Happy Monday you crazy kids.
I’m heading into a new week like….
Well, I wanna get back to beast mode, at least in the realm of my athletic shenanigans.
I shared in a post last week, it’s the Small Things, https://sassyfitnesschick.com/2018/05/16/its-the-small-things/ that I had hurt my hand and it was hindering me from everything but running.
I did get in some runs last week so that felt good. I did try and lift one of my light little weights yesterday (15lbs) and just the weight of it resting in my palm reminded me it might be a little longer till I’m hitting heavy metal again…weights that is…. music is an every day thing 😉
Anyway, it’s healing. Two nights ago I slept without any bandages on it. It’s been a cover of “protection”. I felt so free without it 😛
Today is the first day I haven’t automatically put one on, again, it shields it from those unexpected surprises.
‘Cause like, if you’re gonna hit any part of your body, ever, it will always be the part you may have wounded, right???
So yeah, hitting the week in uh… lurching beast mode… haha
Last week though…
I was a working woman.
Well. Wait. When am I not??
From the time I hit the floor till I pass out at night, I’ve got something going on.
This work though was actually going to a … job.
One where I showed up and worked certain hours and was given some money at the end of the week.
My boss was my son. A real tough cookie haha
He has a small engine repair shop and the lady who handles the front was going to be out and kinda let him know…last minute…
Could I help some? Anything? Please?
Well, me being me and Mom, how could I not get him through the week?
True, some discussion of mechanical parts was over my head but I’m pretty fast on my feet, and I’m good with customers and talking to people. I can talk on the phone and I have no problem dealing with difficult people.
I can take charge and I can see things that need done and do it.
Being strong doesn’t hurt either as I had to use my girl muscles to help him load a generator onto a truck.
Heavy. Those things are stupid heavy.
Grateful I had at least enough muscular strength to help him handle that.
A work horse and secretary all in one.
I may have done my job too well as he’s been broadly hinting he’d love to have me there all the time….
I’ve had part time jobs off and on over the years of being married and having children. I’ve been blessed to be a Mom who could be home and run the roost and all that goes with it. There is always so much to be done! I’ve also worked the direct sales “business” for awhile ( not for me).
I’m having fun with my furniture flipping and sold enough last month to pay for some car work I needed done ( I felt like such a grown up) I’m actually, finally writing a post on that topic ( not car repairs, my furniture flipping 😉 ) it should be launched tomorrow.
Finally. I know. I’ve only promised for weeks.
All that to say… my work week.
I’d be up early, go for a run, clean up, and get a couple things done before I left.
When I got home in the evening, I’d do whatever was waiting.
I’ve always given a big nod to women who work outside home and have to come in and pick up the household reins again at the end of the day.
I continue to admire you.
This week reminded me of all that goes on at home when I’m not there or what will still be waiting when I do get there.
On topic of cool things that make me smile
I’m trolling the produce dept loading up on veggies and whatnot when I hear…
“Hey girl!” and see one of the women who works back there hurrying over to me.
She said “do you notice anything different?”
I laughed and told her “Yeah you look really thin!”
It should be mentioned here, I’m not uh, socially awkward, hubby frequently asking me if I could get a stump to talk.
I sassily remind him, it’s a gift 😉
Anyway, over months this woman had asked me questions that I get sometimes.
“What do I do?”, “How or what do I eat?” “What kind of exercise do I do?” etc etc.
I’d chat with her, encourage her, as she talked to me about wanting to lose weight and get on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
I asked her what she’d been doing and she said ” all that stuff you told me to do. I’m eating more green veggies and laid off junk food and alcohol. I’m sticking to lean meat and watching my food intake”
I gave her a high five applauding her efforts as she told me she’d dropped over 30 pounds in the last 3 1/2 months.
She said “Now I just need to know what to do to look like you do” ( as she gestures to my arms kinda flexing haha)
I told her.. “You’ve just gotta get faithful about lifting heavy stuff”
I gave her some suggestions and she got ready to scamper back to work looking back laughing she said “Hey, 61 is the new 50 for me!”
You know… some days… I wonder if what I do matters.
I use my voice fearlessly.
I’m to bold for some, and yet resonate with others. I’m at an age that I don’t care if I’m someone’s cup of tea or not.
Then I get a gift like that, someone who I had casually talked with, encouraged, answered questions and applauded her efforts come to me and share and it’s so freaking satisfying to hear stuff like that.
It reminded me again, I need to just be me. Do what I do. Use my voice, be bold, be who I am.
My voice can impact the world.. I tend to forget that.
You are no different. You have a voice and a personal world to touch and interact with.
Our “vehicles” might look different…. I have a health and fitness blog and a talkative mouth and an occasional… um.. attitude.. ha.. but I use of all that and then some.
You might have coffee with a friend at your kitchen table and that is where you excel and make an impact.
Use your voice in whatever way that looks like.
I’ll stop preaching now….
I finally got around to listing some of my furniture pieces I finished off last week. You may remember my fun bright pink chair?
it was the first piece to go! Now as a creative person I know this and I do what I want to do, but there’s that “what if I have a pink chair for the rest of my life??” thought too.
This piece was so easy and I had such a clear vision for it and honestly I just let my free spirit out all over it.
I also understood that I might have to wait for another fun, free spirited person to come along and embrace it…. however long it might take.
An hour after I posted it a lady messaged me she wanted it. That it was “perfect” for her daughters desk.
And off it went to it’s new home.
Yet, the clean, “safe” neutral one that I absolutely adore and love and “want to maybe keep” that I thought would go first, is still with me.
I told hubby this business will teach me patience in a myriad of ways. It can be one of my um.. short comings… that patience thing haha
I can’t end this post without talking about food, right?
As mentioned, it was a busy week. Crock pots are always a hero for, well just about any time. This hooked me when it said I could “toss chicken in, whip up sauce, pour over it and leave it.”
6 hours later I steamed broccoli and made some rice and dinner was good to go.
Oh. It was super tasty too.
Oh but wait…
So I decided to make beans last night with a ham bone left from a meal this past week. I guess I got a bigger bag of beans than usual, and the ham bone was pretty big too. Anyway, the lid wouldn’t entirely sit flat like it needed to so I kinda improvised. I used one of these old sanded weights that’s probably as old as I am that I had laying around… it neatly smooshed the lid down so the crock pot could do it’s magic.
Ham and beans… I’ve now neatly labeled myself for sure as a southern girl haha
A final thought….
Apples have been on my snack list a lot this week. Crunchy, sweet, good for your teeth and your body, I’d say they are up there on the perfect snack list.
Hmmm maybe a food spotlight on them for an upcoming post?
Ok your turn! Top my week. What have you been up to? Do you have a favorite healthy food you’d like to see me spotlight? Let me know!