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Been a long time...

Friday, July 01, 2011

I haven't blogged in awhile (not really my thing) but thought I would update.

I have gained alot of weight partly due to my inability to exercise as much as I was, partly b/c of age and hormones, and partly b/c of eating.

My back has gotten very bad and it is very depressing for me since I can no longer do the things I used to do - bike ride long distances, walk long distances, swim, teach my classes. But I have a great doc now at Johns Hopkins and after trying various conservative things we have now scheduled disc surgery for September 6th. I will be out of commission for a few months but hopefully will be able to go back to teaching my fitness classes in the winter.

In the meantime, good things have happened within my family - my twin boys graduated high school a couple of weeks ago and they are getting ready to go off to college. One is going to Northeastern (Boston) for architecture and the other is going to Berkeley (San Fran) for biomedical engineering. We will be empty nesters in a very short while and will miss them but we are very happy for them and proud that they are such great kids.

I am trying very hard to be a "glass half full" person so let me state that besides my back issues, my life is very good and I am a very lucky person. Good family, great husband (almost 26 yrs married and 31 together), beautiful home, easy life, great friends.
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    Thanks for posting. When you have been in the exercise community for so long it is hard to be out of it. I feel a connection with you right now. I haven't gotten to exercise since early April (not because of back problems, but because I was pregnant and had a c-section) and I also love to eat which shows sometimes. My good wishes go with you and may the doctors be inspired to help you recover to do the things that you love.
    3127 days ago
    Thank you for co-leading! I've been patiently waiting for your next blog...and here it is, and I've been blessed! Thank you for being genuine in your comments. It helps us all reflect.
    Congrats on your sons' accomplishments...they are in my prayers as they journey to their next season.
    Surgery!!!! YOU are in my prayers...as well as the doctors. HUGS on that one, Sister!

    Humble appreciation for sharing yourself with us in July!

    3127 days ago
    I love your first sentence!!! "I don't think it's really a negative to take notice of reality." That is so perfect for me to try and remember.
    3129 days ago

    I don't think it's really a negative to take notice of reality. We need to address what's truly going on in our lives in order to make logical adjustments.

    One thing that's been new to me to try to "wrap my brain around" is that I've noticed my dreams and hopes aren't as -magnificent- as they once were. I've adjusted them (down-sized) since my body DOES have limiting issues that I have to deal with!

    I'm not exactly HAPPY with that, but... emoticon

    Yeah, it can be depressing, but it's made me look at other alternative forms of exercise; i.e., less wear-and-tear on the ol' body! LOL

    Actually, I have been WANTING to talk with others about this very issue since it's kind of new to me and I can't say that I hear it discussed all that often.

    So thank you for blogging about it!

    And congrats on your coming 'empty-nest' stage; as well as how blessed you are with your two twin sons and their promising future!!!
    3129 days ago
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