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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Walk in the (under) cloud




Mental health

When we encountered a “lump” on our road a year and a half ago, we had put our Florida home up for sale. We had bought the house, prior to getting the bad news, in the spring of 2013. The house was sitting empty and we knew we couldn’t be there for almost 2 years. Being unfurnished without pots and pans, or dishes etc, we couldn’t even think about renting it out so selling it was the logical step. Yesterday I went to our park’s office and removed our home from the market! It is so uplifting mentally to know we are really getting back to the life WE had planned! :)


Challenge-r-us

Guess who finished first in last week’s steps challenge? ME
 
I don’t know how it happened. I had surrendered and accepted defeat but the person who was in first place on Saturday didn’t register any steps on Sunday! So, with only (ya right only!) 139,429 steps last week, I crossed the finish line first.

Now the bad news… I haven’t register for it but I’m enrolled in another challenge, it’s a 100K Steps Challenge (I guess who ever crossed 100K steps first wins)… I’m not too sure if I’ll go for it, I’ll probably just do what I had planned on doing.




Yesterday’s walk

Yesterday night it poured, it was so loud, it woke me up (and I’m a heavy sleeper). If it had happened in our Northern home, we would have heard nothing and woken-up to a total white-out from a mountain of fallen snow. But in Florida, the rain just ran away to the gutters.

In the morning, between two rain showers, I quickly put on my walking shoes and got on with my steps. It was nice outside but the sun was not shinning, it was hidden behind the clouds. I was in my zone, step, step, step, drop, step, step, drop, step, drop, step, drop, drop, step, drop, drop, drop, drop. You didn’t expect an auditory description of my morning’s stroll did you?

It started to rain, a little drop here and there, nothing to be concerned about. The house was never further than 10 minutes away. After a few minutes of this nice and cooling drizzle, the rain started to be heavier and heavier. It came down to the point where I had water running in my eyes, down my spin, my walking shoes were soaking wet. And I, with a smile on my face, just kept going because I hadn’t finished my intended number of steps. Anyway, once wet you can’t get any wetter!

So far, I have walked while it snowed, in very cold weather, in the rain, in hot and humid temperature. I have also walked on paved roads and snow packed roads, in stores and shopping malls, on trails and in parking lots. I have even walked before the sun rise, after the sun set, or in the middle of the day. So I guess, walking can be done anywhere, in any conditions and at any time. I have no excuses for not going out and enjoy stepping out to a healthier-me.

I hope you folks are doing great, the more people crossing the health line the better we are at this race!

I'm trying the wet look, do you think it's working for me?

 Water on the ground is from my shirt!

16 comments:

  1. Pis, les bobettes....tu ne les as pas enlevees pour les tordes??????

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    1. NON je savais qu'il y a de la belle famille qui verrait et je ne voulais pas les impressionnées ha ha ha

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  2. Hi Richard! New to your blog, but it sounds like you are doing great, and I'm glad your path is in a much more upbeat direction, compared to apparently a year and a half ago. :)

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    1. Welcome and thank you Gwen, we are in such a good place, it's hard to believe that it was 18 months ago...

      Few weeks ago, I link my post to you… you can have a look: http://marcric60health.blogspot.com/2015/03/getting-healthy.html

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  3. Mwahahaha, I knew we were a family of winners! Congrats on being #1 at the challenge! Sure, sure, I guess the good habits are more important than sweet sweet victory!

    - WWE

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    1. Shush WWE we have to play the "humble" card!

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  4. Sounds effects, that's the good stuff. Congrats on everything. And to get to live the life that you wanted, what a treat.

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    1. Maybe, just for you, next time I'll sing in the rain and I<ll post it on youtube... that would be the day every one drop me :)

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  5. Neither rain,snow,sleet... You should get a job for the postal service. I love it, no excuses!

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    1. I would rather be a pro golfer... without a golf cart, of course LOL

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  6. Sounds like you are really getting your life on track. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Natalie, we are full speed ahead!

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  7. So happy you and your lovely wife are living the way you wanted. It's been a tough time and I hope it's easy street from now on. And congratulations on coming in first. I hope this doesn't go to your head and your ego gets too big! Hahahaha...

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    1. We are so grateful about having this behind us, as you may remember we didn't let our lives be lead by the decease, we kept living with as much love and joy we could find in that time.

      I would never let something like WINNING the title to an international competition go to my head, I will still talk to every one the same way as long they kiss my ring ha ha ha

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  8. It's certainly been a very tough time for you ..... I am so pleased that things are getting better ...... loads of positive thoughts coming your way.

    All the best Jan

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