Today Was The FIRST DAY
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Just to keep you all up to speed, I wanted to let you know that today was the very first day that I decided to get out of bed (with the help of the Holy Spirit) and begin to implement a new schedule of sorts into my life. I usually wake up and, as I get out of bed, I do anywhere from 5-10 modified squats using my dresser to lean on for support. This seems to help with the aches and pains of my injury and loosens my legs up a bit more so I can walk without as much pain.
This morning, I also did one "child's pose" which is a yoga move from my yoga routine. I have been doing this move usually as I go to bed for the night. It's usually the very last thing I do before I nod off to sleep. I will stretch out on the bed in the dark, and begin the move after I've stretched myself in the opposite direction first. I've been doing this for about 6 days now and have realized that, over the last 2-3 nights, I've been able to go from the start position and stretch myself back to a sitting position, with a little help from my hands at the end so I don't cause any further irritation or pain. It is a wonderful experience to be able to do this move from start to finish and end up in the sitting position on the bed. And, over the last 2 nights or so, there is no sign of pain as I complete the move. Talk about feeling good bout myself. And it feels so good to stretch your back this way. You just have to remember that, if you start this move, you need to go easy on yourself and not expect to finish it properly, especially on the first run-through. But I was pleasantly surprised that by the third night of doing this move, I was able to finish it completely to the sitting position. I have been going to sleep a very happy camper these last few nights.
And then, the final positive results I've experienced happened today. As I got out of bed this morning, I did the modified squats I told you about earlier as usual. But what I did for the rest of the day was that I decided to follow what I call a 30 on and 30 off routine. What this is is 30 minutes sit time and 30 minutes up time. My injury had happened due to extensive sitting in my job as a real estate investor over umpteen years and not enough standing up and being active. So I decided (with the help of the Holy Spirit) that I was going to begin a new regimen today. I would sit and either watch TV for the news or my ministries for 30 minutes and then get up and stand and be active for 30 minutes. I would set my stopwatch on my phone for 30 minutes and when it went off I knew it was time to stand up again. I sorted through many different piles of paperwork which have been sitting there since before the injury during the 30 minute stand up time. I did the "first sort" of these papers and decided to bunch like items into different empty boxes that I have laying around to help with the sorting function. Once I went through all those piles of paperwork, I moved on to the kitchen and finally cleaned it up by cleaning down the countertops, washing the dishes, and sorting all stray papers that shouldn't be there into one of my boxes (things like receipts from grocery shopping, mail, bills, etc). Talk about feeling good when I took a look at how nice the room looked, it just made me want to do more. These things I would do in my 30 minute stand up time allowance and then I'd rest as I sat during my 30 minute sit time. I wound up binging on an old TV Show called, Titus, which, to me is hysterical!
I never knew I could accomplish so much in so little time but breaking it down into 30 minute increments, I was also able to do more exercising and accounting for it here in the fitness tracker.
It is my intention to continue this planned agenda as I think it was the best thing I've done so far, on my own, since I experienced that horrendous pain in April, 2020. I will do my best to continue to keep you posted on this.
But, I have to tell you. I have a couple of areas that are still really bad for me in my recuperation. One is going up and down stairs without having to hold onto something or have some sort of support to help me make those "steps", which is why I have created a challenge that involves doing a bike-like stretch where you bring your legs up in front of you as you're standing, one at a time, for about 20 reps and then do the same thing on the alternate leg. I would use my bike for this but it is not set to fit my body so doing the bike-like move on it is probably not the best thing for me. I found that I can do this move as I'm in the kitchen, making toast or coffee and have found that it does loosen up my legs even more after my wake-up modified squats in the bedroom.
There are other moves I've created and now am doing them on a daily basis that seem to really help me gain the mobility in my legs again. But that going up and down stairs, bending over to pick something up, and getting down onto the floor and then up again from my floor exercises are areas I'm struggling in. And, every week, I have to go out and pick up my baby's (Angie, my 13.5 year old chocolate lab) poop from the yard before the garbage comes so I can add it to the garbage and be done with it. Picking this up and a very difficult thing for me to do, some days harder to do than others. There are times when this move alone will put me back off my feet from the stress, but it has to be done. But I believe that over time, even these moves will come back to me as a normal move done without any problem whatsoever. So, wish me luck people and I hope this may help some of you out there with similar limitations with your legs.
All I want to do is get back to living a normal life, being able to do what is needed around the house, inside and out, and being able to take walks again throughout the neighborhood, not to mention be able to go out socially and start having a good time again. All in due time, all in due time. Remember, "this too in time will pass" and "that which you see is temporal and that which you don't see is eternal". So I won't be this way forever. I will get over this as will you. The trick is to not give up. If something doesn't work, then either modify it so you can do the move or find something else that works for what you have to deal with. I've done much research on my own through YouTube and elsewhere finding the answers and solutions I needed to get me from square one to where I am right now. I've still got a long way to go but I'll get there. And so will you.