I have backed off my plans once again. Considering my stiffness, aches, and lack of stamina or strength, I have decided I need a couple of weeks of my Pain Free therapy before starting anything more strenuous. All the experts say to start slow on any new exercise routine. I have taken a realistic look at my capabilities and considering the fact that, without a strain, I can only do 5 minutes on the bike it doesn’t seem likely I’d be able to handle the Pilates much less the Crunchless Abs or Metabolic Aftershock workouts. So, two weeks of concentrating on the Pain Free routines while adding in the stationary bike and some Yoga as time and energy permit.
I feel as though I’ve been procrastinating for the past week, but making a realistic plan is the foundation of success. The Forward Head Posture Fix doesn’t require much in the way of strength and stamina so I’ll see if I can work that in before bed every night. Lying on my back on the floor has fully demonstrated the necessity of that. Hopefully, it will be enough to get me ready for the Pennyrile Spring Photography weekend on the 15th.
I have planned a series of “workouts” based on realigning and strengthening the hips, back, and shoulders. Since the “core” is accepted as being the most important area for strength, I’ve included the back positions in both routines. Like regular athletes, I’ll alternate lower and upper body. Monday, Wednesday, Friday for lower body and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for upper. I intended to start yesterday, but circumstances didn’t align. I’ve set a new alarm for 6:30 am so that I’ll have time to go through the routine before the kids are up. So far, that hasn’t happened.
After yesterday’s short calorie count, I woke up hungry this morning so I ate breakfast, then went to lunch with the photography club. Knowing it will be a heavy calorie day, I found time after lunch today to do a generalized quick run through with concentration on the back and shoulders. I plan to work the bike this evening as well. Hopefully, it will help to offset the pizza Davie wants to fix for supper. Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll be setting that alarm again.
An inch at a time. Keep starting over as needed. My mantra used to be “You haven’t failed until you stop trying.” I’m reinstating that. Our fall trip will involve hiking around such places as Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. At the moment, I do well to make it through our monthly grocery shopping trips. I am determined to regain my ability to walk all day as needed.