Does anyone else cast their eye back over the year in the run up to Christmas? Well perhaps between Christmas and New Year anyway. I am doing this right now, with regards to my health. I have lost more than 30lb since January 5th- good news for me I was significantly overweight. However I've also been dealing with IBS flare-ups, a viral cough so bad I was coughing myself sick for 10 days, shingles, frozen shoulder and plantar fasciitis. I'm still so lucky to have a very able body, but right now it's beginning to feel a bit restricted and is getting me down.
I took up running after shingles because I felt so awfully untoned after doing nothing for three weeks, but couldn't go swimming because of my awful shoulders, and dog walking is less and less exercise ( my dogs are ageing faster than me, and my older dog has just gone into significant heart failure). I graduated the programme, feeling powerful, strong, positive- empowered by myself 😀
Then IBS kicked in and when it eased slightly I had to devise running routes which never went far from my front door, just in case.
THEN plantar fasciitis decided that running was going to hurt like hell whereas previously running was one time my feet didn't hurt!
I got lots of advice about helping to ease it... Meantime I decided running in the swimming pool might work. Of course I would have to make the time to go... Yesterday I did go and ran lengths of a shallow pool for 35 mins, nothing like as great as running outside but much better than gym work... And although I slipped and found the turns difficult I did get an enormous feeling of power and enjoyment on the straights, particularly when I got into a good style and found I was catching up a swimmer doing crawl ( on the straights- my turns were much slower than his!).
Also, looking for silver linings, the medication I have to take to be able to sleep for more than two hours with frozen shoulder means I can't drink alcohol - that's since September or so - must be doing me some good?!?
So, all in all, I guess I have to snap out of feeling down with all the problems and get to looking back and feeling pleased with losing weight and upping my exercise 😀
Anyone else want to look back and summarise their health happies and sads for the year?