four-oh

i remember being a lot more twitchy about turning 30 than i was about 40.

i had a lovely birthday week, complete with lots of dining out, naps, and dog walks. we went to grampa’s and morris ramen for some meals, we explored the path off fair oaks behind the garver feed mill for the first time in many years, and surprisingly, i didn’t get breakfast at the diner any of the days.

i did, however, make a pretty good replica of the sandwich from sardine that i like a lot.

i was going to start couch to 5k this week, but can’t find the very expensive sports bra that i bought last time. i did a dresser purge a little while ago and am fearful that i donated it along with some other bras that no longer fit.

last night, work sponsored pizza and the meeting space for the first madison wordpress meetup and it was a success! there were many last-minute cancellations, but the crowd that did arrive were enthusiastic and had many great ideas to fuel the next meetup(s). it’s going to be a lot of work each month, but i think it’ll be worth it.

birthday party!

some friends of ours hosted a joint birthday party this past saturday for myself and a mutual friend who turned 30 on the 2nd. what a whipper-snapper! we had house-cured lox and homemade bagels. since matt doesn’t care much for lox, they made him a separate meal of steamed king crab.

it was nice to be able to hang without worrying about matt having to get up for work sunday morning, but we did leave the dogs home without a break a little longer than i’d have liked. nora wasn’t able to hold it, so there was a little mess when we got home. she’s only peed a couple times in the house since getting antibiotics.

there was one not-so-awesome part of the evening in which i decided it would be a good idea to use the scale in our guests’ bathroom. i was shocked and appalled at the number and even told them that it was not calibrated correctly.

the next morning, i dug our scale out of the depths of the hallway closet to check. indeed, it reported the same number. a much higher number than i’d ever thought i’d see. a number that labels me on another chart as obese. a number that i need to actively work to reduce if i want to stop thinking about it.

i’ve considered taking up C25k again, but can barely get life taken care of now without adding another 45-60 minutes of exercise on top.

getting up earlier just isn’t an option. unless it is. maybe after i turn 40 i’ll automatically wake up at 6 am every day instead of just saturdays. maybe running while half asleep is why folks choose the mornings to exercise. i suppose it is a lot cooler out then.

hope springs eternal

matt has a slightly new schedule. after working sunday brunch for 10 years, he’s giving them up. this means we have two whole days together, so instead of trying to squeeze in quality time, chores, projects, and errands into saturday, we can be leisurely about at least half of those things.

my first project is cleaning out the fridge. it’s been a while, and there’s a new smell that i don’t think should be present.

it’s supposed to be rainy all weekend, so we won’t be able to get started on the yard yet, but hopefully soon.

i also think it’s time for another detox/elimination diet, so i should get on planning that.

more doing

i got this tattoo last weekend.

i’m also helping out a local pantry with some marketing of their services and an annual banquet. i may be soliciting the help of a friends’ illustration skills because my skills are no good.

i’m also still working on the website for a local artist. i can’t wait til it goes live because i think work might buy a piece or two for the office.

slacker

i’ve been slacking a little with the yoga. i skipped the weekend, and tuesday/today. i’m not sure why, since it’s just a little bit of time in the morning.

i need to get back into the (week)daily routine.

sun salute

i did day five of the 21 days of yoga this morning, i think i have the warm-up moves memorized now and am using the right muscles (not back but abs) to keep myself balanced.

i took yesterday off the routine to let the muscles rest a little, also because we inadvertently skipped dinner on saturday night, so my energy level was quite low.

in other news, i’ve started doing that thing where i get myself involved in several different activities in order to keep distracted. i’m going to start organizing a meetup which i’m getting work to sponsor. i’m trying to meet with a local pantry to see if i can volunteer (at least web services, if not time). and, i’m taking on another freelance gig; i’ll meet with the client this weekend.

i’m also meeting with a tattoo artist this afternoon to discuss a chest piece. i’m excited because her style is really neat.

namaste

i bought the 21-day yoga body thingy almost a year ago, thinking i would transform into a flexible stretchy machine overnight. well, now that i’m almost a year older, and that much wiser, i know that is an impossible feat to ask my body to accomplish.

after a really nice talk with a friend who’s gotten into coaching, i decided to give it another try.

i can’t do yoga in the living room because there are too many animals wondering if they can help or get petted since i’m at their level. so, we cleaned up the front bedroom enough that the floor is usable and my yoga mat lives in there now.

as of this morning, i’ve completed day three and, if nothing else, feel better and enjoy the quiet, centered time before getting ready for work.

labs

my blood pressure has stabilized at a normal range. the nurse suggested that losing 5-10 pounds might also help. i thought that was cute.

got my labs back this morning. my liver is fine. my bad cholesterol is ridiculously low. my good cholesterol is on the low end of normal. the dr suggests more exercise might raise that. what’s with these health care professionals?

i’m considering taking john nolan and going around monona bay to add to the work commute, but i can’t really see myself adding jogging or the like into my weekly routine. at least not as of yet.

 

center

i decided to pay my friend, Jim, a visit for yoga last night. he’s the owner and director of main street yoga and i’ve known him for quite some time. i asked Maureen if she’d come with me. even though the practice is typically very internal, it’s nice to have a friend nearby to share faces of surprise and amazement.

the hour and a half went by very quickly.

once we got to shavasana, i wished that it could be longer. my thoughts drifted to the “time-out”s that i had to endure as a hyperactive kid. my mom would be in the kitchen doing something, and when i needed a time out, she’d tell me to sit on one of the kitchen chairs and she’d set the microwave timer, usually for 10 minutes. each of those moments were the longest 10 minutes of my childhood.

it’s too bad 39-year old me couldn’t tell 7-year old me to relish those minutes cuz i might wish for that to happen more often when i got older.

health update

i’ve been checking my blood pressure with my cuff almost nightly, which puts me in the “officially old” category, doesn’t it?

i made a line graph charting the daily sys/dia numbers, along with notes and resting heart rate to take to the nurse this friday. we’re going to check the bp again and she’ll probably calibrate my cuff so it’s accurate to theirs.

i’ve been taking niacin and co q-10 as i’ve read those are known to reduce high blood pressure, along with an essential oil mix on the bottom of my big toe before bed.

all that doesn’t seem to have had much of an effect. my uneducated opinion is that it has more to do with my stress level during the day and whether or not i sit my ass down for 15 minutes before i take the reading. which i usually don’t have/take time to do.

perhaps i’ll learn to meditate.