When I got home from my trip to Europe with my daughter I made a conscious decision to spend more time at the gym. I have been going to yoga all year and I’m pretty active, but I wasn’t getting as much cardio as I needed.
At a recent appointment at UCSF before our trip the nurse was asking me how I was doing. Bob had mentioned my headaches and my lack of a good nights sleep and she was concerned. She asked me how much cardio I was getting in every week. Hmmm, not as much as I should and not as frequent as it should be. She asked me to make an effort to do more cardio and see if it would help me with my sleeping.
So on our trip we went to the gym every day! I did some weights too decided I better keep it up, along with my yoga practice. Since we’ve been home I’ve going to the gym almost every day. I’m not sure I’m sleeping better but I do feel better about myself and feel like I’m doing the right thing.
Do you know what’s great about having Alzheimer’s? You don’t remember things! That’s an advantage I was made aware of when I watched Greys Anatomy this week and didn’t remember any of the episodes I watched last year! So now I am back at the gym, back on the treadmill and very excited to watch two hours of Greys Anatomy every single day. I’m doing weights again too and will always continue my yoga class. It’s good for my brain and my body and I love the instructor.
I’m not minimizing what my life is like with this disease, I’m just pointing out some of the benefits! I could spend all day talking about the down side. But that’s not who I am. I always look for the good in people and in everything that comes my way. Are things harder for me now? YES. Do I need more help with things YES. Am I happy and grateful for all the love and support I get YES.
So this New Years Eve we will be safe at home and raise a glass to anther year filled with blessings🙏🏻 To our family and friends who continue to support us and make sure we are OK. To the Alzheimer’s Assoc and their support and the amazing opportunities they offer us. Where I can use my voice, share my story and raise awareness about what living with Alzheimer’s looks like.
Thank you all for your support too. Every phone call, card, lunch date or Facebook post brings me joy and fills my spirit. You lift me up and I am so grateful for that💜
Please stay safe and have a Happy Happy New Year🥂I can’t
I read about your story on the East Bay Times - my mother was recently diagnosed with Younger Onset and just turned 63. It would be amazing to connect with you and hear more about how you have adjusted and how best I can help and encourage my mom. If you have a few minutes, please let me know how I can best reach out to connect! Love your blog as well!
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