The last week or so I've felt like my old self- I have energy and I feel better and stronger --albeit stiffer-- the day after a workout instead of feeling like death warmed over. It's been chilly and I'm learning to adjust to biking in the cold, who'd have thought I'd need all those layers when I'm pedaling at a good pace? But without that extra insulation I carried all those years, my poor body is still having a strong reaction to the cold. Cold? Heck it's only been in the 40's-- for Rochester, that is not cold!
But still, I've been talking with my favorite cycling specialists at Full Moon Bike shop and they've warned me I need to make a boost to my calories, especially eating more 'real' foods and carbs while out on the bike, saving the peanuts and proteins for after I'm done. So I've gone ahead and ordered a special bike trunk with waterproof panniers that can carry more things, from extra clothing to Tupperware with food more substantial than cliff bars and TLC snack bars. I can see me now, pulling over to the side of a snowbank and hauling out a thermos of soup and a plate of pasta, having a winter picnic mid-commute. LOL!
I will learn to make these adjustments and I'm determined to try to make it through as much of the winter without even thinking of getting a car. I'm saving money by not having one and that's allowing me to get to more theatrical and musical events, which turns out is not only entertaining but a valuable networking time. This evening I got an offer that just might be the start of something big; it's almost too good to be true. I'm not going to jinx it by talking about it just yet, I've got to have a meeting with some folks, hammer out the legalities and such but I'm hoping I might have some really good news to post here soon!
Also want to mention that a friend of mine suggested I add a magnesium and calcium supplement to the Vitamin D 50,000 units my Doctor has me taking. I really couldn't go for the expensive supplements so I opted to try the magnesium oxide generic brand even though I'd read it can cause some stomach upset and is sometimes difficult to absorb. I do think I've been sleeping a bit better, feeling more rested when I wake up, and the aching in the joints hasn't been as deep nor pervasive. However, I am experiencing the bloating and gas issues I was forewarned about, and I'm not certain if it's a side effect, but I've also seen my appetite just plummet. I've returned to eating simple foods, such as steamed fish, chicken and veggies or simple soups and that works, but I have to be careful because often times my body is actually quite hungry even though I have no sense of hunger. Anyway, I'm hopeful that this, along with a dramatic increase in iron rich foods and the vitamin D supplements will continue to help me feel more like my old, energetic self.
And I wish I could share with you all the bliss I felt tonight, biking home in the cold autumn night from a wonderful new play, feeling strong and independent and free. I am so darn grateful for those moments when I feel like the world is a giant, brightly colored kite of many tails streaming in the wind, and I've got the string held fast in my fist riding it through the skies. Those moments are just priceless and worth every single bit of sweat, frustration and times I have denied myself some small transitory pleasure (like chocolate cake or chips) in the moment for days like today. I am strong, in control of my destiny and FREE!
Speaking of feeling joyous and free, after reading this article in Psychology Today Mind Your Body:Dance Yourself Happy, I was reminded of how much I love to let my body fall into the spell of music and move with it, so I went out dancing. Now I know Psychology Today isn't the be all end all of scientific research, but this is one article I can supply plenty of personal anecdotal evidence for!
Thanks for reading me! I hope you dance yourself happy, or do so with whatever activity gives you joy!
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