Today I literally took the first step. In fact, what they say is true: the first step is, indeed, the hardest.
It’s Monday. I am trying SO HARD to break old habits. Yes, I could’ve worked over a whole hour at work. Or I could stop at the mall on my way home and walk. I walked. A mile. Yay me. I mean, really. I have to motivate myself because it all starts and ends with me. Right? So I didn’t stay at work and I felt empowered.
I parked at the mall and literally said out loud to myself, “do not walk too fast or too long, dear, it’s the first walk since nearly forever”! I got off to a good pace and tore off (well, my inner athlete said so) into a brisk walk.
So, for now, I’m not in any pain. And I am always in pain. All-day, every day, and I don’t know how I’ve avoided slapping someone because of it! (Small joke). Anyhow, I am going to take an anti-inflammatory, a warm bath with Epsom salt, and I’ve been drinking a lot of water. Day one, step one. #neverafraid
This is my first journal entry on my path to end the year strong. Yes, even the teacher must learn.
After feeling guarded about exerting myself too much so that I don’t have to spend the next few days recovering, I had to learn HOW TO MANAGE MY ACTIVITIES … even getting exercise. I had to find that healthy compromise. I used to dive right in, go so hard thinking it would be giving me a better workout. NOT TRUE! It only served to give me pain and the inability to more and function on a more normal level!
Does this sound familiar to you? Are you giving yourself enough grace to pull back and listen to your body? You can’t just sit still, but you sure can’t forge ahead as if you’re in the Olympics. That doesn’t just count for exercise, but all things. Stay moderate, my friend. Stay moderate.