In the last year I’ve learned that I have to work really, really hard to keep my body together. I’ve also learned that I find joy through food, especially when the pleasures of friends and family and travel are absent.
In October I began physical therapy (full body strength training) three times a week in person, with three days of home exercises. I set my November goal to do 6 days of PT a week, barring migraines. I set my site on a new handbag as reward. It worked. It was an achievable goal. I have a lovely new bag that I take to the grocery store and pharmacy and physical therapy. They are the only places I go. My goal for December and January was to make it through the holidays with my sanity in tact. I made it, mostly, while still keeping up with PT at home and with my physical therapist.
Now it’s a new month, and it’s time for new challenges. This month, I aim to keep up with PT six days a week, plus two days of cardio (heart health, endorphins, blah blah blah) and keep my daily food within range of calories that will fuel my workouts and help me lose some weight. At the end of this month, my reward will be a piece of cheesecake – with chocolate and caramel, or maybe peanut butter. I’m not sure. I can work that out later.
But. Oh, the but. Tonight I got on the stationary bike because I have a low level migraine and the bike lets me get my heart rate up while sitting down and is less likely to make my head explode. And somehow, I don’t know how because I was SITTING DOWN, I’ve pulled a muscle in between my ribs. I regret everything.
Then I saw this meme and honestly, maybe chubby is fine.