So this morning the alarm went off as I was already awake – I woke up at 0420 and was lying there in a state. My back has been in knots since last Wednesday when I went Kayaking and did not do it right after not doing it at all for 2 years and regularly since 2012. Needless to say, I’ve had some back pain, but have not let that stop me from doing what I need to do. I was planning on doing a HIIT on the elliptical this morning so when the alarm went off – I wanted to roll back over and say – to heck with it. But I knew “discipline equals freedom” and got up and thought – ouch! My back was really telling me to not bounce it around. So I decided to do some much lower impact exercise first thing, and if my back loosened up over the course of the day I would do some more. I did some stretching while upside down on my Teeter Hangup and then did some more stretching on the floor. I also did some crunches and other core work. Feeling better, and got a workout in even if it was not what I had planned – I got my breakfast and on with my morning. I also had a great time talking about some really important things with my 12 year old daughter so my morning was awesome when I woke up in pain and not wanting to move. Go get after it!
So Monday was supposed to be leg day done in the Gorman home gym. But God had a different plan. Most of you know that the last few days in the mid-Atlantic we have had been dealing with excessive amounts of rain. Well that fact and the fact that Murphy is in non stop motion I went down to the basement to push weights and did my first set of squats only to think – “its unusually damp down here – what is up with that?” Well you know what it was – the stairwell flooded and leaked into the basement. Of course there were 4 inches of water still in the stair well and tons of crap – like the whole flower garden dumped its topsoil in the stair well. I go find the sump pump I used to empty the pool. It was in the green house, set that up and it did not have enough umph to get the water out of the well and away from the house. So off to find the other pump that I knew I had somewhere not in the Greenhouse, shed or basement. Finally found it in the garage, then to get a garden hose. Now the water is emptying now I see that there is a ton of crap – looks like dirt. Really good topsoil dirt. Lots of it! Off to get a bucket and shovel from the shed. Filled up first 5 Gallon bucket with slop. Carried it up and over to our “pollinator garden” really a mound that was once covered with really nice flowers the previous owner planted and now is a mix of wild flowers and what is left of what they had planted – the butterflies like it. I dumped the muck on top of the existing 6 foot mound. 4 more trips and the stair well is empty but the rain is still coming down in buckets.
Now the well is empty but I am an hour and a half later I still haven’t gotten my workout in and I’m feeling my self getting frustrated because I have to leave for work. I look at my fit bit and I have done 14 floors (5 woth a 5 gallon bucket full of wet dirt and water) and 7000 steps taking care of that mess – got my cardio done, now today I have to the leg workout. 🙂 Getting my workout in when having plans messed up is a huge change for me. Looking at it like this and rolling with the things life deals me is one of the big changes in my self I have seen – not getting frustrated and angry at the world but accepting the challenge and overcoming it – happily and gracefully! Progress!
I will be adding more and more content over the next few days – trying to get caught up on my journey. For now check out a bit about where I started most recently and this site may make more sense over the next week or so.