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Slow down and just BREATHE

We never think of our health until something happens to someone we know. That’s been the case recently. I have been living a super-stressed life for the past few years and haven’t taken time to slow down and appreciate a less stress-filled existence. That has changed recently.

Without going into detail, someone near to me had an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It was a shock to find out about it. Even worse was hearing the doctor’s diagnosis and then seeing them pushed into an urgent situation. This was the wake-up call most of us need at times to make changes.

Watching this, I can say that my outlook has changed slightly. I’ve been making small changes in my own life. I’m meeting with a nutritionist on Wednesday to learn how to eat better. I know that I need to lose weight. Part of my weight issues are also from stress, I’m fairly certain. I’ve always been a stress eater and an emotional eater. I’m working on changing those habits because it’s not a good thing to reach for food to soothe oneself.  Working on the stress aspect is definitely something that I’ve been looking at recently.

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Stress affects the body, mood and behavior. It can cause headaches, muscle tension, anxiety, restlessness, over or under eating, angry outbursts, social withdrawal…” The article I read on this site gives suggestions for dealing with stress. It includes “setting aside to do things we enjoy, like reading books; regular social activity and regular physical activity.” This is one of the reasons I go walking as much as I do. I get antsy sitting for hours on end. New research shwos that sitting is as bad for you as smoking.  Things that can happen to you , accordng to an article from May, 2014 in Business Insider, include “Low Energy Expenditure; Slower metabolism; compromised posture; reduced social skills…”


It all ties in. We sit, we become less social, because, well, we’re a nation of phone junkies. Even if we scream about how everyone around us has their noses buried in their phones, we humans live on our phones. That leads to reduced face to face communication. That’s a social skill lost.  That’s stress if and when we finally decide we want to pursue humanity.

This leads me back to my original statement.  I am working on decreasing the amount of stress I’m subjecting myself to. Once I do, I think I’ll have a better chance of being healthy and happy.




September Sunday

I guess it’s time to dust off the blog and start writing again.   I have lots of thoughts in my head which need to get out!

I’ve become a fan of virtual races lately.  I found an excellent site called which has a nice offering. The first race I signed up for was called Zeus on Mount Olympus. That race took me 9 days to finish. I did a lot of that while I was still in school.

We have had an enjoyable summer. It’s been warm, but not so unbearably warm to preclude walking. I’ve managed to finish four more races over the summer. I finished The Ring of Kerry, We the People, Shake Your Tail Feather and The Everglades. I find it vaguely ironic that I finished that last race just after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit. My race was done to help support the Everglades National Park.  It was a 51-mile race. Definitely took some discipline to keep pushing myself to walk instead of staying indoors at breaks at work.  I tend to walk more during the week than on weekends, which doesn’t really surprise me. I have someone to walk with, plus I play Pokemon Go during the week which nets me some steps as well.

I’m walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the end of this month, so I’m putting all of my efforts into training. I’m still dealing with pain in my left foot, but I try to ignore that now. I had one surgery on that foot, and if it’s not right, I’ll just suck it up and deal with it. I have had enough of surgeries for now.

I had someone tell me that my foot issues were caused by my weight. My doctor said it wasn’t. I’m sticking with the physician’s input. I know I’m overweight (okay, it’s “obese,” but I despise that word, even if it does describe me). I’m doing something about it. I document my food on MyFitnessPal, I walk, and I walk some more. I’m also dealing with menopause (TMI!!), and that’s not fun. I can be a right bitch some days! Think hot flashes, and you’ll know what I mean!

As of this morning, I have 13.1 miles left in my current race (Hadrian’s Wall). This race was 67.9 miles, and I started it on 9/5/17.  Considering that it’s the 17th of September, I think I’m making decent headway on it. If I have anything to say about it, I’ll finish it by Friday. I actually can finish by Wednesday as long as I keep moving. I’ll have to see how it goes. My husband may take a step or two for me tomorrow.  He’s borrowing my Fitbit for the day to document how many steps he takes during the day at work. I might just pause my race or change my documentation to manual entry for a little while.





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