Monday, September 16, 2013

Go For Ghibli

In our house we tend to watch the entirety of something, whether it be all The Star Trek movies, James Bond movies, or Wagner's Ring Cycle (that's 15 hours of opera, and we've watched it twice.)

Now, in honor of his impending retirement, I'd like to try and watch all 11 of Hayao Miyazaki's movies. (But it will depend on what Netflix and the library have on hand.) His movies are dramatic, visually amazing and often a little disturbing.

We've already seen Spirited Away, which was like I said, a little disturbing at times, I've seen Kiki's Delivery Service, which was very sweet, we are currently watching Princess Mononoke, which is only slightly puzzling, but my heart belongs to Ponyo. This was my first and is still my favorite of all of Miyazaki's movies.

OK, so 4 down and only 7 to go!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Turn Frustration Into Perspiration

I sit here bathed in sweat. I was mad and so I decided to do something about it. Mad that over the last year or so I have gained weight that I do not want. Whether it was during my excruciating 2 month sinus infection or my grueling and exhausting allergy shot therapy, I'm not really sure. I was forced to live with this extra weight as my energy got lower and my allergy shots got more concentrated. I did everything I could to keep the weight from creeping up, I stuck to my swimming routines and gave them every thing I had. I did not succumb to the desire to just give up and eat whatever was around and then deal with it later. I tried to focus on things that I could control, and to be positive and to find other ways to relieve my stress. And I truly think this stopped the weight gain from getting worse.

And now I am on the other side of this. I've been working up my routine slowly, and I am able to exercise 6 times a week now. Today, out of frustration with this belly fat that drives me nuts, I did a 30 minute Turbo Fire DVD. And I could breathe again. Yes, it was hard, yes I wasn't perfect, but I did not feel like my lungs were closing up on me. I did not need to sit down, I did not feel like I might faint.

I felt energized. Could it be? Is the old Lia back? Please! Please! Please!