I want to have a checklist of signs I’m making progress. Here are some accomplishments I’ll aim for:
· Climb the stairs without huffing and puffing, even carrying the laundry basket
· Walk 4 miles in an hour
· Complete a 10+ mile walk with Charla – maybe to the lighthouse at Dungeness Spit (Charla is my lovely co-grandma of Mira and a good walker.) (Stan and I already did this last year so I know I can. Eleven miles round trip and the lighthouse keepers serve tea and cookies when you arrive!)
· Swim ½ hour without stopping, then one hour
· Do one-legged sit-to-stand (this is an exercise from my physical therapist Anne. Tried physical therapy to help hip pain – will work if I would just do the exercises!)
· Do step up and back on a full-size step (another physical therapy exercise)
· See some shoulder/upper arm definition, lose the batwings
· Be carrying 15 fewer pounds
· Feel ready for backpacking or maybe horseback vacation
What will I do to get started?
· Get back to the gym Wednesdays and Fridays for weight circuit (Newcastle Family Y)
· Try the morning swim, at least 4 times
· Try the Gentle Yoga class
· Build up miles walked. Can use Runtastic app to record mileage.
· Do Physical Therapy exercises – this is the boring, slogging part of the quest! I love to walk, but hate to get down on the floor and exercise.
· Continue writing down what I eat every day and what tastes good. I’m trying to focus on how good real food tastes when one is not eating sugar.
· Document healthy recipes that taste good so I can make them again. (And when I find some good ones, I’ll share them with you.)
· Gradually implement Wahls protocol – this is a book I will write about in my next post.
· Assess every month – what is working, what is not, how to fix it
I do know there are other more important strengths than physical – strength of character, strength in the face of adversity. I just feel that I’ll enjoy the rest of my life more if I increase my physical strength to the best of my ability.