The Christmas presents are wrapped, and the stocking presents are ready for stuffing, the house is straighter than it has been in a long time, and I’m in good spirits. Not everything is the way I would wish it to be, but I’m thankful for my improved health and the health of all our family. I pray to God daily, with confidence that things will work out for the best for our family.
My elimination difficulties are settling down somewhat, but the gas was particularly bad yesterday. It’s hard to think of eating out in public, not knowing how my body will react. Hubby and I can joke about it, but it’s extremely embarrassing even just with him. My intention is to wait until after the holidays to get back with my Gastrologist, since my normal routines and diet are disrupted so much right now. Yes, we both love fruit cake, and I had a small piece yesterday, plus a little bit of egg nog. I don’t know if that set off the bloated feeling or not, but I was not comfortable.
I’m better today, at least for now, so maybe I’ll be more careful with what I eat today and see how I do. That’s easy to say now, when I’m not hungry and there are no luscious desserts tempting me.
I’m particularly pleased with my progress with my morning exercises. When a muscle is used for awhile there is a buildup of lactic acid in the muscle fibers. This causes the pain we feel when we exercise. I was not able to do even one repetition of 10 of any of my exercises at first without tremendous cramping. Now I can do almost all of them for 2 repetitions, as long as I don’t do them in a row. So, I go through my Tai Chi form, and then repeat it all for my full 20 times each. This gives the muscles a chance to rest, but I still get the full routine in. While I’m sitting at the computer I do the same thing with my neck exercises, going through the whole routine twice so I get 20 times for each motion.
I’m still doing only 10 minutes on the mini trampoline, and still having to do little resting movements every couple of minutes. But I can get through a whole song on the radio now doing jogging motions that make me bounce all over. This should be good for my gas and digestion problems, too. Until I can “jog” for the whole 10 minutes there really is no point in staying on it any longer.
My little victories in my exercise routine would certainly seem trivial to someone in good health, but I am very proud of how far I’ve come. And I have hope that I will continue to increase my level of activity.
Yes, today is a good day.