I went back to the gym at 8AM this morning to work with the personal trainer.
I do not like feeling out of shape, and I don't ever remember feeling as uncoordinated as I did today.
It will all be worth it if I can push through these first few weeks and persevere.
Props to the trainer who did not make me feel like he was embarrassed to be working with me as I struggled through the workout. I hope I was as gracious with my clients when I worked in a gym in my 20's.
Lovely hike along the American River today with the walking group. Nearly five miles, and a great tour of the children's garden where they teach cooperation and other social skills.
I also joined the gym today. There is an appointment tomorrow morning to get started on my program, which will consist of yoga and Pilates and SWIMMING! Woohoo! Cannot wait to get back in the water again.
I am making lemon bars to take to Finnish class today, and grating the zest releases the most amazing fragrant citrus oil...
Meanwhile, outside in the garden, those are the blossoms of future lime pies.
Yesterday's walk was incredibly therapeutic and restorative. At the end, when we all got back to the trailhead parking lot, one of the members opened her trunk and encouraged us all to take lemons home, as she had "hundreds" that she could not use. Such a lovely contrast to the mean spirited neighbors who I allowed to cloud my vision...
I miss my friends and neighbors in NC. I have joined a walking group, and am about to join a gym, so I feel like there are some good possibilities for friendships and community out there, but the neighborhood situation makes me want to spend as little time as possible here.
I'm slowly creating a little oasis of beauty in the garden, and it helps to look up and see a palm tree in bloom, even though it is on the list of trees to be removed.
A simple shift in perspective, and a long walk will help a great deal to reframe things today.
The two things that really help to keep me calm when things are chaotic, are knitting and being out in the garden. The Spanish lavender is just starting to bloom, and I made some good progress on the branched fern socks yesterday while outside listening to music with friends...