Monday, June 20

Quote of the Day:  “No matter what your dream in life, no matter what your goal, keep your eye on the doughnut and not the hole.”  Anonymous

Exercise Log:  Had to go shorter today- just one hour because I had a procedure at IMC at 8:00 A.M.  Patti, Kathy, Jen, Lori and I went 3.18 miles.  I am way behind on the log and only have one week tomorrow to make goal of 5.1 miles per day.  Currently, I am -7.05 so I will be getting on Stairmaster later.  Morning was beautiful, kept looking at Mount Olympus with some snow still on it.  The clouds and color of the morning were breathtaking.  I love being with my friends- I really would be so lonely without them.  They are so supportive and buoy me up!  Don’t under estimate the power of exercise first thing in the morning- it clears the brain and gets you on the right track.

I headed to IMC- Eccles Outpatient this morning.  Side note- in February, Joe and I went in for the biopsy after I had my first ultra-sound to the Women’s Center at IMC.  We had finished and were walking to the car and Joe said ” I have a feeling that we’re going to be coming here a lot.”  My heart just sunk!  I have to say there is no one more supportive than Joe, but sometimes he says things that I would rather not hear and really I think a friend would realize before they spoke that they better not say that.  We’ll unfortunately it has become reality.  I have had so many procedures at IMC I’ve lost count.  I can’t even believe what I am costing my insurance company this year.  So this ultra-sound required that you drink 32 oz. of water one hour before you come so that your blatter can push the ovaries up to be seen.  They first look at your ovaries through your stomach and then vaginally.  Apparently, ovaries are difficult to view.  The procedure only took about 30 minutes but I am learning way too much about the human body.  Anyway, the technicians were very thorough and supportive.  The head one said that he couldn’t see anything that worried him so I was much relieved.  I will get the doctor report in 48 hours.  I can’t tell you how nerve-racking these procedures are to one’s psyche.  I woke up in the night just wondering how I would react if the news was bad.

Here’s what Runner’s World says about exercise.  “Any exercise causes the body’s pituitary gland to release endorphins- a natural chemical that has opiate-like effects on the brain- which, a 2009 University of Vermont study showed, causes people to remain in a good mood for up to 12 hours after exercise.  Running happens to be one of the better ways of firing up the pump..”  The article goes further and talks about trail running: “Trails just have a way of closing off the rest of the world and all of the chaos, says Dr. Jerry Lynch, a Boulder, Colorado- based psychologist and author.  ‘Trial running is quiet and contemplative.’  Lynch even prescribes trail running to his patients who suffer from depression.”

I believe it.  I kept thinking how much I loved doing the Salt Lake Overlook on Saturday.  You carry more than just a milage # after a trail.  You have this sensory overload of all the sights, smells and sounds that you experienced.  They stay with you and give you comfort for many days- then you have to go back and refuel.  We live in such a beautiful place.  I am incredibly grateful for nature near by!

Lilacs on my back deck- a few weeks ago


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