It Is So Hard To Slow Down
Saturday, March 02, 2013
I encountered something today that I'm sure I will fight with during the weeks to come. I forced myself to take a "rest" day from my usual vigorous stationary bike riding. Instead, hubby and I went to the Bloomin Arts Festival and walked around. Now keep in mind, if I had been by myself I would have done a quick walk around the whole place and scoped out the layout and warmed up my muscles. Then I would have gone in every display and looked to my little heart's content. However, hubby met me at the festival and we walked around together.
Today didn't have typical Florida weather. The high today was around 56 degrees and it was very windy. The wind must have been a gift from our friends in the northern states because it had a very cold bite to it. Luckily for me, I wore my warm jacket with a hood on it. I bundled up warmly and was freezing the whole time we were outside. We Walked around for quite some time and then went into our favorite Mexican restaurant for a very late lunch. I ordered a fajita salad with no seasoning or salad dressing but the server forgot to put the word salad after the word fajita so I got grilled chicken with green peppers, onions and a small side salad plate with "fixings" on it. I turned down the tortillas and instead ate part of the chicken, green peppers, onions and the lettuce/tomato and avocado on the "fixings" plate. The rice I skipped and I took the rest of the fajitas home in a box.
I must have been so cold because I needed to eat protein because when we went outside again, I didn't get nearly as cold. One of my weekly goals is to eat more protein at lunch and dinner and I was successful today. In fact, I was ready to take that fast walk that I mentioned before, but I didn't. What my body was telling me (specifically my shoulder) was that I needed to take the day off and slow down. I found myself feeling a bit out of sorts because I felt like I needed my "exercise fix" and the 45 minutes of walking that we did this afternoon before lunch, didn't cut it! Sigh!
Sometimes it is so hard for me to slow down. I better get used to it because I will have weeks of "healing time" after my surgery. I would like to abstain from my tendency to tidy up the house or go for a brisk walk when I know I haven't been cleared to do it by my doctor.
So, here is my pledge. I am putting it out there so that I will have to hold myself accountable. While I am healing, I will refrain from doing all workouts, housework or chores until my doctor and/or physical therapist tell me that it is okay for me to do them. There, I have now put it in writing so I will hold myself accountable for following the directions for healing after surgery. Sigh! It is so hard to slow down!