Friday, February 1, 2019

Still Miles to Go

I am slowly creeping up on the daily cycling distance goal. You can check the numbers at the bottom of this blog post. Now, it's time to improve on the TOF (Time on Feet). Because diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy, walking is the least pleasant thing, yet most useful thing, you can do. Climbing stairs is the second worst thing. Standing for any period of time is like standing on tacks, pointed side up, and that pain radiates upward until it forces you to sit. So, it's also a challenge to overcome.

Muscle spasms are another thing. I still get muscle cramps, but drinking diluted Claussen dill pickle juice, or the cider vinegar drink I mix up at night, has helped with those. Compression socks are also a huge help, but some of them are way too tight and if not fitted properly can pinch off circulation, especially if sitting down for long periods. So, restrengthening those back and leg muscles should be a great help in increasing the TOF. The cycling is helping with circulation, and it's easier on the feet.

person walking on brown wooden bridge near green tall tress during daytime
Today, despite the cold, it's going to be time to add in some track time. I hate walking indoors. Stale, musty air isn't healthy for the lungs, but I'll do it because it's only 45° outside and I dislike really cold temps even more. As soon as the weather warms up, and I find my MP3 player or download some music to the phone, I'll be outside walking instead. There are still miles to go, but they aren't quite as intimidating as they used to be when this all began three years ago.

Lord willing, I'll achieve and exceed all the goals, and set new ones.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

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