Yesterday I was talking with my son about walking and my yearly goal. I told him once again I fell short of my goal. This year was 2018 miles and I'm at 1570 as of yesterday. I was disappointed but I realized a few things.
1. I set a lofty goal of 2018 miles back in December 2017 for this year. My realization was I have walked 1570 miles despite the setbacks I've had this year: fall with concussion that also re-injured an old concussion. Then a second fall barely six months later. I have spent several months recovering from those falls. At 64 years of age, it takes a bit longer. I'm happy with those 1570 miles and hope to add a few more to my list for December. Next year my goal will be 2019 miles.
2. My health has taken a priority. Falls and concussions and other injuries to my sternum and ribs as well as my knees have pushed me to the brink with pain. The concussion also triggered a post concussion syndrome and I still have to deal with it on bad days. Good news is my migraines are no longer daily. I still have a bad day with migraines like yesterday about once a week, sometimes twice. That's a win over 5 or 6 days a week like it was.
3. My body has stiffened up a bit too. Those falls injured and re-injured many parts of my body. I'm trying to adapt to a new routine to deal with those problems. It's been difficult due to this darn respiratory crud I've had since October 7th when I got home. I will always have good days and bad days due to my multitude of health issues including fibromyalgia and arthritis.
4. My weight has been up and down. In the winter my normal body temperature is 95.6. I freeze all winter long, no matter how many clothes I put on. My body temperature has dipped down in the 94.5 range too. In the summer months my normal body temperature averages about 96.8. I'm wondering if food choices would make a difference in how I feel. Maybe I'm not burning enough fuel??? I do have Reynaud's syndrome with the icy cold hands and feet which is painful in the winter, no matter how many socks or the warm house shoes I'm wearing. My body is in much more pain especially since those two falls this year. Is this the new me? While I would love to lose much more weight, right now, I'm just concentrating on holding my own and losing what I can based on what my body is needing at the time.
5. My gym membership is still valid but the time I've spent at the gym just doing my "all over machine" routine for 15 minutes has caused me exhaustion issues. It's probably due to the respiratory crud taking control still. I've had exhaustion issues before with the fibromyalgia and maybe I'm just in a flare up. So when I've gone and worked out i feel great for about 5 hours then crash. I'm hoping to go this coming week again and see if things go any better.
So those are my realizations for my current situation in 2018. Still working towards those goals. My walk around the Earth's center is at 10,488.94 miles out of 24,901.45 miles. I'm slowly moving forward. My 5th virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail is at 1779.8 miles out of the 2202 miles shown on walking4fun.com. My year to date is 1570.01 miles as of midnight last night. I love walking.
Now to gear up and get the house clean, bake cookies for gifts, make fudge for gifts, plan our early Christmas dinner because I'll be at my brother's house for Christmas this year. Three weeks until I leave for my brother's. Then on the 29th it's off to Florida and hopefully warmer temperatures and sunshine so I can get my beach walking on.
Sending you love, hugs, and prayers for a wonderful month.