Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wild World Of Wednesday On Thursday Again

It happened sometime last year when I got my days mixed up. Today's Wednesday on Thursday is flat out a case of WAY too much on my plate. More than the usual too much.

People who are close to me know that I look and act much younger than I really am. This I attribute not only to wonderful genes, but paying attention to taking care of myself for many, many years.

My focus since @kokogirl started her Twitter Trim Up Challenge has been to really, seriously, honestly stop neglecting some health issues that have creeped up and plagued me over the last decade.

First, those pesky bulging discs: over the last decade the knot and pain in my right shoulder has gone from nagging to prohibitive. It was causing my golf game to really suffer not to mention it made paddling a short board a big challenge in all but the gentlest surf. Until January, physicians have just thrown pills at me and sent me to mediocre physical therapists that wanted to watch me do exercises that I could be doing at home (and did). Now, I have found the most wonderful sports med doc (that surfs and golfs) that has given me actual treatment (cortisone shots) and sent me to a hands-on therapist that is absolutely remarkable.

There have been a few other minor things here and there but I won't bore you with all of the details.

Let me just tell you how awesome it is to sleep though the night and wake up ready to go. No more waking up at 3:00 am because my neck is killing me. No more drowsiness after lunch and dragging through the rest of my day. I feel quite wonderful. In fact, I think I feel several years younger.

The point is that you may find me a bit boring from time to time nowadays or I could almost forget to post something up one day. It's just a consequence of really focusing on taking care of myself, my health, and my fitness goals.


Mike said...

So I take it the doctor's appointment went well. Did he give you the clearance to work out the way you wanted?

Apryl DeLancey said...

Hey Mike, I need to wait until the next visit at the beginning of April for that and then he'll likely clear it. He's just getting comfortable with the fact that I'm back to paddling on the short board!

Mike said...

Progress is progress, babe. At least he didn't make you stop! ;-)

Apryl DeLancey said...

I completely agree and am quite pleased with where I am!

kokogirl said...

Apryl, that is great. I am glad that your neck feels better!

I usually push my own health concerns or injuries aside and worry about my kids first. I am important, too. :) Time to take care of my stuff now.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yes, it will be so much easier to take care of your children's needs once you are healthy! I am really amazed at how much I get done now since I have so much more energy from a good night's sleep!

Take care of yourself for sure! You deserve it.