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Getting Back on Track!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Well, I always hate to admit I need to change things up to get back on track. But getting back on track is a LOT better than being totally derailed! I think the key is recognizing WHEN I need to get back on track, and to take the baby steps I need to correct my course!

EXERCISE

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I had ambitious goals for hiking and fitness this summer. I am needing to reset those goals. Massive wildfires led to poor air quality ... but more importantly, I am recovering from pneumonia. And recovery is taking MUCH longer than I anticipated. My goal is: while I am still sick, give myself plenty of time for rest and recovery. Exercise at least 10-15 minutes at an easy pace. Gradually increase to doing longer easier hikes (2-3 miles to start). Then add hills, starting with shorter challenging hills like Pilot Butte, Bessie Butte, and Lava Butte. I would like to get back up to 5-6 miles (with hills) by the end of October, but I know that depends on being fully recovered from illness.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

I am going back to basics on food and water. (I am generally pretty good at following my eating plan, but I know I have a tendency to crave sweets). While I was home in bed, kind friends brought me lots of food. Not all of it was the healthy food I normally eat. So my goals are:
1. Throw out any food that's not good for me to eat (Sorry, Linda, those 12 Danish pastries that you brought me are going from my freezer into the trash!)
2. Be ruthless about throwing out anything that might be past its freshness date (my nose and taste buds aren't working as well!) -- I'm going to have to put dates on everything I cook
3. Make medium size pots of healthy soups to eat. (I just threw out half a giant pot of chicken vegetable soup -- I can't eat the giant pots). Next up for cooking: vegetable curry soup; then either turkey bean chili, or Thai green curry fish stew.

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3. EAT MORE VEGETABLES
4. I'm drinking fruit juice, which I usually only drink when sick ... I will switch to mixing juice with water
5. DRINK 8 glasses of water! (This is not usually a problem for me, but since I'm hiking less, and since my throat has been sore from all the coughing, I haven't been drinking enough plain old H2O.)

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6. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. My doctor emphasized that is essential for getting over pneumonia. So my changes have to be: Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. -- since getting sick, I have been falling asleep in the chair watching television (which is unusual for me), then I get up and get into bed -- then it takes a long time to get to sleep.
7. Get back to taking vitamins! (capsules have been hard to swallow with sore throat)

I think this will get me back on track with my health and fitness! AND I hope this means I will be getting back on track before I regain weight or lose too much of my hard won healthy habits.

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  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon plan!! emoticon
    1129 days ago
  • OSONIYE
    Pneumonia, yikes!
    Here's to back on track.
    1130 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Seems like you have a plan of attack...you will get back on track; I'm sure of it! Why? You love your active,
    outdoor lifestyle and will do what it takes to ensure that you can regain/ remain healthy. Take care of yourself!!
    1130 days ago
  • MADAMES
    Take good care of yourself; you have laid out some excellent goals!
    1130 days ago
  • TRAILBLAZER6
    A lot of thought went into this plan. I think that's the big first step. Keep us posted.
    1130 days ago
  • JUDYAMK
    on the danish can you cut them in fourths and freeze them .Then when you want a treat you have a little bit that is if you have not already thrown them out !!I I did not know you had so many forest fires. Gary had that pneumonia years ago it took him 3 months to get his strength back and he is a big man. We almost lost him they were on the last antibiotic for him was in hospital 11 days He was weak for a long time. Take care
    Hugs and prayers
    Judy
    1130 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Even when you start to feel better, don't overdo. Pneumonia is tricky.
    1130 days ago
  • HDEGMD
    Take care and wishing you a speedy recovery.
    1130 days ago
  • MRSGLO52
    Yeeesss all that works, but for me I am having issues sleeping......since my MOM passed away. I fall asleep but won't stay sleep long.
    1130 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Alison..............

    Your plan sounds very good. You are so wise to NOT rush anything too strenuous until the pneumonia is totally gone, and, as you know, that can take a while. Rushing it will only lead to a set-back, which you do not want. With the smoke dissipating and the weather turning cooler, you should be safe to take shorter and less hilly walks. Are you taking anything for the cough. When I saw my family Dr. on Thursday, she suggested a Rx called Benzonatate 200mg 3x daily for cough. They look like Vitamin D clear capsules and also tend to make you sleepy, so I have only been taking them at night.

    I hope that you are completely well soon. I KNOW how frustrating it can be.

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    1130 days ago
  • GGRSPARK
    - possible. Your healthy habits will serve you well - and you will be up snd hiking soin enough. Has the air cleared ? Imagine we have smoke haze here now from BC . And its crazy hot here now. Please take care and get well.
    1130 days ago
  • GGRSPARK
    The pneumonia is holding you hostage now, but you will start to see improvements. The hydration is key I found when I had that a year ago... since then I've had a vaccine that is supposed to protect me. Do rest, but i was told to sit up as much as
    1130 days ago
  • GORDYSMOM
    Good luck and get well soon.
    1130 days ago
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