–I’ve walked in a row!
I can’t believe it! I have walked 301 days in a row. I am not kidding. I have been keeping track since I knew that I might be able to make it walking day by day.
I’m so excited! If/When I make it to a full year I will have to call/send a thank you not to my Physical Therapist who spurred me on last year in the first place. She told me just to walk. That walking was THE THING for me to do in my situation with MS and lupus. There was no question. I needed to walk. What did that entail? That entailed not judging myself by how far I’ve walked or how long. That I just needed to make it a point to walk. Seriously, she told me, I don’t care if it’s just a few minutes. If you don’t keep your legs moving you will be in trouble. Your MS and lupus will get the best of you and you may find one day that you can’t walk or that they are just too stiff and you may not have the motivation to do what you need to do–WALK– and to keep on keepin’ on.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. How do I do it? Well I walk near where my doctor appointments are. I walk in my apartment around and around if I have to. I have a walk dance I do that must look really cute. I walk around the block near my apartment. I walk at the mall I’ve gone to. I walk around the museum I have a membership to. I walk/march to a TV show I’m watching.
And my legs are so much better than they used to be. Sure there are days that my legs think I must absolutely be kidding them but they usually thank me in the end. In the beginning it was much harder because it felt like when I was walking that I might be causing some damage. That there must be days I shouldn’t be walking at all and I should rest them.
I am now more confident on my feet, I feel stronger, I have more endurance, I can walk longer distances and handle hills better, my mind and head get some de-stressing and meditation, I get to see outside and be with the world and the earth, I get to move my whole body, I can participate in more events, I can stand in line at supermarkets longer, I can handle my life better in GENERAL.
And that’s because I WALK.
And now I don’t know how not to walk during my day. I think I would be lost without walking. My body asks me for it and reminds me if I don’t do it.
SO I WALK AND I WILL CONTINUE WALKING NO MATTER WHAT AS LONG AS MY BODY ALLOWS ME.
So tonight as I think about what is frustrating me, I will turn my mind to the positive things going on in my life and one of the main parts of my life is that I WALK and I have WALKED 301 DAYS IN A ROW.
A TRUE MIRACLE and I am absolutely grateful to have met a woman, my previous Physical Therapist, who was able to get the message through to me in the right way.
JUST WALK. DON’T PUSH. JUST WALK. DON’T THINK TOO HARD. JUST WALK. DON’T JUDGE. JUST WALK.
Well, turns out she might just be onto something.
I think I’ll continue to do just that.