My heading should really read “Exercising With A FitBit” but more on that later. I have had a great Labor Day weekend so far. “Grumpaw” and I got to have our eldest grandson (at the ripe age of 2 he is now an elder) for the night on Friday. Odin had the SU and me in stitches most of the time but mostly after our supper on the deck Friday night.
Odin loves to make animal noises and when he imitated the bear growling the SU started growling back at him. Odin, at first shocked by “Grumpaw’s” growling, looked at the SU with his mouth agape. Then he noticed the hint of a grin on “Grumpaw’s” face and a contest of growling was born. Who knew my boys would like growling at each other? One would growl like a bear and then the other one would growl but louder with all the facial expressions mixed in. The sounds coming from our deck must have been a bit like a cackle of hyenas, we literally laughed until our stomachs hurt.
Laughter is so healthy, probably better than any anti-depressant prescription a person can take but our world doesn’t make laughing easy. From now on when I need a laugh I will beg for Odin’s company for the night and get my feel good vitamins all stoked up again.
On the move again
Besides laughing I am happy to say I am also exercising. There was a time not that long ago when regular exercise was the last thing on my mind. I think it took me a solid three years to finally get back in to the groove after my diagnosis of Class 2 adrenal fatigue plus Hashimoto’s. In my past life, I would have kept up with an exercise routine no matter what but with adrenals on the edge of total fatigue I felt the best thing to do was to slow down and try to heal.
Fast forward three years and I have energy again and a desire to exercise, even jog again, so I recently decided that every time I go to the end of my driveway, 1/4 mile to the road, I need to jog it. Sometimes I jog at a faster pace, then a slow pace and sometimes I even stop and start jogging again. This is especially true when I have the two giant poodles swarming round me like bees because they are being ”bathroomed”. Other times I just jog out and back two times and in my bare feet (this alleviates any pressure on my Morton’s neuroma). I climb stairs whenever I think of it and walk the perimeter of our land as often as I can. Last, but not least, I try to do a Teresa Tapp DVD, of which I own several (sometimes I just get in proper alignment and do some of her arm exercises).
What’s a FitBit?
With my renewed interest in exercising I also started hearing about FitBit on Facebook. Have you seen any discussions about FitBit? They cost under $100 and can easily be worn on your bra, underwear, in a pocket wherever you find it convenient to wear a 1 1/2 inch device. They even make them in a wristband but unfortunately for me those were back ordered and I didn’t feel like waiting.
They also are used by insurance companies to track your exercise and you should know, if you don’t already, it is possible they will penalize those who don’t get in enough steps per day by increasing their insurance premiums. My FitBit was free with accumulated points that my husband has been working on for some time. He has no choice but to let them track his steps but he has a system that works and allows him to exercise if he chooses, not when they choose. Mine is only for me not for my insurance company (so far).
It is all new to me but a FitBit can track your calories for you. Track your steps, track your stair climbing status it can even track your sleep habits. I find that all a bit worrisome as I don’t like the idea of my daily exercise being a thing of public record on the internet but despite my concern, there is something really motivating about reaching your daily goal (mine is 10,000 steps right now). I even enjoyed getting the email notification that I had reached a certain goal. I would never have expected this of myself as I am not a competitive person even when the only person I am up against is me.
I feel very strongly that, if you have diagnosed adrenal fatigue, exercise should be kept to a minimum. At the time I was going through my T4 clearance process, Val, the then moderator of the adrenal fatigue group and RT3 group, was adamant about exercise. That is adamant about keeping it to a minimum and I think it worked very well for me. I healed and now can get back in to the swing of things. I think you will know when the time is right if you pay attention to your body and how exercise makes you feel.
I also wanted to mention that I have been taking Monolaurin for almost a month now and I can’t quantify the health benefits without a blood test but between Monolaurin and another dose of Belladonna remedy I suddenly felt like a person who should be exercising and getting in shape. I don’t have that awful air hunger anymore and jogging is easy on everything but my ankles (I think they got out of shape after years of not jogging).
Now if I can lose some accumulated weight and build some muscle I will be a laughing Nonna all the time!
I hope you have had a great Labor Day weekend and thoroughly enjoyed what has come to be the final hurrah of summer. I hope to see you back here on Monday the 23rd of September.