Health Accountability & Encouragement #1

July 20 – Just rolled in the door after a very full day of shopping, a haircut, the bakery for no-added sugar bread for hubby and some scones (a treat!), icky Walmart for a new dish drainer and some staples like cat’s fave food, my fave grocery store because I don’t like the meat or produce at Walmart, iced decaf stop at Starbucks, thrift store where I picked up five new-to-me books and a couple of sleeveless walking tops, and… well, that’s all, I think. The haircut was harder than it sounds because I had a… um… situation with my last (very dear) guy who basically kinda sorta ruined my hair. Yes, there’s a post about it somewhere around here. Anyway, no special walk today but here’s how many steps I went on my travels:

July 19 – Hot, hot, hot!!!! Fantastic walk today!

July 17 – Please see THIS POST that will describe my process, going forward. Whenever I can share steps, I will. But if – like today – I have to improvise, I will share what I did instead of walking. 

If the weather clears at some point today, I may also walk outside. It’s early and I’m not writing off the entire day just yet. 

I’ll be back this evening with the results of my “Rain Day”.

Yay, an opening in the sky! Little cool, little misty!

July 16 – Beautiful, beautiful walk today!

July 15 – Back at it!!!

July 14 – Whole migraine thing that I explained in a full post today. Didn’t walk today for the first time!

July 13 – Once upon a time (yesterday) I not only walked but did at least 3000 steps worth of hard work inside the house, including furniture-moving, washing our sheets and changing the bed. I took a warm bath last night and got into bed at 10:30 PM only to lay awake for two hours.

Once I fell asleep, I was awoken by two cats fighting on top of me for the prime real estate of right next to or on top of my head. Also, through no fault of his own, I had (what can only be described as) Darth Vader breathing next to me, thanks to his CPAP machine.

Long story short, I had a rotten night’s sleep and woke up to thunderstorms… so couldn’t walk, which felt kind of fine with me since I could barely pull myself out of my PJs.

I went out for my walk at 3:40 today instead of not walking at all. Yay, me!

Also this week’s full- body shot.

July 12 – Huge fire about a mile from our home so I had to drive a little out of town to do my walking.

I had a stunning view!

July 10 – Beautiful day and learned a lot, like (for example) DO NOT bring my purse anywhere I wish to walk. Because we stopped and had breakfast first, I had my purse with me and didn’t wanna leave it in the car while we walked around a tourist town. That thing felt like a 25 pound weight on my shoulder. I kept switching shoulders but it was no good, especially when I bought three little jars of jam (strawberry rhubarb! apricot! peach!) and my sweet hubby bought us bottles of water. So, Friggin’. Heavy.

ADDED NOTE: it’s been a week off the second medication (1st was Celebrex for arthritis) amitriptyline brand-name Elavil, used for depression, pain, sleep.

Still taking my main depression medication, 2 blood pressure medications and asthma prevention inhaler. Only needed migraine meds once in the last two weeks!

July 9 – I made up for the last two days, for sure!

It’s was sopping wet out there today!

And, I think my dad said hello with this beautiful feather!

July 8 – Even though my back is still hurting from yesterday’s tumble, yay me for making 3,000 steps today!!!

July 7 – Fell down today. I’ll write the story tomorrow. Ugh. Didn’t feel up to more walking. Double ugh.

July 6 – tried to walk earlier in the day. Was too hot and tired. Went out at 4 PM instead.

July 5 – I didn’t do this on purpose but I got another personal best!

July 3 – We got our second vaccination today!! Also, here’s my full body shot for this week!

July 2 – Cooler day, got my steps in early! Thunderstorms on the horizon now…

July 1 – Rainy day, waited till evening to walk. Remind me not to do that again! lol I just don’t have the same energy at the end of the day… but it was neat that hubby came with me!

June 30 – Today was a very interesting day. We were on extreme thunderstorm watch and so I didn’t dare go out this morning because I didn’t want to be caught in it. And then it didn’t rain.

Later in the morning , I got ready to go for my walk and of course Mother Nature picked that exact moment to start pouring. Buckets.

So I got in my car and went through Starbucks for an unsweetened iced tea and considered my options.

Long story short I had planned to go shopping after I walked so I went directly to the grocery store instead and did as much of my walking inside as I could. Good thinking, right? It was, actually!

Unfortunately, once at home I had a lot of groceries to carry down stairs and twisted my knee. Ugh. I was so careful too!

The moral of the story is that some days you just have to take what you can get. I didn’t want to push it and not be able to walk tomorrow!

June 29 – I cannot describe the heat today. Brutal!

June 28- My furthest yet!!!

June 26 – Um. 88% Humidity. 🥵☀️🔥 Melting over here!! lol

June 25– Overcast and cooler than yesterday but the air is heavy!

June 24– I’ll be writing a post to share how this shebang is going. Fabulous day today!

June 23 – Overcast today. Took hubby to appointment and he decided to walk to where I was parked, to get his steps up! LOL Oh, it’s ON!!! LOL

June 22 – It’s so pretty today! Sun is shining and it’s cooler than normal, which made for a very pleasant walk!

June 21 – Hubby is on his last day of vacation and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it out for a walk today. Guess what I did? I MADE the time and took the effort to DO IT. Yay, me!

You’ll notice in photo #2 that I got scared out of my wits by this animal sticking out of a hole in a tree. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Also, I’ve decided that striving to go 10,000 steps within a month when you began at zero is not a viable goal. My new plan is to keep on going as far as I can EACH AND EVERY DAY. <<< There, fixed it!

June 19 – Hubby walked with me today! We went up a whole new street and I got a few neat photos of summer garden decorations!

Also, here is this week’s full-body photo!

June 18 – Busy day! It rained most of the day, so I did my walking inside. Legs are aching! Good ache!

June 17 – I made it a mile!!!

June 16 – Almost a mile!!! Super humid and hot. My lungs were burning. My legs, too! LOL

June 15 – It’s our anniversary! Beautiful, sunny day!

June 14 – Raining today! Found a break and took off for my walk. Boy, did my glasses get steamy!

June 12 – Hubby and I talked and he wants to start walking with me in the evenings starting Tuesday, the first day of his vacation and also our 20-year wedding anniversary! ♡ We can’t “go” anywhere but we can do things together. 🙂 If he wants to continue our nighttime treks, I’ll have to update later than usual… or maybe late will become my “usual”… we shall see! Anyway, he walked with me this morning! Also, to keep things streamlined, I’ll only share photos that go with the post of the day, like yesterday – oh, and the day before. LOL 6 days & counting! Up 600 steps from where I started! Go me!!!!!

June 11 – Today is the first day that non-essential items can be sold in Ontario, Canada. Woo Hoo! No haircuts yet, though. That comes mid-July. Anyway, today I got up and out of bed before 9:30 and got myself all gussied up to shop. So my steps are a a combo of walking around stores – some of which don’t have great reception and didn’t count all my steps, I’m sure, and a top-off to get to 1,500 steps at home. The photo is the line outside the store I HATE shopping at but needed such a diverse group of things: a sympathy card, bleach, shampoo, cat food… that I simply needed to brave the crowds and do it.

June 10 – Hubby had to work out of town this morning and I don’t feel safe to walk outside alone if he’s not home to call in an emergency… so… I walked inside the house! Actually, I cranked up some music and danced and walked! Hannah watched me from the box holding my new office chair. Sounds like there’s a lot of pieces inside! Wish me luck putting it together!

June 9 – Humidity is 64% today and it’s 84 degrees. I felt WAY more energetic today and grocery shopped and cleaned the fridge and freezer.

I’ve already drink/ drank/ drunk one magic bottle of water.

On my walk, I saw this red-leaved maple. No filters! Isn’t it gorgeous?

June 8 – Humidity is 83% today. It may be only 81 degrees but with the humidity it is HOOOOOOT.

Day 1 was yesterday, June 7 – I walked just a bit over 1000 steps. Our apartment is small and we don’t walk much in here, so I can credibly guess that I did only 50 or so steps before I went outside for my walk. I took pretty photos that I shared yesterday in a post. I plan to do that whenever I can… that’s for my mental health as much as the endorphins.

INTRODUCTION

Okay, guys!!! I promise not to talk about this in every post. In fact, to that end, I am creating this one-and-only post that I will pin to the top and update daily. I will be writing my regular posts at the same time.

Full-body photos will be taken once a week. I took this one today, June 7.

I’m using roses as my featured photo because I love the color and frankly, do not want the heaviest picture of my body to be pinned at the top of this blog.

Every day (except Sunday, a day of rest) when I come home from my walk, I plan on filling my magic bottle (with healing crystals at the bottom) with water… blessing it, thanking it, and drinking it once I’ve cooled down naturally, so as not to barf all over myself.

I am using a very precise step calculator that uses your height, pace and ostensibly measures gait. You will see it below. I walked just over a half mile today.

I will be reaching for one mile or 2272 steps within two weeks and 10,000 steps (4.4 miles) in a month. I will not, repeat NOT, beat myself up if I’m only at 5,000 steps. The goal is to KEEP GOING no matter what.

The reasons I’m embarking on this journey is a diagnosis of lipedema, which I wrote about yesterday. If you haven’t read it, click here. It’s also to get my BP down, lung function up (I have significant asthma) and my depression under some kind of control, if possible.

Finally, dates will be added on top, so I can add and find easily. So Day 1 – June 7 – will drop to the bottom as I add info.

Here we go!

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