I just finished my second week at the YWCA. Those of you that follow PEP I'm sure are sick and tired of hearing me talk about it.
I'm sorry, but I'm just excited! I didn't get to go everyday like I wanted to. But, I did go all the days I wasn't babysitting or running errands. I managed to go 8 days out of the 14. That is a HUGE step for me. Coming from sitting on the couch or lying in the bed all day to doing THAT!! I will take it! Today I was finally able to do 30 minutes of solid exercise building up from 15 minutes over the past 2 weeks. I can't believe how much better I feel when I go. I do suffer with arthritis in my knees, back and neck. Some days the pain in my knees would convince me that I just had to stay in bed. But, I realize now that being on the recumbent bike at the gym is really helping my knees. They are not as stiff in the mornings when I work out and the pain has lessened. Although I still hurt, it is some relief.
I have ordered my bathing suit which should come this next week. Then I will be able to participate in the arthritis exercise class in the pool. I'm very excited about that! Not so excited about wearing a bathing suit. I haven't had one on in years. But, I did watch the class (it is 3 days a week), this past week and there are both men and women of every shape and size in the class so that made me feel better. I'm trying very hard to take some steps out of my comfort zone.
I am an introvert in every way. If I gave in to that all the way, I'd never leave my house. In fact, I went two years without leaving my house about 10 years ago. But, I'm 58 years old. I want to live!! I want to see my grandchildren grow and learn and become what they want to be. So, gave myself a big ole "come to Jesus" talk and told myself that I had to do something if I wanted that to happen for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an introvert and love my alone time, but I was taking it a bit too far lately. I am diabetic and have high blood pressure all of which I talk medication for. Because of my diabetes, I am choosing to eat the low carb way with my doctors approval. I do see a new doctor in a couple of weeks so I hope she will be in favor of me doing that too. But, I've never really exercised much before. Now that I have started, I'm loving it!!! I can't wait to get there everyday! I don't know what clicked inside my head, but I'm so glad it did. I believe that all my SP friends and PEP had everything to do with it. There is so much encouragement and support out there if we just choose to listen and act on it.
I still have a long way to go. But, for the first time in a long, long, long, time, I think I'm actually going to make it this time. I don't want to jinx it by saying it out loud, but I feel so good about what I'm doing for myself and my family, that I just had to tell someone about the new love in my life. My only regret is that I didn't start younger and stay with it. If you are reading this and are young, don't put exercise off! Believe me, your body, mind and spirit will thank you when you are 58 years old like me.
Thank you all for helping me and encouraging me. I love my husband, but this Valentines Day I'll have a new love........the YWCA!!!