Friday, March 08, 2013
I was so very busy today, working on items on my "to do" list. I attended my Friday Weight Watchers meeting (I'm down 1.8 pounds this week!) and finally have lost a total of 25.4 pounds!
After my meeting, I took a bag of "too big for me to wear now" clothes to Good Will. It was exciting to see how much my body has changed! I will take another load over on Saturday or Monday. Next, I went to a quick doctor's appointment to pick up a prescription that I will need in the next month. Since I may not be able to drive for a while, today seemed like a good time to pick it up. After my doctor's appointment, I went shopping to use $15 worth of rewards cash at a local department store. I got a cute pair of lavender shorts and a muted top echoing the same color. I may have my left arm in a sling but I will look like a fashion plate while it heals! Next, I went to a medical supply store and purchased body cleansing washcloths and shampoo that doesn't need to be rinsed out. I will need both of these during the period when I will not be allowed to get my shoulder wet. I used them during the first 8-10 days after I had my second knee replacement and they are wonderful! I completed my day's journey with a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase some fresh produce and several things for the turkey chili I made for dinner tonight. Once I got home, I put everything away, made the chili, paid some bills, balanced my check book, took the dog for a short walk, put up my spring wreathes outside and relaxed in my easy chair. I made enough chili so that I could freeze half to have for dinner in the coming weeks. Hubby came home to a delicious smelling house and dinner was ready and waiting. We both relaxed and read the paper and then had a leisurely dinner. We had fresh sliced strawberries for dessert! Yummy!
Tomorrow, I will get up early and go to the 5K Senior Games Race to support my local Spark Friend, SLENDERELLA61. The first year that she ran, she won the bronze medal. The second year she ran, she won the silver medal. I won't say what I think she will do this year because I don't want to jinx it. Let's just say that she will do her best and that by doing so, she will be the biggest winner out there in my eyes. I'm very excited for her and will be the loudest person in the stands when she goes by! She will be running two other races for different organizations later in the day with some family members. My hat is off to her for being such a trooper and for supporting her family in their races too!
I will use the rest of the morning and afternoon to indulge myself. I will look around at a few yard sales and perhaps get a pedicure. I think that a little pampering will help me to relax. I'm feeling very anxious and don't have vigorous exercise as my usual outlet right now. I have to use other means to relax and unwind. Later, at home, I plan to listen to 3 tracks on my relaxation disk. When I'm done, I will make another healthy dish and like today, I will freeze half of it for the weeks to come.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Taking a day or two off from my usual exercise routine made a huge difference! I couldn't believe all of the energy that I had this morning because I rested over the weekend. By rested, I don't mean that I was a couch potato. I scaled back my exercise to one long walk on Saturday and one on Sunday. It has been a long time since I've taken two days off in a row. I usually just take off Sundays but my body was talking loud and clear this weekend. I listened.
Today I rode 65 minutes - intervals of 6 and 8 on the recumbent cycle followed by 95 minutes of jogging in the pool. That was followed by several minutes of stretching. I felt exhilarated when I finished! I had to complete a bunch of errands after my workout and I did them with ease.
To complete my day, hubby fixed me a lovely dinner while I haggled with a store over a lost order. He even washed the dishes afterward! Am I lucky or what?
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I encountered something today that I'm sure I will fight with during the weeks to come. I forced myself to take a "rest" day from my usual vigorous stationary bike riding. Instead, hubby and I went to the Bloomin Arts Festival and walked around. Now keep in mind, if I had been by myself I would have done a quick walk around the whole place and scoped out the layout and warmed up my muscles. Then I would have gone in every display and looked to my little heart's content. However, hubby met me at the festival and we walked around together.
Today didn't have typical Florida weather. The high today was around 56 degrees and it was very windy. The wind must have been a gift from our friends in the northern states because it had a very cold bite to it. Luckily for me, I wore my warm jacket with a hood on it. I bundled up warmly and was freezing the whole time we were outside. We Walked around for quite some time and then went into our favorite Mexican restaurant for a very late lunch. I ordered a fajita salad with no seasoning or salad dressing but the server forgot to put the word salad after the word fajita so I got grilled chicken with green peppers, onions and a small side salad plate with "fixings" on it. I turned down the tortillas and instead ate part of the chicken, green peppers, onions and the lettuce/tomato and avocado on the "fixings" plate. The rice I skipped and I took the rest of the fajitas home in a box.
I must have been so cold because I needed to eat protein because when we went outside again, I didn't get nearly as cold. One of my weekly goals is to eat more protein at lunch and dinner and I was successful today. In fact, I was ready to take that fast walk that I mentioned before, but I didn't. What my body was telling me (specifically my shoulder) was that I needed to take the day off and slow down. I found myself feeling a bit out of sorts because I felt like I needed my "exercise fix" and the 45 minutes of walking that we did this afternoon before lunch, didn't cut it! Sigh! Sometimes it is so hard for me to slow down. I better get used to it because I will have weeks of "healing time" after my surgery. I would like to abstain from my tendency to tidy up the house or go for a brisk walk when I know I haven't been cleared to do it by my doctor.
So, here is my pledge. I am putting it out there so that I will have to hold myself accountable. While I am healing, I will refrain from doing all workouts, housework or chores until my doctor and/or physical therapist tell me that it is okay for me to do them. There, I have now put it in writing so I will hold myself accountable for following the directions for healing after surgery. Sigh! It is so hard to slow down!
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