I'm a member of the 2021 Spring 5% Challenge where there are 12 teams within it, that "race each other to fascinating places." We do this by each member on the team reports theri exercise they've done for the day. For one minute of exercise, our "plane" moves 1 mile across the sky. Whichever team reaches 6,000 miles first is the team that LANDS first earning more points, the top 3 teams do earn extra points. Some teams are very competitive, others not as much so there's a wide variety for anyone who's interested on being on a very supportive team. (We'll be ending this challenge in 3 weeks and taking on new members, if you are interested please below put so and we'll invite you!). I'm on the Spirited Under Dawg team (Dawggie team).
I'm also a leader on the Dawggie team. I LOVE Supporting my team, with doing as much exercise as my body will tolerate. During the weekend many push a little bit harder than they may on other days (it ALL adds up!) including myself.
But this weekend to my teammates the
IE's I am able to do some exercise, but not to my normal. My foolish body is rebelling reminding me that indeed my heart is not healthy. It's not as bad as it can, but it's not healthy.
So this weekend my feet are swollen and I just don't feel up to my new normal (Which is far below where it was before January) so I did call my cardiologist today. TY Cheri, for that urge. Cheri is also a leader on the Dawggie team. Cheri has recently had a massive heart attack, and knows ever so well how horrible this can feel to not have the energy we once did, but we know MANY on Sparks can relate for various illnesses.
SIDE NOTE: If you are fairly new to SPARKS or you've been around, but not really fully committed to your health for any reason this could perhaps help you think of things as reality. Back in October this past year I felt so AWESOME I went and got a job as a cashier at a local grocery store which is quite busy. AND I LOVED IT!! I am not young, but I sure could keep up easily enough. And I LOVED waiting on my customers. In Jan I didn't feel good, long and short I am in heart failure (DOES NOT MEAN death is to follow anytime soon. There's so MUCH they can do for us now, than even 4 years ago) and my energy is lower, quite a bit lower. But, if I hadn't of taken my weight loss seriously and was still at 288 or more (Even if I were 200) would my heart be able to handle this? I had asked my Dr who said "It's quite possible it would not of." And Cheri who's our weigh in leader, there's no doubt if she were still around 200 she very likely would not of made it. Our team has been hurt enough by losing Maryanngi (MaryAnn) to a car accident in July. So be guaranteed Cheri and I are so THRILLED we've taken our health very seriously.
So It seems that DAILY I am having to ADAPT to new things. Now I found things right off I could do instead, painting , reading, games, video's (I am not really a movie person). But what I could NOT do well was to really relax. And admittedly it's STILL NOT EASY to just be at ease with nothing to do and just relax being peaceful. I'm working on that.
Izzy is struggling too (She has an enlarged heart ,, found out about Izzy on Feb 17th, myself on Feb 19th, how WEIRD IS THAT???). It seems like we are bonding even more thru this. Oh Izzy is my 10 1/2 year old cat.
With my feet being swollen when I called the cardiologist I didn't get them. Instead the referral went to the local hospital (It is a heart hospital YEAH!) where the ER Dr. has me up the Lasix pill,, that should do it!! I HOPE SO!!
Somedays though we have things planned out, we may suddenly need to be adaptable. I STILL was able to get in 35 mins of exercise though. WOOHOO TO THAT!!