Monday, May 5, 2008

Healthy You Check-In

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I am way behind on my quilt blocks, which are all due for this Thursday night's class. So I'm posting Monday night for my Healthy You Check-in.

In short, the week was terrible as far as eating and exercise went.

But it was wonderful as far as nurturing my heart and spirit is concerned.

My dear friend Scott visited hubby and I this weekend. It was a short trip, so we tried to pack in as much as possible. We ate dinner by the ocean Saturday night, then played a board game here at home. Hubby had a commitment Sunday morning, so Scott and I went to breakfast then the three of us attended a Pink Martini concert that afternoon, as part of the Ventura Music Festival (if you don't know their music, treat yourself and download a tune or two.) We had drinks afterward by the ocean, then dinner at a fabulous Italian bistro where a friend is the head chef. This morning Scott and I again had breakfast while hubby was flying to Chicago on business. We shopped for books and music (our favorite past-time!) then I took him to the airport. It was an enjoyable weekend filled with good food, great drinks and fun activities.

But the best part was having time to visit face-to-face with an old friend. Scott and I have been through hell and high water together and have always been there to support one another in life's adventures. He makes me laugh and helps my heart feel light.

I can’t help thinking that on this journey of good health, laughter and a joyful spirit are just as important as diet and exercise -- maybe even more so. Having a dear friend close by is good medicine! So I do see this past week as a success on an emotional level.

But Scott and I both know the value of getting in exercise every day. So we've committed to one another that we'll be more active: not for the sake of the scale, but for our hearts and minds. He'll be walking in Utah and I'll be walking in California, but we'll stay connected through it all.

After all, it's that heart-felt connection that old friends do best.


Until next time...

9 comments:

RunningNan said...

Awww. You make me wanna go hug someone. Too bad the only person here is my co-worker, and he doesn't like to hug! I'm glad you had such an enjoyable weekend! Good luck on finishing your squares!

Erin said...

Ooooh Ooooh...you'll have to link us to his blog when you convince him to start one, that is if you haven't already!

Manuela said...

Connecting with a friend is so wonderful. How I envy you that ocean!

You'll have to take some pics of the quilt. My sister quilted years ago but has since been too busy. We're also diehard cross stitchers--that's something I need to get back to.

Have a wonderful week!

Needled Mom said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. They do say that laughter is the best medicine and good friends certainly play a vital part in a healthy lifestyle.

I was expecting to hear all about the quilt show when I checked your blog. Guess food and drinks by the ocean is almost as good as quilts by the sea. :)

Good luck on your sewing this week. Thursday will be here before you know it. Only your pin pricked fingers will give it away.

dadivastreet said...

Nurturing your heart and spirit is important too! It's wonderful to connect with old friends & motivate each other. You did have a successful week!

Scale Junkie said...

Connecting with people, even across the miles is such an important part of life. It really does nurture the spirit.

Good luck finishing up your squares! I do hope you'll share the finished products

Cammy said...

I'm so grateful you posted this. So many people are denying themselves these beautiful opportunities to share time with friends and loved ones because they're afraid they'll "make bad choices". I do respect their opinions, but to me the worse choice is missing those memories. I'm so glad you made the memory, instead, and that you have a lighter heart to show for it. :)

Thank you again for this important reminder to enjoy life!

Cammy said...

I'm so grateful you posted this. So many people are denying themselves these beautiful opportunities to share time with friends and loved ones because they're afraid they'll "make bad choices". I do respect their opinions, but to me the worse choice is missing those memories. I'm so glad you made the memory, instead, and that you have a lighter heart to show for it. :)

Thank you again for this important reminder to enjoy life!

Lora said...

Listening to you talk about your dinners by the ocean makes me want to be there so badly! I LOVE the ocean but haven't been there since 2004. (We have a lake nearby - Ontario) but it's just not the same!

Glad you had a nice time with your old pal....