|Trace The Mitten|
The last couple of days have gradually increased my congestion. This condition is a major concern. If it does not clear up it can settle in my lungs. This time of year, with the changing of seasons, is when I am most at risk. The month of November gives me the same worry.
Three days ago I added an antihistamine to my regular daily medications. Today I added regular mucus extended release (guaifenesin 600mg). I spoke with the pharmacist and she said that this would be better than what I was taking. I am glad that asked.
Pay attention to what goes on with you. Advocate for yourself. Get informed. Ask questions to be sure you understand clearly what to do. Consistently follow the plan. Determine what is the signal for getting better or worse and be ready.
This morning I have been exercising arm, upper chest and back muscles.
My stretch spring which I use to spread by extending my arms straight in front of me and pulling out to the sides had been hidden behind a door. I cannot remember when I used it last. I tried it. I could not do it! My left side felt OK, but the right side felt week and unstable.
I need to remember what specific exercises to do. I need to list so I remember.
I need to record what I do. I set aside a calendar to show what days I do what. Wow, I am to March 17th and I marked 5 days with what I did. Obviously I needed to do better (exercising and recording). My tool is not working effectively.
I need to make adjustments. I will set the calendar on my kitchen counter for the morning. I will keep it on the counter until I complete my daily plan. What do you suggest?
I guess the biggest thing for me to share with you is to go back to the statement "use it or lose it." In my mind I believed that I could perform that exercise, but in actuality I lost it. Don't assume that you can still do something, prove it to yourself. This is a good lesson to remember moving forward.
...your feet which spins your wheels moves you along. I had always pushed harder gears to do around 60 rpm. As I started cycling again I kept hearing about the benefits of spinning above 70 rpms.
A friend let me borrow his mountain bike for a couple weeks. When I started to ride it I realized that I was not comfortable with the thumb shifting. I did not want to mess anything up on the bike. I definitely did not want to expose my ignorance and ineptitude, so I did not change gears all those hundreds of miles those weeks I rode the bike.
Luckily the gears were left in the middle positions. I would spin in 80+ rpms. I came to see that I was comfortable at that pace.
I later learned that you should spin with easy resistance as you build up your base.
Spinning in easy gears is easier on your joints. You are less likely to feel knee pain.
I am sure that had I used my own bike I would have pushed the harder gears earlier. I grew up the 'no pain, no gain' era. I was able to begin a good habit and prevent injuries. I went 5600 miles that year.
I can now shift with ease and I continue to improve on changing gears to maintain a steady cadence.
My advice is to spin in 80+ rpm and change gears as needed.
My lungs are feeling better. Exciting, but how did this happen?
I recently realized that I can handle walking up steps without getting out of wind like I did just a week ago. I am pleased that I can handle this strain. How can this quick difference happen?
I feel like I can take deeper breaths. Why?
The answers to these questions are not easy to figure out.
I am first excited about the improvement and can be satisfied with it. My worry is that I will lose was has been gained and go backwards.
How will I keep a reversal from happening? Well, keep doing what you've been doing and you might pull it off.
I have been healthy all winter. I figure that watching the diet is a major factor. I have been very consistent on my exercise.
I would continue both of these factors and try to stay healthy.
Keeping track of food eaten and recording your activities helps me keep doing the little things.
The following articles were found this week.
- Siva Atom has a charger for electronics with a USB port. Attaches on rear hub.
- Adventure Cycling Association has released Route 66 map today.
- Ortlieb saddlebag.
- Dealing with body fat.
- Find the training partner.
- The burn of calories with chores around the house.
- Four yoga positions to start the day.
- Things you should never say to your bile tech.