What do you do on those days when you don't want to exercise? I generally love to get on my exercise bike and go an hour or more, but yesterday I was sore from a tougher than usual hike and other rehab stuff. Today I got on the bike promising myself that I would just get started, then conjured up memories of my late brother who had long-time MS and would have killed to be able to be mobile again. I guess my approach is to just do it, or just start it, and bring in some memories to kick it in gear. How 'bout you when exercise feels like a chore?
Running across my earlier post I realize that I have been battling the mental side of qtr for over three weeks now. I have been doing the exercises and still making slow progress but everything seems harder and never ending. In all my various rehabs I don't remember this long a down stretch mentally. Some of it is due to pain from platelet drugs (separate problem), but that's not all that is going on here.
Analyzing this I think I have to shake things up. Even though my run/walk shuffle has not improved much from 4 months to 7+ months , I am going to up my distance I do with the dogs in the morning. I do a mile with them, then usually do a 1-5 mile walk later in the day. I am going to try to build up to doing 5 miles with the dogs, or at least the younger dog. I haven't gone beyond the mile because my knee is still numb on the outside from the surgery and I still feel a bit unstable, but three weeks in the mental doldrums is too long. I am going to focus on what I most want to get back.