Three weeks ago I decided I needed to work harder getting my body “back in balance.” My plan was to do daily foot strengthening exercises, soak my feet in Epsom salts and take more supplements and walk more.
The plan turned out to be harder than I thought. Taking time out to do these extra things took up a lot of my time! There were days I didn’t do anything except take one walk, eat healthy and take the supplements, which is good–but disappointing. I really want to get rid of the walker. I want to walk without feeling like I’m about to fall over and I definitely want to have better posture, so I am starting over and this time, I will multitask.
I can do leg stretches by the kitchen sink while I’m cooking and I can do the foot strengthening exercises as well. Soaking my feet in Epsom salts daily is not realistic. For one thing, using a half cup of Epsom salts each time gets expensive, so I will try for three times a week.
On the days I don’t feel like walking outside as much, I can dance/exercise in the house while I watch TV or listen to a video.
I also won’t be so hard on myself when I don’t meet my expectations. I want to enjoy taking care of my body and to me that’s what life is about. No matter what. Have fun doing it or do something else.
I decided I will work on getting back my balance. I’m tired of depending on my walker, (my spine is getting curved from stooping over to hold on the handle bars and I can’t have that!) so I am doing exercises to strengthen my feet and leg muscles, along with supplements to help my nervous system.
One of the guys in the Radiation Induced Lumbar Plexopathy Face Book Group got his balance back taking indoor scuba lessons. I’m guessing the pool exercises strengthened his muscles because of the resistance from the water. I don’t know how long it took him but it doesn’t matter. I will use what I have, my body weight as the resistance. There are steps leading up to my front door and I will use them like a “Stair Master.” I’m up to forty reps daily. I hold onto the railing so I don’t fall when I step backwards.
The kitchen sink is now where I stretch my spine and walk on my toes. I hold onto the sink because my ankles are weak and the last thing I need is to break an ankle from falling over! Its working great. I do thirty reps every other day.
I’m soaking my feet in Epsom salts twenty minutes a day. Dr. Axe wrote an article on his blog about the benefits of soaking in Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) instead of taking a magnesium supplement. Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, it makes sense that we can absorb nutrients through our skin better because our bodies don’t have to break it down in our intestines.
I bought a bag of organic brazil nuts from Sunfood and eat one nut daily. Each nut contains the same amount of selenium as one supplement. I’d rather cut down on the amount of supplements I take and get the nutrients through food.
Each morning I do yoga sitting on the floor, focusing on my legs and spine for at least ten minutes. If I feel stiff in the evening, I do another ten minutes before bed.
I’ll update my progress in thirty days…
Someone on Twitter sent me a link to a YouTube video about a man who had rectal cancer and his reaction to his diagnosis. I related to most of what he said, meaning I didn’t freak out or fall apart, I focused on killing the cancer and getting well. The radiation treatment was awful (Picture a hot poker being shoved up your ass) but instead of feeling a victim of my circumstances, I got angry and that anger empowered me!
I believe my positive attitude and sometimes anger and determination helped me and I am now over five years cancer free.
Be well and stay strong!