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Next phase of my life - empty nesting

Sunday, October 09, 2011

So here it is October and my boys have been off to college for awhile (one left in August, one in early September). In the meantime I have had major back surgery so we haven't had alot of empty nesting honeymoon time! My DH has taken amazing care of me and I am grateful to him and my friends for being such a wonderful support system.

I actually have lost weight b/c I am not hungry (probably from not exercising) plus without the boys here, I am able to make much less food. My DH has, of course, lost alot of weight - that drives me crazy! But I know that I can do this and it doesn't matter about his ability to lose quicker! Not a contest, right?

I miss exercising alot. I can walk about a mile but then have to rest for hours afterwards. It is all normal but frustrating for me, being a fitness instructor and a half-marathoner. I was scheduled to walk a 1/2 next weekend but obviously cannot - instead of just letting the money go, I got a deferral and now my goal is to be able to do the 1/2 next year. I did it last year and I know I can do it again. Maybe not as fast (did it in 3:15 last yr) but I will finish!

I am hoping to be able to get on a stationary bike soon and see if I can exercise a little. We can set up the bike trainer and put my bike on it and I could just pedal a little. Definitely not ready to bike outside.

I thought I would be back to teaching in the winter but it looks like either the spring or even possibly next fall. I didn't realize how hard the recuperation and recovery from this surgery was going to be and I need to adjust my mind to this new way of life. I am no longer a day-to-day mom and I am not working at the job that keeps me fit and makes me happy. It's all a little weird!

The boys are happy at school and coming home next weekend since I am unable to attend their parents' weekends. It will be nice to all be home together. And then we will probably be ready for them to leave again!!

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  • GIANNA345
    Weight loss is almost always a happy event. Congratulations! Do you get your crappy movies from the library, or do you download them Netflix or an equivalent service?

    What kind of movies do you like?

    When I feel crappy, I watch old episodes of the All Things Great and Small TV show that was produced in Britain a decade or two ago. Netflix has it available for streaming. It's always light-hearted and funny. I've always loved those stories.

    Keep up the good cheer.
    3027 days ago
    Hey Janet! Thanks for the support and offers. I am doing OK - just thought that the recovery would be faster although that was just in my mind. I haven't been able to get on a bike yet but I will talk to the dr about stationary biking or spinning (with no resistance) when I see him on Wednesday. Walking is good though and of course I live in a good walking area!

    I do go to the library ALOT and have been reading. Been watching some pretty crappy movies as well but it's about all I can do right now. Linc has been taking really good care of me. The biggest hurdle is that I haven't driven yet. I can't twist so backing up is pretty hard!!!

    The best thing about this tho is that I am losing weight so that has made me a little happier! That has to do with the lack of hunger on my part plus the boys being gone so I am not cooking 4 lbs of meatballs and 2 lbs of spaghetti for dinner!

    Hope all is well with you! emoticon
    3027 days ago
  • GIANNA345
    Sorry to hear about the surgery and the difficulty of the recovery. Keep walking and pedaling. It will start to get easier at some point, won't it? I'm glad to hear you have plenty of help. Please add me to your list if you need anything. Do you have all the books and movies you need to keep you occupied?
    3028 days ago
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