Renewing Well Being

September 14, 2008

Over the past several years, my body and brain have been subjected to several physical and emotional traumas, which I will not list here. I was at a point of barely being able to propel myself forward at times or keep myself from unexpectedly falling over. There was a point when I thought that this would be so for the rest of my life. However, the body and brain—separately and together—are amazing devices. They are like the hardware and software of the most highly developed computer system in the universe. Well, that’s exactly what we are—the most highly developed computer system in the universe (that we know of, anyway).

There came a point when I shifted from acceptance of this dismal future to undeniable possibility. I was unsure of where to begin when Lynne started encouraging and coaching me. This was a great inspiration to me and at times was the only thing that helped me continue putting one foot in front of the other. It has been slow going at times. But, my own determination and the supportive coaching from family and friends have kept me afloat, literally. The only thing I could do in the early stages was to bob around in the pool. Then I started walking in the pool. I quickly realized that in addition to my other lost abilities, I had actually lost the coordination of my arms and legs when walking. I had been hanging onto things to stay upright because I could no longer balance myself and couldn’t remember which arm to swing forward with which foot. I had to do a little observational research on this concept and spent quite a few hours in the pool over many weeks to create this new pattern and rhythm somewhere on my brain.

I eventually progressed to some mild aquatic exercises and to a more vigorous routine. I was very encouraged as my coordination and strength on dry ground obviously improved. And, my ambition and confidence began to grow stronger everyday with each new accomplishment. My strength and stamina have grown from nothing to mild energy bursts. My “energy budget” is now extended to the better part of a day—with small breaks now and then in between physical tasks.

I recently accomplished a goal that I was almost afraid to try because I didn’t think I could do it; I can now walk two blocks in under six minutes with confidence—no stumbling, wavering, flailing or falling. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but its quite an accomplishment for me!

I happened across this web site (No more Excuses) in my daily Internet routine and decided to try it out.

It’s so easy. I’m not perfect at it yet, but I am doing it at my own ability. No Gym, no equipment, no special clothes, or all of the other excuses I have used in the past to avoid traditional exercise. I can do these in the morning to wake up and strengthen my body. I can do the routine at the vanity, or in the kitchen while the coffee is perking. I am not in training for the Olympics, just trying to stay alive, alert and on my feet.

My next goal is to strengthen my arms and legs even more and to actually be fit. I know I will do it!

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