+MindyRN6 Posted August 20, 2010 Share Posted August 20, 2010 WARNING!!!: This will read like an infomercial testimonial--but it's true! I am a 42 year old single mom with a 10 year old daughter and a full time (plus!) profession. In my previous life I was a strength training instructor on the side. I was always active and had a strict workout regimen. Since I've had my daughter, naturally, the focus shifted to her needs. As she grew older it became more, rather than less, difficult to meet both of our needs and hers take precedent. For the first time in my life I have fallen out of shape. We used to get out of doors all of the time, but as she's become involved in more activities, I'm car-pooling and sitting on the sidelines. When we've been home, I have to confess, I'm spent. I've allowed us to become sucked into screens of every type of media--but mostly online computer games. I've been a hermit with a glass of wine and an LCD monitor. I wanted and tried to change this pattern, but I could not get over my own inertia. When my daughter was spending a vacation week with her Dad last week, she called me and asked me if I'd ever heard of Geocaching. Apparently, she and Dad were visiting a "hidden gem" swimming hole and happened upon some Geocachers, who explained what they were doing. She then went to Grammy's for a week in PA (no more summer camps available--so this is how we manage childcare in the summer). While my daughter has been away, I looked up Geocaching, was instantly drawn in, and immediately registered. That was 3 days ago. I now have been on 5 cachequests (Is this my own term? Is it kosher?). I've logged 3 finds but know exactly where the other two are (muggle problem--gong back). I have not been on Facebook, and in fact, have notified my FB gaming friends that I'm shutting down. I have been out hiking at least an hour each night and I feel muscles that haven't been used for some time. I've been out and interacting with people (that I don't work with). I come home tired and sleep without wine. Courtney comes home Saturday, and we have great plans. I'm waiting to see if this post is too long for the forum--sorry!--I feel like I have a new family. Quote Link to comment
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