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!