A Moment of Clarity

Just want to share this awesome moment in time that happened yesterday. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go for a rare mid week swim. As happy as I was to be at the pool, my head was cluttered with “to dos” and the general weight of my current situation. As I was getting ready to get in, I noticed the gentleman in the water that I had seen from time to time since I’ve been swimming, over the last 12 years or so. This man had had a stroke. When I first saw him all those years ago, he could barely move. He needed help getting in and out of the water, and was in a wheel chair. He was definitely using the pool as physical therapy at that time. Over the years, I have seen him slowly improve to the point where he now walks with a cane. He also now swims just like any of us. So I sat down to swim in the lane beside him yesterday. He looked up at me with the biggest smile you have ever seen and said, “Hello beautiful person”! All of my cares dropped away at that moment and I was filled with pure joy. Oh what a feeling! And how grateful I felt to be healthy and free to live my life, financial and job problems aside. This is the true meaning of life, I thought, as I went on to swim my laps.

Today, starting a new day, I am carrying that joy with me, feeling grateful for everyone and everything. I am healthy, I am happy, I am loved, and I feel love. What else is there?

The beautiful Santa Monica Swim Center
My “Magic Place”

Happy 4th of July, y’all!

Sunday Food Prep 1/6/19

Hi, Friends,

I am gearing up for another week. Work is stressful these days, so it’s really important that I stick to a meal plan. I have been known to “stress eat”. I make sure that I don’t have any trigger foods in the house, and that my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are healthy, hearty, and tasty.

I don’t have time to do anything extravagant. I’ve become expert at what I call “dump” recipes. I keep a pantry full of healthy convenience foods. Frozen veggies are a staple. This week I prepped veggie omelette muffins for breakfast. If I don’t want that one day, I’ll switch it out to a yogurt and berry bowl one day. Or overnight oats that I keep in the fridge in jelly jars. For lunch I made Asian chicken veggie soup. I also made a dessert snack of slow cooked apples. I don’t really use recipes. I am attaching photos of the ingredients I used today, and of finished products for you to see. They are all low cal, and low WW points. If you have any questions about what you see, feel free to ask. I will answer the best I can.

My exercise plan this week is to aqua jog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after work, and swim laps on Saturday and Sunday. That is my usual routing, and it works great for me. The aqua jogging allows me to decompress after work, gives me the cardio and the physical therapy I need for my back. And the lap swimming, well, that is just what I love to do. And it is the best exercise for everyone, but especially people with orthopedic issues.