Monthly Archives: June 2018

Exercise

Exercise is a “bad” word in my book.  I won’t say it’s a “trigger”.  I don’t have a dramatic response to it.  But there is definitely a knee-jerk temper-tantrum, “NO!” that happens deep in my soul.

Sitting on a sailboat isn’t exercise. But it is definitely more physical than sitting in a chair in the living room!

I certainly have the trauma.  Years and years of everything from embarrassment, failure, and humiliation in PE classes take a toll.  I have more PE injuries (some of them quite dramatic) than success stories in my background.

Even trying to keep up physically with my friends has always been a challenge.  There’s the bike trip where the athletes were riding 12 speeds and I had everything I could do to get my 3 speed up the hills.  There were the tree forts I couldn’t play in because I have NEVER been able to climb a rope.  There was the ski trip where I finally told my boyfriend to go ahead I’d be in the hot tub when he got off the slopes.

Then there have been rounds and rounds of physical therapy.  Insurance is happy to pay for 6 visits of PT if you’ve got a joint issue, but they won’t pay for any kind of accountable follow-up program.  I’m good for about 3 months  (including the actual time in PT).  Then I feel better and stop.

The Stone Arch Bridge Band was playing during picnic lunch. Didn’t dance, but I did bounce along to the beat.

Unfortunately I’ve come to recognize that my sedentary habits are not helping me maintain all the gains I made from having the bariatric surgery.  My surgeon and my chiropractor agree.  Just because I would rather sit at home with a good book than do anything that might be slightly physically demanding doesn’t mean I should.  Of course recognizing an issue and actually dealing with it are two entirely different problems!

So this week I’ve parked a little farther out (except when Orion is in the car.)  This week I’ve made myself step out into the neighborhood for a short walk or two.  This weekend I scheduled “out and about” events for myself just to be a little more active.

Went “horseback riding”. This is actually the appropriate fitness level of riding for my back and hips right now.

We’ll see how long I can keep it up.  As long as it’s not “exercise”.

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Social Media

I’ve been neglecting my blog.

Mom sitting in the sun (I’m reflected in the glass door)

There are a multitude of reasons for this, and even more excuses.  It’s summer, no one reads blogs in the summer.  I’ve been spending a lot of time up at my parent’s and they don’t have the internet.  I keep forgetting to take pictures.

The truth is that social media is a double-edged sword.  Addictive and depressing, narrowing the information bandwidth, and allowing us to pretend we’re connecting with people, creating an illusion of a network of friends.   At the same time it really does help keeping track of our loved ones at a distance.  It can be an efficient way to organize, or spread information.  It can be a meeting ground and a place to begin new, real, relationships.

Like most things, making social media work for us rather than against us requires work.  Hitting the like button and sharing the facebook generated and suggested birthday meme isn’t really work.  Counting how many “friends” you have and playing games across a social platform doesn’t build relationships.

My daughter (I got to hang with her friends for her birthday) doesn’t read my blog. Ever.

I have friends who read my blog.  I know this because they’ll comment, or call and ask for follow up.  (Or message me to alert me to a gramatical error.)  When I see them they’ll be fairly up to date on what’s been going on in my life.   I have friends who don’t read my blog.  They are surprised at old news and entirely unashamed when I comment that I talked about it on my blog.  (If you really wanted to keep up……)

I also have regular readers who feel like friends.  I’ve read their blogs, and made comments.  They’ve read my blog and made comments.  We have some things in common.  We keep track.  But it’s hard to read all the blogs and maintain all the long distance, never met you in person relationships.  Bloggers come and go, getting caught up in other aspects of their lives.

Orion is really good about liking and sharing my posts. But I suspect he just reads them to see what I’m saying about him. 🙂

I am truly grateful for all the people who take the time to check in.  I am delighted by the little likes and shares, and genuinely appreciate the support.  I am thrilled and if I’m honest intimidated by the comments.  I try to check in and respond back.  Sometimes it’s overwhelming.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in my social media outpourings.  Thank you for being that oddity that is an on-line friend.  Thank you for your likes, your shares, your comments, your patience, your continuing checking in and checking up on me.

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