Thursday, August 13, 2009
I've learned that you have to do stuff to learn what your limits are. Now that I'm out of my power chair (for the most part), out of my manual chair (for the most part), no longer using my walker (at all), and walking with just my cane I'm trying to do more. Obviously, the more I do the stronger I get and I will learn what my current limitations are.
My daughter Jolene has a pool in her condo complex and we decided to start swimming as many days of the week we can (she works alternating days/nights so it won't be more than a few days a week probably). I discovered that I no longer have a swim suit so my daughter Tammi and her 16 month old son, Jolene and I went to lunch and then to the mall to buy me a suit. It's been almost a year since I've been outside the house without my power chair. I've only been out of it for the last 3 weeks. So brilliant me decides that I should be able to go to the mall without my chair.
We went to WalMart first and they had a very poor selection so we then went to Sears. Sears is not quite on the other side of the mall from WalMart but pretty close. Then we walked all over Sears (two or three times) because I got a swimsuit, then Tammi decided to look for maternity clothes (she's pregnant with her second - hooray!) and Jolene decided to look for shoes.
By the time we were all finished and checked out I could hardly stand from weakness and in so much pain from muscle spasms I wanted to scream. Jolene went back to where we had parked my van by WalMart and drove it around to Sears while Tammi, Isaiah (the baby) and I waited for her outside.
So what I've learned is that while you DO have to do more in order to get stronger that you also have to be sensible. At the very least I could have taken my manual wheelchair just in case I needed it.
I'm not sure what to put in my fitness log except that I did an awful lot of walking. LOL
Tomorrow is a new day! Thank goodness!