Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Enjoying What I Can

The swelling in my foot is down, but it still hurts. I suspect that I'll be heading off for another x-ray on Friday.  Running is off the table at least until whatever is going on in my foot is resolved.

I don't want to be wallowing in self-pity over what I can't accomplish right now, so I'm choosing to focus on what I can do.  Here are some of the things that come to mind that I can still do with this foot problem that make me happy:
    Gardening:  Over the past few days, I've put in most of the plants for my garden.  I also tried planing asparagus several weeks ago, but I may have messed that up because of my need to recover from oral surgery.  If the asparagus doesn't come up in a few more weeks, I may dig that out and try again.  I also still need to put in seeds for soybeans (something new to try) and green beans.  Otherwise, my garden is mostly in and ready for tending.  I bought a new set of windchimes and had Husband put them up in the shade structure near the garden.  I love being out in the garden and hearing the chimes.  The veggie garden is definitely one of my happy places.

    Yoga:  I did well with my yoga goals last month.  While I wouldn't say that I'm crazy about yoga, I am noticing that my flexibility is improving and I generally feel calmer after doing it than before.  So I want to increase my yoga practice by roughly one day per week.  My goal last month was 15 times in the month, so this brings it up to 19 times.  That's about 4.5 times per week.  It's a strange number, but it means doing it roughly every other day with one set of 3 days in a row each week or twice one day per week.  Something like that. Very doable and something that I think will make me happy if I achieve it.

    Regular Dog Walking:  I had been in the habit of walking my dogs almost every day.  This fell to the wayside with the oral surgery recovery and then the problem with my foot.  I intend to get back to this because it's good for me, it's good for the dogs, and it's good for my relationship with the dogs. As the weather gets warmer, it's important to make sure I walk them in the morning so they don't burn their paws.  I'm going to need to figure out how to balance this with my yoga practice, but regular dog walking needs to become a mainstay in my daily routine again.  I just need to be careful not to walk too far, and make sure my foot isn't feeling worse as a result of the walks.  The good things about dogs is that while they love long walks, they are also happy with just about any distance and any time of day.  Every walk to them is a great walk.  I am going to try to adopt that same mindset.


    1. So true! We could learn a lot from how dogs are always in the moment and every walk is a great walk.

    2. Great attitude. This post is a lesson that I had to learn because of my continuous injures.

    3. I love walking the dogs but time is my enemy. Work's been so busy and at the end of the day there's only time for walking the dogs OR making dinner so dinner has been my job and the dog walking has been my husband's. I miss doing it though - their happy little doggy faces and their excitement when I get the leads. It can be the happiest time of the day.

    4. Love your attitude, I believe a positive outlook speeds up recovery.