Saturday, January 16, 2010

From Wordle:

Wordle: ManyWillEnter

Perceptions of myself

This is going to be long winded, but oh well.  There is a point though, I promise...

So, I don't have a good relationship with my father.  My parents divorced before I was 1, so I grew up as an only child with just my mom.  I would talk to him on the phone on holidays and whenever I was in trouble and my mom was fed up with me.  And, I would spend a week each summer at his house.  If I had to describe my father in 3 words, they would be:  Philanderer, Republican, and Alcoholic.  I could throw misogynist into the mix, but that would be 4 words and perhaps it's already implied under Philanderer.  Many beliefs I hold tight to derive from trying not to be like him as much as possible. 

As I've grown into adulthood, I've had moments where I've felt like this relationship isn't working for me and I need/want more from him, but in all cases, trying for that kind of relationship just left me feeling even more disappointed.  We didn't invite him to our wedding and I haven't seen him since I graduated from college nearly 10 years ago. 

About two years ago, he called me up out of the blue (it wasn't a holiday or my birthday) and he was obviously drunk and slurring his words.  I was going through some yucky work stuff and had just quit my job, but before I got a chance to tell him about that, he started to pick a fight with me about politics and how I was going to vote in the upcoming election.  It pissed me off on many levels, but mostly I think because here's a man who never speaks to me, who really doesn't know me at all (our normal holiday conversations usually revolve around the weather), and he presumes to call me and berate me.   I didn't call him for Father's Day that year.  Or his birthday.  Or Thanksgiving.  Or Christmas.  I felt (and still do feel) that I deserved an apology.  A sober apology.  He offered none and all I've seen/heard from him since are cards for my birthday and christmas that only say, "Love, Dad."

But, aside from deserving an apology, I really think that this incident has given me the excuse I wanted for a long time - finally a reason to say, "Look, this relationship isn't working for me and I'm much happier when you aren't in my life."  But, I haven't said that to him because it's not easy to say and I hope that he'll just realize on his own what a jackass he is. 

Since then, J and I bought our house and moved away from the apartment.  We got rid of our landline and switched to cell phones, although my cell has the same old landline number.  I got a birthday card from him this year, but it was a week late because it was forwarded from our old address - a christmas card didn't come and I think it was returned to sender because the forwarding has expired. So, right after the new year, I started getting phone calls from Washington state (where he lives - although from a different city than he lived two years ago) - I can only guess that the xmas card was returned and he wants to know where I live now. 

I haven't answered any of his calls.  My voicemail is just the automated one, so he would have no way of knowing if the number still belongs to me, but he hasn't left any messages.  I feel like if he really cared (which I believe he is incapable of), he would have either called/written me a long time ago or swallowed his pride and left a message to the effect of, "Hi, I don't know if this is the right number, but I'm trying to get in touch with Laura".  Alternatively, he could google my name and find out where I work (it's on linkedin) or see that I'm on facebook and send me a message.  I feel like he could find me if he really cared to.  I think that he has no clue at all why I wouldn't want to talk to him and that he's angry that I haven't made an effort.  Maybe he doesn't even remember calling me that one day.  Maybe he's also glad to have the excuse not to keep in touch. 

So, anyway - I did warn you this was going to be long winded - my dad has 3 other kids from Wife #2 and all of this thinking about him recently has made me...curious about them.  I haven't seen them since the oldest was about 12 and the youngest was about 7, and that was approx 18 years ago.  So, putting my investigation skills to work, I found one of my half-brothers on myspace.  It's very strange seeing pictures of this man.  If I walked by him on the street, I'd have no idea who he was.  I could talk about how we don't look much alike, but maybe a little in the smile.  Or about what I can guess about him from looking at his pictures.  But, here's the sliver of info that I really thought was interesting: he's athletic.  Tall, medium build, strong arms with big biceps.

I've never ever thought of myself as athletic in any way, shape or form.  Even though my dad was a baseball player back in the day, I've always perceived myself as being cut from the same cloth as my mother...stocky, uncoordinated, slow.  But, all of a sudden, I see photographic proof that there is athleticism somewhere in my genes.  It has me thinking all kinds of stuff about how the people around you shape your perceptions - how would my view of myself have been different if I had ever considered myself as one of *them*?  If I had seen, day in and day out, people around me sharing half of the same genetic material, doing sporty things, would I have done, enjoyed, been good at those things? From a psycology perspective - have I favored my "nurture" too much over my "nature"? Maybe in trying to not be like my father as much as possible, I've overlooked some positive possibilities. 

So, that's the marble that's been rolling around the last week or so.  And, it has me feeling somewhat optimistic...that my body, my life, doesn't have to be what I've always assumed it would be...I just might have it in my genes to be something more.


I haven't posted in a while because I've been ashamed.  I haven't kept up with any of what I said I was going to do.  So, I'm sorry about that.  Hopefully, one day I can look back on this and see it as one of those bumps in the road and feel pride that I got it back together. 

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010, Bring it on!

Now, I can officially say it! Happy New Year! :)

I didn't really discuss this in my previous post, but I ate like crap over the last 2 weeks of December - it's how it always goes, I guess.  But, now here we are in a new year, a clean slate, if you will.  I've been on track for 3ish days and I am definitely feeling so much better - hydrated, full of vitamins, just feeling good in general.  Isn't it funny how one can *forget* what it feels like to feel good?  I don't realize how bad I'm feeling until I'm starting to feel better - I have the same thoughts when I clean my windows - you don't realize how dirty your windows are until you wash them. 

The Y

I've got another trip to the Y planned for after work tonight.  It's going well so far.  I really like having the perk of sitting in the sauna as my post workout reward.  And it's really nice to have the machines with their own private TVs attached - last Thursday I watched Romancing the Stone while I was on the elliptical :)

I'm still working out a few of the kinks as far as having shower supplies, etc in my locker, but it's getting better - oh, and as a side note, I apparently am so high maintenance that one half-sized locker is not quite enough for all my crap...but I do attibute this to the fact that I have a winter coat and boots to store in there while I'm working out. 

Mississippi Ten Miler

It's been a while since I've given an update on this - the reason being I am scared out of my mind about doing this run and I have not been doing my planned training.  But, I really am trying to face my fears and get with the program - I have a run planned tonight at the Y. 

Beck Diet

So, Prior Fat Girl was blogging about reading the Beck Diet for Life book & since it's all about the psychology behind weight loss, it seemed right up my alley.  So, I ordered a copy from Amazon - it should be arriving this week.  I am a little skeptical - partially because books with hokey worksheets kind of annoy me, but I'll let you know what I think.

Spark People

I started my Spark People account a couple of months ago, but wasn't great at getting into the swing of it.  I sort of feel like it's a lot of info to manage.  And one thing I really dislike about online food trackers, in general, is that it's not easy to track foods that aren't grocery store available - like if I go out to eat, it's not easy to track online because I spend a long time trying to dissect every part of what I ate into individual ingredients.  I would much rather have the option to put down "two cheese enchilladas" and not know the exact calories.  The same goes with recipes I make at home...I just find it tedious to break it all down. 

But, I do like that Spark People has little goals - the water consumption goal, for example is great.  So, there are definitely parts of the site that I like and will try to use more of. 

Speaking of H2O goal for December went totally caput when our family arrived.  It all of a sudden was just really hard to remember to get my water in.  But, January is a new month and I'll try my water goal again! So far so good, I've met my goal 4/4 days!

Personal Update

I'm very relieved and happy to report that J, who lost his job in October, is now employed!  He got a job offer with a big company last week and has accepted it.  I think he's really happy that he'll be working again, even though the job isn't perfect, I think it will be a pretty good fit down the line.  :-)

Whew! This was a lengthy post! Thanks for hanging in there with me!  I wanted to make one more little note.  Those weights on the side over there? <------  I'm going to wipe them out and start anew.  Partially because I haven't updated them in a long time, and also because I gained several pounds in December. 

Ok, TTFN! Have a great day!