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Saturday, December 01, 2018

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.

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  • READY201811
    I look at that many miles and think WoW. What an accomplishment and with so many obstacles. It may have slowed you down but did not stop you to get up and keep going. You got detoured but never quit which makes you a winner .
    371 days ago
    Do the best u can and be kind to yourself. Be proud of all your accomplishments because they are many.
    373 days ago
    You are doing an emoticon job!! Take care of yourself!!
    377 days ago
    You've done a fantastic job. You have to take care of you. Your body talks to you and it's necessary to listen.
    Maybe the warmer temps of Florida will relieve some of your pain.
    377 days ago
    emoticon thats a lot of walking /exercise .. WTG !! agree with set back - had a lot my self - but we keep on trying ... I hope 2019 brings a better year .. enjoy the holidays

    377 days ago
    You are doing good..proud of your accomplishments..one day at time of course you know that
    377 days ago
    You have done well with your goals. The fact that you are still doing them speaks volumes because so many quit after a few weeks. Give yourself a huge pat on the back for your success this year.
    378 days ago
    I think you have done very well with your walking and exercise.

    A friend's son posted last night on Facebook. He said, "It’s been so long since I’ve had a migraine that a few days ago I had to get a new prescription for my medication because it had all expired. I had cut Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) from my diet years ago but somehow kept getting migraines. Most commonly my migraines happened after drinking coffee but other times I couldn’t figure out the cause so I blamed it on lack of sleep. I finally figured out that my spontaneous migraines were happening after I consumed something with artificial flavors. Since then I decided to try cutting all artificial flavors out of what I eat or drink and since doing that I have gone the longest without getting a migraine. If you suffer from migraines, I would cut all MSG and artificial ingredients from your diet and see if it works for you."

    Since I am diabetic, I use a lot of "fake" sugar to sweeten iced tea, my coffee and other things. I don't get migraines, but I thought of you when I read this, so I copied it directly from his Facbook page.
    378 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Ramona, with all the problems you have faced medically this year, you have done the best you can to the present time. As we age and I am 73 years old, we seem to have those days where it is difficult to do as much as one would like. We just got to roll with the flow and do more when we feel good. So on bad days, we don't need to feel guilty when we just can't do what we would like to do. I will once again say you have done a really good job this year.
    378 days ago
    I think you’re doing well. I’ll be 70 in a few days (oh no! Lol) and pulled a hamstring a month ago. I have found I do better now exercising for 10 minutes at a time throughout the day. I walk outside or at mall or inside with a video. Sometimes I walk then have to sit on a bench briefly before I continue. Still better than sitting in a recliner all day. I plan to go back to Silver Sneakers this week. Be proud of all you’ve accomplished this year.
    378 days ago
    Celebrate your victories!
    You might not have reached the goal you originally set for yourself, but that's ok. You are still working towards them and you aren't giving up.

    Good for you!
    378 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    You’ve done fantastic! I admire your tenaciousness. I’m not sure I would have done so much if I’d had your challenges. Wishing you a great week.
    378 days ago
  • MNEME2
    With all you've encountered, you have done GREAT! Nice that you can enjoy some warmer temps soon. Happy December.
    378 days ago
    Wow, you have done really well. Don't use goals that will stress you out instead of making you feel good for what you have accomplished. God bless
    378 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    You are like the Little Engine that Could - you keep pushing forward in the face of many obstacles. You should be proud of all you have accomplished.

    I will try to warm it up down here before you come down-ha ha. We had a few cold days this week but back into the 80's for the next 3. It is the usual up and down pattern for this time of the year.
    378 days ago
    WOW you did great
    378 days ago
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