The Doctor's office called, and my labs came back normal. No kidney damage. this was weighing more heavily on me than I thought.
I am making a larger effort at walking. I know it has to be done. I don't want to have a stroke or a bypass before I am 40. Is my heart that bad? I don't know. But why risk it?
I have been doing some fun virtual runs. It is keeping me interested. You log your miles and you get updates on where you are on a virtual course. Its like $20-$25 per "race" bt if it gets me moving, its money well spent. I would like to participate in the QCM weekend in some capacity in September. I don't think I will be HM ready by then so I am shooting for the 5K or the Marathon Relay if I can find some people to do it with me. Its only 3.5 months away, so I don't know if that is a realistic goal or not. The marathon, not the 5K. I know I can do that. I think maybe my goal should be to walk it in under an hour? We will see how the next 3 months go. I want to race again. I miss it so much.
BUT focusing on the positive, I am ACTUALLY starting to do something about it. I am not walking every single day, but more than I was. Small steps. Creating a habit. A routine. I have increased my water consumption. Those are my two big habits: Move More and Drink more water. I feel like it is a good place to start. I have the water thing down, so I added "cook more meals." One, I am sick and tired of eating out. I am bored with the options. Can't get bored with cooking because there is always a new recipe to try. I have HUNDREDS pinned on Pinterest. And I have like 10 cookbooks with recipes that are both favorites, and yet to be discovered. I want to pick one new recipe each week. Maybe two, but I am starting with one.
I know what I want now. I know what I need to do to get there. I want to run. I want to wake up early on Saturdays (or Sundays) and run for a medal and a tee shirt. I want to be the person that I took for granted 5 years ago.
Until next time, Press On and Make Strides