Back to the Gym!

I started this blog 6 years ago in February, 2010 with a simple post titled, I Went to the gym today.  The point of the post was that after a few years hiatus from exercise (and 20 pounds), I was going to use this blog as motivation to get back to a fitness centered life, a hopefully encourage others to do so as well.  It worked.

Over the past six years I went to the gym. started running, practiced yoga, and changed my diet.  I became stronger and fit and even lowered my cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides .

But alas, even the best laid plans…

In July, a medical issue side-lined me and, my exercise had been limited to walking my dog a few times a day.  This may sound like more exercise than it is as my dog is small and our walks are slow saunters around the block!  But movement is movement!

So here I find myself very happy and excited that, I went to the gym again.  I rejoined  Planet Fitness and have been there 3 times in the past week.  I’m coming back, and I’ll be blogging again too.  So far, so good

Snow Flowers

Soon we will enjoy the brilliant colors of daffodils, tulips, irises and more.  But first let’s pause to appreciate the beauty of winter!
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Carole King won 4 Grammy awards in 1972 for “Tapestry”. Back in the early 70s, when I was listening to the song, I thought it was pretty,  but I had no idea of the richness of the lyrics.  As a young teenager, although I didn’t realize it, I was just beginning to weave my tapestry.

Now, 45 years later, I deeply feel the lyrics.  I am thankful for all the old and new friends, of family and of the varied experiences that have gone into my tapestry.  More importantly I ,look forward to weaving in even  more people and adventures into my tapestry.Tapestry


2015 Year in Review — What a Year…

Hello blog friends,
Well it’s been quite a year. I haven’t posted here in 6 months and then felt awkward about posting. But with the New Year upon us and 2015 about to be behind us. I tough that the annual Year in Review would be a good exercise for me and a chance to fill you in on my year, as the title of this post says, what a year it’s been…


A quick overview:
Let’s get right to the issue — In July, I was taken to the emergency room where I was told I had a brain tumor! What?!?! I was totally shocked, and, as you can imagine, in denial!
Well, to make a long story short: they removed it and it wasn’t the worst type. I went through 6 1/2 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, and I am doing fine now. Actually I am feeling great; almost back to my old self!

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? — Besides the whole brain tumor episode, I really didn’t have any new experiences in 2015. But I did go skiing with some girl friends and that is something that I haven’t done is a long, long time. (Not the skiing part, I’ve done that, but the skiing with girlfriends). It was fun and I’m looking forward to a trip or two in 2016.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No I was not very good about keeping my resolutions this year. But I will make some for 2015. Stay tuned.

Did anyone close to you give birth? No but sons and daughters of close friends of mine are beginning to have babies, very exciting).

Did anyone close to you die? No, thank God.

What countries did you visit? No foreign countries, but I did travel to Maine, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia and DC to visit friends and family.

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? Perfect health!

What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory? July 15, when I had brain surgery

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Recovering from brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. I’d say that’s a big enough achievement for a lifetime!
What was your biggest failure? I really can’t count anything as a failure this year

Did you suffer illness or injury? See the beginning of this post

What was the best thing you bought? I don’t know about the best, but the biggest thing I bought is my new Toyota Rav4.

Whose behavior merited celebration? My friends and family whose love and support were tremendous during my ordeal.

My kids flew up here immediately and frequently;

Gary who was with me throughout the entire process, from initially bringing me to the ER, to dealing with the insurance company, to getting me a great neurosurgeon (within my network), and to getting me settled so I could be close to the hospital for my daily radiation treatments, and not be alone, and finally for being supportive to this day;

And all my friends whose cards, calls and outpouring of support made me feel special and loved.

Where did most of your money go? To doctors and hospitals!

What did you get really, really, really excited about? This sounds trite, but right now I am very excited that my hair is growing back. I lost most of it due t the radiation and the doctor said that there was a 50% chance that it would grow back, so I am very excited to see that it is!

What song will always remind you of 2015? All Your Favorite Bands by Dawes

Compared to this time last year, are you:
• Happier or sadder? — Happier and far more grateful!
• Thinner or fatter? – Thinner but I am working on gaining back the weight I have lost
• Richer or poorer? – Emotionally and spiritually, I am richer, but in terms of liquid assets poorer; however my house is now worth far more than I paid for it, so in terms of overall net worth richer!
What do you wish you’d done more of? Spending time with family especially at the holidays.
What do you wish you’d done less of? Spending time in hospitals, at doctor’s offices, but it was all worth it and all’s well that ends well!

How will you be (or did you) spend Christmas?

I spent a quiet Christmas with Gary,my dad, and his friend, We had a fun time with good food and conversation.
Did you make a new friend this year and/or get closer to a friend or an acquaintance? I feel like I got closer to a lot of my friends as they were so supportive during these past 6 months.

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? No, sorry, but this year was mostly about me.

What was your favorite TV program? This year I enjoyed Life in Pieces, but my favorite show is Modern Family (new shows or reruns!)

What was the best book you read? The Hidden Garden by Kate Morton, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Simple, and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

What did you want and get? A new car.

What did you want and not get? There is nothing tangible that I did not get. I would like to get to spend more time with my kids.

What was your favorite film of this year? The only new movie I saw this year was the James Bond movie, Spectre

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I went out to dinner with Gary for my 56th birthday.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not having a brain tumor and all that went with that!

What kept you sane? working, friends and family and naps!

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? As the candidates consumed our attention this year, I would say that Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina interested me most.

What political issue stirred you the most? All of them, I have to watch less news!

Who did you miss? My mother – more each day.

Who was the best new person you met this year? Dr Jeffrey Florman, my neurosurgeon at Maine Medical Center.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015: There are no guarantees…live each day to its fullest. Be grateful for every day.

Quote that sums up your year: ”Keep on Keepin on”

What mystery from 2015 was never solved? How did I get a @#?$*!&! brain tumor??

Did you start any new traditions this year? Let’s hope not!

A New Adventure in Yoga

If you have been following this blog, then you know it started as a personal reflection on trying to get back into shape after a fairly long hiatus.  I use the blog to keep myself on track, to hold myself accountable, and to share what I learn along the way.  Posts have ranged from general physical fitness, running, recipes I’ve tried, nutrition facts, the dangers of chemicals in health and beauty products, and books I have read throughout the year.  I enjoy the blog and hope I have inspired some people to also get “in shape” — physical, mental, emotional, all kinds of shape!

Now I have embarked on a new project.  I have applied to, and been accepted in, a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training.  The program will run primarily one weekend a month throughout the upcoming year (sounds like the National Guard!).

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I am excited for myself to deepen my own practice and to learn about the anatomy and physiology of yoga, the Chakras.  the proper techniques, principles of meditation and breathing as well as the application of the path of yoga in everyday life.

I hope to not only become strong in my yoga practice, but also to become more centered and present in my daily life.






Then of course, as this is a teacher training.  I am excited to share this knowledge with others and lead yoga classes.

The program starts in October and I will be sharing what I learn here, so stay tuned!