Sunday, December 30, 2012

One Little Duckling Has Left The Pond

Quack, you say!  I'm talking about my oldest duckling...he has gone off into the wide world on his own, 'tis the way it should be, I suppose!

Oldest Duckling

He's 19, after all, and it's only right he should strike out on his own and find his own journey, apart from mom and dad.  I cried, like a silly llama mama, as all llama mamas do, I suppose. This morning as I walked into his now empty room, I immediately cried again...and then I started to clean and rearrange it into the computer/x-box/storage room/laundry room that it was always destined to be. (In fact, I'm sitting there right now typing this blog post, quite cozy I might add, the tumbling of the dryer a sort of lullaby to soothe my sad heart)  

It has always been the laundry room since that is where the builders of the house designed it to be...but it is an extra long room, and because of that it served as a bedroom/laundry room/storage room. Now, have I made this information as clear as mud? Good!

Anyhoodles, I miss my oldest duckling already, even though he only lives about a mile (if that) away, in a beautiful neighborhood on a private drive...he also works at our family business so we will see him often. Yet in my heart I can feel that it's never going to be the same. 

The hubby has gone and fetched the other boys from their grandparents (because I begged him to, the house seemed empty without them) and our house is now back to our new normal, sans the oldest. As I sit and type this I can hear my daughter playing the new keyboard piano and the boys voices as they work to clean their bedroom to dads satisfaction. Lovely sounds, indeed! 

This week has been a bust, as far as running outside anyway...I have worked out at the YMCA a few times, mostly on the AMT, the Arc Trainer and one session in the weight room.  My running has been almost non-existent, due to the weather was snowing, then icy, then pouring rain so I took to running indoors on the aforementioned machines.  

AMT Machine

ARC Trainer
My eating as been horrible, due to all the luscious and oh so flavorful food I have been surrounded with. Anyone feel my pain? Anyone? Good, it isn't just me..Whew!  That all stops right now, come on willpower! I have absolutely no willpower whatsoever.  If there's junk food around my house, I'm gonna eat it. I may hold out for a day or two but after that, all's fair in love and hunger.

Over the last several months I have learned that as I age I cannot eat like I could when I was a teenager, shocking, right! I am now going to have to watch, very carefully, what I bring home and what I eat when I'm out and about.  Waaaaa, somebody call me the waaaam-bulance!

 (As I type this my daughter is playing with our R2-D2 voice commanded robot, dance mode)  
Now back to the issue at hand...Do any of you women out there have this problem (with food) as you get older? Any advice you can give me? I am reading that we need to take in about 200 less calories that we did before menopause...aging...etc, while still exercising the same amount or gasp, more

I am feeling frustrated and disheartened. I love food but I know that it's time to focus on my health and family rather that what I can and cannot eat.  While I am still exercising just as much, I am throwing a temper tantrum like a four year old having problems changing my eating habits from that of my teenage self. Any advice is welcome, and thanks in advance. I shall stop whining now and end this rant. I bid you farewell blessings and hugs...May you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

"Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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  1. Your son will be fine. God will always be with him.
    Easting less as we age applies to all of us. I've just learned smaller portions.

  2. I love my kids too but when my 2nd went off to college I rejoiced and turned her room into a sewing room...which has never been entirely my room but at least I don't have to clean up my machine and all the sewing at the end of each day...I can leave it piled on the sewing table. The only time I truly missed my kids was last year at Xmas when my daughter was livign in New Zealand.But at college I do text and call almost every day.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year! I'm not looking forward to the day when my oldest moves out. Maybe she won't mind if I tie her to a chair and refuse to let her leave. But at least yours is right around the corner. I totally get the eating problems too. I love exercising, but I have a very hard time making big diet changes. I would just rather exercise more and eat more.:)

  4. Yep, my daughter moved out at 20, and its weird to see her room all empty.

    She is loving her life in Chicago - she's a short hour and fifteen minute car ride from house, but your right, it isn't the same.


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