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Workin' on Changes - Livin' the Good Life

Aug. 19th, 2013

09:15 pm - Workin' on Changes

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I said I'd show the new muscle I've "built" working out at the gym since January. I'm not interested in the muscles, really, just the strength that they bring me. In fact, I don't really like the look of muscles on women. However, I don't like the unhealthy alternative: skin and muscles with NO tone. My skin has loosened up since menopause and I've become considerably weaker since I lost weight, so this is my best attempt at improving these conditions. Wish I had a "before" shot. You'll have to trust me. My arm looks very different that it used to!
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Also, two things are both bothering and embarrassing me these days. One is that my feet are so doggone soft and tender. I can't even walk barefoot on my kitchen floor without flinching if I haven't just swept it, much less walk outside! The other is that I CANNOT throw a ball any more. That is the MOST embarrassing of the two. What in the world happened to my pretty decent throwing arm?? I used to "toss the old apple around" with my brother daily as a teenager, and I must have thrown straight or he would have given me a hard time. Then I threw baseballs around with Steve when we first got together. He never complained either. I threw balls with our sons some. (Kicked a few, too.) I don't remember them laughing at me. But, here I am, 64, and my 2 year old grandson throws straight and true, while I throw every-which-way... but never right to him. HOW EMBARRASSING!

I'm going to practice throwing every day until I get my throwing arm back. So far, I haven't made much progress. I think I need some help from a ball player. Tips, anyone? I want to be able to play catch with my grandson!

The barefoot problem is something I'm more confident about. I've been walking outside barefoot every day for about 10 days now. My feet are starting to respond. I'm walking on different surfaces to build up my foot pads and calluses. Of course, most of my walking is on sand.
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It's a pleasure to walk on grass, though, and I plan to do it as much as possible.
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There's a fair amount of cement around here to get used to. The problem is not the cement, but the sand on the cement that hurts my feet.
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And, eventually I even want to be able to walk on asphalt, though that asphalt can get awfully hot here in the desert! Not to mention, it turns your feet black. My mom used to say, "Darlene go wash the bottoms of your feet. They're black!" And I'd say, "I just washed them!". And I HAD, with soap! The fact is, asphalt stains, and it takes a while for the black to wear off. My feet didn't really look normal the entire summer, not until I'd been back in school a while.... wearing my (awfully constricting) shoes every day.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 21st, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I didn't use to like muscles on women either, but now I see them as a good thing. Now I wish I had them. But wishing isn't going to make it so. You have nice looking feet too.

I'm very curious if it's going to work to toughen up your feet. Our skin is getting thin all over. Even the inside of my mouth. I can't tolerate hot drinks any longer.

What's that bumper sticker say on your car?

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From:lestermom
Date:August 23rd, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
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It says, "No Joshua Tree CasiNO". They were trying to put a casino on some Indian land in our town. It was defeated! (So I need to take that bumper sticker off.)
It already IS working. My feet are tougher. They have a long way to go, though. I walk for about 10 or 15 minutes outside each evening. It's getting less and less painful.
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From:Kathy Linn Garcia
Date:August 26th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)

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OOPS...didn't mean to leave my note as ANONYMOUS...hehe..you know who I am!!
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