Monday, April 29, 2013
By the time I got home from class and changed for the gym, I was already tired. Then, class tonight seemed extra intense. For the cardio part of class, she had us doing a lot of step stuff. I actually used two risers again. I was sweating buckets all through both classes. I know I got a fantastic double workout. But now, I just want to catch up on email and get to bed. I'm sorry if this is a pretty boring post, but it's at least coherent. Today, that counts!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
When I woke up this morning, Michael gave me a card he made. It has all the things he likes to do with me. I loved that he had singing, playing games, and the hyperbaric chamber on his list. But, there was nothing active on the list. Maybe next year he'll have a list that includes going for walks, riding bikes, and swimming together. Wouldn't that be nice?
While the card from Michael was definitely the highlight of the day, Steve and I also spent the afternoon at the mall in Columbia. We were hanging out at the Oakley store, telling people about Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). It was great to talk with people about an organization that I love, and to spreadd the message of healing, and of hope. Even though I didn't get to talk with as many people as I was hoping to, it was definitely a great experience.
The Oakley session also counted as my exercise for the day. Other than a few times when I needed to take a quick break, I was on my feet for over three hours. That just doesn't happen all that often. By the time we were done and back in the car, my legs, hips and feet were screaming at me. So, even though it wasn't aerobic exercise, I'm defiitely counting it!
The rest of the day was wonderfully relaxing. After dinner, I went into the hypberbaric chamber with Michael, and then spent time hanging out with Steve. Plus, it seems like everyone I know sent me wonderful birthday wishes on facebook. I am feeling very loved tonight, and that is a great feeling. Thank you!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The strength part of the class was very similar to what we do on Monday nights. I absolutely loved it. It was hard, though. I guess because the cardio part was so much more intense, I didn't have as much reserve to deal with the weights. But, I did my best, and that's all I can ask of myself. By the end of the workout, my face was bright red, I was a sweaty mess, but I was so proud of myself. This was just what I need today!
After the class, I came home and took Michael to the library. I had some items that needed to be returned, and I wanted to pick up some new things. He just wanted to ride the elevators. But, it was a great trip for both of us. While I was checking out, he was watching the elevators. A lady asked him if he was in line and he actually answered her! I was so excited. He normally doesn't speak easily to people he doesn't know. So, it was great to see him answer, and interact appropriately with someone new.
The day got even better in the afternoon. There was a Health Freedom lecture that I had really been looking forward to. The lecture was great, and I got to see some friends I don't normally get a chance to see. And, afterwards, Steve took me out to dinner. It was so nice to have a 'date'!
Then, when we got home, it was time to take Michael into the hyperbaric chamber. It was relaxing to just sit and chill for a while. But, at one point, Michael got really cuddly and wanted hugs and cuddles. I love that! Then, he went back to his tablet, but I was smiling the rest of the time.
Now, it's time to finish up the day and catch up with a few chores, and spend time with Steve. This was definitely a much, much better day!
Friday, April 26, 2013
But, on my way to feeling better, I did have a wonderful yoga class tonight. I worked up a really good sweat, and worked out some of the feelings I've been dealing with. There is no way around the fact that it's going to be a rough weekend, but I will get through it. And, somehow, I am going to be proud of everything I've done so far on this journey.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The best part of the day had to be this morning, bright and early. Michael came in around 6:15, bright eyed and full of energy. I was due a little more sleep and was not overly perky, to say the least. Steve, being the wonderful husband and father that he is, slipped out of bed and let me sleep. By the time I got downstairs a little before 7, Michael was dressed, ready for school, and eating his breakfast. Now that is what I call husband of the year! Thank you, sweetie! I love you!!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The good news is that she's also subbing the interval class on Saturday. That means that I'll be able to get in a second great strength class this weekend. That makes me really happy. Even if it does mean I'll be getting up early on Saturday.
Other than yoga, it was a pretty normal Wednesday here. Nothing special to tell you about. But, the week is half done, so that's a good thing. And, if I can get moving, my butt will be in bed before ten. Now that's a good thing!
Monday, April 22, 2013
I had two really good classes back to back. In the muscle challenge class, she pushed us really hard tonight. I'm frustrated though. Since the class is only once a week, I'm not able to increase my weights like I used to. I have to figure out a consistent strength workout for later in the week. I've been experimenting with a few different things, but I really need to settle on something and be consistent.
Then, yoga was really intense as well. I remembered to bring my yoga socks, so my feet didn't slip on my mat. It sounds like a simple thing, but it really does make a difference. I was able to hold my poses a lot easier tonight, and did the down dogs a lot longer than normal. I'll count that as progress. But, when class was over, I was completely exhausted. I manged to limp into the house and collapse in a heap. It's a good thing Steve made dinner tonight or I'd still be quietly whimpering to myself.
So, overall, it was a great day. I'm tired, so as soon as I post this, I'll be sneaking off for an early bedtime. If I was more patient, I'd go in the sauna first, but I just can't wait that long tonight. Hopefully, tomorrow I'll be able to get in the sauna. That always makes me feel better.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
But, since the afternoon opened up, I was able to get a lot of things done around the house. For the longest time, I've been meaning to go through the piles of clothes in my room. I made a significant dent in them today! Now, I have a box to go into storage, and a box to go to goodwill. That makes me feel so much better.
I also put in an hour on the exercise bike today. Since tomorrow is the hardest workout of the week, I didn't want to push too hard today, so I figured the bike would be perfect. It felt good to push on the bike but still have energy after the workout.
The best part of the day was deifnitely hanging out with Michael. We spent time in the HBOT together, and then just hanging out this evening. He's a little drippy with spring allergies, but was especially sweet tonight. I like that!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
For exercise today, Michael and I went to the ASD yoga class. It's a light workout, but I still work up a sweat. And, I love doing yoga with Michael. It just makes me happy to see him getting better each time, and Ifeel so close to him. Especially today - there were more people than ever, so we were really crowded together. But that's OK. It really was a great session, and we had fun.
The other thing we did today was work on our deck garden. Steve and Dan did all the heavy lifting, but I did my share of breaking up the dirt and getting the planters ready. We planted tomatoes, grapes, lettuce, beans, cilantro, and parsley. We still have one planter left, so I'm not sure what will go there, but we need to decide soon. I love spring!
Friday, April 19, 2013
Today I did get to my Friday night yoga class. It was a great workout tonight, just what I needed. But, she also started class with a healing moodra, and that really helped. Sometimes, just knowing that other people are as affected as you makes a difference. And, knowing that they caught the second guy tonight, also makes a huge difference. So, starting tomorrow, I will be back on track and hoping that I didn't do too much damage this week.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
When I got home tonight, I pretty much collapsed in a little heap. I actually took a nap, too. That's how tired I was! But, when I woke up, I felt a little better. I had dinner and then went into the hyperbaric chamber with Michael for an hour. It felt good to just rest. So, I am thinking that tomorrow I will go to my Friday yoga class and give my legs a break for the rest of the day.
The best part of the day today was coming home and having Michael tell me he had a perfect day at school. It's so hard for him to focus and pay attention all day, so when he does well, I'm really, really proud of him. Tomorrow is Friday, so if he can have another good day, we might celebrate with a trip to the library this weekend. Michael loves the library because they have a public elevator. But who knows, maybe one day he'll figure out there are books there, too.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
I did manage to get to the gym tonight for my regular Monday night classes. The instructor has a lot of family in Boston, and she hadn't been able to get through to them. So, you could tell she was incredibly worried. The workouts were good, but I am just praying that she gets good news for her family. So, tonight, I am just praying for healing and peace.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I was curious how much running Michael could do, so I asked him to run around the track twice. His arms don't move fluidly, so his gait is off, but he ran half a mile. He was definitely slowing down toward the end, but it was great to see him just casually do it. Anyone local know of any special needs running groups? I would love to see him run more. It would be so good for him, and I would love to see him enjoy a sport.
After Michael ran his laps, Steve took him in for his music session and I kept going around the track. Then, Steve came back and walked with me. We ended up walking for a little over an hour at the track, and closer to an hour twenty in total. It was nice. Steve and I don't get the chance to just walk and talk with no distractions very often. I never thought of exercise and a date in the same sentence. But, it did work out really nicely.
Next weekend, there is a glo run not that far from here. It looks like a lot of fun, and, it has the bonus of not having to get up ungodly early for the event! Normally, Steve and I go out to dinner for my birthday, but maybe this year, we'll do a walk together instead. It's a week early, but it will still count. I really do love the idea of getting more active as a family. Of course, if anyone else would like to come with us, we'd love to have the company!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Before the race started, there was a kid's fun run. Michael was very brave and ran a quarter mile with the other kids. I was so proud of him, and he was proud of himself. He wore the little medal they gave him for a long time when he got home. Then he decided to put it away in his room so he could keep it. I love it!
Here is a picture of me and Michael before the race. Isn't he adorable?
Overall, it was a great day. I actually had more energy today than normal. I got a lot of stuff done around the house, and that felt great. I guess I'll find out how my feet feel in the morning. But no matter what, I'm really proud of myself!
Friday, April 12, 2013
Tomorrow is the big day - my very first 5K. I am excited and nervous. Michael is going to run the kids fun run with Dan. I'm a lot happier knowing they can run together. He even seems to be looking forward to it. I hope it works out well. And then, it will be time for me to walk. I know I have walked more than 5K before, but the idea of doing it all at once, with a timer is a little bit intimidating. But, it's also excited. Tune in tomorrow for all the details!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The other big news of the day is that I picked up the race packet for Saturday. The people manning the pick up desk were really nice and gave me some good advice. And, I think Michael will be running the kids fun run before the main race. Dan said he would run with him. Michael wasn't too excited about the idea until I told him he'd get a medal. Then, his eyes widened and he asked if it was gold. Once he got over the disappointment that it wasn't gold, he decided he still wanted to try it. So, Saturday will be a family affair. I'm very excited!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Friday, April 5, 2013
It's really late so this will be super short. We spent the day with a friend in NY so I didn't get in any scheduled exercise. However, she took me on a tour of mid town Manhatten. I'm guessing we walked at least two and a half hours. My legs are so tired! But it ended up being a great day.
After we left NY, we drove to PA where the TACA conference is tomorrow. As soon as we checked in I ran into fellow moms I never get to see in person. Then we went to dinner with a wonderful couple. It was a great night and tomorrow will be a great day too. Sweet dreams!
Thursday, April 4, 2013