big baby steps

I have heard that the only reason people blog is for other people to read it. I have heard that blogging is a form of journaling. I have heard that blogging is for self-obsessed people who want everyone to know everything about them. Whatever.

I now feel the need to remind myself why I am blogging. I feel as if the last few posts have been solely about MS, and I have been feeling some self-imposed pressure to write about something else.

But wait a minute - I'm blogging so that I can better process the things that are happening in my life right now. I'm openly blogging about my experience with a disease that many people will admit to not knowing alot about. I'm blogging to maintain contact with my friends and family.


Ok, sounds good.

Today, I took a big baby step. Well, no, I took 2 big baby steps. Let me tell you about them...

Five weeks before I became ill, I joined a gym. I recall starting my work-outs with a bang, and they quickly fell off (especially when I stumbled off a step platform, and into a machine...no joke!). For now obvious reasons, I could not continue at the gym. A medical hold was placed on my file...and I re-joined today!

Jason has been pushing me for months to go back and come up with an exercise regimen that meets my needs...and more importantly, meets my strengths. I have been reluctant for many reasons, but I finally feel ready to start moving my muscles...re-introducing full movement back to all my limbs (is the neck a limb?). Jason wants me to get out of the house more often.

That was big baby step numero uno.

On may home from the gym, I stopped in at the grocery store. whoa. I had a small list of things to pick up - and purpose in my steps. I have been to the grocery store...zero times... by myself in the past 20 months. And I would just like to say that it was uneventful.

Cheers!

Emily

5 comments:

Ladyfingers said...
October 12, 2007 at 12:45 p.m.

Congrats on the HUGE "baby steps".
I can personally vouch for how awesome they are. Did you actually buy some groceries or just walk in and out of the store?

Mom

Anonymous said...
October 12, 2007 at 9:43 p.m.

It looks like you should take Cleo the Coach to the gym with you...and maybe to the grocery store too. If the stock boys try to rough you up, she can let them know who's boss!

Congrats on your steps!

Annie

corina said...
October 12, 2007 at 11:01 p.m.

whoo hoo! yay! way to go!

Brent said...
October 14, 2007 at 9:24 p.m.

Nice job heading off to the gym. I really like going to the gym. You get to be on your own with your thoughts (or some tunes), and you get to seriosuly take care of yourself. Think of it like doing interior decorating for your own body. Clothes are on the exterior, but excersing really spruces up the interior.

Go slow at first, establish a routine, and then stick with it no matter what. The worse your day, the more going to the gym will make you feel better.

I hope it goes well!

B

Emms said...
October 15, 2007 at 6:26 p.m.

Yes, I bought milk, oj, grapes and a cucumber.

If I took Cleo ANYWHERE in public - I would be banned - FOR LIFE!

woohoo!

Yes, I decided that the horse (me)needs to come first AND be somewhat conditioned...better to pull the cart(s).

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