Decisions Made

This morning, several decisions were made. These choices all had to do with priorities, and what was more important than others on the list. Sometimes, these choices are very difficult and it seems like there is no good answer. Those are the toughest decisions to make.

The first decision was to purchase a good air purifier. My sinuses aren’t improving well age, and the headaches and sneezing are wearing me out. I decided to get a Dyson because every air purifier that looked like more than cheap plastic was going to cost a lot anyway. I figured that it was best to go with a brand name that is widely respected.

That decision made my next choice very easy. I had been toying with the idea of buying a new guitar. Obviously, that won’t be happening now that I already spent the money for the air purifier. I also decided that the remainder of my list was going to be put away and dealt with at another time. One major purchase is enough.

DDP Yoga Day 7

Today was a day to get motivated. I watched a short video from DDP as he talked about motivation and the desire to improve. Good advice all around with some I am looking forward to my next session tomorrow. additional videos to watch about diet and what we eat, and how our food has been genetically modified. Kinda disturbing actually.

The advice is sound and it does help with motivation. I’m looking forward to my next session tomorrow.

DDP Yoga Day 5

Day 5 on the DDP Yoga plan introduced me to the next set of exercises. I could really feel a difference as I got in the shower afterwards. It is amazing that a 15-minute workout can make me feel so different. 
I took more care with my breathing during this workout and I believe that also made a difference in how I felt. The irony is that yesterday was a planned day off, and tomorrow is another planned day off. I think this is designed to keep me from getting discouraged or from getting too tired and losing motivation for either reason. This second set of exercises will carry me into next week and gradually build me up. 
On the negative side, I got almost no sleep last night because my sinuses were so congested. I couldn’t breathe through my nose, and breathing through my mouth resulted in my mouth getting so dry that it was ridiculous. I got my DDP Yoga workout in early because I didn’t want to skip it. I know that if I can get my sinuses under control that I will probably fall asleep at some point during the day.
I will cook during my breaks on the job and that should keep me busy and my mind occupied to stave off exhaustion until the afternoon. I also changed out all of the bed linens this morning to get whatever was irritating my sinuses away from me as much as possible tonight. A nice long hot shower should help things as well this evening.
The main thing is that as tired as I am, I do feel better overall than I have in a while. I will keep up with the DDP Yoga training because I truly believe that it will help me.

DDP Yoga Day 4 – A Day Off

Today marks the 4th day of my DDP Yoga journey. According to the workout plan, today is also my first day off. I took the time this morning to sleep in for 30 minutes before hitting the shower. I wrote yesterday about not expecting too much too fast, and that remains true today. I will take this journey one step, one day, at a time and see where I end up.
I know already that one thing I will have to stop thinking about is my weight. I know instinctively that as I get into better shape that my weight will stop going down because muscle weighs more than fat. I find it impossible to achieve both weight loss and getting stronger at the same time. Therefore I am tracking my weight, but not stressing over it, especially this early in the program.
I am more interested in feeling stronger and healthier. I want to take long walks without having to stop for a break. I want to feel better in the morning when I wake up. I want to modify my body to alleviate aches and pains that are part of getting older. I want to feel less neck pain each day and to have less pain in my shoulders.
All of these goals are what I hope to achieve during thie journey and I hope that DDP Yoga will help me get there and have some fun along the way.

DDP Yoga Day 3

The DDP Yoga day 3 workout is over with. According to the plan, I get a day off tomorrow. On Friday I will start the next routine and continue it for several days as my journey continues. I feel even more stretched today after the workout, so change is happening slowly.

I haven’t told Hal about the DDP Yoga yet. I am hoping that he will notice a difference before he finds out what I am doing, but I’m not going to any great lengths to hide it from him because that is too much trouble to put up with. I just hope that the results are something that Hal will see and appreciate.

DDPY Day 2

I woke up this morning and was inspired to begin day 2 of the DDP Yoga plan. I was surprised that the workout was a repeat of yesterday, but I did elect to start slowly. I repeated the exercises from yesterday and I suppose I was able to increase my mobility to some small degree. I am not disappointed with the morning workout session, just a bit surprised.
Once again, I felt the difference wen I was in the shower and stretched to clean myself off. The sensation wasn’t as noticeable this morning, and I attribute that to the gentle degree of stretching that I did yesterday. I believe that I will repeat the same set of exercises tomorrow morning and then I will move on to the next set. I realize that this is a long-term process and I cannot be impatient if I want this to work for me.
I will continue the recommended workouts tomorrow. Until then, Be Kind to one another…..

The Change Is Starting

I am taking a big chance with this blog post. After writing “Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes” yesterday I knew that I had put myself on notice that there would be no turning back. This morning the Change began.

I started the DDP Yoga exercises this morning. I deliberately chose to start at the lowest level because I am out of shape and I do not want to start this program only to get discouraged and quit like I have with so many other attempts to get in shape over the last 20 years.
I truly want this program to work. The first thing that I had to do was to wake up this morning and just start the first exercise set. I initially felt the pangs of hesitation when I shook the sleep out of my eyes. There was that inner voice that kept trying to tell me that I was too tired, and that I could always start the program tomorrow without hurting my motivation. If I listened to that voice again, everything I wrote about would have been wasted.
I got myself up and moving and then started the first course. This could be done in bed and involved some deep breathing and stretches. The exercises were not that difficult, and I took this as a good sign about my decision to start slowly. The workout lasted approximately 22 minutes and then I headed for the shower.
When I got the hot water running over my body, I began to feel the twinges from the workout. Nothing major, and nothing unpleasant, just a reminder from parts of my body that have been neglected for far too long that they are still here. It was almost like a Thank You from those muscles for remembering them.
I am writing this to maintain my motivation. I will add to it each day to keep myself focused on what is important, and that is getting my life back and getting myself into shape.

It’s 0400

It’s 0400 on Friday and I woke up with my sinuses packed. Naturally, the nose spray that always helps me is still securely hidden in the mountain of boxes that must still be unpacked after the move. It is easy to feel sorry for myself, but I’m trying to stay optimistic since Hal, The Stooges and I are embarking on the next adventure in our life together.

This picture is overly optimistic, the place is still crammed with boxes and bags. We did manage to make a path for the cable guy who is supposed to be here today, as well as the new furniture items we purchased before the move. Thankfully, I took time off work to help with this madness so Hal doesn’t have to shoulder the burden all by himself.

The new apartment is much larger than our old one. It is also $500 cheaper per month. The trade off is that we’re much further away from DC now, but I don’t have to fight the commute anyway. I can still catch a train into DC when I have to go. Since I’ve been working from home for years, this isn’t a big deal to me.

In the interest of keeping it real, this is another view from the couch as I’m writing this on my iPhone. Only a few of the boxes are empty. We will be busy today but not as rushed as yesterday.

There are so many things that go through my mind at 0400. Why can’t I get back to sleep? Where is my sinus nasal spray? Why didn’t I inventory and index things when I packed them to make it easier to find things? That last one I’ll try to remember for our next move.

Stevie Nicks seems remotely interested in me as I’m writing this. I’m glad that The Stooges have all adjusted well to the new place. Stevie Nicks and Hal The Cat were fine on the hour + drive here today, but Jax The Cat was upset and talked loudly the entire time. To be fair, this was the first time that Jax has moved with us so we expected him to be nervous.

It’s 0400 and I’m looking forward to a new day. Everyone stay safe.

What I Learned Today

Today I learned that I am able to help others who are suddenly having to telework due to the current situation with Coronavirus. I began working from home about 6 years ago and have learned a lot about what to do and what not to do in order to stay productive. I decided that it would be a good idea to post a few of the main lessons I learned through the years.

  1. Always keep the same hours that you worked in the office. The temptation to “flex” your work time can be irresistible, but you have to maintain discipline and stick to a routine if you want to be successful at working from home.
  2. Never work in sleep clothes or PJs. Even if you have no conference calls to attend, and even if those calls have no video functions, always get yourself up and take a shower and put some regular work clothes on. Obviously, it doesn’t have to be a suit and tie, but at least give everyone the impression that you care while you work from home.
  3. Find a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed often during the day. Distractions are common at home, and we respond to them without thinking. Isolate yourself, especially in the beginning so you can learn to ignore the things that aren’t critical. Remember that if you can work from home successfully, you might have the opportunity to do more of it in the future.
  4. Remember that working from home is not for everyone. If you cannot stay focused, tell your boss as soon as possible rather than just sit and get nothing done until the boss realizes you aren’t producing. That never ends well.
  5. Keep family and pets at a safe distance while you work.
  6. Take mini-breaks throughout the day to keep your mind fresh and focused.
  7. Make a plan of what you want to get done each day and then try to reach those goals.
  8. Answer your phone professionally, remember that you are still at work.
  9. Make time for conference calls. The interaction will help you to break the monotony and maintain contact with your coworkers.
  10. Enjoy lunch at home.

I hope that anyone thrust into teleworking without time to prepare finds some of these hints to be helpful.

Something I Haven’t Tried Yet

I picked up my Writing Journal this morning and the topic for today is something that has no relationship to Coronavirus, and that makes a nice change. What is something that I want to do that I haven’t tried yet?

I have had a full life and this is a harder question than I thought it was. I have done so many things that I never thought I would as I traveled the world, especially during my time with the Navy.

I suppose that one thing I really want to do is to act on stage. I think that I would be good at acting, but I cannot produce any evidence to back it up. I can imagine acting for the first time and feeling awesome afterwards. I have never dreamed about failing as an actor, whatever that means. Perhaps I should explore community theater? I think that any chance of ever being in a movie are less than zero, but life is an adventure, a banquet where most people are starving to death.