My goodness it has been a long time since my last blog post. August has been a time of change for me and I’ve felt kind of private about it. But with September right around the corner I am feeling that sharing kind of energy!
So, what have I been up to?
Adjusting to the suburban life… After 5 weeks on a ranch in Idaho, coming back to So Cal was almost traumatic! It took me a couple of weeks just to get used to the traffic again. But it was our four-legged friends who took the most time getting back into the swing of things. Although my two cats loved seeing me, unfortunately we also brought the D.O.G. back with us. None of them liked the situation. Jack had to relearn “no running around the dog” and Buffy is skittish at best when she goes through a cat door. Then poor Cooper developed an allergy to something in the Camarillo air/grass/carpet… who knows? He just finished his medication today (he is MUCH improved), and hopefully he will remain well for another 11 months.
Taking care of my body…
Back story: I developed osteoarthritis in my left hip during the summer of 2011. It advanced extremely quickly and by summer of 2012 I was walking with a cane, on a lot of pain meds and could stay on my feet maybe a couple of hours a day without getting exhausted. I was a great candidate for complete hip replacement surgery which I had this past February. Yep, I have a new joint and I’m thrilled at how well it works! Best yet… NO PAIN!
Back to Taking care of my body… I walked around the Idaho ranch a lot! The freedom was wonderful. I realized when I was up there, that the rest of my body needed to catch up to my new hip. I was still compensating a lot with my right hip and my lower back would ache after walking awhile … I had no stamina or core muscular strength (what a surprise! lol). When I got home I determined to get in shape so I could truly enjoy this newfound freedom and keep my body from breaking down somewhere else! I joined Curves. It’s circuit training for women and is gentle yet demanding. I can do all the machines yet stay within the range of motion needed to keep my hip safe. I am proud to say I have now been exercising almost every day for over two weeks. That’s BIG for someone who hates to sweat!
Losing my post-operation weight gain… Honestly, I have no idea why I started gaining weight after my operation. I had stayed the same weight for the past four or so years… even when I couldn’t exercise at all. Then suddenly…. poof… 10 extra pounds! I do realize why I added the 5 more pounds in July…. I pigged out on our vacation… and it was GREAT!!!!!!! Curves now partners with the Cleveland Clinic and has a terrific eating plan and support to lose weight if you wish. Don’t get me wrong, I actually LOVE my body so losing weight is secondary to getting rid of the fat in my muscles… my body fat % is horrible!!!!!! Time for that to change. I am proud to say I have followed their meal plan now for two weeks and like the food and the results!
Building a photo book for my hubby… Although I haven’t created any new artwork this month, I did open a store on Zazzle.com so people can find some of my designs on products like mugs and cellphone cases (see column to right). But what I REALLY had fun with was creating a photo book of our time in Idaho for Tim’s birthday (Aug 25). He doesn’t do any social media so he hadn’t seen all the Instagrams I posted to Facebook and Twitter during the vacation. It turned out great. The photo book is 10×10 and I can tell you with over 350 pix (and captions) and 80 pages it was a while in the making. Lots of memories!
I’ve also ridden my new-to-me bike around the neighborhood and dusted off my resume to find some PT work to increase the retirement fund.
Lots of transitions taking place! Idaho ranch to bustling California. New awareness of my body and what it feels like to be MOBILE again. Positive thoughts towards “somewhat” joining the workforce and having a little more spare change in my pocket. Moving forward. Awesome!