I did it. I finally put one foot in front of the other and just moved. Wow, something so simple, but it took me months to finally do it.
I went for a walk after work yesterday. I know, hard to believe, right? But yes, I pulled into the drive, ran inside and changed into shorts and a top, put on my tennis shoes, filled a bottle with water and was back out the door in record time. Headed to a trail close to my place and at 6:08pm I was on my way. Fortunately, it was a really nice evening. Clouds were blocking the sun, there was a slight breeze and the temp was probably around 85 deg. I was walking along a small river and you could see it slowly meandering along its way, ducks and geese flying in and out. The breeze was blowing through the cottonwoods along the river so you heard the melodic sound of the leaves in the wind. It even smelled like summer :) Lots of gratitude was felt for such a great walk.
I was pumping the old arms and getting into the groove. I even jogged about 1/8th a mile! Didn’t want to over-do the first day back out! I estimate I went about 3.3 miles total. I was back at my car by 6:55. So, 48 minutes. It was humid – sweat was dripping off my cheeks (facial cheeks, not the other ones), and it felt really good. Tonight I will again attempt the impossible – getting out the door :) and do the same routine but will first spray myself down with some bug spray just to be on the safe side.
While walking I was thinking to myself how I was going to do about 20 minutes of exercise once I got home. I mean, after all, I was all warmed up and everything. I was going to do some squats, a plank, some push ups and then stretch. I really was going to. I was all ‘mind set’ and everything. I got home, walking in the door, and POOF – all my thoughts of continuing to exercise were gone. I immediately went into the backyard and cranked on the grill, got out my salmon and prepped it, pulled out the veggies and got the steamer ready. Dinner was done, I sat down to eat – and then it dawned on me – CRAP I forgot to exercise! hahaha Wow, the mind REALLY IS the first thing to go!
Yesterday food: Breakfast was a banana and my, what I call, CRAW – carrots, raisins, chopped apples and walnut pieces sprinkled with cinnamon. Lunch was Marie Calendars fish. Dinner was salmon and steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Snack – don’t hit me. . . . 2 ice cream sandwich bars. I know I know. I’m bad.
Today’s food intake: Banana for breakfast, Marie Calendars roast beef, handful peanut M&Ms(written in teeny tiny font, or spoken with a teeny tiny voice). Dinner is skillet hamburger meat cooked with zucchini and a sprinkle of cheese, with some garlic bread. And more than likely, 2 MORE ice cream sandwiches. Shouldn’t be too many more of them left… can’t waste good food !!!
Ouch-o-meter: Not bad. Haven’t felt any worse for wear. A 1.
Health issues other than RA: My pelvic floor muscle spasms seem to be under control. Things have been pretty normal for about a week. Now yesterday after the walk, I did feel like I had to pee when I got home. I did my “exercises” and it calmed down. I just need to keep up the pelvic exercises to relax those muscles “all the time” instead of sporadically, like I have been.
Here’s to staying on track and remaining motivated with my exercise.