I finally managed to log 10,000 steps today—the first time in almost a week. It’s been frigidly cold and icy, which means two things: I have not been walking my darling dog at all. He’s had two major knee surgeries, and I can slip on stakes for my shoes, but he doesn’t understand that ice can make you fall down.
Plus, eh, it was windy. Bitter wind, down to 12 degrees….icy roads and walks. No.
I also haven’t been out much, since I chose to buy a Mini instead of something sensible last year. How often do I need it? How often do I love my Mini? (All the freaking time, every minute I’m in it, and sometimes when I just catch a glimpse of somebody else’s Mini.) We got out to tai chi Saturday (and yes, Mary Stella, it’s Taoist) which felt great, and I paddled around in the water while Christopher Robin swam laps the other day.
Here’s the thing: my knees were not hurting this morning. That’s quite a surprise. Have I had it wrong all this time? Is all the exercise hurting me, not helping? After I walked, my hips and knees were both bugging me, but it was also a lot of snow, which is uneven, and the odd bit of ice, so I was careful and tense.
I don’t know. I’ve decided to go with super easy exercise, daily, for awhile and see how that feels. Still aiming for my 10K steps (I’ve been averaging about 4K) per day, but only swimming, walking, tai chi for maybe a month. Just to see….
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. What are your plans for feasting, enjoying, but also taking care of yourself? I give myself the pleasure of really feasting on the day, though it’s better than it used to be because I don’t eat any of the meat products and that means a lot less fat by the end of the day. I do love pie, and asked my sister to bring pecan. But I’ll get a walk in early in the day, and on Friday, I’ll get to the gym for a swim or something. We’ll eat oatmeal for breakfast every day to limit fats & sugars, and I’ll probably make of a pot lentil soup with veggies to have for lunches. Since I am vegetarian and my son (who is staying for 5 days) is a vegan, we don’t have the turkey leftovers, so I can get back to “normal” eating fairly quickly. (I will say, however, that of all meat things, I miss roast turkey the most. Both on the day and the turkey sandwiches the next couple of days. My mouth is watering, just thinking of it….)
What’s up with you? What’s your plan for Thanksgiving? I’m so grateful to know you all, to share this space with you….big hugs all around.