Friday, October 28, 2011
I tried to take this week one footstep at a time and I was able to really exceed my fitness goals for the week. I felt a little better this week re/my health issues and so I pushed myself. I walked my usual short walk-the-dogs loop on Wed which I do several times a day so the dogs can go potty. Wed, however, I got to the place where I cross the street to be back on my road and I just decided to turn right instead.....I wasn't sure how far I'd go......just a few footsteps....just one at a time. It was a gorgeous day on Wednesday. I walked all the way to the state park....maybe half a mile.....then I got on one of the trails. Then I remembered my passion for hiking these trails. THEN I just kept taking trails to the right until the next thing I knew, I was having a blast. I might have overdone it a bit....the dogs slept for the rest of the day after our near 6-mile hike. I felt great for the rest of that day and the next! I did a little extra on several other days this week, and I am so proud of my hard work. It boiled down to just one step....then another and another. The dogs were very enthusiastic and I allowed that enthusiasm to flood into my mind! It was a great week for getting back to hiking and for getting back to sparkpeople! One step at a time. Go ahead! Try it! One step, then another!
Love to each and every one of you working hard and encouraging others! Thank you!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
So I knew I'd been really tired again. I felt like I was being so lazy. I just couldn't seem to get much done without stopping for a break over the past 3 months. I wasn't sleeping as well as usual. Today, I found out why.
My ferritin (iron stores) was 5.5. My hemoglobin, red blood cells, and hematocrit were all low.
I am very anemic again and will start my iron infusions tomorrow. Hopefully will be back to a more chipper me after seven days of infusions. The good part is that I'll surely feel better and I should be able to read for at least 2 hours each day since the infusion will take about 2 hours!
Now this is not due to lack of care for myself. I have trouble absorbing B12 and iron.
Heavy bleeder, too. Sorry if that's TMI but hopefully if you are reading this and have similar issues, you'll know you aren't alone!
Not sure if I'll get to the gym, and I haven't gone yet this week. But I am going to wear my gym clothes to the cancer center for my infusion and see if I feel like going to the gym afterwards.
At least my fatigue makes sense----I really was feeling like I just wasn't disciplined enough.
Really, I am not oxygenated enough!
This too shall pass!
Take care! Love to you all, sparkies!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
I just realized that I haven't blogged in a month! An entire month. It's been a challenging month and I have been very focused on the needs of others during this month. Necessarily so as both my hubby and son continue to recover from their injuries....herniated disc for hubby and son injured growth plates in both heels.
This week beginning tomorrow, Monday, I have a chance to refocus my energies and it's my turn! My guys are doing so much better. So hold me to it folks! Ask me if I've been to the gym this week! AIming for just 2 times ----small goal with hopes I can achieve that and even exceed it.
Would love to hear of your challenges and goals for this week!
Take care everyone!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
So I feel VERY CHALLENGED! That MUST mean I feel full of opportunities! :)
My hubby herniated L4 several weeks ago and I sure have realized how much he does to help around the house!!!! Oh my goodness! Our son has just been diagnosed with Severs of the calcaneous (heel) at the growth plate. This is common for active kids his age. None the less, the doctors visits, the PT for both of them, the everyday chores, the yardwork-----it's all MINE! An opportunity to work my body harder, I know. Still I feel SO overwhelmed. Plus hormones are helping find me challenges ---I mean opportunities---too.
It is interesting that I am now the most physically able person in the family----not injured.
The opportunity is that during my hubby's rehab for this injury, he's walking closer to my pace!
He can't even walk 7/10th of a mile yet in a row. But he is recovering. So between him and my son, they will need to do some plain old walking which will be at my pace! So I'll have company on my walks!!!
I am trying to spring clean the whole house so that is great for working out and feeling like a fresh start! I love the way my guys walked in last night, their mouths fell open, and they both said, "W~O~W!" I started cleaning and organizing in the master bedroom this time, and the first thing I did was my own closet! It felt great to start with me this time :) I finished the whole upstairs and it feels great to be in those freshen spaces.
It is time for me to practice what I preach! I need to look at the challenges as opportunities because they truly are! And the thing with my son's heels mean more family time and maybe a little less travel for a while. My hubby's disc issue means that we see him at home more often!
It's easy to fall into the fear of feeling overwhelmed. I am pushing myself to reach up for the opportunities that are right there before me! What opportunities have you reached for lately?
Love to hear your stories!
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