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Terra

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  1. Life has been crazy lately. But this month I am focused on a couple easy things to maintain my sanity! Eating paleo-ish as much as possible, but I will not stress over holiday eating! Movement - nothing fancy, just my normal stuff BJJ or conditioning class, yoga and stretching at home (or in a hotel room) and walking while on vacation later this months. That's it! We have lots to be grateful for this month. We get two weeks off of work for the holidays!!! My daughter is getting a puppy for a service dog and we will work with the trainer to get our girl Zelda up to snuff as a service dog. Our insurance approved a wheelchair too and we are expecting that in January. Medically we are finding mostly great doctors to help her navigate her issues! Here is a photo of Zelda at 8 weeks old!!
  2. Red tape works great, when I remember to wear it...
  3. @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.
  4. Its a little quiet here. So... And for Mr Willes
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. and he is missed I raise my glass of really good bourbon to Mr.Willes
  10. 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.
  11. I sure don't feel like I am 49...
  12. 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.
  13. 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 ?!?!?!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Here for the motivation that you always are!!!
  17. A long overdue update... I have managed to maintain my weight for the last couple of weeks (at 192 lbs) and given that I have driven to Denver twice (over 1500 miles) I am happy with those results! I like to munch on snacks with strong flavors while driving long distances, it helps with my focus on those trips. This last trip I got a bag of Red Hots and I would put them in my mouth one at a time... That was perfect!!! Lots of flavor, a solid little thing to have in my mouth, but not a lot calories.
  18. Looking back over the last 5 weeks... I did GREAT with these simple goals. I didn't stress eat much and started watching my portion sizes (for a huge win!) Quality time has been happening. It isn't always balanced across the members of my family but it has happened! Hockey game and lots of time driving to and from appointments in Denver with my oldest. Cooking dinner and discussion nuclear reactor operations with my youngest. Hot tub and BJJ classes with the husband. I went to all of my appointments and my medical results have all been good or are improving. I got that facial at the spa. I read a little bit every day. My reading hours have been reduced to deal with the level of other stuff going on in my world but I recognize the reading for what it is, my de-stress tool. BJJ and other classes have been happening. As I am getting into the groove of management a few more things will need to change, but I am getting great feedback from my group and I am balancing my time between work and life better than I expected. I also don't have a huge desire to run myself into the ground these days and with maturity I can look around myself and say... I'm done here I need to leave this place and recharge. Gold star for me!!! I also loosely participated in weight loss PvP and managed to lose 7 pounds since January. I will continue with the next PvP and post another simple challenge.
  19. Thanks for the nudge! Life has been crazy busy and the computer where I usually post from has a broken monitor. Overall I’m doing great! I’m eating better and watching my portion size! Exercise is happening although my shoulder is getting worse, but I modify around it in core class and I’m getting good workouts there. BJJ is another story, it’s getting harder to do anything there without the use of my shoulder. I’ve scheduled surgery for my shoulder on April 7th. I’m doing better than I expected with the craziness of life, although there is still room for improvement. Eldest Spawn is doing so much better and medical appts these last two weeks have gone great. She is finally getting to see good doctors who are helping and don’t talk with her like she is a toddler. Wahoo! I’m taking care of me although my life balance is still a little off. I’m figuring out how to work this crazy new job with everything else in my life. The shoulder surgery timing sucks but I would like to be able to do things with my left arm….
  20. First massage available was June (So far away!) So I'm going in for a facial on Saturday.
  21. Thank you for the hugs and encouragement! I have been thinking about this since I read it yesterday morning, you are right. I'm just trying to figure out who to talk to and when. I am surprised about the energy boost. Life is going well this week despite all the medical stuff... Everyone is getting good results/feedback and the eldest kiddo has energy! I will take all the goodness and continue to send positive healing vibes out into the world with the hope that they are returned to me tomorrow afternoon. I see the orthopedic for my shoulder at 2:30 pm tomorrow. I keep forgetting to schedule a massage, I'm going to schedule it now so I can use the gift card soon!
  22. Catching up today. What was your exam for? Work or something to help you get ahead at work? I'm sure you will get your running in as you get closer to those races!
  23. Agreed! I push myself but what I didn't say is that I am also taking care of me. I make it to BJJ and core classes and do as much as I can with my shoulder, I am eating pretty good foods, I hit the hot tub a 2-3 times per week and I am reading a little bit every night. The reading is often interrupted but I do my best to get a little downtime every day. I might jump on the computer to check my email a bit more at night and I miss class once a week, but I am oddly finding more balance with the completely packed schedule than I did before. Burnout is there on the horizon but I know it is there and I do what I can to not go down that path. I promise to not take the path to burnout! Thanks!
  24. I am struggling with this question... I realized that I don't have a great support system IRL. I don't want to bother my parents (Dad's surgery is tomorrow afternoon), my hubby is dealing with his own issues (3 month post-radiation MRI was today in Houston) and I'm trying to balance the rest of it all (Girls, work and my own medical stuff). My doctor who I love is taking care of her hubby who just had major heart surgery and everyone else here has lives of their own... So much of my support system was damaged over the last two years. You have given me something to think about.... Interestingly enough the work is actually giving me an energy boost. Mush have been the right thing to do eh? Expert mode is being managed for the most part! Week one was crazy as expected but I managed to make it a good week. I weighed myself on Friday morning and I am still losing weight. I am eating better sized meals and lunch is often just a protein shake as I run from meeting to meeting. I am trying to include a piece of fruit into my day at work but it doesn't always happen. I'm attending classes but its hard to do too much. This week has started off good with the US holiday off of work. I did two telehealth appts for my girls, BJJ class (weapons defense is always fun!) and I got groceries so I can be prepared for the rest of the week. I have a busy week that leads up to my shoulder appointment with the orthopedic surgeon on Thursday afternoon. My shoulder x-ray also indicated damage so I am interested in what he has to say. I am doing a pretty good job os focusing on today and living in the moment without worrying about things outside of my control. Honestly some days I just keep going till I drop. Tomorrow will be one of those days. Something on my mind - but hidden because its a girl thing!
  25. IT still feels a little crazy, but I am enjoying the new challenge. Yep So far I'm so busy with meetings and learning what all my team does.... Thank you for the support @Mr_Willes Doing OK so far. I am going to skip classes tonight to pre-clean my messy house before the house cleaning lady comes tomorrow. Its BAD! Most of it is medical stuff that needs to be put someplace protected. I still need to schedule that massage... Don't let me forget!!!
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