Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time for Reh-Fit

How's my mental health today?

I don't have time to think about it. My schedule for today is much busier than usual with meetings, doing a volunteer stint that my sister arranged, running a few errands, buying some good quality walking shoes and then picking up Heidi after work and heading out to the gym for our newly arranged exercise plan.

Heidi had a series of pre-surgery appointments yesterday, and her anesthetist referred her to the Kinsmen Reh-Fit Center.  We went there for a tour after Heidi was done work and decided to sign up for a year. With the money we invested we absolutely need to discipline ourselves to go there at least 4 times a week, if not more. If we don't, we'll have wasted a lot of money.

Getting a membership at the Reh-Fit Centre is a lot more complicated than just signing up for a membership at a gym. We had to fill out medical forms and meet with a nurse. Over the next couple of months they want to put us through an orientation session, a stress test, get blood work done, meet with a nutritionist, and be assessed by a physiotherapist; all for the purpose of tailoring a personal exercise plan and nutritional strategy for both of us.

Heidi has been talking about the need for us to get serious about losing weight and improving our health for a few years now. I guess we just got serious about it (at least from a financial commitment perspective). Now we need to develop new habits of eating and exercising to take advantage of the opportunity.

According to Heidi, I may find an additional benefit to this new regimen; namely that of sleeping better. Monday night was another mostly sleepless night. I gave up trying to sleep at 2 a.m. and sat down at my computer to write. It was a very productive night, but my energy faded quickly through the day. Maybe a structured regular exercise routine will help with my sleep patterns - it certainly can't hurt.

What remains to be seen is whether or not Heidi and I can stick to this new venture long enough for it to become a habitual part of our day. We'll be adding that concern to our daily prayer lists.

"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits 
are so much easier to give up than bad ones." 
~~ William Somerset Maugham

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