My new goal for exercise is now one hour per day which adds up to 420 hours per week. Previously my goal was only 125 hours per week which is only about two hours per week.... I know this will help my recovery. I had been able to walk 1/2 mile around the block and yesterday I took a different route which was 1.3 miles and did it in record time which worked out to 2.7 miles per hour. I was stuck at 2 miles per hour for quite awhile and so this is quite an accomplishment for me. Each day I will try to go a little further and next Saturday I plan to take the 3 mile route on the Arthritis Walk. I wasn't sure if I could do the 3 mile walk but now know I can and will do it. My original plan was to bring my walker "just in case I couldn't make it," which I decided was not necessary when I did so well on my walk yesterday. The weather was perfect which helped a lot...it was about 65 degrees and sunny with only a light breeze. I hope for that kind of weather next Saturday.
I took my friend out to The Lake (Minnetonka) where I used to live 25 years ago. Met the present owner of my old house and had a nice chat regarding real estate and the old house. It was a great place on a 50 acre island (shared with about 25 other homeowners) at the end of a long winding road facing west over a bay. I often think how great it would be to live there again but would have to get a giant windfall to afford that place. Had some great memories of when my children were young and we lived there.
My friend and I went to a local restaurant on the lake and shared an afternoon snack and had fun people watching and boat watching. It is getting cooler but the leaves are not changing yet. It was a bit windy and a crisp 55 degrees most of the day. It was a fun day taking my friend on a tour of some of the lake. In order to drive all the way around the lake it would take days as the shoreline is over 200 miles with lots of bays, dead end roads, etc. The best way to see the lake is by boat. Perhaps we can take a boat tour next time we go there.
I was up late last night and had Chinese takeout at 9:30 p.m. So just had to sleep in this a.m. Had my one cup of coffee so I don't overdo caffeine again.
Already did leg exercises in bed before getting up and that feels good. Next onto the recumbent bike and out to the farmers market for a little walking. Gotta practice walking 1 mile today...indoors if it rains which I think it will. Getting ready for the Arthritis Walk next weekend and have to decide whether I can do 1 "mile or 3 miles. I am sponsoring myself and donated $20 towards the Arthritis Foundation. I did not set up a website to solicit donations so this is not a solicitation for sponsors or such, just am proud of myself for getting out to give support to a cause that as someone with arthritis thinks is a worthy one. I have had arthritis, degenerative osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia since my 20s. I had had two thumb joint replacements and two total knee replacements, one last year and one this year. My best advice to anyone with arthritis in their family is to lose weight if you are above your BMI as I know the knees wore out faster because of the excess weight I carried around for about 20 years. As for the thumbs, I was a medical transcriptionist and for 15 years of the 20 years I did that I was working about 60+ hours a week and I simply just wore out my thumbs..... Variety is the spice of life and my advice about not wearing out your hands is to find a job with variety (not pounding the keyboard relentlessly to meet quotas).....I presently have a job with some variety and I am able to get up and stretch at least once an hour....much better on the bod....
I think my laptop is biting the dust...the cap on the W has been discarded and soon M will be going, too. Surprisingly I am able to type ok without the cap cover but I suppose this is only a temporary fix. I either should hook up a different keyboard (somehow) or perhaps buy a new laptop. It is probably 5 years old...is it obsolete already? The newer ones with normal sized keyboards don't seem to weigh any less and I refuse to type with my hands in a cramped up position on one of those small keyboard.
I have been trying out a new (to me) website advertised here on Sparkpeople called Lumosity.com. There are tests and games for training your brain (helping it stay sharp and perhaps improve function. It is fun and challenging and research does show if you exercise your brain it stays sharper than if you sit around and watch television all day (and you will never catch me doing that). Anyhow if you sign up after the trial period it does cost quite a bit. If you go monthly it is $14.95 which is crazy, but if you sign up and pay in advance for 2 years it is only $4.95 a month and I am really tempted. I bought some of those books called Brain Games and enjoyed them immensely and these games on line are scored for you instantly and I JUST LOVE INSTANT GRATIFICATION!!!!
I think in the future my on line time will be equally divided between SparkPeople and Lumosity.com.... [this is an unpaid announcement]......