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  1. Red tape works great, when I remember to wear it...
  2. @Mistr Red tape or something on my arm is a great idea that I will be implementing. I tried it on Saturday and it helped to keep my partner (my husband specifically) from grabbing my arm too much. My mantra this week: Portion size, exercise, self care and family! I drive half way to Denver on Wednesday night (my parents home). Thursday is one medical appointment in Denver (so there and back). Then 2.5 days spent with my girls and my parents. Then drive to Denver again on Sunday night. Two medical appointments on Monday (an maybe visiting a service dog organization) and drive back to my parents home that night. Tuesday drive home in the morning, work in the PM. Whew, its a crazy schedule but it give my parents time to spend with my girls and minimized my hotel costs in Denver.
  3. Its a little quiet here. So... And for Mr Willes
  4. Yes! Made it back from Denver and had a great time at the FanFest! My movement is improving and i tried playing with my shoulder at BJJ yesterday. It is sore but not like it was a month ago. I am just healing slower than I would like and that sucks. With any luck i will be back on the mats in a month or so, but I will have to be careful for a while. Getting back into BJJ as a out of shape and delicate high purple belt will be a monumental challenge. Choosing good people to work with while I get myself back into BJJ will be vital. And my husband isn't going to be one of those people, which is going to be hard for both of us. And I am not going to be smooth for a bit... My focus will need to be on a slow pace, technical accuracy and position before submission. Food has been a challenge. I get stressed with all the medical appointments, a husband and teenage daughters (which makes me care taker and mediator to everyone) and a job in management where I am trying to do my best for all of my employees. Its a lot and I have sat and stress eaten more than a few times lately. Portion size is key for me and getting back to more paleo eating would be ideal. Taking care of my girls is high priority this month with more appointments, but we are moving in the right direction and getting more of the things that can/will help them both. I am hopeful that my oldest gets back to school this fall (so she can have a senior year of high school) and she starts to drive soon. For my youngest I am hopeful that she will learn that food choices can make a huge impact on her health and she finds her circle. My hubby is doing great medically. We are both frustrated with the overwhelming needs (demands?!?!?) of two teenage daughters!!! Ohhh that was a lot of negativity. But I am really doing OK. Mostly happy by choice and dealing with it all as it comes. Its overwhelming sometimes, however its all manageable with smart choices to let the other stuff go and not stress about what I didn't do or can't get to (like decluttering my house) Life happens and I am managing to find my happy each and every day. I'll take it!
  5. Hi @Tanktimus the Encourager This is my life some days! Although if you think about it, the tornado moves fast in its spin, yet (usually) it is slow moving on the ground. Just a thought for today. Life isn't getting any easier or slower. So I try to make good choices. This morning it was eating pumpkin spice muffins for breakfast and leaving one of them for a snack later today. I am working out when I can, getting my physical therapy done (shoulder still hurts!), trying to do a good job both at work and for my family. We are taking a trip to Denver this weekend. Eldest Spawn has an appointment up there on Thursday afternoon, there is a FanExpo (comic con-ish) that we are going to and then spending the 4th of July with my family.
  6. Welcome back my friend!!! So good to see you here again. Consistency is so hard. I am very similar to you, start strong... finish what? These days I have been trying to just be patient and accepting of myself while I work through all the parts of life. Making only little changes because anymore than that sets me up for not finishing my challenge goals. That road trip sounds amazing! Love the Oregon coast.
  7. LOL Right now progress is slow, but I am making progress and its good progress. I turn 50 in one year. I sure don't feel that old and I have a plan to make sure I don't feel that old for a very long time! Keep doing what I have been doing: make the next best choice that I can right now eat what is good for my body and try to not overeat exercise when I can don't overwork myself but stand up for the folks who work for me Love my family, friends and myself all the time Slow, smooth and simple! https://www.mindbydesign.io/slow-is-smooth-and-smooth-is-fast/
  8. and he is missed I raise my glass of really good bourbon to Mr.Willes
  9. This challenge was a struggle. After losing our friend it was hard for me to post here. I will miss his magical gift of making me smile all the time. This is what I look like when I think of him (a smile then a tear or two) On a more cheery note - I am actually doing pretty good. I am enjoying work, getting stronger with my shoulder so I can get back to workouts, and losing a few pounds. I'll start a new challenge soon.
  10. I sure don't feel like I am 49...
  11. PT has been minimal this week. Food has been OK. Some unpacking needs to happen. But we will leave a "go bag" of important papers and hard drives in the safe, for easy grabbing. Otherwise stuff just needs to be put away!!! I'm working issues at work and getting high praise. I'm a good balance to the other managers and it has been enjoyable. Looks like it will be more long term than initially requested. Three months has turned into who knows how long. I just keep going and trying to do my best.
  12. Wahoo! Fire is now +70% contained and is burning it self out. We will stay in a mode of "ready" because another fire is a very real possibility. Its been a dry winter, we have almost no humidity and there is no rain in the foreseeable forecast. But we can unpack suitcases and such. The largest fire is across the valley from us and it is massive and still growing. There are several communities in our state that have been evacuated and yes @Terossometimes it is a message that says leave now. I'm still focused on portion sizes and my PT exercises. Now that the smoke is less I can get out to walk (but our hiking trails are closed) and the dogs need to get out for those walks! I think I'm doing a pretty good job of leading, I'm still getting positive feedback from most people. I still have a hard time with some of the visionary tasks that my manager has asked for... I think I'm a tactical person. I see the vision and the strategy , but I'm very focused on how can we get it all done and done well without driving ourselves crazy ?!?!?!
  13. Fire is 3.2 miles from work now. We are in the "set" phase of a ready, set, go sequence for evacuations. The fire is moving slowly despite the winds so we might be in this phase of unknown for a while. Packed, sort of, and poised to evacuate but not leaving yet is a stressful environment to live in for the unknown future. I'm doing my best to eat smaller, yet healthy portions and exercise when I can. For now that is about it.
  14. I missed the last challenge... I needed the break and I am recovering from all that happened the last two months. To summarize: Spring break, semi-new management position at work, shoulder surgery and continued recover, two illnesses of my own, eldest spawn's medical journey continues and now we have a large forest fire that is ~5 miles from where i sit at work and just 10 miles from my house. My asthma is angry these days with the smoke. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8075/ (actual picture from the fire FB page) So much on my plate and oddly I am calm, patient and happy. This challenge will be a KISS -- keep it simple stupid -- challenge! My goals are simple: Do my PT and any other exercise that sounds like fun to me, when I am able to breathe. Accept that I can't do all the things, all of the time and be OK with me as I am in the moment. Eat smaller portion sizes Be prepared to evacuate and when the call comes (because I think it will with the wind and warm temps predicted) pack up the important things and head out of town with a sense of peace and understanding. The 3+ hour drive to my parents place can be a lovely drive with all the family and critters! Keep doing the things that are necessary to be a leader at work, not just a manager. That is it nothing special or fancy. Simple and easy. I'll check in here when I can and I won't stress when I can't or I forget.
  15. Here for the motivation that you always are!!!
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