Here’s to Health
I have been on the computer reading my e-mails for 4 hours now. Some time has been looking for a job – it is so over-whelming, especially when every job requires some “twigging” on the resume. I did have an interview one week ago and it seemed to go positively.Admittedly, I didn’t go with the utmost of enthusiasm; however, as I heard more details, I become more interested. I should find out by Monday and in the meantime sent a thank-you note with some positive comments about the desire to work with their company.
I am horribly out of shape and have gained lots of pounds which isn’t too impressive when you go waddling/limping into a job interview for a recreation position. I used to push so hard and injured my wayward knee a couple of times and it took a long time to heal and now I know that I have arthritis in my knee.
What the heck , I am older. Getting inactive when you get older is serious, because it is much harder to get back into shape and I will never be where I was at in my twenties, thirties or even forties. The trick is to focus on what I can do, and never give up.
I can tell you what doesn’t work:
Isolation, self pity, sitting around too much at the computer, binging on licorice, ju jubes, pizza, cheese, pop, especially the larger sizes that are a “good buy”.
What does work? I am starting to turn the eating thing around with small portions of meat, home-made soups,(canned is so expensive and I was inspired by Livin’ and Lovin’s colourful and delicious and nutritional soup today)
I am taking some herbs for bone health that a lot of people swear by. That and walking are good for arthritis. One year ago I couldn’t walk one block after twisting my knee but now can get quite a few blocks – I persevered.
I am only in my latter 50’s now and ooh not too good, but I am reading Jane Fonda’s book, Prime Time and actually relieved to read that although she goes hiking, she hasn’t been able to jog for 10 years. Her exercise video is a good but gentle workout. I can not only hope to be in as good shape as her in my 70’s, I can work for it.
A friend gave me free pass for three visits to the “Y” I started going to yoga two weeks ago and it didn’t hurt so much the day after like the first time. I want to invest in this. It keeps me flexible as well as get back some stretch and strength that I have lost. I went on a “mall walk” the other day because it was too slippery outside. I walked , I didn’t shop. (well-l-l-…I stopped to look at a couple of things).I am poor due to unemployment but bought some comfortable fitting clothes at the thrift store that allow for comfortable movement. I am in less pain that way and can move better.
Next week I am having a broncoscopy done , something I was dreading until I changed how I looked at it. I still do not like the idea of being sedated nor of having a tube down my throat and into my lungs. I have chronic lung infections possibly one that has been around some time and never really goes away, thus many bouts of pneumonia… I am practising turning the fear into calm using prayer. I am more excited about the fact that once we can figure out the problem,we can work on a solution.
I can balance the job search with exercise and it still works to show up at a company to hand over a resume rather than just sit at a computer. And I can get ready for photo competitions and workshops by taking photos and getting fresh air and a little exercise. It definitely boosts my spirit.
I am drinking more water, something that feels good instantly as well as over the long term. I am getting healthy.
Morning Sun-A Bright Beginning