256: Numbers

One peony, many petals

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Numbers.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, and decided to wait until inspiration arrived.  Or didn’t arrive.  It’s okay if I miss a photo challenge since it isn’t part of any of my ongoing commitments.

Two Verbinum, many blossoms

I won’t continue to count flowers as those are not the numbers I have in mind today.  The flowers are photos I took on Saturday, and I thought I’d use them to break up my thoughts a little to keep me from rambling from here to eternity.  Saturday was a date of meaning for me.  A number with meaning.  It was the second anniversary of my mother’s birthday since her death in September of 2009.  I thought of doing a post similar to last year’s, but the picnic with friends was a great distraction and although I experienced some sadness, I was distracted enough with life that it was a little easier this year than it was last year.  Time probably has something to do with that as well.  Still.  I miss my mother.

Puffed up peony

After looking at what some other bloggers came up with for the theme of Numbers, I checked out Pat Bean’s blog to see what she had done.  Her Numbers post is creative and thought-provoking (which I think is typical of Pat).  She ends with the question:

What’s your number?

Looking into the wisteria vine

It’s something I never really thought about.  There are numbers I like, of course.  Oddly enough, the number 13 happens to be a favorite of mine.  42 is a great number too, especially if you (like me) are a fan of the late, great Douglas Adams.  I quit smoking when I was 42 years old.  Coincidence?  Perhaps.  But 42 IS The Answer to the Ultimate Question of  Life, the Universe, and Everything so there may be some rhyme or reason behind my success at that age after many failures at earlier ages.  Or, you know, it’s just a coincidence.  😉

I am loving the peonies this year

As I get older and find myself visiting my doc a little more than I did while in my 20s and 30s (and 40s, for that matter), there are numbers involved in being and staying healthy.  Cholesterol, blood pressure, height, and weight, for starters.  If those are all good, chances are things are okay for now.

The wisteria grabs my attention from time to time too.

One of the numbers I have spent the past decade working on is my weight.  Apparently I am a tortoise, not a hare, when it comes to weight loss.  Ever so slowly, slowly, I’ve taken off weight since I quit smoking ten years ago.  I shed a little, then sit with the new weight for a few months (years).  Then I shed a little more, followed by more sitting and adjusting.  (I don’t actually, physically, just sit, mind you.)

Going deeper into the flower

I’m very familiar with the “ideal weight range” for a woman of my height and frame.  The problem with that range is that those are numbers I haven’t seen since pre-adolescence.  I was not overweight back in those days, but eleven years of gymnastics turned me into a muscular girl and muscle, as we all know, weighs more than fat.

My ideal weight, my goal weight, is a number that I haven’t given much thought to lately.  The theme/topic of Numbers has brought it back to the forefront for me.  Having done so well with a variety of commitments lately, I think it is time I commit myself to my goal weight, the weight that I think will be best for me and for my body.  It’s a nice number.  I like it.  I won’t be putting it on display because it’s a number just for me.

Numbers. A quick collage put together this morning so at least one of my photos today will fit the theme.

So.  Here I go.  Time to move along on this weight shedding journey and work on a goal I’ve had set for years.  I almost wrote “time to finish this journey,” but taking care of yourself, becoming and staying healthy, isn’t something you finish, is it?  Well, not until you die, at any rate.

I won’t be blogging about it on a regular basis, but I will be working on it on a regular basis.  I’ll let you know, from time to time, how it’s working out.  Blogging, commitments, and accountability all work well together when it comes to goals and success.

Today’s Outdoor Adventure Notes:  I’ve been in and out, doing chores, taking a photo of the scale in the grass, that sort of thing.  Why did I take a photo of the scale in the grass?  I have no idea.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Perhaps I was subconsciously linking my outdoor commitment with my weight loss commitment as a way to ride the coattails of what has been a success so far.  And I did like the look of the scale sitting there on a wide expanse of lawn, suddenly reduced down to its proper size.  Somehow it looks and feels bigger when it’s in the bedroom, waiting for me to step on to it.

The weather is heating up again.  We should be near 90 tomorrow.  Although we haven’t reached the Summer Solstice yet, I think we might as well go ahead and call it summer.  Spring, after having so much trouble with Winter, must have decided not to stick around too long and be harassed by Summer.

28 Comments on “256: Numbers”

  1. Pat Bean says:

    The light and texture you give to white flowers is amazing. I could almost smell each of them they looked so fragrantly real.

    And thanks by the way for the kind words on my numbers post.

  2. milkayphoto says:

    It’s difficult to NOT get caught up in the numbers, isn’t it? Age, weight, salary, cost of living, etc…it all adds up to well, pretty nothing in the end. Be well, be healthy, be ALL that you want to be. Don’t let the numbers get you down.

    I haven’t owned a scale in decades. Of course, the doctor feels the need to have one so it isn’t like I don’t get the opp to see the numbers in cold hard steel. I’d rather go by how I look and feel and lately, (thanks to my elliptical and your Cathe recommendation) I feel pretty darn good.

    All that biking and hiking WILL pay off for you, Robin – I just know it! (From one tortoise to another. 🙂 )

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Tracy. 🙂

      Numbers are not all they’re cracked up to be, but there are times when it’s probably a good idea to pay attention to them. That said, you’re right that being well, being healthy, and being ALL you want to be is the important part.

  3. Beautiful flower photos today Robin. I’m still amazed when I see these gorgeous flowers you are finding, when only a couple of months ago your property was covered with a blanket of snow! I love to watch the change of seasons at your place. 🙂

    Speaking of numbers, last Sunday marked the 18th birthday of my mother since her passing. Those special days never leave your memories.

  4. I so love the way you capture the wisteria! Of course the peonies and verbinum are beautiful as well.

    Good luck with your weight loss! Been there… not done yet! In January 2009 I got so disgutsed with myself that I finally decided that I HAD to lose weight!! I just couldn’t stand looking in the mirror anymore. I’ve changed my eating habits (not denying myself anything, just controlling my portions) and started working out. It was just walking at the local park at first, and then joining a gym when it got too hot out. It really paid off and I lost 50lbs in about a year and a half.. although I can’t take credit for 5.6 of those pounds, I lost those during major surgery last June. I want to lose just a few more lbs, but seem to be stuck now.
    If you ever need encouragement, you can always come to me… you know where to find me. (If you’re on facebook, you can find me there, too).

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Michaela, especially for your offer of encouragement. That’s always welcome. 🙂

      I’ve lost about 60 lbs. over the past 5 years. Slowly. Without a diet, but by changing to a healthier way of eating. All the exercise has helped too. Now I’m ready to get on with it. I still won’t be dieting in the traditional sense, but there are areas where there’s room for improvement (healthier choices) so I’ll start there and see what happens. 😀

  5. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Hi Robin — thinking of you as your mother’s birthday passes again.

    Love the cycling picture at the top of the page.

  6. bearyweather says:

    For the numbers challenge, I was tempted to do the exact same thing you did … but, you beat me to it.
    Instead, I ended up wandering around today trying to imagine numbers could be seen in the woods … I just posted my finds … not great, but it fulfills the challenge in my book.

    I love your peonies … I think I should plant some for next year.

    • Robin says:

      I just popped over to have a look at your Numbers, and I think they’re great, Bearyweather. Very creative, and quite amazing how you spotted them. 🙂

  7. Kel says:

    oh dear, your post reminded me of the numbers that showed on the scale when I last dared to get on one
    it was a sad day indeed
    and the reason I don’t own scales

    may you reach your numerical goal
    but may you find within it the non-tangible rewards

    • Robin says:

      Thank you for the blessing, Kel. 🙂 I do try to look at the whole self-improvement project in ways other than the numbers.

      Maybe I should throw away my scale.

  8. Bo Mackison says:

    Love your peonies, one of the flowers that is a memory trigger for me. Happy memories, too. Lovely. Thank you.

    I salute your new goal. It’s one so many of us work on in spurts, it seems. I lost 50 pounds a few years ago, then thought I’d take a break before losing more. A break I’ve never stopped taking! You’d think as active as we are, it wouldn’t be an issue.

    Yep, another tortoise.

    • Robin says:

      Glad they are happy memories, Bo. And glad to see I’m not the only weight loss tortoise. (That sounds funny. lol!)

      I’ve been on a long break after losing about 60 lbs. Like you, I keep thinking all the activity I get would take care of the situation. Ah well. I’ll just think of it as another adventure in life. 🙂

  9. Oh, Lordy, I too struggle with that weighty number on the scales! Enough said–right?!

  10. 42?
    I knew I liked you…

    The wisteria looks great – can almost smell it.

  11. I’m lacking inspiration with the photo challenge this week too.

    We both lost someone important about the same time. My sister Annie died August 16, 2009.

    • Robin says:

      I knew you had lost your sister, but didn’t realize it was around the same time, Christine. 2009 was not a banner year, that’s for sure. My mother died on September 9, 2009.

  12. I like all the interesting tidbits you did with numbers while in between our eyes rest on those lovely photos (mine didn’t look so well this year–the year after they were moved).

    Weather: I’m trying to recall the cold spring and all the rain. We, too, have gone right into summer. 97 tomorrow–yikes!

  13. penpusherpen says:

    ah yes, 42, the answer to everything, and I loved Slartybartfast, (I typed his name from memory, without any mistakes, now that’s a first!!) … anyway, beside the point, Robin, I love the mention of numbers, being a number cruncher myself. Accounting wise. And I love Peonies, although we had blazing red ones, which we waited patiently to flower , and once opened, as the mass of petals would shyly show themselves in all their glory , wouldn’t you know it, the rain would pour and their heads would droop and…. nothing you could do would help to prop them up to look natural again. Even thought once about dashing out with an umbrella, just a thought mind, didn’t try it… honest!! 😉 … Black cloudy sky here, rain imminent, but still nice and warm. xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Well done, Pen!! I would have had to look that up to avoid mistakes in his name (and probably would have made the mistakes even so!). I loved him too.

      I was a number cruncher at one time, spending my days auditing accounts looking for mistakes (and too often finding them). Ironic, really, because I’ve never been particularly fond of numbers yet I always ended up in jobs that required me to use a lot of numbers in one way or another. It’s nice to meet another number cruncher who enjoys creative outlets. 😀

  14. Dana says:

    Good luck with your weight loss, but try to remember that we are all SO MUCH MORE than numbers (weight, cholesterol scores, age, height, etc.) I haven’t thrown away my own scale (yet), but I do take lengthy breaks from it when the situation calls for some healthy separation!

    • Robin says:

      Dana: Good points. Although it’s not always easy (especially after a visit to the doc who relies on numbers so much), I do try to look beyond the numbers. How I feel, for instance, is often a better gauge for me than what I see on the scale. If I feel any sense of dis-ease or dis-comfort, I know I’m not doing well in terms of taking care of myself. The numbers, if I want to check them, usually confirm that. On the other hand, when everything is going well even the occasional indulgence makes no difference. “Occasional” is the key word there. 🙂

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