One of my goals for 2013 was to get back in shape and live a more healthy lifestyle.
Last Saturday I went hiking with my neighbor Caroline. We decided to tackle Squaw Peak which has been renamed Piestewa Peak. It's a challenging climb but I remember how I used to be able to practically run up to the top and down. It's a different story now!
But as I paused to catch my breath and take a few photos, I realized how endurance is something that needs to be maintained. If you don't use it, you lose it. I thought of many patients who lost muscle mass when they were bedridden or disabled for a period of time. Muscle needs to be rebuilt. Aerobic capacity needs to be built up again too. My internal dialogue was reassuring me that I could work at this; yes I could!
So I continued my climb. I wish I could announce that I made it to the top that day but ...I didn't.
However, this hike helped me to gauge what still needed to be done to accomplish my goal of living a healthy lifestyle.
- I will be back Piestewa Peak.
- I will be back many times.
- I will not give up.
- I will reach the top once again.
- I am determined!
Blessings and love,