USE IT OR LOSE IT
Each year, something dawns on me like a new thought but since it has happened each year for the past five or so, it is in no way a new revelation.
It is a truth that I just seem to put on the back burner and forget. Maybe my optimistic soul forgets it thinking that particular knowledge will no longer be necessary next year.
This truth falls into the “use it or lose it” category. I have mentioned before that I have arthritis. Well I am certainly not unique, it is the plague of the elderly.
Some of you have never had a twinge and for that be ever grateful. I can kind of relate to you lucky ones for in my youth, I never had the first pimple which is the plague of teens. Some of us are just lucky with good genes.
Most of us know exercise is beneficial for some arthritis sufferers but there in lies the rub. It hurts to exercise. Every winter with the sedentary lifestyle the weather imposes, I stove up.
Then comes Spring and the gardener in me won't let me avoid the pain. Weeds have claimed my flower and veggie beds. They must be dispatched. Walk into most any variety stores and the garden sections sparkle with temptation. It is time.
So I force that creaky hinge of a back I own, along with some aching hips into bending and lifting so that my eyes and soul will soon be rewarded with a pleasing yard.
My daily work periods at first are quite brief and the rewarding aches make me hobble for the rest of the day. But slowly, almost with out realizing, I work longer and with less lingering pain.
Right now I am almost back to my summer fighting form. The pounds are slipping away, my mobility is returning and pains are way in the back of my awareness, almost nonexistent. Spring is comfortably here. Ahhh, life is so good.
Now I do try to exercise in the winter but it is with my treadmill and my stationary bike. I realize now it is the bending I need to do.
Next year when I start grousing about aches, remind me of this post. I really need to find a winter exercise that will replicate weed pulling. Any suggestions how to "use it in winter so as not to lose it"?? Something that involves lots of bending.
However while Spring puts a spring in my step and back, it also brings the joys of bugs. Yesterday possibly the thing about the warm season I fear the most happened. A tick.
A friend of mine here is still suffering mightily residual effects from tick borne Tularemia she contracted over a year ago. Then there is always ole buddy Lyme’s disease as a looming threat. Luckily I keep my property trim and my dog on a preventive so ticks are rare.
Yesterday however, I felt the telltale crawling up my neck as I was having lunch. I had just come in from putting out mulch around my hedges. Yep, it was the dreaded tick.
I got the little rascal while still on the move but for the rest of the day, my skin crawled and tickled. I still felt the crawling as I drifted off to sleep last night. A powerful thing the mind is. So far this morning, there is no crawling sensation. Phew.
Here's hoping your Spring has brought more joys than pains as mine has. It is such a wonderful time of year.
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