I have to remember that I am not always going to see progress. Sometimes things in my life conspire to make me hurt more. Some of them are things I have no control over, some are things I choose to do – whether because I feel I have to or because it’s something I want to do.
Last week was an insanely busy week for me and I caught my daughter’s cold. This week it’s left me hurting – yesterday I could barely stand and had to skip all but the final stretches (and even most of those). Then last night I helped my daughter learn to touch her toes. … Well, it was about learning to relax into the stretches and movements but it amounted to the same thing.
My goals are to strive to do them every day Monday – Friday and to increase them every week. Last week I added 2 minutes to my elliptical time and, when I can get on it this week, that is still holding up, even if there are very slow moments. I’m mostly doing 35-40 rpms, which makes me happy and gets my heart rate up into the 90s. Resting heart rate is in the mid-60s and, given my age, weight and near sedentary lifestyle, that’s pretty spectacular.
Then again, I get monster headaches when my blood pressure goes up and I make a concentrated effort to keep my blood pressure and heart rate down. I’m hoping to be able to get rid of the medication some day. Bio-feedback is an excellent way to help with it too.
Reminds me. I should ask my doctor about making it a necessary part of my health regime and prescribing one for me.
And I have to remember that I have to listen to my body. I HAVE to. I want to stay out of a wheelchair and that means being smarter about my physical care. I just turned 40 and I’m at risk for losing my ability to walk. It’s time, past time, to fix that.
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Now… How are YOU doing with your health goals?