The lesson of the day is that just because I can think it, it doesn’t actually mean that I can actually do it. However, any progress is progress – however, small!
I was accepted for the lung rehabilitation program yesterday which was a great relief. While I know it will be hard, two days a week I will have a respiratory nurse and a kinesiologist guide me through exercise to regain better use of my lungs and body. Thankfully, they have taken my allergies, and scent sensitivities, into account and have come up with a plan to help me manage being around other people and to deal with reactions as needed.
I’m hopeful that the 10 week program will really help me to lose the weight that I gained from the steroids as well!
So today, in my enthusiasm, I thought that I’d have a go at the first step in the program; walking. Completely ignoring the fact that the whole point of the program is that it is supervised to keep me safe!
I decided to load the dogs up and drive to a local nature reserve and go for a walk. Both dogs were delighted when I got out their ‘play’ collars and leashes and loaded them in the car. (Because Kai is a working dog he wears specific equipment for working that is different to when we’re just going for a walk.)
We set off for the nature reserve but on the way I realised that the parking area near it would be packed and that there would be lots of people as Bon Soo started this weekend. Far too many people and therefore too high a risk of scent for me.
Instead of just coming home as I was considering, I decided to see if the City was clearing the boardwalk for walking. Much to my delight they are. So I parked at the end of the Mall car park away from pretty much everybody else and went for a walk on the boardwalk.
Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that while I might be feeling a lot better emotionally, my body still has a lot of catching up to do. So we didn’t walk very far at all.
Bu we did walk!! We did get out of the house and get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine as it’s a sunny 0C here today!
Thankfully I realised that my brain was writing a cheque that my body wasn’t going to be able to pay and turned back before it became an embarrassing situation. I’m not sure that I’d have enjoyed calling/texting for paramedics simply because I had tried to walk too far!
Sadly, this time a year ago the walk that I did today would have just been half of the first section of a much. much longer walk. Walking is one of the few forms of exercises that I have always been able to do and sometimes even enjoy. For some reason, I don’t ever get the adrenaline ‘high’ from exercise that others do so I always have to find a way to induce my mind to encourage my body to exercise.
Anyway, today I did it. I wanted to go for a walk and I did.
So rather than be concerned with the fact that I couldn’t walk very far at all before being completely out of breath, despite taking all my medications preventatively as required, I’m going to celebrate the fact that I got out and walked at all!
So if you’re like me and exercise is a struggle… do what you can, even if it’s not much. Any exercise is better than none!
As for Kai, Molly and me? We’re now off for a nap!