walk to the office. But that would require an even earlier start to the morning, which may not be your thing. And as long as you start again, you win.
    1933 days ago
  • DHOPE60
    You can do this. 👏
    1933 days ago
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