Health and Wellness

Being Whole: Week 5



The tale of the last 3 weeks is one of failure… and not even on an epic scale. There was no big thing that stopped me from rowing. I write from a place of peace about it, hoping I’ve found the calm before the storm of productivity I have needed for so long. Other things have happened. My Dude and I have developed some goals of our own, and I really want to come through for him in a big way, so a couple of weeks ago I interviewed for a position at the YMCA closest to home. As of today, I have been hired to start on Monday. It’s just housekeeping, but the additional income will help and it doesn’t hurt that it puts me in the building 5 days a week for rowing and whatnot.

Meanwhile, I continue to do what I have been doing (in addition to my day job). That’s a whole lot of gardening and chicken wrangling, cheese making, bread making, and reading about EVERYTHING. It’s been tiring and the radiation doesn’t help, I’m sure. It seems to have hit me pretty hard this time. I’ve been trying to make the best of it by working on things I CAN do. Once I get going, the ball tends to roll on it’s own and sometimes it even speeds up! I really want to get great at making things, so I’m building a routine for the week that provides space to practice bread and cheese at LEAST once per week (each). It’s still about being whole, which means making time to grow the skills I want (NEED) to grow. A second job is a big undertaking, but the benefits are big too. I am tired, but I see the shoes I need to fill and I just want to fill them and then some.

Something I learned from my chickens is that sometimes what we need is something to challenge us. I was so afraid to take the plunge when I got my hens, but as soon as I brought them home, I knew it was just what I needed; a new challenge to drive me in the direction of my best life. From there, things have only just begun to snowball. I am overwhelmed and excited to enter into a closer relationship with merciless Mother Earth, and a better relationship with my body. Perhaps along the way other doors will open.

Enjoy some photos of things I created this week (the cheese is mozzarella and the pizza is venison, bacon, capers, alfredo… the crust, cheese and sauce are all scratch made!) Also witness my boys’ celebrations of Summer’s arrival. We are all trying to live our best life. Happy Summer!


Health and Wellness

Being Whole: Week 2

This week was rough… it’s actually become more like 2 weeks. I am halfway through week 3. Last week the kids were home and so it was more difficult to make time… I made it Monday-Wednesday and then failed all through the weekend. This past Monday, I had a procedure, so it has been slow going. I went today, foolishly intending to do 2×20 minute workouts to make up for some of what I lost last week. I got dizzy 5 minutes in, pushed it to 15 minutes and now I have the migraine of all migraines. Nevertheless, I persist. My promise to myself is to cut any workouts this week off as soon as my head starts hurting. As long as I go to the gym and get to the machine, I will call it good for the next week or so.

In lieu of real progress, I took some beginning shots last week, which you can check out below. Starting weight is 280 on the dot. Down 8lbs from 2-3 weeks ago. I will do measurements as soon as I can find the one-man tape measure lying around here somewhere. It’s mostly about how I feel, improving my mood, boosting my energy each day. Progress is good, however and I really want to know what rowing does for my upper body as the weeks go by.

So… to keep it short and sweet, here are my before shots…

TIP: If you need help with converting rower information into a calorie count, I found this really helpful link. You enter what the display says and your weight and it will give you a real calorie count for your workout. Helpful if you are bigger like me and can’t figure out how to adjust the weight on the machine. ( This is a calculator for the Concept 2 machine specifically, but I think it can be adapted for most rowers. If you have more accurate info on this, PLEASE comment. I am very new and don’t know what is common when it comes to equipment. ( )


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