Just don't call it starting over!
Friday, January 02, 2015
First a mea culpa - The "Walking to Mom's House" thing seemed like a great idea, for about 3 days. By that time, my knees were in full rebellion. I was already headed to the doctor to have an injection in the more painful of them, so I thought I would just put the whole thing on hold for a couple of weeks, then pick it up again. The treatment didn't go as well as I'd hoped and my walking partner had to drop out on me. I'm not making excuses. I made choices, and none of them made me healthier.
I just had my "Getting Healthy" checkup required by my insurance (well, not required, but the discount in my premium is a pretty substantial bribe). That went really well. My weight is unchanged. Disappointing, but not unexpected. my sugar and cholesterol are at healthy levels and my BP is a little elevated, but at the same levels as last year. In other words, I'm healthy enough for any activity I choose to pursue for a healthy lifestyle.
So, where does that leave me today? Definitely not starting over. I know what people mean when they say that. It's like your favorite sports team coming off a bad season. They always announce a "return to fundamentals". That's not the same as starting over. Starting over, for me, would mean returning to 465 pounds and barely able to stand. Not going back there. If you're really back where you started, go ahead and start over. I am returning to basics, though. I've picked a few simple goals to start and to measure. I put new batteries in my scale, reset my tracked goals, and reduced them to match my goals, bought a new pedometer, and started to build a plan.
First thing is to deal with my sore knees. It's osteoarthritis, so I'll likely never be completely pain free every day, but I was just fooling myself, believing that because I walked a mile every day, that the muscles that support my knees were strong enough. I know now they're not. So, first thing, rebuild the strength necessary to support them.
I'm going to reread "The Spark". I found it motivational the first time, and i could use a little inspiration.
Lastly, I'm going public. I wasn't initially going to take blogging back up. I enjoy the interaction, but i didn't like the whininess of some of my more recent blogs. Also, quite honestly, I didn't want anyone holding me accountable for my intentions. I was just going to start logging in daily and do the work. I've tried that before, though, and it never ended well. So, hear I am Spark friends. Hold me to it.