First, let me say that it was a better day today – much better. I went into work early and spent some time rearranging my desk and new Acrobat system monitor. I reinstalled ZoomText and it works. By the time the first person entered the office, I felt prepared and accustomed to my space. Phew.
Second, I have made a move toward being more healthy. The Physical Therapy Department at Nazareth is doing a research study about the effects of exercise. A few weeks ago, they sent out an email to the campus faculty and staff members to see who was interested in participating. I responded and was screened to see whether I met the criteria for the study. I did. We went through some assessments to determine at what level each of us should begin.
Today was the first day of exercise. They had me start with 30 minutes on the treadmill. Then, I began a circuit of eight weight-lifting exercises (supervised by PT students). I have never done any weight training in my life. I enjoyed some of the exercises and there were some I did not like at all. At my last station, I had to lift a barbell. By the end of my third set, my muscles were quivering so hard that you could see them shaking. But, I did it. Three sets of ten reps at each station. Hooray!
It is necessary for me to become more healthy because, as my retina specialist explained it, my extra weight is making my blood vessels work harder, which is not good for the vessels in my eyes. I am not going to spend a lot of time in my blog discussing exercise and whether I succeed or fail. I did want to share that I am beginning this part of my journey, because I feel like it is a big step toward making good choices and finding balance in my life. And it was fun to try something new.