First thing first on this weekly Friday post…. Merry Christmas (if you celebrate).
As I wrote about a few weeks ago my Christmas Traditions start on Christmas Eve- dinner with my parents, church, watching It’s a Wonderful Life. Christmas morning is opening presents and breakfast with my parents, than Christmas night is spent celebrating my nephews birthday. I still have 2 more days of family get togethers, but its weird that it hasn’t felt like Christmas. I blame the weather since it’s been in the 50s and 60s in upstate NY for the majority of December. I have gone through the motions of getting & wrapping gifts, listening to Christmas music, but it’s not the same when there isn’t a white Christmas. It also different as my youngest brother is serving in the Army and hasn’t been home for Christmas in 3 years. It’s weird to write about how much I want all of my brothers to be around seeing as my brothers would often tease me relentlessly when I was younger, leave me out of things, and were just being brothers who didn’t want anything to do with their sister. But when it comes down to it, all of my brothers make my family whole, and with one of them away for the holidays the puzzle is missing a piece. If all goes as planned, the puzzle will be complete next year.
As for a more personal side versus general family dynamics, Christmas may be losing its spirit to me some because I am getting older and do not have children of my own to watch their faces light up when they see ‘Santa’ came and they receive something they have asked for. I received great practical gifts this year, so I have nothing to complain about on that aspect, but the one thing I would like to receive between now and next Christmas would be a relationship. I haven’t talked about my relationship status much here, but I have been single for over 3 years, and being completely honest, seeing all of my brothers in a relationship makes me want to be in one as well. Everyone tells me it will come in time, when I am least expecting it, etc and some days I am ok with waiting, and other days I can’t help but wonder when or if it will happen. I see my brothers have children, and I know that someday I want some of my own. I see the companionship and friendship my brothers have with their significant others and I can’t help but want that too. So that is my Christmas wish for 2016….all I can do is wait and hope.
On another note….back to my regularly scheduled post about fitness related topics.
As I mentioned last week, I am recovering from a sprained ankle. It is doing MUCH better, still not 100%, but I am walking on it fairly normal now with occasional stiffness. My workouts this week were still mostly upper body. Since I am not the greatest of coming up with workout routines on my own I decided to start Jillian Michaels Body Revolution back at week 1 with the idea that it wouldn’t be as difficult as week 11, and I would improvise as necessary if it bothered my ankle. It was surprising how much I was able to do, I only ended up having to slow down or skip some cardio intervals, and I couldn’t quite flex my ankle for lunges but I worked out all but one day this week and I was able to get into a pool this week. I did some ‘aqua jogging’ it felt good to feel like I was running, even though it is definitely more difficult in the water! I figured the water would be good therapy for my ankle, and it was until the end when I forgot about my ankle and went to kick for momentum and tweaked my ankle a bit… oops! So I had to ice my ankle for longer than I had the last few days. Thankfully the next morning my ankle felt better, but I have decided to keep my ankle wrapped for at least a few more days to make sure it heals as best it can because I do not want to re-injure it and have it impact my 2016 running goals.
As I reflect back on my year I haven’t decided whether to continue with the fitness fridays, though it has kept my on track to write at least 1 post a week,but with my domain name expiring in less than 60 days I need to decide whether to continue with my blog. I feel confident in saying that I know of a handful of people who enjoy reading my blog, but I wonder if there may be a more efficient way to share my life with my ‘biggest fans’. I would appreciate any feedback from you.
“Take chances, take a lot of them. Because honestly, no matter where you end up and with whom, it always ends up just the way it should be. Your mistakes make you who you are. You learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel, always. Be you, and be OK with that”