A pink zinnia
The weather today is foggy, gloomy and gray. The humidity is 98%. But it is not raining. I went outside and got my yard laps in early.
On these humid and hot days I cannot count laps. I have to listen to my body. I know I am not getting as many laps in. I am still walking 45 to 60 minutes. What I have been doing is walking around a couple of the trees in the yard twice to add to my steps. This also makes each lap have more steps total and last longer. I figure it will increase my stamina.
Today my back hurt really badly as I walked. I know why.
Last year some time my middle son began doing COnvict COnditioning program. It was started by an imprisoned man. Using his own body weight and the prison bars or whatever he had available, he began to train. He developed a program which anyone can do using things they have available and their own body. He does not ever use machines or weights.
After my son began to do it, he introduced it to my husband. My husband is skinny and strong. He does not train or exercise but he is active and his job involves a lot of walking and stair climbing.
My husband has been doing it since Christmas. It is a very regimented program. There are different levels. You must master one level of an exercise before you can proceed to the next.
Since we do not have prison cell bars in our house, he has been hanging from pipes in our basement for some of the exercises.
Yesterday our son brought him a bar that you can adjust to fit in a doorway to use for some of the exercises. WHen they were finished setting it up, they left it in the doorway that leads to our bathroom. It was about halfway between the floor and top of the doorway. The only way I could get through the doorway was to bend under it. This type of bending caused me excruciating back pain. DH was not available to move it, and it was too hard for me to move it.
I could have gone upstairs to the bathroom. But my water pill does not really give me enough time to make it up the stairs, I go slowly up and down.
Four more times I had to go back and forth under that bar. I could barely stand. Making dinner was extremely painful.
As soon as I saw DH and asked, he removed the bar. But the pain lingered.
WHen I got up this morning, my back was stiff and still uncomfortable. I did my stretches and headed out to walk. I made it for over 50 minutes, but I had to take longer rests for my back.
I am not complaining. I am thankful even with the pain, I can stand, I can walk. I focus on all I CAN do.
I am sweating and drinking water. I plan to have a fabulous day. How about you? I hope it is wonderful, friends.