I was replying to jedimasterlincoln the other day about his successful return to uniform work, fundamentally saying “never let the bas/@rds win”. His is such an uplifting story.
After my last ablation and my hernia operation last year, I have been slowly but surely trying to return to normal physical life. It is never going to be like it was before because I have conductivity problems which lead to severe shortness of breath climbing hills or stairs, in fact my EP thinks I would be better off with a pacemaker.
However 5 weeks ago I thought I had put on too much weight, with the sedentary life I was leading, so I started walking every morning early and managed to build up to 5k per day. I have now lost nearly a stone and I weight 13st 9lb.
On Thursday we came to Madeira for a holiday, a place we have been to a number of times in the past. The climate is temperate and never gets too hot or too cold.
We used to like walking along the irrigation channels called Levadas although some have precipitous drops only protected by vegetation such as miles of Agapanthus which of course are beautiful.
The last time we came here was 5 years ago and I was very apprehensive about trying even one of the easier walks as in places there a lots of flights of steps.
Anyway not wishing to be frightened of a challenge, off we went this morning.
Back at the hotel now and all’s well. My health App on my phone states that today I have achieved the following:
Taken 17885 steps
Walked for 2.30 hours
Climbed the equivalent of 34 flights of steps.
I was very breathless at times and had to keep stopping but I did it.
This time last year I had resigned myself to never being able to do anything like this ever again and was convinced that my days of physical exercise were over.
Never give up is the moral of my tale.