Scheduled ‘me’ time

Lately, mostly due to various problems with arthritis, I find myself managing my pain with ‘avoidance.’ I still do my stretches and biking each morning, but the rest of my day is about minimizing movement. Short term gain (no pain) for long term pain (loss of flexibility and muscle tone). Not a good approach.

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So, I am trying to build some activity into the later parts of my day. At 4:00 every day, I am giving an hour to my health. One of the actives will be to get outside and walk. I have a deck system with four sets of stairs, so a circuit involves exercising muscles to keep my knees strong, a key piece of arthritis management.

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You can see by the pile of leaves at the bottom, this set of stairs hasn’t been used enough!

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Other things I can do during my ‘me hour’ (some exercise, some wellness time):

1. Research a health topic I am interested in and do an information page in my scrapbook. Perhaps do a blog post!

2. Do 20 minutes of yoga. I have a program to follow or, for variety, I can tape a program from TV.

3. Get weighed. We have a very good quality doctor’s scale but it is in the basement so I don’t weigh myself too often.

4. Do a set of weights for my arms, to keep them strong and help accelerate my metabolism.

5. Foot and nail care.

6. Read or do any sedentary activity on my exercise ball.

7. Take a walk outside, including my deck-stair circuit.

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Another deck stairway ready for my circuits.

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All my best,

Alexandra.

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Virtual Biking in Ireland, Phase 2, Day 2 to Day 5

Four more days of virtual biking. All along the way …. pretty Irish houses!

 

Day 1 Sept 22 15 minutes 2.0 km to Creagh

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Day 2 Sept 24  10 min 2.0 km more of Creagh

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Day 3 Sept 25  10 min 2.0 km to Bunlick

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Day 4 Sept 26  10 min 2.0 km to Licknavar

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Day 5 Sept 28. 10 min 20 km to Carrigfadda

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Having great luck with this motivator. My legs are stronger and my guilt over not exercising is gone! Over the next month, I will increase my time on the bike to 30 minutes per day.

All the best,

Alexandra 

One year later

So, my year aiming at wellness has come and gone. When I began this blog, I was convinced I had found the certain way to weight loss and a healthier me. Now, 53 weeks later, I can say … writing it down does not make it so!
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My long term goal was to lose 52 pounds. I didn’t reach my goal. This morning, I weigh exactly what I did one year ago.
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So, an evaluation of my year …

1. Although I didn’t lose any weight, I didn’t gain any either.
2. During the year, to improve my husband’s health, we went gluten-free. Although we had some challenges, we are now a gluten-free household. We have found products to substitute for our grain choices … cornmeal pasta, various crackers made by Glutino, and Domino’s gluten-free pizza. Otherwise we generally avoid gluten and my husband’s health is much improved!
3. I have continued to bike on my stationary cycle about 3 times a week.
4. I have added a set of stretches to my morning routine. After these stretches, I find I am more limber and I have avoided any new injuries to my knees.
5. Although I still face some problems keeping my blood sugars in control, I have had more glucose results in the 4 to 7 range as a result of controlling my after-supper eating. Keeping busy is the key to controlling this eating and lately I’ve been working on some quilt-making projects.
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Overall, the biggest improvement in my health has been to my overall stamina and to my knees. I can say with certainty that this has been the best ‘knee year’ in the past five!
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Best always,
Alexandra

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