Thursday, January 4, 2018


My sister had a goal last year to walk 2017 miles. That breaks down to about 5.5 miles a day or just over 10,000 steps a day. She lives in Colorado where it gets cold!  I have to say I really admire her for accomplishing that goal. I tried to get 5,000 steps a day and some days I was lucky to get 2,000.  I don't know what it is. Maybe it is the mental part where you have to psych yourself up to get up and get moving or the physical part where you get out there and get all sweaty or the part where I can easily find 57 other things I'd rather be doing so I sit on the couch and get nothing done. I've tried getting up and going for a walk first thing and then it's too cold and the. I've tried waiting until after work and then I'm too tired and I've tried walking in the middle of the day but who wants to get sweaty when you have to work?  As you can see I'm really good at making excuses. I know I will be healthier and feel better if I just get moving but my couch is just so much more comfortable. 

I bought a Fitbit on January 2 and so far have taken a walk the last three days. How long will it keep me motivated to keep going? I'm not sure. But I will celebrate the little victory. 

I've got some increased stress right now and I know that a little exercise is good for that too. There was an incident in my classroom that I thought was taken care of before we went out on break. I got called into the district office yesterday because the parents are still upset. The problem won't go away until we go back next week because the student was suspended during finals which means as teachers put grades in this student watches his straight A's drop to C's. That's stressing the parents out. Once he takes his finals things will be right in the world again. 

And my dad has not been feeling well for more than a month. He has heart problems and has been having troubles catching his breath. He is having edema and has been into see his regular doctor to the emergency room and to see his cardiologist a couple times each over the past several weeks. It's really hard being in California and him being in Colorado. My sister is in Colorado but doesn't like the doctor so has only gone with him to the emergency visit once. 

My brother is going out to visit in a couple of weeks which will be nice but it isn't like being there myself. 

When will someone invent a teleport machine?

1 comment:

Farm Quilter said...

Fitbit is wonderful for helping to keep you walking. I have mine set to remind me to get a certain number of steps in every hour. I'm sorry you are having to deal with unhappy parents. At least their kid will get to do the finals late - when I was teaching high school, if you got suspended during finals you got a 0 on every one of them and there was no appeal. Guess they should have taught their kid to behave and follow the rules so this would not have happened. No natural consequences for the misbehaving child and that is too bad. The older you are, the higher the cost is when you don't follow the rules. With parents that step in to fix every problem, how is the child every going to learn? I'm sorry about your dad. I have been living with and caring for my dad for the last 2 years (he has CHF too). I'm lucky that I retired early so I had the option of leaving my hubby at home in Washington while I spend all my time in Nevada! I hope your sister can overcome her dislike of the doctor to be there to support your dad at every appointment and ER visit. It is hard to remember everything the doctor says when you are struggling to breathe. One thing I did for my dad was to remove as much salt as possible from his diet. He needs to have less than 1000mg/day and it is unbelievable the amount of salt in everything! It adds up so fast. I have to make everything from scratch and there are so many foods he just can no longer eat. Compression stockings also help take a load off the heart. Hang in there as best you can - I know it is hard to not be able to be there, but at least you have siblings to help!!