But the "personal stuff" that helped to maintain my physical wellbeing was lacking.
I promised myself that once the lion's share of house stuff was done I would get back to personal stuff like walking daily, strength/stretching, and watching my diet.
Frequent conversations with myself argued that 10 years ago I could have done both - house stuff and personal stuff - at the same time. But I have accepted the fact that now splitting my focus results in nothing getting done very well. Probably a subtle age related phenomenon. *Sigh*.
So the lion's share of the house stuff is done ... but I am now paying the price for ignoring the personal stuff.
Sunday morning I woke up with a back spasm. No brainer - too much lifting and carrying. It was my back's way of stating the obvious ... "See, you are not in your 30s - not even close - and if you do stupid stuff, I will be sure you pay the price." Thank you, Mr. Back. I got the message!
But carry on is what I chose to do (apparently I got the message but didn't learn the lesson.)
- Monday - I tried to go for a walk but within 25 feet of my front door I turned around and came back. Advil, muscle relaxants and rest were pretty much the activities of that day.
- Tuesday - Walked down the street very slowly for about 250 feet - had one back spasm that buckled my right knee. I returned to the house even slower. Repeat Monday activities.
- Today - Better. Walked slowly around the block. No spasms but my back is sore and it reminded me to keep my pace slow. I stopped frequently to shake out stiffness in my hips and thighs. Hard to know if that was due to lack of regular exercise or if it was a guarding action of surrounding muscles to the lower back injury. A little of both I guess. During those stops I enjoyed the view - and took some pictures.
It is, however, appalling just how quickly you can lose physical strength and stamina after the age of 60.
Tomorrow?? More of the same - need to get my daily step totals up to 10,000 a day like I did for so many months before.