Have to tell you what I did this morning. I WALKED ONE MILE. I can hardly believe it.
My story in brief for those of you who are un-familiar with it.
I have been virtually housebound for the last 8 or 9 years. When I joined SP I could only walk 8 steps to the bathroom. I gradually increased my steps to the long way round to the bathroom - 24 steps, then slow walk round the garden with the walker, sitting every few minutes and then finally managing to get to the shops with my caregiver 1 day a week and then maybe 7 or 8 weeks when I could not get out at all, but it was such an improvement I was overjoyed just to be able to do this much in SP. I was losing weight slowly with losing weeks and maintaining weeks. I lost 40 lbs or so since I joined SP just over three years ago.
Started Quantum Healing work on my health issues 8 weeks ago. For anyone who has never tried it (I had heard of it, but never thought of actually using it) all I can say is, it is a miracle!
I had lost all confidence after having several falls and being in hospital about 6 years ago so had never been out of the front gate on my own since that time. I always had my caregiver or someone else with me and I was so exhausted when I did go out it would take me 2 or 3 days of rest to recover. In my first week following the QH programme, my energy levels rose and I was doing things I have not done in the last 8 or 9 years.
After 2 weeks I was able, with the help and security of my walker, to get to the bus stop and on the bus all by myself. Doing that was a miracle in itself. It is something I had wanted to do ever since joining SP, but as I had never got strong enough to walk to the bus stop with the walker, let alone get on the bus by myself, over the last three years I had accepted that I was not going to be able to do it. The other thing I had wanted to do was walk up to the top of the hill to get to the dairy with my walker. But I never managed to get that far either. I had to take several rests and never did get as far as the dairy.
So my first week of Quantum Healing (the specific plan I am using I found free on line) I noticed dramatic changes in what I was able to do, so I did actually join for $100 after I got such wonderful results from trying the free stuff. After two weeks I was doing things I had not done since I was first disabled and had more energy than I have had in years. By the second week I was able to get on the bus with my walker all by myself and go into the city have a cup of coffee and come home again (about 3 hours out of the house). I also went to the beach and into the ocean all by myself. Have not been in the sea for maybe 30 years (I am now 72).
Over the last six or seven weeks since my first adventures on the bus - I have gone from strength to strength and now 11 days ago I started walking just for health, not with anywhere special to go just getting up first thing in the morning and walking. I have never done that in my entire life. My idea of exercise was doing things I enjoyed for exercise, ie dancing and gardening.
I just woke up one morning 10 or 11 days ago now and decided I would go for a walk. This amazed me. Quantum Healing works in a different way from anything I have used before in that you do the programme before going to sleep and you find changes taking place in your actual life. It is along the lines of positive thinking, but OH SO MUCH MORE. I have personally never found positive thinking per se very much help, mostly because I was not believing what I was telling myself. This is true of many affirmations I had used also. For whatever reason when I came upon Quantum Healing and actually read it and listened to the specific music that is part of the system I am following, it all fell into place. I realised why things had not worked for me, or at best only very slowly before. It was like I had found the missing link which made sense of all the other things I had learned over the years about the way our minds work and what we actually need to do.
So when I started walking - the first day I did 500 steps with no walker or stick but with a lot of puffing on the way up the hill and some rests - but I made it almost up to the dairy. 11 days later TODAY - I have just walked MY FIRST MILE. I increased the distance about a 100 steps a day, and then this morning I just wanted to do the mile. In fact I was not puffed or exhausted by the time I got home. I walked in my jandals which I know is not ideal and I am getting some walking shoes on Saturday. But the absolute wonder of it to me is that I walked a mile for no reason other than I wanted to.
You would really only understand the amazement that this produces within me if you understand I am one of those people who took the car (when I was driving) everywhere. I would have taken it 50 yards up the road when I was young and healthy. I always tried to get a park right outside wherever I was going, and walking is something I never did if I could possibly avoid it. The reason I am sharing this is because it is my mindset that has been changed. This last 11 days I have not had to force myself to do this. It is something I get up and find myself getting dressed and just doing it, and what's more surprising - enjoying it enormously.
I checked on Google last night how many steps went into a mile and it says approx 2000 dependent on the length of stride. But I guess the energy output is the same regardless of how long your legs are. Today I walked 2100 steps.
For optimal health the goal is 10,000 a day (5 miles) and that burns 500 calories.
I am on my way...