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Was I always this active?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Subtitled: I can't slow down

I'm supposed to walk less. I have not gone out for my long afternoon walks since I saw my orthopedist. I have not done my very long Saturday walks in three weeks. I am only walking around the house, around school, doing errands, then back home and walking around doing stuff at home. I make a point of sitting and icing my foot each afternoon and evening.

You all can picture this person being as sedentary as she can?

Then would someone PLEASE explain to me why every day I'm logging 6000-8000+ steps on the pedometer???? Today, all I have done is my morning shower/dress/pack lunch; drive to coffee cart, walk over, get coffee; drive to school, walk to room, take garbage out to dumpster, get paint from car, walk back to room; walk upstairs and sign in, walk back to room; teach ONE class, then shoo students off to testing; clean up room; sit at computer. HOW do I get 3280 steps doing that????? That is a mile and a half!!!!! I am walking 3 to 4 miles daily, WITHOUT deliberately going out and walking distance.

My cardio is reduced to walking up to the office, walking to a few teachers' rooms to discuss school improvement plan stuff, walking back to my room. I am very carefully doing as little as I can.

Yet I log 3 to 4 miles a day.

I don't know if I was always like this, or if this is a Spark phenomenon. It doesn't seem as if I'm being more active than I was pre-Spark, because I'm trying to rest the foot.

But 3 to 4 miles on a SLOW day hardly seems like rest.

On the other hand, it IS half of my previous workout days of 6 to 8 miles a day, so I guess it's a slowdown.

Stupid foot better be happy with that.

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    I had this same problem and when I finally slowed way way down I healed (or time did it, one or the other or both). Now it is a problem to get back up. My high days are my campus and shopping days, so I totally believe your numbers.
    3638 days ago
    LOL - Like you said, it is a slow down compared to your pre-injury pace! I hope your foot is getting better!
    3639 days ago
    LOL, Janine, cheering is fine! All I can figure is either I wasn't as much of a couch potato as I thought, or the healthy opportunities attitude is so ingrained I can't stop!

    I just went out for some bread for my lunch - walked out to car, drove to shopping area, found parking at opposite end of where I was going, walked, picked up mail, walked, got a loaf of multigrain bread, walked to car, drove back, walked from car to classroom. One mile. ONE MILE!!!!! Where did that come from????????

    I should add, I check the pedometer constantly - I look at the reading, walk 100 steps, recheck the reading - and sometimes it's exactly spot on, sometimes it's two or three steps more, and sometimes less. So I figure it's accurate within maybe 100 steps per day.

    Why is it I can't believe "slow" is still 3 or 4 miles a day?
    3639 days ago
    YAY Phebe (oh, am I not supposed to be cheering??)!!!
    3639 days ago
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