Joining In!

It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

This is a great time of year to join in with others and to change how I eat and exercise more. Not this year.

I shared in an earlier post about my thyroid surgery. The recovery from the surgery went well, but somewhere between receiving anesthesia and waking up, my rib was dislocated. Now, dislocated is a strong word. Maybe I should say my rib was out. However I say it, the fact was I was in a lot of pain. I felt it in my neck, down my shoulder and down my arm. I didn’t know what the problem was until when my daughter was rubbing my shoulders trying to help and my rib popped back in. Oh, that felt good.

It still took three days of seeing my chiropractor, Dr. Pat Dougherty, and then on the fourth day a massage therapist to get the pain to stop. Needless to say I couldn’t meet with trainer, Luke Brady and for the time being I cancelled my sessions. Three weeks later, my rib was healed enough I could exercise.

That is the issue with changing a habit. Something always happens! We just need to get back on track.

Every day I notice how I have more energy and I have to change my slow and tired habits to new habits that fit with my new energy. First it was healing my body – having the surgery and removing the inflamed thyroid and the lumps, and now it is changing my mind!

Granted it is easier for me to wake up and start working (usually on the computer) than it is to wake up and work out. Today I am just checking in with you and now off to ride my recumbent bike.


What I do that is helpful is I pair what I enjoy doing with something I want to enjoy doing. For instance, when I ride this morning I am going to have my kindle with me. I am re-reading Gone Girl before I watch the movie. I really enjoy the book so before I know it 30 minutes will fly by.

Think about what you can pair with eating healthy or exercise to support your progress!

4 Comments on “Joining In!”

  1. Pat says:

    You are right, something always happens! Expectations are both a motivation and a curse. In the end life demands fluidity, that’s what getting back on track is I believe.

  2. How synchronistic Candess as I was thinking of exactly that today, well actually pairing riding a stationary bike which I don’t have with a laptop computer which I don’t have, but more or less something along those lines. How lucky of you to ride and read at the same time, and all without leaving your home! 😉 ❤

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