Starting fresh

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I love this time of year. I always spend some time sorting through clothes, summer and otherwise, and seeing what needs to be boxed or even donated, just like I did as a child getting ready for the start of a new school year. Well I've been back in school for nearly six weeks but the time after Labor Day always is my renewal clock. With that, I am preparing myself to refocus my healthy habits as well. I'm trying not to be discouraged by an injury I sustained a few months ago during a 5k that now has me in so much pain and in physical therapy. I am getting better, slowly but surely, but I know my lack of exercise is having a negative impact on my weight. I haven't even been able to grocery shop like I need. When I went to the store the other day the 80 year olds were moving faster than me! Oh well, I won't let it get to me. My physical therapist told me today that I can slowly begin to add walking to my at home regimen so I'm beginning to make progress.

One thing I've learned in all of this is I don't want to be in a wheelchair by the time I'm in my mid-sixties like my grandmother. She had severe arthritis , like me, and was unable to walk and spent the last 20 years of her life restricted to a wheelchair. My arthritis was a major contributing factor to this injury and since the arthritis isn't going away I need to do whatever I can to prevent it from limiting my life. One of the main factors is the extra weight. I keep getting these quick reminders to clean my life up(cardiac cath, injuries related to a fall, recent injury). All I need to do now is actually take the steps and make myself a priority. I can do it!
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    Yes emoticon !!! Take it one day, one step at a time.
    3359 days ago
    Yes, you CAN do it! I know exactly how you feel about being limited, by the injury and by the arthritis. That's how my Chiari affects me, too. But one thing I've found in the Chiari community is that there are people who say, "Now I can never really live!" and lay down to spend the next four years slowly dying, and there are people who say, "I can handle this. I can do this. I am stronger than the Chiari, and I am going to LIVE!" I can tell you're one of the later. :o) You've got friends supporting you, mama, and a great attitude. You can do ANYTHING!
    3360 days ago
    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. Coni, to answer your questions, it was a 5k walk. My original plan was to do one 5k each month through the summer but that stopped after I initially got hurt. I did train but maybe not enough especially considering my history with back problems related to my severe arthritis. It was the first timed walk I did(another a few years back was leisurely) and I probably did really push myself too much at times. I was determined to finish. The 2-3 mile mark was the hardest for me and by the time I got to 3 miles I knew I could finish. At the time I felt pretty good and was encouraged by the 70 and 80 year olds to move ahead of them. I had my music going and thought I should just push through it. I had pain probably for about a week after and was fine and then a month later it started again and here I am now. Good news is the therapist gave me even more exercises for home today and I was able to do more in the lab so I'm glad for the progress.
    3360 days ago

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    OK, super curious. Did you walk or run the 5k? Did you train and for how long? I'm sorry if I'm being nosy here, I want to do a 5k so bad. I've hurt myself along the way in training and now am scared to death about it. Everyone is always like "you can do it, go for it, push through the pain" but I think of injuries and stuff I'm truly suffering trying to reach a goal I don't even know if I should still be pushing towards.

    3360 days ago
    That's always been one of the good things about being around our elders: we can learn (or try to learn) from them and how their quality of life/health was. I believe in you and know that you will soon be back on your feet, power walking past all those 80 yr olds ;)
    3360 days ago
    I also love this time of year! I agree it feels like a good time to start fresh. emoticon
    3360 days ago
    Don't get dicouraged! Slow and steady wins the race, right? Just take it one day a time, and you'll be taking on another 5k before you know it. :)
    3360 days ago
    I love this time of the year too. You can definitely do this, it's just going to take a little time to get back to where you were. You've done this before and you can certainly do it again!
    3360 days ago
    You CAN do IT!! Baby steps.
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