Thursday, March 22, 2012

Exercise: Just Do It

The weather in Chicago has been unbelievable. Spring came early. In fact, Spring skipped us and now it's summer. It was 84°F (28° C) outside on Saturday. Our normal high temperature is 47° (8° C) so you can just imagine how warm it was. This weather makes me want to get outside. My husband and I enjoy hiking and so does our dog April.

Honey the wonder dog doesn't like hiking because burrs tangle in her fur. So when we go hiking we bring our auxiliary backup dog, April.

Hiking with myasthenia gravis is good because muscles that don't move atrophy. Since my MG is finally in remission I am able to hike again. Well, within reason. I'm not going to ever be well enough to hike the Appalachian Trail. But, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a day outside. Finding the balance between how much exercise is good for me and how much is too much, is a challenge with MG. It's a challenge with diabetes, too. But, I don't let disability or diabetes stop me from doing what I want to do. What I wanted to do on Saturday was visit Starved Rock State Park.

The canyon waterfalls are inspiring.

Getting from the Illinois River up into the bluffs involves climbing stairs. Lots of stairs.

At the bottom of one of the flights of stairs someone carved in the wood, "150 stairs. Just do it."

And I did. All day I went up and down, down and up. My legs still ache. But my soul is full of joy. I didn't let anything get in my way. I am proud of myself.

I discovered I can still hike and enjoy nature's beauty. I just had to do things differently. I had to stop and rest often to give my muscles a chance to reboot. I had to eat and check my blood sugar frequently. But mostly I had to realize that I have more limitations in my mind than in my body. Life is for living and the world is for exploring.


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