Monday, September 16, 2013
This was one of those days. You know the ones. The days when the thought of exercising, getting your steps, moving at all sounds like just more than you can do.
I had a rough night. Shin splints, arthritic knee, and for some reason, both hips hurt. Really hurt. No position in bed was comfortable. I'd already taken my standard Naproxen. Used ice. Salonpas. The hot/cold roll on stuff. It would work for a little while and then the hurting started again.
I tried visualizing the muscles tearing and repairing to grow stronger. Didn't help. I finally gave up and got up at 5:30 am. I was exhausted. Let the dogs out. Couldn't take anyone out for a walk yet because it was still dark and we live in the country without streetlights. I was really happy It was too dark to walk. Yet.
Had breakfast, then cruised SP, email and some other sites. The school bus went by. The sun had come up. I decided to finish what I was doing, but then I remembered I was on a tight schedule today and needed to get the dog walk, elliptical and core strengthening video done by 9:30 am.
I also remembered the blogs, Sparkpages, and comments I'd read by SP who had a lot more pain than I've ever experienced. Who were fighting or recovering from life threatening illnesses. Who despite the way they felt got up and got moving. Every day.
I walked the dog a half mile. I did intervals on the elliptical for 20 minutes. I did the 12 minute core workout. Why? Because I was inspired by all of you who get out there and do it. And because I had some exercise streaks going and I didn't want to blow them.
Finally. Done. Still had another half of my steps to do, but I could just stroll around inside and outside the house every hour or so and let them build up a little at a time.
Sat down to look at the 55+ team's daily challenges. One was to find a new fun thing to do for exercise. Fun? Nothing was fun today. It was work. And I'd gotten my 30 minutes of cardio between the fast dog walk and the elliptical. More than really. So said that in my comment. Not going for fun today. Nope. I don't feel like it.
Did some work on the computer. Took care of appointment. Iced my leg and knee. Knew I needed to get up and move around to get more steps and because that's a habit I'm trying I'm trying to develop.
Thought about the challenge. Well, I could check the music stations on Direct TV and at least move to some music. Didn't plan to have fun. Not today.
Found Big Band/Swing music and turned it on. I love that because it brings back great memories of my mom and dad dancing to records in the living room and my dad teaching me the box step. Suddenly, I realized I was dancing. That song ended. Well, I'll go for 5 minutes. Then decided to go for 10. It was fun.
This afternoon after finishing my stint of work, I needed to get more steps and move around again. Started to put the Big Bands back on then I saw it--Malt Shop Oldies! I grew up watching the 50's and early60's Beach movies on TV and my sisters and I would be bop to the songs. So I put it on. And danced. I don't dance well. I'm not very graceful. That isn't putting myself down. It's a fact and I have no problem with it. But I love to move around and be bop to the old songs. It's fun.
I still have the music on and am doing a bit of chair dancing as I type. So if you see any typos, that's why. I don't care. I'm having fun.
Does my leg hurt? Yes. Does hurt worse than it did before I started exercising today? No. It isn't worse. I learned an important lesson.
Do I still feel tired and sluggish from lack of sleep? NO! I have more energy and have gotten a lot of things done today and have a few more I plan on finishing.
I've passed my step goal for the day, but am pretty sure I'll be getting up and dancing some more before the night is through.
I didn't feel like exercising. But I am so glad I did.
Thanks for the Spark Hawtgranny2014, Letha, Timetobloom4me, and all of the rest of you who showed me it's possible and important to get out there and move. Even when you don't feel like it.
Excuse me. The Diamonds are singing "Little Darling" and my feet are itching to get up and bebop.