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We are slowly getting back to our routines. Kids will be back to school this week, after a two and a half month break (which is standard for Costa Rica). Clear skies are starting to get partly cloudy on the afternoons and on some days we get to enjoy spectacular sunsets.
The last time I shared what had been going on at my home with you I had decided I would get back to my walks, something that in reality didn’t happen until last week. Like I mentioned before I have focused on nursing my husband back to health and spending time with family. My kids have been on summer break since december 1st and I have to admit it has made my walks/runs challenging since there are no sidewalks in the area we live in. I fear they could get run over by a car or fall into a ditch -there are currently 5 different ditches around our home!
Last week I got back to my walks, I took the opportunity of having my son back in preschool and I headed out for an hour long walk. My goal with each walk was to walk a further distance, I currently walk 5 km and am excited about it. Then reality set in: my fastest mile was 19 minutes! What? seems to be that the lack of walking consistently for 2 months or not being as active as usual made me slower. My fastest mile in the past had been 14 minutes, that is 5 minutes faster than what I’m currently doing.
What’s going on?
After much pondering on what was going on to increase my timing per mile, I began going through my walks and timing and distance. Comparing every single walk to the current one, comparing the route I took on each walk. Then I realized that my energy levels are just not the same, before January I sleeping 8 hours straight I was also eating a more balanced meal and stress was not at the level it’s been the past month. I have to be honest and share that I did feel a bit discouraged -all this hard work felt gone! Then I thought about what one of my inspirational friends would say: “You are already a work in progress, you know what needs to be done and are ready to work to achieve your goal”.
This past Wednesday I took a walk and was surprised at my distance 7 km! Yes, 7 km that felt like 5. 7 Km. That is 7 more than in my life and just because I wanted to not because I had to. I’ve come this far and I’m not going back to 0.
So here I am, at a new starting line. What makes this time different? Simple – I know how far I can go and I know how much further I want to go, I just have to get to work on it. Be optimistic and look at how far I’ve come instead of how much further I have to go, I also know that it took me more than one day or one week to reach 14 minute miles.
At the beginning of the new year I had a plan, a goal. I still do but sometimes life gives you lemons and you have to put your goals in the back burner when priorities come into place. In my case my goal was and still is to run 3 Km. Yes it doesn’t sound like much, however as I shared before I can barely run for 7 straight minutes without needing to gasp for air.
It’s been two weeks since I shared my goal with you, I had a plan and was ready to work on it. Determination is key, but then suddenly on January 7th we were at the local ER waiting for my husband to get checked out for an acute abdominal pain he had since the 5th. Tests were run, ultrasound was done, blood was drawn and our fear confirmed: Gall Bladder needed to come out.
I was stopped on my tracks, after an amazing day hiking the La Paz Waterfalls and enjoying my parents last day visiting us our day was ending on a sour and sad note. I immediately lost my appetite for the evening, I stayed at the hospital as long as I could before I had to go back home to drop off my parents at the airport.
Two weeks later, my husband is finally home finishing his recovery from his surgery that included 9 different procedures and of course having his gall bladder removed. I had a gut feeling that everything was worst than my fears regarding his health and I was right. We almost lost him as his body was fighting a biliary infection and a whole other series of things. But today I sit here writing this and sharing with you how sometimes we have a goal and we are determined to reach that goal, we plan and start working on our goal then suddenly something unexpectedly happens. Something out of our control and bigger than we initially thought. That is when you have to chose what is your priority.
My priority of course is my husband’s health and my family’s well being. My 2 young kids 8 and under were concerned for daddy and were very sensitive through this, currently we live in Central America -Costa Rica to be exact. Miles and miles away from family and friends, so of course instead of sleeping 8 hours straight a night I ended up staying up until I couldn’t fight sleep any longer, waiting to see my husband, waiting to hold my babies in my arms and fighting off tears that reflected my emotions. I did not give up on my goal, but decided it could wait because I wanted to be focused on my family’s health.
Slow start to 2014.
It’s been a tough January for us, a rough start for the year and I could dwell on how afraid I was to be faced with decisions, life changing decisions. However I’d rather focus on the positive and how truly blessed we are to have my husband recovering at home with us and recovering well. On my sister staying a week longer to help with the kids and my in-laws flying in to help just in the nick of time. On how friends near and far would message me to remind me to eat, to take care of me so I could be strong for my husband and kids. I’m battling a bad cold I developed during all of this too.
Today was the day I took a small walk, I enjoyed my brief walk so much and it helped keep me full of energy to keep going through our day with all we are juggling. I realized how much I missed my walks, my runs. They do keep me going throughout my day and at the moment I can say that next week I will aim for 3 walking/running days. As my husband continues to recover and our kids are feeling better emotionally each day I can now continue working towards my goal.
It may take me longer than I had planned for but I can still continue to work on my progress, because sometimes you have to focus on being healthy.
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