This thread was started before the dawn of time by Amazons who needed to compare their stats with other Amazons. Over time it grew into a community of incredible women who try to keep their spirits in the clouds and their feet on the ground, moving toward health. Most of us start at 5'7 and go up from there, from young singles to wise and lively elders of the tribe. We welcome newcomers who are willing to be kind and share a bit of their lives.
Good morning Colleen and all Monday CATs, I survived!!! 86.5 hours worked from Monday thru Saturday. I came home yesterday exhausted and peopled-out. Today I'm trying to get back into the regular routine so I started with a walk and a good breakfast. Laundry is churning and books await.
T, how many days til break? Frieda, sorry about JA! Shari, new vistas. How wonderful. Susan, you let MM go to the beach alone? Colleen, how is life in CR? Karla, more protests? OMG. Melinda, how's things? Martha, sorry to hear about your mom's fragile situation. Hope the new residence will take better care. MCat, I love that DS is thriving and I'm not surprised. Take that EH!
I'm going to get a big tumbler of water and fall into a book. See if I can begin to heal this bruised and battered introvert. Have a great day all!
Anne 5'10" We are always comparing our inside selves to everyone else's outside selves.
Morning all - I tried to start the thread Friday and today, but I can't copy and paste the opening! Good thing I'm a fast typer.
It was a good weekend, first weekend alone in new city. Worked Sat am, then went down to the market and walked around, shopped, and ate. So adorable, so many people out! I just chilled at home and tried to unpack Saturday evening. Sunday I went to OTF and then explored another part (Czech food!) then did some fb wedding swap shop purchases for candles/centerpieces. It's amazing how everyone just keeps reselling the same things and share the wealth. I tried to unpack again, but it's so daunting! I did get clothes I am wearing right now hung up in closet> it's sparce. Another reason unpacking was daunting. I have all these spring clothes that I can't wear. SO, I left them all in the tubs and shoved them in the back of my closet. No need to pull them out until I know it will be a friendly meeting.
I'm really loving OTF. Well, love/hate. I did learn that if I go at 10 in the am I must eat before. I nearly passed out Sunday! But it was so good. I burned 488 cals and didn't even finish strong/the last 20 min. And spent 20 min in the orange/red heart rate zone. I wish it was more of a love relationship. We did a 12 min distance run, I finished 1.08 miles, it was so hard and by furthest/longest I've run in a long time, but I just kept thinking about the wedding, my dress, and looking fab. Similar to Freida's mantra during yoga and meditation.
I need to get back to work (I was interrupted already a few times).
Today is DS's 11th birthday!!!! The birthday party will be this Saturday. This is the last year of the party. Starting next year it can be a friend sleeping over, or what have you. I admit to being happy to see the party go the way of the dingo. It will be a small foray anyway - just a few friends and bowling. We had a lot of fun doing that last year; should be good again this year.
DH and I had a fun weekend. DSD had a violin recital on Sunday. She thought she did horribly, but I enjoyed it. Beginner violin is not for the faint of heart, BTW. Good thing DSD is advanced! She also tried out again for the local youth symphony orchestra. So nice to see her embracing her old passions again. That reminds me, must talk to PKate about some Shakespeare reference info.
Colleen, I've heard OTF can be tough. Sounds like you found something that works for you, and that's what counts!!!
Anne, welcome back to the land of the living!~ Sounds like it was a success, yes? Enjoy the down time!
Frieda, it's always amazing to me how crazy crazy can get. They just want to bully everyone in to doing what they want. DH has had enough of it on our end. He's going to help me draft some points related to this stupid custody nonsense.
Martha, I hope your DMom gets a little more settled soon. I am sure the change is tough. What is on deck for this week?
I see Melinda is traveling again - hope she is enjoying!
Waving to all of our CATs that join later - have a great day! Hugs!!
Hi, CaTs, from sunny NY. So much to be done here, my head spins. Right now I must put out the fires of what-comes-first. Mountain of laundry, two jobs to be ready for and generally getting back in the swing of northern life. Lots of piano later, will be home late.
Vacation, which seems like it was short because of all the driving, business, short time actually down time, was great. Loved new place of DSis and DM seemed good. So great that we took Mick; he traveled well and it was a great exercise for us and him in easing him into travel, new places, adjusting. His loving spirit seemed healing to DSis and DBiL in their recent dog loss.
My scales screamed where have you been this am. I suspected it wasn't pretty but the usual up. Lack of enough vigilance. I tracked and got blue dot yesterday, thank goodness. Will get it today too. Must WI at WW this week, in addition to our challenge. Keeping my head on during this move business will be the real challenge.
Happy birthday to DS, MCat! You should be very proud of him. Such a wonderful feeling. Anne, good to see you back after uberconference. Time for recovery, relaxing. Tell us more about it when you can. Colleen, I can't wait to unpack, or not care if I do! Have a lot of anxiety about the actual move - the loading here, driving down, DH, DM, blahblah. Must not focus on that now. You have such a great motivator now with the wedding.
Must go - laundry to fold and a poodle needing to check his route. Hugs and strength to Martha and DM, Frieda, T and endofyear. Waving to All My CaTs.
Doing my best to claw back some self-care and more structure after several weeks in which WFH has eaten my days. I haven't been putting up boundaries to protect time for my other work. Started this morning with a 4 mile lake walk, meditation, and 45 minutes of theatre-related stuff. The Saturday teaching really cuts into the weekend, so I am slowly easing into today.
Frieda, might I recommend a book? It's called ANGER by Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, and he talks about mantras as well as other ways to focus during meditation, and how to process, well, anger and stress.
MCAT, happy birthday to DS! I can hardly believe he's 11! Wow.
Anne, welcome to some quiet time! Well done, you!
Martha, so sorry to hear about your mom's struggles.
Kate: I will order that book! My yoga studio is doing the book "the power of now" by elkhart toll in two weeks. I look forward to reading that. I just got it today. It's a whole new world for me out there. I'm embracing it. Although, if I don't schedule my yoga in the week, it won't get done, like most things.
HBD to Mcats' DS. Have fun bowling! It must be nice to have a built in support system with your DH.
Anne, welcome back. That's a lot of hours to work in a week. I bet you'll be back at in a day or two.
The latest on JA: He put his car nose to nose with mine at exchange and sat there and stared at me for 5 min before he moved his car so I could exit with the kids. Then he called me several times and texted me. Which is currently against the law. He was calling me to apologize for his behavior and talk about the kids, which he can't. Anyhow, I have to see him at a round table on the very last day of the next month.
I need to update my stats. After two weeks of gains: +1.6 and +2.0 I stuck with it and didn't give up. (the old me would have hung up her hat for months). I persevered and get this (drum roll) lost 4.6 pounds! (which really = 1 pound after it's all said and done, but I'm thrilled the gain is gone!) So my new total is: -17.2 I'm less than 3 pounds to -20!! I've got to get there, and keep going!!