Ha! I bet you thought I was going to wax eloquent about food AGAIN. Nope. This time I’m talking exercise.
Now, without going on and on about my aches and pains (see previous post,) most of the time all my joints hurt, and there’s still something wrong with my knee. And yes. I finally have a doctor’s appointment, and as much as I dislike going to the doctor’s, I am looking forward to finding out what is wrong and if anything can be done about it.
So. I am still walking every day, and most days I walk two times a day. But the walks have been shorter–mostly 20-30 minutes each. Sometimes, when everything seems to be working well, I walk quite briskly. Noah can’t keep up LOL. But other times, like this morning, we both look at each other, and just cut it short.
Exercise at the gym has been going really well. Mostly I have been able to steadily increase the weights I am using. I don’t do squats so much any more. And if my knee feels unstable, I decrease the weight and do more reps. Oh, and I have a new goal. I want to bench press 100 pounds! My brother (my over-the-phone trainer) says I can do it. I got the idea for this when I miscalculated the amount of weight I was already doing. I thought I was doing 75 pounds, and that seemed pretty close to 100. Then I re-figured out how much I was lifting and it was only 60. Still, it is a fun goal to work on.
The other day I was trudging along, with everything hurting, thinking about the future. Thinking about how I keep track of everything I eat. How I eat very healthy foods. How I exercise all the time. And how it doesn’t seem to make a speck of difference (I know. faulty thinking.) And all of a sudden, I remembered that one of my big goals was to keep my blood pressure within normal limits and to avoid getting diabetes. I had almost forgotten about that!!
So. I am adding in a couple of good old exercises that hopefully will allow me to exercise a bit more, and will not hurt as much. My bike is in the shop getting a tune-up, and when I pick it up I am going to get a bike rack so I can take it places that are more bike friendly. I am really excited about the prospect of adding bike riding to my routine. Right now I don’t have a distance goal. Just getting on the bike and doing it is goal enough!
And, I have started back to the pool. I do have a goal here. I want to swim a mile. I don’t think this will be hard to do at all. I am already swimming 30 lengths, which I think is a quarter mile.*(edited to correct: a mile is 66 lengths, so I am already almost half-way there!) I have an order coming from swim outlet–a lap counter, some fins, a new suit, and some water shoes. So fun to get new equipment.
And now I must cut this short to get out for that second walk of the day. WAKE UP, NOAH!!