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Sparking in the last six months

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

My Spark points reflect where I’ve been with Sparking over the last six months, even though some of the points depend on chance. A great big dip and the pandemic is the main reason, but I’m hoping to get my fitness back on track even though the pandemic isn’t finished yet. Online working played havoc with my fitness minutes because I worked longer hours, and walking was not a part of my workday without the commuting and constantly walking around the classroom.

Tomorrow is the last day of my summer vacation and I’ve pulled my fitness minutes back up from below 500 to nearly 800 - not particularly good as they always used to be over 1000. My weight is stubbornly a few pounds above where it was until about a year ago. I wonder how much the reduced exercise plays into that. Another thing is that being at home more with DH, I eat out more often - it’s his main entertainment with his reduced mobility. That’s a weight trap and I hadn’t even noticed until recently. I’m trying to be more careful with food choices.

I’ve started meeting friends again in the last few weeks. In the first half hour or so, my socializing skills feel rusty, and I feel sort of disoriented, but it wears off. It seems I’ve become short of social exercise too! I want to continue pulling myself back into more normal and healthy routines, even though work starts again soon and life is still constrained by the virus.

Our son and DIL and grandson are coming to Tokyo in a couple of weeks. He’s coming up to his first birthday and we’ve only met him twice. We interacted a little on FaceTime the other day. He smiled and tried to hit the screen and then wriggled off to play. My son and DIL called us “obaachan” and “ojiichan” (Granny and Granddad) so I felt reborn with a new identity. It’s a strange thing to feel so much love for a child you’ve only spent a few hours with.

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    He’s very sweet. I hope you have a wonderful visit with him.
    45 days ago
    Margaret, that last sentence got me all choked up. Your love for him is so moving, and seeing your little guy's photo gives me some inkling of how you must feel when you talk to him and see him try to hit the screen and then wriggle off to play. What an adorable child! And it surely must have made your heart swell to hear yourself being called Obaachan! It's wonderful that he and his parents will be coming to visit you in Tokyo soon. I hope you have a joyful celebration!

    I hope your reentry into working goes smoothly and you can soon get back into the groove. It's ironic that teaching online turned out to make your hours longer, and it's too bad it had the negative effect of reducing your fitness activities, but it sounds like you're turning things around now. I'm wondering if you'll be allowed to go back to classroom teaching. But now that you've learned how to teach online, maybe it won't take so many hours if you have to continue that way.

    Anyway, I am so glad to find this blog and see that things are going well and that your grandson will be making you happy with his chubby little in-person self very soon!
    47 days ago
    I didn't realize you lived in Japan. We have several friends there, Tokyo and surrounding area.

    Enjoy your visit with you adorable grandson (and parents too, of course)
    51 days ago
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    Best wishes as you begin your new term....I am praying that the work hours will be shorter and less stressful than the last one. The pandemic certainly made us all pull you, I am finding my conversational topics lacking due to the fact that each day is mostly the same as the previous one. Your visit with your son and family is definitely something to anticipate. I know that you cannot wait!
    53 days ago
    Who couldn't be in love with such a beautiful smiling child! I'm SO happy for you to see him. You must be counting down the days. Visiting with him will be so much fun.

    So many of us have seen the dip in activity and the creep up in weight you describe. I'm working my way back to my happy weight too. I'll get there. So will you.
    54 days ago
    What a beautiful child!!!! That will be wonderful to see him again.
    54 days ago
    What an adorable grandson! The smile leaves me reflexively smiling in response. Enjoy the upcoming visit! emoticon

    Best wishes with your goals and the return to work routine.
    54 days ago
    What an utterly adorable little face!! I can totally understand the love you feel, although it's been possible to spend only a few hours with your little grandson!!

    Here's hoping all our fitness and socialization minutes can be kicked up a notch or two. All the best with your back to work routine!!
    55 days ago
    What a those chubby baby cheeks!
    Take care of yourself.
    55 days ago
    What a cutie! Enjoy your visit.
    I, too, am working on increasing my fitness minutes. Over the past months I haven't even been monitoring.
    Be well, stay well.
    55 days ago
    emoticon you'll have a wonderful visit for sure emoticon
    55 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/29/2020 5:51:49 AM
    Not about the amount of time but we do what we can
    55 days ago
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