Cinda W.'s Profile
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I'm 67 years old: feel better than when I was 30. A few years ago I was morbidly obese, coping with chronic knee pain from a 1988 injury, suffering with chest pains, wondering if I would wake up in the morning. I was a 'walking dead woman'.
Today I'm an endurance athlete: triathlete, century rider, & solo bike tourer (685 mile in 11 days). I'm still working to reach my weight loss goals and remain focused on living a healthy life.
- Cinda W. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on March 19, 2017.
I'm taking a break and going to Mexico for 5 weeks to honor the passing of my sister by living life fully. I'll realize a dream of more than 40 years to immerse in intensive language study and enjoy the beach, swimming, hiking, and local culture. Follow my adventure on FB: http://facebook.com/cindalee
If you've noticed, I've taken a break from the Daily Challenge and from a number of other things to give myself time to focus on some other issues in my life.
My older sister passed away December 8th. She had an almost 4 year battle with cancer. Despite the fact that cancer ultimately took her life, I like to say she won the war, because she maintained her faith and courage throughout it. all. I miss her more than words can say. During the past 20 years our relationship was very close.
Unfortunately I have some very ugly other family members who were probably jealous of our relationship, and since I live far away, they took control of things, and even tried to prevent me from knowing she was in her final hours. It was a miracle that I got to speak with her for less than 30 seconds just before she became in-cohesive. She only mumbled a few unintelligent words after our brief time. I feel so sad that I didn't get to be with her - I actually had a trip planned for later in December to spend a month with her.
I have decided that I no longer need to subject myself to the abuse of those other family members. I will honor my sister's life by living my life fully as she would have wanted.
I'm about to embark on a trip of a lifetime - I'm heading to Mexico for 5 weeks. I'll spend lots of time at the ocean, walking the beaches, swimming, and exploring. My sister and I had dreamed of a Caribbean trip together - so she will be with me in spirit.
Also for more than 40 years I have wanted to immerse myself in Spanish language study - so I'm taking a two week intensive class in language and culture in Merida: 26 hrs/week of instruction. I'm staying with a local family. I actually intend to speak only Spanish the only time I am in Mexico.
I have about 12 days that aren't planned at all yet. But the last 6 days a dear friend is coming from Puerto Rico to be with me. While we are together we will do a special memorial service for my sister: with floating candles, flowers, a few songs recorded by my church praise band, and a reading from my pastor. Yes it will be emotional but it will honor her memory and love of the sea - she always wanted to be a mermaid.
I'm going to put myself on Time Away so that I won't get these notifications but if you want to follow along my adventure I will be posting on FB (I've promised my friends that I will post in English or at least provide the English translation).
So I'm taking a long break from several forms of technology but keeping in touch with one.
cauliflower, mushrooms, bell pepper, purple onion
Last year I didn't get a flu shot; and I didn't get sick either. However this year I decided to get one again for two reasons - my housemate prefers it (she is 70) and I may also be visiting my sister who is battling cancer and has a weakened immune system so if in fact, flu shots do reduce risk of getting it, then I am protected and that will make her happier too.
Well I mowed the front and side yards this afternoon without taking any breaks, and didn't really even get hot and sweaty despite it was about 77°. Felt easy peasy.