Monday, March 10, 2014
I love music.
Some people use prerecorded exercise music when exercising, but I would rather pick and choose my own tunes. Am always open to new ideas for anything from slow and relaxing to tempest tempo.
Music can lift a sad mood or make a glad one even more joy-filled.
Music can sooth nerves on a stressful day, give reprieve from the chaos.
Music can ... do so much!
Being open to the new keeps appreciation of all types at a better level for me. I don't like or dislike a song because of its label: the sound or lyrics will do that. Hmmm ok, so twangy country, hip-hop and rap don't reach me, but... who knows? someday maybe one will? I can seldom remember a group or song title off the top of my head, because I'm one of those 'creative thinkers' that didn't get a cataloging capability at birth. I just... enjoy. Artistic people need people like me: we cannot DO the music or the art, but we savor what we find to be good, appreciate talent or views expressed.
This morning a morning talk show had a group perform a song that made me think: 'wow, that is perfect for walking!!' From my perspecitive, this song is ideal for teenagers and baby boomers alike. See what you think:
"Believer", by American Authors
I think I'd put it right after my difficult-day warm-up song:
Saturday, March 08, 2014
I'm in Day Two of one miserable cold.
When I have to relax for health reasons or when in flare I call it 'down time'. That doesn't mean I feel 'down'. It means that I'm not up and active, just taking it easy so that I will be myself again sooner. Down Time. So that's what I'm doing today: making use of my down time. I don't just stare at the walls. But I fill my hours with enjoyable, relaxing passtimes! Turn what could be a negative into an 'opportunity'!! Feeling under the weather then has positive aspects and doesn't feel quite so unpleasant. This approach works for me.
However, let's hope that no one comes to my door, because I'm one scarey-lookin', blotchy-faced, red-nosed, dangly-haired 60SumThink vision. You know the look? You turn your head the other way when washing your hands in the bathroom sink... so that you don't see yourself in the mirror. Yup. Hope no one comes to the door. They'd not be expecting Halloween ghoulishness during this time when everyone is so anxiously awaiting the melting of snow! And I'd feel responsible, maybe even liable!, for any resulting shock-induced heart attacks.
What I like about colds is that while you feel crumby for a few days...then: poof! the cold is gone! So I'm waiting for the poof.
I'm not complaining... though I do fear for the safety of anyone who comes to my door. You see... Unavoidable down time has its merits. Relaxing, thinking, making lists of things I want to do asap. Maybe it's okay to be slightly 'under the weather' at times!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sometimes we slip or what we plan is hard because we just do not ENJOY what we plan to do to meet our goals.
When staying on track gets hard, it's time to think outside the box.
I constantly revitalize this long journey of mine. Otherwise, I might keep trying what is not working! And what works last month does not necessary work THIS month as the many goals and components of the journey interact.
Think of the dog that is trying to fetch a ball... that fell into a dirty pool.
The dog wants the ball.
The dog does not want to do the obvious: jump into the dirty pool, paddle to it to retrieve it.
What can the dog DO?
Why... think beyond the norm, right?
Here's the dog's solution:
Having trouble getting from where you're standing to reach what you want?
Think like the dog!
Outside the box in which you're sitting now.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Today I didn't really want to do my usual exercises, but turned on the radio station and got going. Sundays are loaded with lots of peppy oldies and little dialog, so my attitude changed and I loved just plain moving my parts.
Then, I took a few minutes to think forward while looking through my book of exercises geared to my fms/mps (fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndrom). This is a looseleaf binder of exercises -- intended as a sort of lifelong exercise bible full of current and "possibility" movements.
Sometimes I get stuck in the basics and forget to look beyond it to those possibilities, so this morning was a good time to look beyond today. Looking forward to the possible and to the dream levels jump-started my momentary feeling of frustration. Yeah, the day really started off on a bad level. But! Optimism and hope won out. All that was needed was to spend some time thinking about 'where' I've been, what I HAVE accomplished... and what I absolutely intend to reach in terms of my goals.
I want MORE.
I want to do more.
Feel more - that inner feeling one gets, comparable to the runner's high!
I want to be able to MOVE my parts better;
to feel the wonderful feeling in the abdominals when you are walking.
These are glorious goals, don't you think?
I am so glad I was active because I can easily remember that FEELING.
The feeling one gets when all parts are in good shape... and moving at a clip.
It's absolutely fantastic.
My activity/exercise methods have restrictions, my goals of movement and weight loss won't be easily reached (hey, it's already taken 7 years to overcome some other tough hurdles!) but I will continue with my fms/mps-friendly exercises and continue to reach forward. Digging further into the back pages of that book of lifelong exercises!
Because I really WANT that good feeling in my gut when I take a walk at a pace not yet possible. It can happen. It will.
When obstacles and hurdles stand between us and our goals,
we have to focus to know them down.
One by one.
It takes patience.
It is doable.
And every achievement is worth celebration!
Life is unpredictable; hurdles can be tossed into our pathways, and we can adjust.
Keeping the goals in mind instead of dwelling on the hurdles lets us jump higher than we'd once imagined possible.
Hurdle-jumping can make extreme sports look like pansy-stuff sometimes, y'know!
I'm no Olympian, but I'm going for my own kind of gold medal.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Went to the Physical Therapy pool yesterday afternoon.... Before going into the pool for the 3x week pool use via a sort of medical exercise-membership (money-saving for people with chronic issues), there was the usual p.t. intake session. So much for using JUST the pool.
She finds my 'case' to be 'interesting'. Her eyes actually lit up as she asked questions, got answers! She feels that there is, of course?!?, one more avenue to be checked in spite of all the years of tests and therapies: the 'mechanical' aspect of my spine, etc.!! So. Yes to pool. But also: after another pool session she will START assessments of the mechanics of this messed-up body. Not much to check: after all, doesn' a car have to have a fully functional engine before the mechanic says:'forget fixing it; let it just keep running til it falls apart!"?
After over an hour !! of questions, answers and exam, she finally said:
"Let's get you in that pool!" YES!!!
I spent an hour in the pool exercising.
Water temp was 94 degrees; my kind of heaven on earth.
Being able to actually move is such joy.
Worth a lot.... even if it means going through ugh 'intensive testing of the spine's mechanical function level'....
Wouldn't it be sooo great if she could actually come up with some lasting rather than temporary solutions for me? Nothing big; just something to make it all a little easier.
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