|Dog tired: two walks a day was too much.|
What happened? I got tired. It was too much once I added in some of the basic elements of normal life, such as getting groceries, having friends visit, going to church, things that really aren't all that unusual.
I haven't given up completely. My old dog and I are still having a walk in the afternoon. It's not as much exercise as two walks a day, but he got tired after a couple of days of having morning and afternoon walks as well. Neither of us is as fit as we'd want to be.
Please don't get me wrong, I still hope to hold together all the elements of a healthy lifestyle I had begun - I'm just not doing everything every day. I'm still making use of my system I developed to clean the flat in 20 minutes - I'm just doing it a couple of times a week instead of daily. I'm still keeping track of what I eat, and trying to make healthy choices. And I've reinstated my afternoon nap, having realised it's a necessity.
To other lupus patients, don't be discouraged because I had to pull back a bit. It's all a matter of balance. We can take care of ourselves, we just have to find a balance between resting and getting things done.