It’s hard to get back into good habits after some time off. It’s especially hard to restart an exercise program.
Experts recommend 10,000 steps a day for health and fitness. So far today, I have taken 5,383 steps. Sad part is, for the past several months my steps have been about 5,000 less than that most days. It’s hard to jump back in after so long even for people with no health issues. It’s even harder when the health issues have been the main reason for the time off. It’s like climbing up the down escalator.
The thing is, exercise actually helps with my health issues, and being strong and as active as possible is key to having more good days than bad ones. For the past few months, I just didn’t feel strong enough to do it. When every step you take hurts, it’s hard to take 2,000 of them, let alone 10,000.
So what was different about today, you wonder? Here’s what I think happened. You may know from The Expediency of Medical Care is B.S. about some of the issues I’ve been having with my doctor’s office, and that I’ve been trying to get a referral for quite some time. I finally got an appointment scheduled today (after I called AGAIN), but it’s not until November 10th. I originally went to the doctor for this issues on AUGUST 29th!!!
After a moment of Money Pit Laughing…
I made a decision. I was going to take control of some aspect of the situation if it killed me. I want to be as strong as possible for this next appointment so they can rule out a sedentary lifestyle as a factor and get down to what’s wrong. I need to be taking better care of myself so that my symptoms and issues are as minimized as possible. I had to find some strength deep in the depths of my soul and do what I haven’t thought I could do.
I set minimal goals…I would let myself go as slowly as I needed to, I would take my short route and not the long one, I would stop and rest if I needed to. Stepping out he front door was the first step, and all I had to focus on is listening to my music and putting one foot in front of the other.
It wasn’t easy. In fact, it might have been one of the toughest walks I’ve ever taken. About 10 minutes from home I almost had to stop, but what was I going to do? Call my Bowen and have him pick me up when I was only 10 minutes away? That would be silly. So I just kept walking, just a little slower. When I got home, I collapsed on the floor to start stretching (key if I want to minimize tomorrow’s soreness).
But I did it!!
Tomorrow is another day, and I will probably be super sore. My goals to start are simple. Walk three times a week. If that gets easier maybe I’ll up the goals. That’s how exercise works. And if this happens again and I take some time off?
I’ll start over again.
(10/6/16) I just wanted to add that I am by no means ungrateful for my ability to walk. It’s a beautiful gift and one I should fight to keep. Just one other reason to push through and be as strong as I can.