#WeekendCoffeeShare: Exercising Away the Strange Feelings


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If we were having coffee, I would tell you good morning and thanks for joining me for another lovely weekend chat. Let’s have something cold yet healthy. I’m thinking of a fruit smoothie. You?

I would tell you this week has been a confusing and boring. I spent the days getting through the micro-bursts of busyness and then I was back to either napping or rewriting my short stories.

Don’t worry, I didn’t get caught. 😉

All the men include Mr. COO are hard at work in the factory. They only come in for lunch, then they were off again. It’s just me and my female co-worker who did pretty much the same thing as me.

The confusing part of the week were all these emails I received from the Chinese-side of the company. They were written in such strange grammar that it took me several tries to understand exactly what they’re asking me to do.

The confusion occurred when I received an invoice that was sent to me and the big bosses. I asked Mr. COO and he had no idea how to handle it. He suggested I should call the big bosses in China but when I checked the time, it was already past midnight there. Was I supposed to wake them up?

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In the end, I decided it’s better to send a short message to them, that way, they could get their sleep and I wouldn’t feel guilty of waking someone up.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’ve been exercising, almost daily (I’m not there yet). I’ve been lifting weights and doing the downward dog (yoga). I think it’s working. My co-worker suggested this. He said if I lift light weights daily, I can lose the fat in my arms without bulking up. Then, when there’s no more fat to shed in the arms, fat in other parts of the body will slowly shed away.

I sure hope that’s true.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a follow-up with my rheumatologist this week and it did not go as planned. The plan was that I would get an injection to lessen the numbness and pain caused by carpel tunnel, even if it was only temporary. In the end though, instead of giving me the injection, the doctor referred me to a hand specialist instead.

Good news, however, I’m happy to say my white blood cell count has returned to normal. It’s been below normal since last September.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about this strange feeling I’ve been having since the beginning of the year. Do you ever get this compulsion to spend time with someone because you feel like the time you get to spend with this person is going to diminish? And fast?

It’s what I’ve been feeling about my mom since I returned to China earlier this year. Now, even though I live in the basement, I spend most of my time upstairs sitting next to my mom, spending time with her. It’s such a strange feeling.

I asked a friend who’s a counselor about this, she said it was normal to feel like you’re going to lose someone. Hmm…

If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me and for the healthy drinks. I hope I can join you again next weekend.

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24 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Exercising Away the Strange Feelings

  1. Your feeling about your Mom might be you growing up and getting employment. You are losing your childhood and your Mom will soon not be a parent but her role in your life will change. Your an adult and she willl begin to treat you differently.

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  2. Hi Ying. I really hope you don’t mind me asking this. Are you on a form of contraceptive, for that’s one of the main causes of carpal tunnel. I’m a medical student and I apologize for being nosy

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  3. Great job on the yoga and weights. Probably for toning all over (and flexibility) the yoga is the best. I do yoga from a site called Gaia.com it gives you an array of many videos for all amounts of time of yoga or of level, and extends into Pilates (based off of yogaa) and some other fitness and yoga related things. But YouTube has great videos to follow too.

    It’s a good idea to tone your arms and to do weight exercise for the upper body in general. As long as you don’t use huge weights later and do more reps instead, the weights will not makie your arms bulk up. However, strengthening your back to do arm or shoulder exercises is very important too 🙂 just thought I’d not b/c u don’t want to hurt it while doing weight lifting.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your time w/o the guys in the office! I know what feeling you mean but it could be nothing too. Just spend as much time with her as u can and let her do her thing too. That’s al you can do.

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  4. Weight lifting is a good idea, but know that the spot reduction thing is myth ..just build the muscle and the fat will leave according to your genetic predisposition…good luck with it,,and thanks for coffee.

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  5. I’m thinking that he referred you to a hand specialist so he can do the carpel tunnel surgery on your hand. It is an easy surgery. sounds like you need it! That must be a terrible feeling to have about your mom. I sure hope that feeling passes.

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  6. Good for you with the yoga and weights. I’ve started with light weights recently myself. I don’t know what to make of the feeling about your mom, but I would say that that time with her is precious. Try to get as much time with her as you can.

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