|View of some of the woods along my walking route in my neighborhood.|
Thank you for your good wishes for my doctor’s visit on Friday. The doctor x-rayed my foot again and pronounced it 90 percent healed. Not what I was hoping for, but he seemed pleased because it was better than it had been in June.
During my visit, he found a couple of other problems—minor ones, really—that I will have to deal with: plantar fasciitis in my left foot and tendonitis in my left elbow (tennis elbow).
I’m going to learn some exercises to strengthen the right muscles during two sessions of physical therapy, and he gave me some other things to do to get better.
The most important thing I took with me as I left his office was this: I had an opportunity. The opportunity to get strong and fit and become physically healthier.
I have to face the fact that I have let myself go. My muscles are weak and underused. When asked to do what they normally would do, they are balking.
Also a problem is the fact that I weigh too much.
I really like this orthopedic doctor. He draws pictures to illustrate his explanations to me, and he gives me plenty of time to ask questions.
He gave me two lists, one for my foot and one for my elbow. Here’s the one for the foot:
See that phrase third from the bottom? “Weight loss.”
It’s official. I need to lose weight and the doctor has put it in writing.
I’m putting too much weight on my foot with plantar fasciitis. And extra weight is not good for the almost-healed fracture in my right foot either.
The doctor jokingly said, “You’re falling apart.”
The take-home message for me was that I better start taking better care of myself or I will have more problems like the ones I’m having now.
I don’t see this as a burden. I see this as an opportunity to get better and feel better. And if I feel good physically, I’m going to feel better mentally and emotionally, too.
So I’m starting to eat less and plan how I can more systematically eat a healthier amount of food. I’m planning how to make time in my day to exercise.
|Starting out on a walk on Saturday morning.|
Step by step, I’m going to lose weight and get stronger. I have this opportunity to do that, and I’m taking it.
What is one thing you’re doing now that enhances your physical health? Please share!