I didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted here, so I’ll try to catch back up. We had a wonderful Christmas, New Year’s, and we got to celebrate our Grandson’s birthday, too. We still owe our Granddaughters their birthday time, but they have been so busy that there hasn’t been a time to go see them. Plus, I’ve been sick with allergies or a very stubborn sinus attack and really haven’t been up to thinking about a visit yet.
The bad thing about getting “everyday” kind of sick now is that I can’t take the medicines I once would have used to deal with it. I took Benadryl as an antihistamine and then changed to Sudafed when that didn’t help. So, I toughed it out as best as I could, but basically I was a big baby about it. Thank goodness my dear hubby puts up with me when I just don’t feel like doing a thing.
But I’m better now, although I still get up with laryngitis every morning. At least I’m not staying croupy sounding and all stuffed up all day long now. And the energy is returning. I kept on with my very simple exercise routine all the time I was sick, if I didn’t get anything else done all day. So now I am trying to increase my effort each day. I’m up to a rotation of one set of ten of shoulder range of motion movements, squats, and side stepping with a one pound weight, then Tai Chi, and then another set of ten with a two pound weight. After breakfast I ride the exercise bike for five minutes, use the mini trampoline for 10 to 15 minutes, and then end with another five minutes on the bike.
It sounds like such a little bit of effort on my part, but I’m determined to go slow and keep at it. Back when I was relatively healthy I would have laughed at such a simple routine, but now it is all I dare do. I just know that if I keep adding tiny increments of effort it will eventually end up being a decent exercise routine.
I envy the people on Biggest Loser, who have a doctor monitoring their every exercise to be sure they are helping and not hurting themselves. I could probably push myself a lot more if I just had the assurance that I’m not doing more harm than good. So, doing it on my own, I see no choice but to go very slowly toward my goal.
My goal is really very simple … to reach the point where I don’t run out of energy in the course of a normally active day, and to lose 50 pounds. I know I can’t expect to lose any weight with the small amount of exercising I’m doing right now, but it’s a start in that direction.
So I have been purposeful, even while I was sick, and now hopefully I can work even harder toward gaining more strength and energy.