Weekend Wrap Up
Saturday my family met up with my wife's sister and her family for a trip to the Minnesota Zoo. We have a month left on our membership, and time to use it up. Between budget cuts possibly shutting down some exhibits and new construction that began last fall the place might not be on our radar much this summer. The farm babies are also beginning to grace us with their presence now too. We saw baby chicks, baby goats, baby pigs(really hard not to steal one and escape with a new pet), and a baby cow. We walked a ton.
I can remember two years ago trying to make it around the zoo paths. It was an absolute struggle. I'd be winded so easily. I'd be trying to talk the wee one into spending more time watching animals he could have cared less about. My body would ache, and my back would torture me, and it was the sweetest relief to get back to the car. Then of course we'd drive to a sit down joint and shovel food into my yap. Nothing like taking calories burned and putting them back within 15 minutes and adding some 1500 more just for good measure.
Saturday was a good measure of how far I've come. We started outside despite the below average temps in the Twin Cities. I fully assumed that since it was colder than Hoth on a warm day we'd stay inside, but I thought wrong. I was in a long sleeve shirt and undershirt. I am the definition of a hearty Minnesotan. I am also the definition of a moron husband who likely didn't listen to the wife and bring a coat. Either way, I was encouraged to keep moving. It was the best way to keep warm. I was a machine. Occasionally I'd check the fitbit that was resting in my pocket and was amazed at how many steps I was racking up. I found distances of the paths somewhere and it all added up though. We finally made it back to the main building and prepared for lunch. It might have been an hour too late according to a certain little kid who calls me dad. Memo to parents, follow the HALT method for tantrums. Hungry, angry, lonely, tired. We were working on 3/4 of that by the time we sat down for turkey sammies, fruit, and such. He was a completely different kid after some food. We hit one more trail to finish off the entire park after lunch. all in all it was a really good day. I set a personal record for steps in a day since using my fitbit.
17,839 steps taken
8.61 miles traveled
It all added up to me finding a new loop on the belt this morning. It's about darned time! I love the feeling of my pants nearly falling off my butt because it time to shrink.
In other less happy news my grandmother is in the hospital again. She has Lupus and put on 40+ lbs in water weight since the holidays. The pain of swelling and other complications have seen her in and out the hospital several times over the last two months. A new complication is pulmonary edema. Fluid in the lungs. It's not necessarily Lupus related, but it's not helping anything. Imagine your panic attack if you woke up in the middle of the night not being able to breath. It's also no help that she smoked the heaters for 50 years. Priorfatguy public service announcement coming down in 3…2…1… Stop smoking you dummy. I quit, you can too. It's not worth it, stupid, stupid, stupid. Every cig you light is another tiny nail in your coffin.
So as I step down off the soap box I once again ask for thoughts and prayers for my grandma and grandpa. She's survived brain surgery from strokes and aneurysms. She is one tough cookie, but there's nothing wrong with asking for positive vibes from a ton of really amazing people.
Thanks everybody, have a great week.