As quickly as one year ends another begins. Since I last reported (12.31.12) little has changed. I am still looking at the flowers from the correct direction. At the beginning of this week I completed my last Pulmonary Rehab and graduated with flying colors. An aspect of the rehab that I don’t think I have spent much time on is my oxygen level during exercise. When I first started Pulmonary Rehab, no matter what exercise or duration of exercise I was performing, my oxygen level would drop below 90 percent on a very regular basis, sometimes it got as low as 82 percent, but over the last month, I don’t remember it dropping below that level once. Yes I still gasp for air, but clearly (to me) the rehab has helped me retain oxygen in my blood. This change I completely give credit to the impact the Pulmonary Rehab has had. Today I started my maintenance program. I choose using the hospital pulmonary rehab center, because it has nurses and the cost per session. Having nurses there as you work out is a good thing, having it not cost a fortune is better. My costs are $40 for 8 sessions, or 5 dollars a session, heck I spend more than that at McDonalds. Hopefully I will do more workouts than visits to McDonalds. In a separate post I shared my New Year’s Resolution, it was simple. Just be here on 12/31/13 to make one for the year 2014.
In the brief period between Monday and Friday my health has not changed. I still am running at a solid 3 level and peaking at 3.25 to 3.5 during the day. As I stated above I have started my maintenance program. But it isn’t about maintenance. It’s about continuing the process and improving as you do so. Today was one of the hardest to date because I didn’t have anyone monitoring me. I went thru my paces, and when the day was done, I was slightly ahead on all prior levels. It is quite apparent to me that I need to work on the upper body exercises, and weights. My legs are still relatively strong and the exercises and weight work with them is much easier that upper body work. I am setting the bar higher, reaching for whatever the maximum is so I had to work harder. Recovery time between exercises has also increased due to the increased effort. This wasn’t totally unexpected, but a bit shocking just the same. Improving should be and is the goal, but everyone has good and bad days, realizing this will allow me to not meet my goals every time, yet meet them for the overall. I also understand that I at some point I will real my ultimate level then the goal changes to maintaining that level.
Getting off my dead butt and actually completing the Pulmonary Rehab, has been great mental and physical victory. I had the talk down pat, and I could use all the right words, it was kinda like one of the million times I tried to quit smoking. But actually getting out there and doing it, WOW that was the great part, and that gives me the mental courage to continue.
Next will be to rehab my belly, I haven’t developed the courage (and really the desire) yet to do the simple exercise of pushing away from the table. Maybe later in the year I will start that significant effort.
As always your comments welcomed are encouraged – take care, Bill