My Progress

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I have a friend...

...who is struggling right now. She had back surgery last October and it was a pretty serious one and she knew it would take her out of working out for up to six months. Last month, just as she was beginning to feel more like herself again and was cleared for walking; she was dealt another blow finding out she needed a hysterectomy. That second surgery was completed last Monday and for a procedure that is supposed to take about 2 hours - took over 5 hours. She lost a lot of blood and is dealing with low iron and the normal recuperation for two recent surgeries. Hmmm is there a normal for two surgeries???

She is strong and is hanging in and looking forward to being able to get back to her life ASAP but in the mean time it made me think. Yesterday I had a tough workout, it felt harder than usual and I think I was whining a little too about how hard it was. It dawned on me this morning as I thinking of my friend how lucky I am to be "able" to workout and continue down my road toward a healthier life.

I plan to remind myself of this everyday!

1. I am physically able to get up and MOVE
2. I have the tools and ability to workout today, don't waste that opportunity
3. There are many out there for whom it might be too late, they are no longer mobile
4. Why would I waste this chance?

That is my plan for today to remember the gift of being able to walk, and move, and even grateful for the ability to get my butt kicked!

Have a great day everyone and get out and move your body while you still can!


Julie said...

I have a friend like that 2008 we started biking and we were having a great time. At the end of the season she had back "issues" before long dx with cancer requiring not one but eventually 2 major back surgeries and chemo. She is in remission now, but will never be the same. She has balance issues and walks very slow. She does not bike, she does not run, nor will she ever again. I love her and am amazed at how strong she is.

Teresa Mof said...

Wow Julie - it really makes you feel thankful huh. I hope she does well and surprises you someday by biking with you!

to dream the KIMpossible dream said...

pretty sure I needed this "kick in the pants" reminder. I've been taking all my stuff for granted and not taking advantage of all that I have to be thankful for. I'm gonna start kicking it into gear TONIGHT! Thanks for keeping it real!