I desired to increase my cardio workout, so I requested more exercise after my normal therapy session. (I am a gluten for punishment! See video.) They assist me as I get onto this bicycle-like machine they call a Biodex. It’s more like pushing and pulling with a bike motion.

My goal is 50 RPMs (I tried to convert to MPHs, but there’s all these other factors, such as resistance.) Sometimes I fall below 50 RPMs, but I go in surges. It’s difficult to do that constantly. I’ve done 70! By the end (10-15 minutes,) I am very sweaty. So I must be exerting myself. (Looking for energy donations!)

Lucky Blessing #24 – Exercise

Lucky Blessing Challenge #24- A Lucky Blessing is Exercise. 

I bet with that title, I lost half of you. But please stay with me here. I started out at the beginning of the stroke barely able to move. I remember struggling to touch my forehead, and Darin said (cause I don’t remember) when they put me in a standing frame and stood me up that I passed out! So uh, yeah, I’ve come a long way. I stand alone (with a lot of effort,) and walk with help! (See the video, it’s there.) I was doing 3 hours a day, now its about an hour a day. I am getting better because I do something everyday (which wipes me out!) Bit by bit, and baby step by baby step (Darin calls them caterpillar steps) I progress. I gotta move, or I will go backwards and atrophy. 
You are blessed with sound bodies (yeah they might ache a little,) but you can walk and move around. Take a walk (or walk the dog.) Play a game with the kids. Do something cardio in front of the TV. Just stand up and sit down over and over. Go up and down stairs a bunch of times. No excuses. (Take an Aleve!) If I can do it, so can you. I used to be an anti-exercise person (oh, I’m too busy and too tired,) but you need to make it a priority. You’ll feel better, and as a side effect the endorphins will make you perk up. And as a main effect you’ll look and feel better. (No guilt!) The Lord wants to see you healthy and happy. It doesn’t have to be hard. Give it a shot. “Let’s get physical…”

Abs – Working Wednesday 4/26/17

Who loves sit-ups? (Cricket noises) Neither do I. But it is a necessary evil. I would highly enjoy parting with my well-earned gut. (Laying around after the stroke for almost eight months, endless shots and giving birth to six kids will give you that!) I need to strengthen my core again. I asked if crunches or full sit-ups were more beneficial. They told me that they are essentially the same. They want me to do a full sit-up, because I am doing double duty as I pull going back. I try not to engage my arm, and make abs do the majority of the work. The point of doing this!) It is seriously a difficult exercise. (I got my shirt all sweaty.)

Speaking of t-shirt, I had this shirt made after a line we started saying. “No rest for the wicked, WICKED WALKER!” They called me a wicked walker. I am sure its just motivational. I am walking now with just a small walker, and a guy moving my right leg. It’s okay, as long as I keep my weight forward. If not, I feel like I’m going to fall backwards. We go about 12 feet then I sit down for a deserved break in a wheelchair that someone trials behind me with. We walk about six times. (Still an exhausting endeavor!) Don’t forget what a blessing you have when you hop up and walk across the room effortlessly. When your body forgets how, it’s much more of a production!