The New Year’s Resolution and the Tick

I’ve never been good at keeping New Years resolutions, up until this year. Paula got me an Apple Watch for Christmas. I’ve been wearing a Fitbit for several years (and I still do…people ask why I wear two fitness watches. I tell them they do different things). Anyway….

For New Years I resolved to walk my 10,500 steps a day for a year. That’s just over 5 Miles a day. So far, through six months I’ve kept that resolution. (Knock on wood) Those of you friends who follow me have seen my photos. Woodstation road, Ringgold Nature Trail, round and round the neighborhood. On days I can’t get outside, I walk in the house…run in place, or walk room to room. At the beach, I used the gym some, but preferred to walk the two miles down to the state park and back. The last day I didn’t reach my goal was December 30th.

I hope I can make it through the next six months. If I can, it will be the first time I have been able to keep a resolution for a year. I’m somewhat a creature of habit, and my schedule is at a point where I might just be able to…

I almost got derailed last week by a creature just larger than a pin head. I went to take a shower on Thursday, and found a tick embedded in my upper thigh. Normally, I would have been able to feel the little “sucker” but that part of my leg is numb because of a back injury. He was already embedded deeply and I had a big red infected spot on the leg. I took a set of fine tweezers and did like the google results said: “grasp as close to the head as possible, and put slow steady pressure on while pulling, so the head does not get left embedded in the skin”. Well…it did. It’s neck stretched and “pop” it went.  Ecch….

That necessitated a call and trip to my doctors office, where they dug the ticks head out…leaving a nice size hole. They left a nice size hole because they only had some regular tweezers with which they were first trying to get the rest of the little critter out.  I finally suggested using a suture needle…and the doctor agreed that would probably be a better idea.  I should have brought my own tweezers…anyway….

That night, I did not feel like finishing 5000 steps…but I did. They weren’t fun or easy, but I got them done.

Who woulda’ known that a tiny little creature like that biting you could make you feel so bad? I hadn’t had a tick bite in 30 years, so I didn’t remember….plus I was a lot younger 30 years ago (weren’t you?) I got a spray bottle of deep woods OFF sitting next to the back door now, and I spray up good with that stuff now if I’m going to be outside for any length of time.

I think about this thing with the exercise and I wonder how different my life would have been if I had shown such resolve in a lot of other things in my life. I think I have done pretty good with most of my familial relationships, but there were a lot of things I could have done better if I’d have done them with the same “resolve”  I have set about doing my New Year’s resolution.  I could have done better with grades.  I probably could have done better with some jobs.  I have learned later in life than I probably should have that a person has to have a certain amount of stubbornness in order to do certain things.  I imagine that people who are champions in any sort of area learn that quality….or perhaps innately have that quality, a lot earlier in life.

As for me, I’m going to keep on walking until I cannot do it anymore.  I’m going to take photos of my mini adventures, because it’s so easy to do.  I’ve been doing it regularly for almost five years now, and I think it’s helped me physically.  I know for sure it’s helped me mentally, as a walk is as good a therapy for things which are bothering a body as anything I have ever found.



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