I just realized Saturday is the last day of August. My monthly fitness goal is 2500 minutes. I've done it in the past so I figured why not set it as my goal. Egads! I need 390 minutes by Saturday! My minutes aren't adding up! What happened? Oh yeah, first it was the problem with my left thigh that cut my fitness down to a crawl because of pain even when walking. So I rested it and just did the minimum walking my dog I could get by with. After a while the pain ended. Now I'm trying to get back in my normal routine again.
Then bam! Heat wave time!
Special weather statement this morning that the temps are going back up towards upper 90s to 100. As if that wasn't bad enough! It goes on to say dew points are going to be 70+ - humidity central! Heat index readings are going to be 105+ until AFTER Labor Day. Oh my my my...my dog isn't liking this at all and neither am I. We got too hot last night. We broke our walk into two segments. I'm pushing times back as far as I can to walk as late as safely possible which since the days are getting shorter isn't even far enough back. Of course yesterday the first walk we had a nice breeze - still got too hot but the second go round was no air stirring. We walked over to check on my Aunt that time. I was dripping by the time I got home!
Fun thing though last night was I challenged my son to do the 5k on the exercise bike since we're both out of sorts on it lately. He took me up on the challenge. He beat me by 5 minutes. I swear longer legs can go faster. He's over 6 foot tall and I'm 5'5". My legs can't go as fast as I'd like. They're like "yeah right". The good thing was I was a full minute faster last night than a few nights ago. Maybe there's hope for knocking off a little more time before I leave again.
Future plans for after I'm home for the year is to work up to 10k by year's end. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia so I'm letting my body be the guide on that. My knee did start hurting last night again. However I think it's because my son upped the resistance on the bike without my knowing it and my knee doesn't like it. I'm debating on dropping back a little but probably won't until I have serious trouble with my knee. Those darn screws are screaming at me
(I have two in that knee where they rebuilt the knee cap back in 1982).
I did both upper and lower body resistance band workouts today. So we'll see if that problem with my thigh returns. It's feeling ok now but don't know about tomorrow.
Update on my brother: He saw a nutritional doctor and he said "no" to the insulin. However he wanted my brother on another "non insulin" injectable. My brother is on the fence about that because he's not a needle person. He hates them, so we'll see. He seemed to really like this doctor and was wanting to avoid any insulin drugs. So that was an improvement.
NSV: I had on a blouse yesterday. I hadn't worn it since last September because it was tight through the shoulders and arms. Guess what? It's a lot more roomy now. I was amazed even the arm holes were looser! That was one reason I hadn't worn it. I figured since I gained some weight it wouldn't fit but it was so hot yesterday I grabbed it. Amazing! Loved it! Can't wait to wear it again. I have noticed a few other tops were a little looser but never thought much about it since they were cotton knit fabric but this was a blouse. I have a couple more that I need to dig out and see if I can wear - probably not but at least I can see how much longer before I can get into them because they are very fitted.
There's always a brighter side...sometimes you have to look a little harder to find it, other times it's right there starting at you and you don't notice it.
Celebrate all your victories...no matter how small. You'll feel better and it might just be that tiny piece of motivation your brain needs to kick in higher gear.
Don't beat yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Yeah they're important to a certain extent but don't be a slave to the numbers game. Use them as a guideline, not the most important factor on your road to success.
Success is sometimes measured in the smallest things. You need to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Notice how you feel when you're wearing those clothes. Was the zipper easier to close this time? Did that dress or blouse go on easier? Did your clothes hang better when you put them on? Was that you sucking in your stomach in those pants or were your stomach muscles stronger and firmer holding themselves in without your assistance?
Another thing we don't always think about is our feet. Yes your feet can loose weight too. Seriously, pay attention. I notice that my shoes are getting looser. Some of those pair that I don't wear all the time. Gee, that shoe went on so easy today, I thought this pair was tighter than that. Guess what...yup, your feet can get narrower or smaller. I know I always had swollen big feet with cankles. Guess what I woke up one morning (been a while) and said "whoa! I have ankles when did that happen?"
Love yourself NOW. Treat yourself with kindness and respect in all matters. Move that beautiful body. Make yourself feel fantastic. Celebrate your life! I thank God every morning for allowing me another day - I know what it's like to come within inches of dying so I am thankful for every single day - even the days when I hurt so bad I just want to curl up and cry. Then every evening I thank God for another day with family and friends and His many blessings. I am so thankful for each and everyone of my Spark Friends. You're all amazing. You're all beautiful. Sending you love and hugs,