A year and two days ago I spent the morning in the ER, annoyed with the inconvenience of not feeling well enough to workout, and thinking that I would be fine in a week or two. I couldn't have imagined that day what a profound impact a blow to the head would have on my life in the year to come.
A month into it I made a list of goals, and I am happy to say that I have accomplished most of them! I still have some symptoms, the main one being regular headaches, but there's a chance I always will. At this point I'm making the decision to simply accept that where I'm at right now may be as good as it's going to get, and assimilate into my "new normal." I am sad that I don't think I'll ever be able to jump on my Cellerciser again, but I've found new ways of exercising that I enjoy and I'll continue to work up to my former state of fitness and hopefully even surpass it at some point down the road.
I still have to be careful to not overextend or overexert myself, or I will go through a day or two of extreme fatigue, but overall I am feeling very blessed and like I have a new lease on life after basically taking a year "off."
The girls were on Spring Break last week, and we took an impromptu trip down to Manitou Springs. It was the longest drive I've done in a year, and I did it! I had some dizziness, and it was good that we stayed two nights so I didn't have to do the drive twice in a really short time. We went hiking in Garden of the Gods, swam at the hotel, walked around town and shopped. It was a wonderful time, and I was so HAPPY to be doing some of the things I've been wanting to do all year.
I'm also very happy that through this ordeal I've managed to maintain at my goal weight. I'm a couple of pounds up from where I want to be but I'm not worried about it. I'll up my exercise and eat less for a few weeks!
P.S. I put up some family pics on my other blog. Enjoy!