another Moody Monday

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
another Moody Monday
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Mon, 07-14-2014 - 6:53am

It was a bittersweet weekend.  I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful mother that I am able to help, but it is also sad to see the continual decline.  C'est la vie.  I work with my manager for the next two days, and am hopeful that he is nicer to me.  Sometimes hope is all one has.  :)  Karla, I hope your achilles feels better.  GR, your jewelry is beautiful, and I admire the fun activities you partake in.  SJ, I am envious of your trip.  I hope you have a WONDERFUL time!  Will you share your pictures?  I love living through the lens of others.  Jean, are you back?  We have missed you!

Make it a great day, everyone!  :D

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 9:13am

Fresh, I am right there with you on the Mother situation. Mine is not in a rapid decline but nonetheless is still declining. I have no idea what I am going to do when she can no longer live on her own. 

My achilles is doing much better. In fact, I ran 13.2 miles yesterday on it and didn't have any pain afterwards. Yesterday's run was probably the most difficult running challenge I have ever had. A group of us set out to run 13.1 miles to help a man in our group get his Nike Half-marathon banner for his 50th birthday. The heat was brutal! Thankfully I had prepared an "aid" station for us at the 10 mile mark and it was a good thing I did. None of us would have been able to finish the run had we not for refueling and hydration. I was going to drop out at 10 miles and told everyone I was going to walk the rest but when I saw how slowly everyone else was jogging the last 3 miles I kept on going. The heat index was 100 degrees by the time we were finishing. The group stuck together and slowly jogged the last few miles. I don't usually sweat but when I got done I could wring my clothes out and you'd have thought I had jumped in the river with how wet I was. We knew it was going to be a hot run but not that hot; it got way hotter than forecast. 

I'm doing a light recovery run probably on the treadmill this morning. It's been storming like crazy here since yesterday (right after I finished the hottest run I've ever had) and if there isn't a break soon then I'll head over to the gym. 

I am then going to spend the rest of the day packing. We are heading to the beach for a week tomorrow. I can't wait!!!

Karla
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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 10:03am

FSN, I can't imagine how tough it is to watch your mom decline.  Is she moved in yet at the new place?  I imagine that would take some pressure off since she'll be somewhat supervised.  

Karla, good job with your persistance!  And have fun on your beach vacation.  Sounds delightful!  

It was a nice weekend.  Jewelry class with my friends was a lot of fun.  It was just the three of us plus the instructor.  On Saturday, the guys and I went to lunch and played games.  It was very relaxing.  

Today, I've got my client late morning and have resume work to do.  Tonight is my local birthday party... we're doing a happy hour at one of my favorite restaurants.  It is as my mom jokingly calls it "an intimate group of 25."  Wink

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 1:34pm

I'm back!  I was actually back end of last week but busy w/ my daughter since she had her wisdom teeth removed.  We had a great time at Mohonk. It's hard to explain but it's such a magical place, people return year after year so there's a great sense of camaraderie. Of course, the cynical part of me thinks, it's the summer home for the rich of Manhattan where everyone is very similar.  Nothing has really changed there over the decades but that's part of the charm.  Anyway, back to reality and lots of fun parkour and silks.  I did three classes in a row on Saturday and am feeling good. 

This morning, I subbed a bootcamp class. It's only been a couple of weeks but I'd forgotten how much I enjoy teaching. I wasn't looking forward to it, just the logistics alone make me crazy.  But, once I got there, it was so much fun.  I might just keep w/ this subbing.  I'm planning on doing two parkour classes (one for old people, one for regular--haha) and then silks but I'll see how I feel since I taught that class this morning.

FSN, sorry to hear it's getting harder w/ your mom.  Have you found a support group yet?  Good luck w/ your manager!

Karla, I can't believe you were all able to run a half marathon in that type of weather! Good for you!

GR, enjoyed seeing the picture of your jewelry.  Looks like fun!  What are you updating your resume for?  Any new job prospects?






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 1:41pm

Not my resume...  work for the resume company to help other people get jobs.  Wink

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 2:54pm
GR, Happy Birthday! Karla, FSN, I feel for you on the mother situations. End of life is a quandary...is it better to go quickly, without warning, to go slowly, aware of pain and loss of. Independence, or is the slow slipping away of the mind more merciful? No good choices, and as daughters, we just do the best we can. I went to Bosu class again this morning...I am not much better at it than last week, but it did what I could.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 07-15-2014 - 8:32am

That's right--I forgot about the resume job.  I can imagine that getting kind of funny at times. I remember some I read, back when I was hiring for people for a job.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 07-15-2014 - 8:34am

I love the BOSU and use it all the time in class!  How is the class run?  What kind of shoes are you wearing with it? That can make a huge difference.






iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 07-15-2014 - 12:13pm
Jean, welcome back! I wear my running shoes for everything. I need new shoes, I am taking my Cape running shoes to Paris as my walking shoes/sneakers so I will have workout shoes and can run if the occasion arises...which it might not because my brother had a medical procedure at the end of June that prevents some activity, and one of the other guys cracked a rib around the same time...I thought everyone else might be doing active things I couldn't keep up with, but I am moving up on the fit chart as others move down...the Bosu class starts without music, and the instructor has people stand on the 'ball' part of the Bosu and slowly walk through squats, wood choppers, and then one leg n for lunges...a warm up acclimate...then with music she goes through a series of standing moves. Then she does ab work on the floor and Bosu. Then we get medicine balls and repeat the moves on the ball, then more floor work. I cannot stand with two feet on the ball. I can step on, be there for a couple seconds, then step down. Part of m issue is balance, part is fear, and part is that my right foot (the one with the screw in it) does not like being turned to the outside while holding my weight. And yesterday, I decided that wrecking my foot before Paris was not worth the risk. When I come back, I will add practicing standing on the Bosu a few minutes each time I go to the gym...none of this comes easy to me, but I remember the first time I did lunges and just laughing at my dear trainer's belief that I could ever balance like that...and now lunges are one of my favorite things...same with Zumba...why I ever went back after the first class when I thought I might actually die right there I don't know, and now, although I am far from great at Zumba, it is a very manageable workout. One thing working out has taught me is that I don't have to be good at something to enjoy doing it...and that practice actually helps...this seems like such a basic idea, but I was someone who did some things easily, and when something was hard, I just didn't do it again...I didn't get that failure was ok if you learned from it...I was 47 before I got that concept...how much easier my life would have been on me if I had figured that out earlier...lifting is good for me because he objective is to lift to failure...so I will keep on Bosu'ing until it clicks...
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 07-15-2014 - 2:47pm

There has been a lot of research that BOSU causes ankle problems because it forces to ankle to move in ways it isn't necessarily intended - thus the invention of the Step 360.  It is not as challenging at the BOSU but is definitely safer for joints. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 07-15-2014 - 4:14pm

The BOSU takes getting used to but the right shoes do help and running shoes are the toughest because they don't allow for lateral movement. Cross trainers or minimal shoes would be better on them.  As GR said, there was talk about ankles and the BOSU.  My thoughts on it are that it's great for stabilization muscles but most of us have weaker muscles. It takes time to build them up so slowly adding more BOSU use is the way to go. Avoiding those movements means those ankles will always be weak.  Doing too much will strain them.  I just use the BOSU for circuits these days and won't use them for a long time unless the people have used it for a while.  Or, at least, I won't have people stand on it for a long time but I will use it in different ways.