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Little Things (that mean a lot)

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Life carries on, one day at a time, and quite often as the time passes, we think that everything is unchanging.

Then something happens, or even doesn’t happen, and it suddenly proves that a change has occurred, and that when experts talk about those ‘baby steps’, it’s not only the ones we control (like changes in our food or exercise programmes), that they mean. Sometimes change, whether positive or negative, happens in tiny increments too.

I remember being in my twenties. Quite apart from being without the obvious physical changes of aging, I can remember doing cartwheels on a beach, as a joke, to show my two children that I could still do that. It nearly killed me then, but I didn’t lose that ability overnight.

The inability to walk upstairs without wheezing didn’t happen overnight either, or being unable to crouch when gardening, or put on my socks, or lace up my shoes, or cross my legs. It took thirty years for some of those things to happen.

We call it ‘getting older’, but really, the number of birthdays has very little to do with it. More than the general wear and tear, it’s us. We gradually stop doing the things we did because it’s ‘too uncomfortable’, we’re ‘too old’, we’re afraid of hurting/injuring ourselves. Basically, because it’s easier not to. Then we get depressed about it.

And whereas I cannot remember a single instant, where suddenly I was robbed of the ability to do any of these things, or moment when realized I could no longer do them, I can tell you exactly the instant that I realized that the ability to do some of them had returned!

Jogging round Ikea, after my long-legged son, whilst holding a conversation about beds! (Don’t ask!), and I hadn’t had to beg him to please slow down! I wasn’t even out of breath!

Sitting on the side of the bed, forcing each foot in turn into a figure of four over the other knee to put my socks on, right foot much worse than left. Now I do it automatically again, though it still hurts a bit.

Only last week, realizing that I was sitting with my legs crossed as I always used to.

And to crown it all, yesterday, looking at a series of exercises starting with full squats, then pulling on your feet to get even lower and thinking R...I...G...H...T,

Then discovering that, I could actually do them. It certainly wasn’t comfortable, and I didn’t do all 10, but I could do them.

So when your feet seem to be progressively further away than the length of your arms, and Thomas the Tank Engine, goes with you up the stairs, keep trying:

DON’T GIVE IN!!!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/18/2013 4:09PM

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    An inspiring and well written blog! emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 5/9/2013 4:05PM

    emoticon You write such good blogs and I can totally relate to all that you mention about getting older, the wear and tear of the body. You are doing better than me, but like you I won't give in and I keep plugging away! One day at a time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEATLETOT 5/3/2013 7:36PM

    Congrats to you on these changes! You are an inspiration!!!

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KAYYAK1 5/3/2013 12:23PM

  Gosh, did I need to be reminded of this. Thank you so much.

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    I wish there were some way to save this blog to my favorites so I can read it again when I need to. And I will need to. Thanks.

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    emoticon This is so good! Thank-you!

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VERDIEMAE 4/28/2013 8:51PM

    I think this is what we miss (or choose to ignore) when listening to our parents and grandparents when we are younger and the thing we should pay the most attention to. The little things in life we are capable of doing and take for granted until one morning we wake up and realize we can no longer do them. Had we listened like we should , we would have taken better care of ourselves. We would have exercised more, eaten less junk food, taken more time for ourselves and enjoyed the little things more. But most of us don't and so here we are. Trying to back track and regain. It is harder than holding on but we can do it. I am stubborn and after the first 3 months of 2013 being sick, it has hit home even more. Growing older doesn't mean you have to give up and BE OLD! It is a state of mind and how you take care of yourself. I refuse to give up and just get old. I intend to fight back, scratching and clawing my way back to fitness! Thanks for your blog, it is inspiring and honest and down to earth. Good luck! emoticon

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FIRECOM 4/28/2013 2:36PM

    I woke up one morning and all of the sudden, I WAS OLD. I was amazed at how fast this happened to me. Too bad I didn't take my weight and health seriously 30 years ago.

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MARYJEANSL 4/28/2013 2:01PM

  You are so right about the gradual losses :-(. I am not there yet in terms of getting some things back, but I am optimistic! Very encouraging to hear of your successes.

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KENSHO 4/27/2013 11:44PM

    THIS is a fantastic blog!!!! You are an inspiration and the way you write is inspiring as well. I'm so glad I saw this blog. Thank you for writing it.


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    That's fantastic. Way to go gal! emoticon

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MARIANNE9855 4/27/2013 1:50PM

    Its wonderful isn't it! I can now tie my shoes in the center of the shoe instead of off to the side and this morning I put my pants on standing up! and I am still very big but have lost 45+pounds and am exercising every day- our bodies really can get better- you are never too old to keep trying! emoticon emoticon

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    There is a lot of WOO HOO's going here and well deserved!!
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DIANNEMT 4/26/2013 8:54PM

    LOTS of victories!!

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TERMITEMOM 4/26/2013 8:33PM

    I loved your blog! So cheerful, hopeful, and uplifting! Thank you!

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    Keep up the good work!

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    Great Blog! I know I can!

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  good blog

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Good for YOU! Way to go! You're doing FANTASTIC!

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/26/2013 2:29PM

  This is truly wonderful!How many say, I can't do that,or I'm too old, and never improve. What a great deed. Keep it up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    great post

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    good blog

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JANEMARIE77 4/26/2013 10:41AM

    its it just wonderful what will happen if we stop thinking and saying I can't

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/26/2013 10:28AM

    Good for YOU! Way to go! You're doing FANTASTIC!

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IDICEM 4/26/2013 10:23AM

  Congrats on rediscovering old abilities!! I'm working on mine as well!
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PJBONARRIGO 4/26/2013 9:40AM

    Progress for sure! I'm thinking about Churchill now- "Never, never, never give in". emoticon

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DJSHIP46 4/26/2013 8:46AM

    Went through a bit of the same thing when I first started to do yoga. I was a pretty special feeling the first time I stood on my head, a thing I had never done in my whole life!!! I know that exercise has certainly done wonders for my balance and I am eternally grateful for that too... I am VERY happy to share in your success... May we both continue to enjoy our golden years :)

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