School is back in session for my two middle school daughters. We have had a great summer, and I miss them already. I love the carefree summer days, and the extended family time. September brings us back to schedules, homework, more soccer and routines. It is a time I start evaluating my priorities and thinking about what to do with my extra time.
I have been doing well with my new exercise routine. I am trying to do something at least five days a week. I coach soccer in the evening, though this entails less physical activity most of the time. I am trying to walk/run 3 days a week, and play racquetball once or twice a week. I hope to make yoga class once or twice a week and do some weight training. If I am able to keep up with this routine I know I will feel better. I will have more energy, feel more positive, have less pain generally, be more fit, and look better.
The ice and heat routine has been helpful. I am typing today with a heat pad on my back. I find that the ice and heat are reducing my pain level, and I have been able to continue to run a few times a week without too much knee pain. In order to cover most of my body it takes about 3 hours a day. If I am lying around, I will add in more time.
As much as I am enjoying my healthy life and the benefits it brings, I am wondering about how I can keep up with my other responsibilities as well. It can be hard to keep up with family members and do the daily chores at home. I also have a couple of opportunities that have come up that I am considering. One would involve a significant amount of time but could make a huge impact for many. The other could possibly improve my health. Much of life seems to be about making decisions on the best course of action that balances taking care of myself and being with others. I was looking forward to this period of health focus, but perhaps there is something else in store for me.
Wishing you all a good week…..