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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008  

Yesterday I walked around the lake. We have a lake here that's a popular place for people to walk and jog. It's a little over a mile around it. There are ducks and geese and houses all around it. It was a pretty day with temperatures in the low 80's and with low humidity, so I took advantage of that rarity. Tina is going to walk with me today, and I plan to go to the gym when the weather gets too hot. What I will do is use the elliptical, treadmill, and stationary bike and then do strength training so my bones and muscles will hold me up and keep me moving.

I've been threatening to do this for a long time and am motivated by fear this time. Because of several factors my blood sugar has been too high for a while, and I need to lose weight and exercise or else. For the most part, I eat the way I should for diabetes and follow a low-carb/high-protein diet but don't exercise. My doctor said if we do what we should 80% of the time, we can veer off 20%. After those strong antibiotics when I had bronchitis and running out of Januvia, I didn't eat exactly the way I should and had problems. This is why I was so sleepy - high blood sugar.

I got my prescription refilled yesterday. It had expired, so I had to call my doctor because I realized I couldn't wait until my regular appointment next week. I also walked. According to my doctor, if I lose 15-20 pounds, it will make a huge difference, even making diabetes symptoms go away unless I gain the weight back. Eventually I'd like to lose 30 pounds but will think about changing my lifestyle instead which will cause it to happen.

This sort of scared me, so I hope that will keep me motivated until it becomes a habit and makes me feel better enough to look forward to it. I've been that way in the past and want to again. Wish me luck!! It's not easy! I have Mad Couch Disease. I stole this expression from David.

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