A list of good things that happened this week:
- On Sunday night at 11:00 I ate a Ghirardelli dark chocolate + peppermint square…and then I devoted myself to not eating any sugar until Easter weekend. I have gained so much weight since last October when my hamstrings started giving me grief and I couldn’t run anymore. None of my clothes are comfortable and I just…I just don’t like my body like this. I feel muffled. But I also have a really hard time losing weight (hypothyroidism). So, drastic measures: no sugar. I have let myself have one piece of fruit each day, but (as Kendell likes to tease) no cookies, candy, cakes or snacks. Or delicious beverages. As of this writing I have gone 143 hours without any sugar.
- Jake had the state HOSA competition with his Parli team. They won! Which means he gets to go to Anaheim in June for the National competition. I’m so proud of him! (I think this was also a good thing for him. He was pretty glad to get away from home for a few days, even if it was just to Layton.)
- Nathan had his first freshman track meet and he won the high jump. 5’8”! He was nursing a slightly-sprained ankle so that made the success even sweeter.
- Three times this week I ran for 6 or more minutes. My hamstrings are very, very slowly starting to get better, and I am very, very slowly becoming a runner again. (For clarity, I did exercise for longer than six minutes. I walked and got on the elliptical after the running.)
- On Friday night, Kendell and I went for a long, lovely walk on the PRT. We talked and laughed. I ran for six minutes and my legs only hurt at the start, but even better was just spending some good, peaceful time together. It’s good to remind yourself that you love your husband!
- Also on Friday, I had a nice conversation with Haley over Skype. It was good to talk to her, even though she is having some heartache right now.
- I saw my cousin Jamie at Costco. No one ever said that we Allmans were a tight-knit group. We grew up in the same little town (my dad and his two brothers and all of their kids) and we saw each other exactly once a year, on Christmas day. I will probably always feel far less cool than my cousins. But, still. Seeing her brought my dad to mind in a happy way, because I think she is the most Allman-looking of all of us. (I don’t look very Allman at all.) It made me think about the way families, even the every-so-loosely-knit ones like the one I grew up in, still influence us. Still carry little parts of us.
- To celebrate my starting-to-heal hamstrings, I exercised in my new orange running skirt. Then, right after the gym, I had to run Kaleb to a birthday party and then stop by Costco. I got some funny looks for my outfit (orange skirt and a big black and purple sweatshirt) but I mostly didn’t care because it was proof: I’m starting to run again!
- Kaleb had his first soccer meet today. He scored five goals! It’s crazy how he moves on the soccer field. He just instinctually gets it. He’s fun to watch and was so happy he played well.
- My mom is out of her rehab, where she was recuperating after having her spine fused. (Her entire spine! From T4 to L5.) She is now moved in with my sister, a place I am desperately hoping she’ll stay. That’s not resolved yet…but at least she is out of the care center and starting to figure out her new life.
- I made a few scrapbook layouts. I’ve been in a scrapbooking slump for a while. It feels like I’ve already done everything that can be done (that I want to do). I need to move my life into different pursuits but I don’t know how to give it up entirely. Or, how to not be entirely devoted to it. I gave myself permission to just enjoy my supplies and not worry about anyone else’s opinion. I enjoyed it! Here’s one of the layouts I made, which kind of proves my point that I was just trying to enjoy my supplies, as everything on this layout is at least three years old, and that “adventure” tag is older than Kaleb!
- I’m starting to feel a little bit better. I didn’t realize how dark a place I was in during January and February until I started moving out of it. (I’m sure the running has helped!) It is good to be transitioning towards a light-filled place.
How was your week?