Day 15- Dear Diary

Dear diary,

It was a beautiful and relaxing day.  I got a lot of things organized for my planners and the items I used to decorate my planners.  Yes, I have multiple planners. One Erin Condren, one Kikki K, and a lovely Louis Vuitton Agenda.  I use all three every day and it helps me to stay on top of things, especially meds and doctor appointments.  I would either miss all  my appointments or I would be late to all my appointments if I didn’t write it all down!

Today I took a lovely walk with my family this afternoon. I’m trying to exercise more and watching what I’m eating.  Ever since I had my issues with my back surgeries and chronic pain, exercise has been the last thing on my ‘to do’ list.  I’ve never been into working out and doing any kind of movement that required me to sweat. But living with a police officer that works out 6 of the 7 days in the week, made me feel l should rethink my lack of movement lifestyle.  And if I do walk or whatever, it helps greatly with my back issue and makes a difference with my depression and anxiety.

It’s always hard to take that first step, literally and figuratively.  But after the first week of soreness and that special kind of tiredness, it starts to matter. I look at my younger brother who about a year ago made the decision to change his life and start to exercise with a personal trainer.  Fast forward to last weekend and my brother ran a “Spartan” race which is a 10 mile race full of obstacles, through mud, hills, and pure exhaustion. But finishing that race twice in two days, was I’m sure, an amazing experience and thrill.  I couldn’t be more proud of him and how he picked himself up and push himself to do this, something that wasn’t his norm. And now, he is looking forward to running the third race in August of this year.

Rob never needed to workout, naturally skinny, but his mind needed him to workout.  So many of us with chronic pain and the depression/anxiety that can go hand in hand,  need that physical and mental workout.  That adrenaline rush and the release of endorphins which is medically known to help with pain. Endorphins also are known to trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to the feeling of morphine.  Getting that feeling with just exercising sounds like a bonus to me.  You don’t need to see a doctor, pay that co-pay, pay for the prescription, and then praying that it will work, can all be achieved by walking, running, and just plain sweating, sounds a lot easier to me. Just try it.  Give it a month and see if you feel better.  What exactly would you have to lose?  I’m going to do it, so who out there wants to join me?  I’ll post every so often of how I’m doing, and where I’m at.  Love to hear how you are doing too!  Leave me a comment below as to what your favorite way to exercise is.

Until tomorrow…………………..

 

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