Today really was a Monday. It was hard for me to get moving and keep my motivation for the day, but I did it. Did I mention it was hard? I did a 4 mile video first thing this morning, and then went to meet with a trainer at the gym at lunch time.
The trainer session is a standard start up session for all new members. She asked me a bunch of questions, had me use the treadmill for several minutes, and then showed me around the weight circuit. It’s been a long time since I’ve used any of those machines, and my muscles felt it! She wrote a card for me to tell me my seat position and weight for each of the machines. I just hope I remember everything we talked about when I go back! Then, we talked about the different classes that are offered, and she suggested a few I might like to try. Not bad for an orientation type session.
After work I still had 30 minutes to get in, so I got on the elliptical and cranked it out. No intervals, just straight cardio. I just don’t think my legs had the strength for intervals today. It was really strange, it was the hardest session on the elliptical in some ways, and the easiest in others. I really had to push myself to get on and stay on, but at some points, I actually found myself enjoying the movement. I’m not sure what it means, but it’s interesting.
Tomorrow will be a rest day, and I really, really need it. I am planning on going to bed early tonight and really taking advantage of some time to let my body recover from all the abuse. I’m sure everything that is talking to me at the moment will thank me tomorrow night! I really think the only thing saving me right now is going into the hyperbaric chamber with Michael. I started out only going in because he can’t go by himself. Now, I find myself really looking forward to the sessions. I think the biggest benefit for both of us is the anti-inflammatory effect.
I read an article online today that was talking about how HBOT can help with inflammation in children with autism. It talks about reducing CRP, which is an overall indicator of inflammation. I know my marker has been high for many years now. So, I am hoping that the therapy will help both Michael and me. What I do know is that my aches and pains aren’t nearly as bad as they should be for all the exercise. HBOT has to play at least a small role in that.
Now, it is time to get my son to bed, and who knows, I might just go to bed really, really early myself. Good night!