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A slightly tough walk

Friday, December 27, 2019

I felt kind of knocked sideways by today’s walk, at any rate during the last part. I was dragging behind the other two. I wonder why. Possible reasons? I had a tummy bug over the weekend but I thought three days clear of it was OK. I was making tests yesterday, so I’m right at the end of a term’s work - maybe tired from work. I have a benign cyst being dealt with by a “wait and see” approach. It’s slightly across the border from small, so I wondered if it was causing a draggy feeling, or if it was the after effects of the tummy bug. Anyway I felt a whole lot better after thirty minutes sitting on the train on the way back.

Or.... it might be that I need to gradually work my way back up to a better level of fitness over the next couple of months when my workload will be light. The eldest of the three of us, who is in her early eighties, did the return journey not on the train but on foot - an hour and a half - and probably at a pace I can’t match even on a good day! She is amazing!

I had mixed feelings when I set out this morning because DH was gently but persistently grumbling about me leaving him by himself. I do turn down some invitations and when I told him that, he was a bit surprised. It’s a balancing act between caring for both of us and self-care. I often would rather relax with him than push myself to get out with friends, but it wouldn’t be wise to let my life get reduced to work and home. It seemed selfish but there have been times when friends have been lifesavers.

Anyway, I got home at three in the afternoon having enjoyed it nonetheless and resolving to gently build up my fitness level.

An exotic public toilet LOL
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    Glad you got out for A walk with friends. I need to start walking daily again! My mom's dog is the perfect excuse! I just realized yesterday that we would both benefit from a daily dose of street walking! I noticed a couple of times during December activities feeling winded and tired.
    57 days ago
    Definitely do not neglect your self-care. That's so necessary!
    61 days ago
    You're not being selfish at all, Margaret. It's important to maintain some friendships. And I'm sure your DH knows this, but was feeling a bit lonely on his own. Does he have any friends who come in to spend time with him? Or any hobbies that he can look forward to doing when you go out?

    I understand that it must be very hard for him not to be able to be mobile on his own. If he is computer savvy, are there any sites where he could find friends who share his interests?

    Please don't give up your own friends. I know you are looking forward to retirement, and it will be very important once you don't have the social contacts at work to keep in touch with people who share your interests.

    As far as your comments about your level of fitness, it could be the cyst, or perhaps you just need to gradually increase your exercise speed and duration.

    Hugs, Gail
    62 days ago
    Never apologize for taking some time for yourself to recharge or relax with friends.
    It's because of those little breaks that you are able to take such good care of you hubby Margaret and I'm sure he gets that...........just sometimes the "little boy" in our menfolk comes out and they feel neglected LOL

    2020 will be a better year for you hun....oh and cool public loo emoticon
    62 days ago
    Different architecture; but, I did recognize it as a public toilet.

    You're wise to extend the self-care by getting out with friends and easing back into activity.
    62 days ago
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    I find that some days are more of a struggle than others while exercising, energy-wise...seems like pep in the step may be lacking for no apparent reason....the good news is that you did the best you could do!
    Your resolve to build your level while being gentle with yourself is perfect! AND yes, enjoying an outing with friends is important self care, in my opinion!
    62 days ago
    Oooo pretty architecture!

    And you have made two wise choices - the first to take care of yourself (first) and the second - to gently build up your stamina.

    I do understand about the easy comfort of staying home with someone who isn't as fit as I. Last year, when DH was having so much trouble one of the things that I dropped was regular exercise and I'm still playing catch-up. Thank you for reminding me that - even if it's easy and pleasant and fun - sitting around every day is never going to make me feel good in the long run
    62 days ago
    Be patient with yourself! You aren't as young as you used to be, but you'll get back to normal.
    62 days ago
    Take time to rebuild
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