Sunday, March 11, 2012
I was going to blog specifically about the health stuff, but that would take too long, so I will save that update for another time. In a handful of words, though: I'm still alive and I have a bit more energy, so hooray!! :)
To recap: I overdid it in January. Jumping in with both feet was both stupid and dangerous, and it took me many weeks to recover. And then there were a lot of medical tests, to help me figure out what I can and cannot do. Bottom line: I am allowed to (sort of) can exercise. But I have to be very, very mindful of what I am doing. (Being unmindful = passing out, which is not fun.)
So I have changed my fitness goals. For instance, instead of worrying about walking a certain distance each week, I'm going to focus on walking at least 10,000 steps per day. I don’t have much stamina anymore, but I think that I can walk in little bits each day for a total of 10,000+ steps. (I'm not joking about my lack of stamina - even the Leslie Sansone 15-minute (1-mile) walk is way too much for me now.) My logic is this: walking a lot of steps each day will get me closer to my goal of doing the Leslie Sansone DVDs again, and from there I can look at walking a 5k. But I can't look too far ahead, or I will get really discouraged.
I've also lowered my 'fitness minutes per week' goal, both to stress myself less on each 'active' day and also give my body more time to rest between 'active' days. Hopefully this time I won't burn myself out in a week.
And, of course, I will be keeping a close eye on my diet, since I have been getting lazy about that. The frustrating part of that is that as I eat healthier I'm not getting the correct amount of daily sodium (my POTS meds need copious amounts of sodium and water to work properly). But I will find a solution to that problem which does not involve salty (and fatty) snacks - NaCl supplements, maybe.
I will do this. It may take me a hundred years, but I will lose this weight and I will feel better and I will have a life (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). I just need to stay focused. Focused. Focused.