Archive for January, 2013

So a lot of things have happened since my last post.  I find it embarrassing that I haven’t written in so long.  In the words of a writing professor I had, “If you don’t write every day, you’re not a true writer.”

So I don’t know if I still entirely agree with him, but I do think it’s important to write often.  I do write, though probably about twice a week, rather than every day.  It’s not much perhaps, probably has to partly be due to time of year and how busy work has been.

Updates? I am in a very happy relationship with a man I love very much.  I can be myself with him, and he enjoys my uniqueness.  He finds me beautiful, sexy, and enjoys my quirky sense of humor.  I’m not sure what the future holds, but I am grateful for what I have now.  I have through this relationship and other events been able to recognize the importance of living in the moment.

In early September I suffered a severe back injury, one that had been building up over time, and through a combination of factors, including an increase in exercise and activities as well as increased sitting at work, a few falls on some hikes, and my years of retail come back to haunt me, this injury occurred.  An MRI produced information regarding a mild stenosis in my lower lumbar spine and a partially herniated disc, the stenosis is something not generally seen in someone my age.  This stenosis is likely to be genetic and makes sense as my father has similar lower back problems, though did not have the same experience as me.  I also was officially diagnosed with sciatica and went through almost two months of PT twice a week.  I had never gone through physical therapy before, but I was grateful for my therapist, as she had suffered a back injury herself, much more severe than my own, and was able to best assist me in exercises to help ease my pain.

I am happy to report that my back has signifcantly improved through the PT exercises and increasing my times I get up in an hour while at work, stretching more frequently and taking more breaks when I am on the road for my job.  Being in a car for a long time is not easy on my back.  I have been told I will likely have this issue the rest of my life and have to keep on it.

My biggest concern right now is getting back into an exercise program.  I put back on all the weight I lost before my injury which was a bit of a downer.  Emotionally I had some low times when this first happened.  I had never experienced such a feeling of helplessness before and it is not something I would want to ever experience again.  In order to prevent this from happening again, I have to strengthen my core, but I am not ready for the zumba classes I miss so much.  Dancing seems to stress my back, so I hope to be able to fix that, because I miss dancing.  I also want to be strong for hiking in the spring.  I love that and do not want to lose out on being able to do that when the weather improves.

So all in all, 2013 seems to be pretty good thus far.  I’m thinking positive.  And will continue to do so.  I am looking forward to spending time with my sweetie in the upcoming weeks as we will finally have some time off together and be able to do some fun things.  I also hope to get together with some friends I miss on those weekends when I am not with my boyfriend.

You know, this writing feels good, I need to keep it up.  Here’s to keeping true to my resolutions and maintaining that positive thinking mindset!


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