Back and Forth

Hello out there, world! How are you today? You made it to see another day and that is a great thing. Today is July 15, 2022, and Friday! It’s hot here in the Coachella Valley just like it has been for the past 7 years that I have lived here. Every year, I dream of being any place, other than here. However, I really do like living here in the CV. The high temps of summer really only last for around five months, leaving the rest of the year pretty much perfect. Again, this is my opinion. One perk of this hot weather is that the unheated pool in our complex warms up, making it easy to get a workout in early.

A workout with a great view!

Every day, I wake up around the time hubby leaves for work. Usually, well, for the last few years, I would spend most of the day either on the couch watching TV or reading. The pain that I had been having from the surgery to my spine made doing most things hurt. Several times in the past few years I have tried to exercise and eat better, only giving up after a few weeks. So, I spent the last few months, re-reading my blog posts and making notes and observations. I knew that if I needed a daily routine, I would have to silence all the outside noise, this meant social media, WP, yada yada. I totally didn’t step away or make that announcement, you know the one, “I am taking a break!” Anyhow, the steps I have been taking has helped. So far, I have managed to walk 10k steps plus every day for the last month and I have been swimming laps 5 times a week.

Just keep swimming!

Since I have been swimming, I have noticed that my legs are stronger and I can balance on one foot, my left for 15 seconds. The right one will get there, I know it. Also, I have noticed that my shirts are fitting better as well. The scale still is moving slowly, but I think that is because I need to limit the sugar intake. Most mornings, I have to talk myself into getting out to the pool. I have many excuses as to why I should not swim but it all goes away once I am in the water. Going back and forth, and back and forth is such a great way to clear my head and to not think about anything. There is just so much noise in the world right now and I am always looking for ways to silence it. ….one, two, three…breathe in, breath out…repeat…

These are the totals for the month of July (through July 13).

The inexpensive watch that I purchase to use as a step counter actually does a great job. It is not fancy like the Apple or Samsung watches but really, it is doing its job keeping me motivated. Even though there is an alert for low activity on the watch, it has not gone off once since I have started wearing it.

Not the prettiest, but yum!!!!

Finally, after many years of saying I was going to do it, I did it! A few weeks ago, I ordered a tortilla press as I know now that they are most useful when making corn tortillas. They are definitely different than making flour tortillas. Dare I say it was way easier? My friend Terrie has on several occasions, assured me that I too could make a corn tortilla. She has blog on WP that I often read when I am hungry or hangry and need a quick fix. My mind can taste photos, especially if the descriptions illicit a memory or a taste, just something. Her blog, Comfort du Jour, reminds me a little of Erma Bombeck but with recipes. If you have never read the book, The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, I recommend it. Hmmm, maybe not, as some it may be dated a bit as it was written in the 70s, but something must have driven me to read about this former journalist. I wonder what she would have thought about the state of the States and Womens Rights?

Well, time for me to get on with my day. Oh, yesterday, I had started writing a post. I had even spent a few hours working on it. I included photos and videos from the past few trips. I was almost done with it when Jenny started her morning grumbling, and I took her out for a walk. Instead of just closing my laptop, I clicked on the X, you know, that X! The post disappeared. I thought to myself, I have autosave, and went on my walk and then swim. Well, no, autosave was not working, I lost all that work that into had put into it. One day, I will post those pics and video. That is why I took a few minutes to put together that little thing for the Art of the Beat IG account just so I felt like I accomplished something! HA HA HA HA! Yes, I am laughing to myself right now. just another reminder to breath.

Thank you, dear reader for visiting. May you have a lovely day filled with lovely people. Hugs!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. terrie gura says:

    Look at you! Go on, Girl!!! 👏
    And congrats on your progress with the corn tortillas. I predict that you will become so good at it, you’ll never buy them in the store again. And they’ll taste so much better, that you won’t want to anyway! 😂

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    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      Yes 👍. They did taste so good! I even made a half batch. Only took a few minutes.


  2. Good for you for making a point to try and swim every morning, and for walking so many steps. I try to swim a few (very short) laps in our 15’x15′ pool, but don’t get much walking in lately, as it’s too frigging hot!

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    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      We are in for another hot summer. You have a big pool! Nice 👍. Since I have been swimming every day I have noticed my hips aren’t hurting as much. I just wish the water was cooler. Yesterday morning the water temp was 82 degrees.

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      1. You want it cooler than 82? That would be too cold for my tastes.


      2. M. Lee Keena says:

        Yep! The water feels like tepid bath water right now. I like the rush I get diving into a cold pool.

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  3. Tanooki says:

    Aww you’re exactly like me!😂 Before going to exercise, I lined up all the excuse for not going, and once I started, I’m like “why I didn’t start it earlier? it feels so good!”🤣

    Keep going dear my friend, Jenny will gladly walk with you if you need walking buddy😆👍✨


    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      Ha Ha 🙂 I am in good company 🙂 I haven’t exercised for two days, and I miss it. I have been ill with the flu. :/

      Yes, Jenny is my constant walking companion and just the motivation that I need.

      Happy walking to you 🙂

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      1. Tanooki says:

        Oh wait, what!? Oh no, please take care of yourself and get better soon…flu in summer sounds like a disaster😭😭😭


      2. M. Lee Keena says:

        I’m positive 😐. This day three.

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