When you see me ... do you see me?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

As I slowly walk to the health club to swim in water I wonder what people see when they see me walk.

It takes all my breath to open the door to my car and climb out. My path to the club door is short to most. For me it is a timed event. Inside I smile and talk to friends. Keep walking, no lingering unless we sit to talk.

Next it is to the dressing room to hang cloths up, already wearing the swimsuit, and head to the pool. Crocs on so the tile feels safe. Watching for any bump in the rugs. Greeting friends as I hang onto the stainless steel handrail and descend into the water.

At last in water I lift my legs, take giant steps, twist my hips, walking a mile in water. Almost done I finish with turbo lunges, I've got spunk now. I finish with great stretches and no fear of twisting, lifting legs, turning spine. An hour or more has gone by.

Smiling I wave good bye to my friends as I grab the stainless steel handrail. Each step brings more lead into my legs. By the time I'm out of the water I begin the careful walk to shower, change, and slowly walk to the car.

Inside I'm in prayer of thanksgiving. I am so thankful that I no longer am using a cane. It is full pleasure there isn't a wheelchair under me.

Are you thinking if I'd park at the back of the parking lot and walked to club door I would grow stronger. If I'd add floor classes I'd get limber. I know because it has been said to me. I'm not upset. I do realize that some have dealt with weight issue without the limiting effects of disease.

Don't think I'm sorry for myself. I'm grateful...so grateful that I'm beating the odds for my challenge.
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    Great work! My greatest inspiration at the pool/gym I go to is a guy who had a stroke, is in a wheelchair and can only move one arm and neither leg. After he is lowered in the pool with a chair lift he swims using his one arm and puts in more laps than many people with two arms and legs to use.
    I know you will inspire people whether you know it or not. emoticon
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  • JILL313
    You have sure come a long way and I'm so proud of you!! I know just what you're talking about as I use a cane or a walker to get around. I always have my route planned out so I don't have to take extra steps. . .I'm praying as I slowly walk just thankful that I still can do it. I always exercise sitting in a chair just thankful for the Chair Exercise Team and various sit down dvds I have. I'm still the same happy/positive person most of the time as realize it could be far worse. I really admire you as you have inner strength and great character traits. God Bless.


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  • JUNEBUG1944
    I see someone who is trying to get strong and healthy. I marvel when I see ladies in the pool who obviously are working to get better than they are. I feel so happy for them that they are making the effort to do what they can do and not just sit on their butts and vegetate! You go, girl!
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    My friend...your sparks name makes me smile...and .....your blog today motivates and inspires me. You are positive, making headway and are doing well. WOO HOO! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon
    3264 days ago
    What great progress you've made! I know only too well the fear of missing a step or the wrinkle in the rug or slipping on the cement. Once you take a fall you never take it lightly again. I also admire you for making the effort to get into a swim suit and going to the pool for some great exercise. That in itself is a challenge I have not yet taken and mastered. Great work on your part and with that determination, I'm sure you will have great success. Jeannie
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    3264 days ago
    You are a real inspiration to me. I want to join the pool but I am so afraid of getting inside by myself or getting dressed again. I know I need to bite the bullet and truly find out if I can or cannot do it. Thanks for the nudge.

    3264 days ago
    Any time you do your best it is enough! Any effort, no matter how small it may seem to our selves or to other, is to be rewarded! You are doing fabulous! Keep it up! :)
    3265 days ago
    Good for you! *hugs* A perfect lesson in not judging a book by its cover. Keep up the good work, dear heart! emoticon emoticon emoticon All the best, BonnieBlue~
    3265 days ago
    Thank you all for reading this little snipit of thought.
    3265 days ago
    You are doing what you need for you.. maybe later you'll be able to park further away.. but right now, you are doing what you can to get stronger, to get healthier.. keep up the good work!
    3265 days ago
    Good for you! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work
    3265 days ago
    Your light is shining bright...I SEE YOU!
    3265 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your feelings/thoughts! I pray that your "vision" helps others (myself included) with our own "visions" of so many, many different issues!

    Have a blessed day!
    3265 days ago
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