When I was in this shape and for the next year even after losing over 100 pounds I need these items to get around.
This little sturdy
walker was the one I put by the tub to help me get out without falling.
It was compact, folded up, didn't have wheels , so no worry about it rolling out from my grasp.
I used this larger walker, with front wheel and sliders in back to get around the house. I could put something in a bag and hang it on the handles if I need to move something around.
I would also use it to get myself out to my car and then leave it propped up by the car port. Then if I only had myself or a bag to get back into the house it was there for me. I figured if someone took it, I was only out $15.00. Got it at the GW.
It too folded up and I could take it with me.
Which I did until I got my Cadillac of walkers. This is Big Bertha. It hold 500 lbs. Has heavy duty wheels, a basket, brakes, folds up.
Since I was way over the weight limit of 250 lbs for the regular sized walker , I had to get this one. This was my ticket to freedom.
I usually only went to a store that had the electric carts for customers to use.
I could get into the store with one of my light weight walkers or use a handy store cart to lean on and help me walk.
Of course I had a selection of canes too. In a pinch the cane would get me 50 feet or so.
The black cane is all dolled up with ribbon and crystals hanging from the handle.
I was going to a dressy function on 11/6/10 and need to style. You know me and my need to look stylish. My weight was down to 235 lbs by this time.
The flowered cane folds up, so I can carry it in a bag.
I have another metal cane in my car. I don't need them now but it's handy to reach something in the back of my van.
But even with these aids I was still limited where I could go.
I could only stand for a minute. My knees and back hurt so bad, I would have tears in my eyes. I was on pain pills.
In time as I lost weight I didn't feel so depend on the walkers.
I could get back and forth to the car with a cane.
But Big Bertha was still my ride to freedom. At least with that "baby" I could get around and go places that were not possible before. I would push myself around , then sit when my knees hurt .
I could even go to the thrift store and sit and push myself with my feet down the aisle looking at items.
When I felt like I was ready to start walking outside, it was my trusty big walker that I depended on .
I would walk as far as I could then sit and catch my breath . Or rest and pray that my knees would stop hurting.
Sometimes people would stop their car and ask if I need help.
I guess its not everyday one sees a large heavy women sitting in a walker on the sidewalk.
When I first started venturing out I couldn't go far. I remember when I made the first block without sitting down. I felt like I had accomplished such a monumental task.
Everyday I tried to do a little more. Maybe it was only 1/2 a block. Then a full block. Then it was up a hill. The blocks added up.
This reminds me of what I felt a I struggled to do more.
Last year on 4/19/11, I had my right knee replaced.
While in the hospital I used a walker.
My son in law came to pick me up. He brought Big Bertha for me to use.
We went to Walmart , I had to pick up in person my pain pills. I didn't want to get the walker out so I used a store cart to get in and fortunate there was a electric cart to use.
When I got home I used the walker to get into the house.
Once in my home I used the smaller one to help me for the first week. Then I used a cane and put the walkers away. Only using Big Bertha as I need too.
On 11/19/11 I had the left knee replaced. Again I used the walker in the hospital.
Told my son in law don't bother with the big walker, just bring the little one , I can manage. That day was the last time I depended on walkers to get around.
I still used a cane a little, till my knee healed up.
The smaller walkers are in storage. Big Bertha is folded up in the corner.
I am keeping them, for who know what the future will bring.
All I use now to get around are good walking shoes.
My dog, Titan is my walking buddy. We are on a streak of 117 days of a mile walk . We have walked in the snow, rain, sleet, some sun. He is always ready to go . He has to just see me put on my walking shoes and he's at the closet door, where his harness and leash are kept.
I prefer to do my workouts in the morning. This saying might have something to do with my reasoning. No really after I workout in the morning, I feel elated, like I am on top of the world. It energizes me.
My apartment pool is handy for when I can't get to the
Add the weights and gloves to increase te intensity and my endurance.
Besides the pool for great cardio aerobics workouts, I circuit train.
Using a multitude of machine, and free weights at my
I have came a long way since the day , 12/24/2009, that obese photo of me was taken.
Sometimes I am even surprised by the accomplishments have been able to achieve.
Yesterday I said Tomorrow.
. Today is my Tomorrow.
You never know what you are capable of doing unless you try.
I wake up with motivation and go to bed with satisfaction.
I don't rely on finding time to work exercise into my day. I plan everything else around my exercise time.
I know it's not easy, but if there's a will there's a way.
Challenge yourself each day to go one more step. Do one more weight lift. Add 5 minutes to your workout. Go the extra distance.
It's day three of this week and I have already logged in 650 fitness minutes.
Of course I did spend 6 hours doing beach clean up on Sunday. This is a high number even for me.
It's not about the number of minutes itself. It's the good you are doing your body in exercising.
Whether 10 minutes or 4 hours. Just do the best you can as often as you can and your body will thank you for it.
Thought for today." Shut out all your past, except that which will help you weather your tomorrows." William Olsen.
Believe you can and you will.
Peace and Love,
Titan and I getting ready to walk on a cold day.