The letter Y …
April is drawing to a close. May starts on Friday and I look forward to a new goal. I have such messed up sleep patterns with my fibro, that I am not setting the bar really high. I want to start a workout a week until the 15th then two workouts a week and I will try to keep that up for a while before I consider three. Almost 2 years ago I got a morning yoga DVD that I did maybe twice before I opted for the pool. Now with some of the covid19 shutdowns there is no pool time, so I NEED to get back into some sort of exercise. Yoga done gently doesn’t usually produce a lot of pain the next day for the fibro. I just will take it easy. I am going to need time to get the movements right anyway. I absolutely loved the yoga/pilates class I took years ago before my health decline. I know I can’t do that intense of a workout but this gentle yoga I think I can do… slowly. I will bid April goodbye tomorrow and be grateful for a yoga workout plan starting Friday.
Someone once told me to “have an attitude of gratitude.” Last year, all 365 days, I did a happy and grateful post every day. It did help me to appreciate the good in my life. It let me see the good through the blindingly bad. It is good to be reminded of that every once in a while.
The last week or so has been a little rougher on me again. I am drowning in stress and it is taking a toll on me mentally and physically. But I am still taking steps forward. I began a twice a week physical therapy for my back, neck and shoulders. One day in the heated pool (great for my lower back, I have done it before) and one day more traditional PT. This of course though adds two more appointments in a busy week.
I continue to see my therapists and doctors as scheduled and find little bits of hope in advice they share. My PT therapist offered many options to do gentle exercises at home (including looking for GENTLE yoga videos on YouTube, why didn’t I think of that?).
I have rearranged my thinking on my appointments and errands throughout the week. Instead of looking at a week full of appointments as taking up the whole day, I take those 4 appointments (at most an hour each) and add up how little of my time in a week they will actually take. It is much more manageable that way.
I am tackling one thing at a time and tying to be happy when each task is done. That is not to say there isn’t fatigue or pain (or both) when I am done, but the point is I am done. Up until the end of September things seem to be pretty well booked, so I am doing what I can to not get overwhelmed.
The good side of all of this will hopefully produce a little less pain, a little more energy and lots of things accomplished. Plus I have a couple of things to look forward to including a visit from an out of state friend in just short of two weeks. So today I am thankful for a day with only one thing I “have to” do and more time for the computer, WordPress and maybe a game or two of Words With Friends. How is your attitude today?
Have a good day/night everyone! (((HUGS)))
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – attitude