If you read yesterday’s blog, first let me apologize, ( Ooowee, was I feeling sorry for myself! ) and second I’m happy to report, I’m better now.
This week just started out bad for me. Monday, I had an early morning appointment with my orthopaedic surgeon that was a good two-hour drive from where I live. Long story short, I couldn’t find the tennis shoes I wanted to wear, wore old ugly tennis shoes instead, missed breakfast, ran late, fought rush hour, got lost, got lost again, all to get there and realize I had forgotten to bring the MRI film that the doctor was to check.
I continued to spiral down through the week, not exercising and not eating right. By Thursday which was yesterday, I called in sick. I desperately needed a mental health day.
For my day off, I didn’t do one single thing that needed to be done. I didn’t cook, clean or do laundry. I didn’t run errands or catch up on paperwork. I gave my self one guilt-free day to do whatever I wanted to do at the moment. These were my moments:
1. Caught up on Pinterest.com. My friend Brenda introduced me to this site a few weeks ago and I love it. It’s a great place to collect new recipes and dream of future vacations.
2. “Played” on Polyvore.com. Okay if you’re wanting to kill time, or just relax in the evening and do something different from watching TV, this is a fun site. It reminds me of playing paper dolls when I was a kid. It’s a place to put together outfits, complete with purse, jewelry and sunglasses and not worry about how much the pieces cost. Pare up a $20 skirt with $25,000 earrings. Who cares? I’m new to the site, so I don’t really understand it, but I’m having fun.
3. Printed out a coloring sheet for my grandchildren to color, then went ahead and colored it. Coloring is so therapeutic!
4. Colored my roots. Any kind of coloring is therapeutic.
5. Helped teach local ESL classes.
6. Met a dear friend for a late night dinner and talked for hours. Told her of my terrible Monday and realized how silly I had been, to sink so low over not finding a pair of tennis shoes.
7. Came home to smell today’s meal, pulled pork cooking in the crock pot, thanks to my wonderful husband. (Recipe from Kitchenmeetsgirl.com)
I’m not sure at what point I climbed out of my doom and gloom yesterday, but today I woke up feeling great. For breakfast, I first turned on some B.B. King blues, and then made a pulled pork sandwich complete with coleslaw and let myself be transported back to Beale Street in Memphis.
The icing on the cake for adjusting my attitude came from a quote my cousin Paula posted on Facebook. “As we go through life, we may encounter some tough obstacles, some more than others, but it’s how we overcome these obstacles that truly makes us who we are.”
This week I’ve acted like a very big spoiled baby. Paula’s quote started me thinking about my own personal obstacles I’ve survived thus far – infertility, a marriage ending, getting hit by a truck. Am I really going to make it past these big ones just to trip up over not being able to find a pair of tennis shoes? Or get bummed because my knee hurts a little?
Another favorite quote is “Only exercise on the days you want to be happy.” So I end this blog now to go jump on my bike because I definitely want to be happy!
Have a great day y’all!