Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blood, Sweat, and Tears.... without the Blood

Today's Shout Outs:

Lorraine M, Tina H, Trina K, Denise W, Nancy W, Emily K, Cathy M, Mary Jo A, Claudine P, Sherri T, Betty K, Rosalia H, Linda Mc

PS... Check out all the gorgeous cards that I have received -------------------------------------->
If you want to see all of them individually, all you have to do is click on the video slide and it will take you to the gallery.

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Dear friends,

I hate to exercise for the sake of exercising.  I like doing active things, but I have to be honest and say that I also very much enjoy my sedentary life. After my first initial visit with a doctor back in late June and after I had taken the medication I had been prescribed, I felt much better.  I set some goals... they were vague and like millions of women (and men) they revolved around my weight.  But, I attempted and did get on my 10 year old treadmill and lost a few pounds and I felt good.  I figured I had the rest of my life to work on those extra pounds.  Then things started to go down hill.

Now we are to today and it is what it is, but today I shed some sweat and tears.  I missed the sweat.  I hadn't done any kind of activity that actually led to sweating for a couple of months now and without realizing it I missed it.  I missed the exertion of doing something, anything that might lead to a feeling of exertion without tiredness.

Today, I shed happy tears because I did something that I was in charge of.  I chose my treadmill program and I chose the speed and I stuck to it.  I didn't care if I had to push myself or if I didn't have to push myself.  I chose it and stuck with it. You can't see it but there is a bit of sweat on those fingers.

2 miles, 27ish minutes, 187.7 calories


I chose a set program called Yellow Brick Road and it is a 2 mile program.  I was going to finish it no matter what.  Of course I do consider myself with a bulb or two in the 'ole brain so I did set an achievable goal, but it felt so good to finish.  It feels good to feel good.

And what was most important was that I stared at those seconds passing by wishing they would pass even quicker just like I did before my life changed.  I stared at those calories wishing they would add up faster just like I did before cancer.  I stared at that distance marker thinking that it couldn't end soon enough just like I did before... I felt like I can still achieve those goals that I had before...

I shed a tear when I got half way through and I shed a tear when I was three quarters way through and then I smiled when I was done!  I savored this time and even if I can only do this every couple of weeks, at least I now know that it can be done.

Until next time

-Katie

40 comments:

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Hooray Katie! Wonderful accomplishment, more exercise than I do most days....but I am determined to walk more in the coming months! Hugs for a beautiful day!

JenMarie said...

Go Katie Go! :) You are such an encouragement to ME!!! {HUGS}

Elizabeth said...

Fantastic !! MIL

Jak Heath said...

Well isn't that just bloomin marvelous, I know it must feel at times that you need wrapping in cotton wool but today you burst right out of it and bloomed, well done Katie.
I'm thinking I should be ashamed of my lardy assness lol!

cbuswell said...

Well done! encouraging me to get on my exercise bike!! : )

♥ Lydia ♥ said...

WooHooo...Go Katie!! :0)
Well done you...a great achievement and inspiration xx

Barb said...

HI Katie!! You sound so good!!!! I am glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. I watched your slide show - you have been so blessed with all those beautiful cards! Hugs to you and you are always in my prayers.

Sue Ann said...

GO KATIE GO ....... GO KATIE GO ......... GO KATIE GO ....... GO KATIE GO!!!!

Saskia said...

Wow! So much energy!!!

Lovely to see all those cards! I hope you'll keep receiving cards every day!! :)

Sweet greetings, BIG hug,
Saskia :)

Sue from Oregon said...

What an inspiration Katie!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Way to go Katie!!
We are all pulling for you and praying to!
I guess I have no excuses now!lol

Have a Blessed Sunday!
Hugs,

Mary

Curt in Carmel said...

Atta Girl! I'm proud of you. If I had done that, I would have fainted, fell off the damn thing, and probably hurt myself! LOL The only exercise I get is taking the boys to the park, and that is plenty. I'm so glad that you felt up to it. I also love the fact that you stuck to it until you finished. That tells me there is a TON of fight in ya girl! I'd hug you but you're sweaty! LOL Keep it up. Best, Curt

Audrey Frelx said...

Good for you, Katie!!! What an inspiration this post is -- I need to get on my treadmill and take charge too! You go, girl!!!

isu.alum said...

You go girl! ROCK THOSE GOALS!!! Before you know it, things'll be back to normal...well, if before that day was normal...

HUGZ-Kerry

Candy F. said...

I'm sooo proud of you. You are amazing.

IamDerby said...

:) this is my big ole smiley face after reading your post

Kelly S. said...

How inspiring! You go, Katie! And just a note, your card gallery is amazing! So cool of you to showcase them all for us to see (and I am sure you burned some calories photographing them and uploading them, too)...so double extra credit points for you today!

Kathy said...

It's amazing what we take for granted every single day! You've encouraged me to stop and enjoy even the "sweat". Yay for you and for your accomplishment today!:)

Sheri said...

hip hip hooray! You did it. You are still taking charge and that is so good. I am glad it felt good. You deserve to feel good for a change. I am so very happy for you :)

Chef Mama Lori said...

Hooray for you Katie! I love hearing about all your moments, but the happy ones make me feel happy, too.

Joan B said...

good for you for doing what you want! yeah

Margie H said...

OOOOooo, that is SO COOL! GO Katie! I am so proud of you!! xo

susanc said...

Excellent! You are such an inspiration!

Cricket said...

Way to go Katie. You have a drive. You will beat this - I know you will.

God Bless.

Theresa Tyree said...

In spite of all you're going thru, you manage to exercise! You're such an inspiration! All my excuses are so insignificant now. If you can do it, so can I!

Kathy Mc said...

And shame on those of us who don't have a treadmill or worse yet, have one but don't use it. Congratulations on motivating yourself to sweat. You are truly an inspiration to all of us following your blog. Continue taking charge of your life as best you can!

Claire's cards said...

You are some girl, true grit and inspiration. Great to see you in charge today.
I love all your cards, you did a great job there taking pictures and then putting them up.
Keep positive
Claire xxxxx

Karen B said...

Way to go!

Susan said...

What a great accomplishment, Katie. ANd what a marvelous insight! Keep up the good work.

Barb- NICUGypsy said...

so excited for you! What an accomplishment. You are an inspiration to me. I am recovering from pneumonia and have been depressed about not having energy but now I will try. Thanks for the inspiration. God bless you my dear.

~amy~ said...

woot woot...you go!!!!

Holly said...

Katie,

So glad to read you had a better day following the not so hot one. You ROCK!
-Holly in SoCal

Jael said...

You impress me. :-)

Kim H. said...

Woo hoo!!! Congratulations! You go girl! That is so impressive!

Becky Jo said...

Katie you are a true inspiration! I'm so happy for you!! Hope you had your hot shower after all that. :) Your positive attitude will take you far. Hugs!!

True :) said...

So glad you are having a great day Katie and glad you are feeling good!
You are an inspiration!
I checked out your card gallery and saw all the love you have been sent.
They are all beautiful!

Hugs,
True :D

2Bis2DO said...

Hi Katie, as i caught up with your posts, i felt what a strong woman you are. I wonder really if you know how many of us without any problems you really lift and inspire. I shed tears when i read your day to day challenges and accomplishments. And i am sure like you before i don't get it. I read it but not going through it i don't get it. I feel love and sympathy for you and pray for you but the struggle and challenge is still yours. I love you for sharing your journey because it brings to light how important all the little things in life are.
Thank you Katie.
Be strong.
Love you!

Suzi said...

Katie, You have such a gift with words. The telling of your story will inspire many, I know. Still, I'm sorry you have this story to tell. Thank you for sharing your cards. I hope they made you smile like they did me. Sending hugs and prayers. . . .

Lynn B. said...

Go you!!

Sheri said...

Katie, you are so funny. You and your hair and then your number. Laughter is the BEST medicine and you should be well in no time :) Love your card as well. I know that feeling of not being able to settle enough to do anything. I still get it now and again. Never had it before the cancer but do now.

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