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Reflections on Two Weeks of SLOG Walking

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My teammates on the Over 60++ Team know what Iím referring to, but for anyone else who might be reading this, you might be wondering. A little background: a year ago, I was pushing myself to be able to walk a mile at one time. It was one of my short-term goals and by Labor Day of 2011 I managed to get it done. Later, I got the distance up to 2 miles, stayed in that distance range for a long time, but by mid-summer of this year I finished the SP 5K Your Way Walking challenge.

Iím easily bored with exercise. Itís not one of those things I ďhaveĒ to do every day (before you start telling me all the reasons I should, I will tell you I do know all thatóI just donít really care for it, thatís all). A couple weeks ago I was out for one of my ďmust goĒ walks. You know what they are: you must go or you wonít shed any pounds this week, or your heart wonít be getting stronger, or your legs will fall off, etc.! Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could go faster Iíd get done sooner. Why not try a little slow jog from this electric pole to the next and see what happens. Wow! Did that ever feel strange! And, oddly enough, I did get to that pole a little faster! I tried it a couple more times on that 1.5 mile walkópole to pole alternating mostly walking with very, very slow ďjogging.Ē

The second week (just finished) I changed it up a bit and started counting pole-to-pole steps or jogs and did 250 jog/steps four times during my 1.6 mile walks. Next week I think Iíll keep the routine the same before increasing the jog steps. I typically walk every other day and bike for 20-30 minutes the opposite days. Fortunately, I live in a rural area and the paved road is a good route that doesnít get much traffic. Thatís the other thingóI donít want anyone to see me so I have to keep an eye out for any vehicles that may be in my line of vision!

What have I learned? Several things, of courseónothing we do is without learning something!
1. There is no word describing this exercise of mine, which is how I decided on SLOG (all caps) with the help of my teammates. It is a very slooow jog/walk and should probably be a Walk SLOG since I do more walking than SLOGGING, but SLOG Walk sounds better, I think. Look up the definition of the word slog and youíll see that it fits perfectly!
2. Lots of body parts jiggle and bounce when Iím SLOGGING. Who would have thought Iíd need a sports bra and spandex girdle thingie at my age (69 next birthday)? Both belly and boobs flop without some kind of restraint.
3. You really can get there faster! It isnít pretty, but it is faster.
4. I can still walk and talk after vigorous (for me) exercise.
5. My artificial hips are fine! Five years ago when I had them replaced the surgeon warned me against running. Like that was ever going to happen! LOL!!! But, he also told me that I could play tennis. Again, like that was ever going to happen. But, since I am now carrying around ľ less of me than I was before starting this job of getting slimmer and healthier, a little SLOGGING is not going to do any more damage than all that weight bearing was doing every day in every way. Everything feels just fine, nothing hurts and I might be a bit stronger. Hard to tell after just 2 weeks, though.

Iíd love some company on one of my SLOG Walks, but Iím sorry I wonít be able to talk. Iím too busy breathing! Have a great weekend, my dear SparkFriends!
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  • JANNIEWANNIE
    Everyone is on my case to start walking, but I am just refusing to get started. Slog Walking sounds very appealing to me. I can maybe walk .1 or .2 miles at one time. I would have to start with Baby Slogging. I can relate to your story and it gives me hope to get started. Thank you for sharing. Hugs from J
    1487 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I wish I could join you on your walks but the distance between us is just a bit overwhelming .I don't mind walking but I like company.I guess it is because I spent so long in plaster.The doctor this week said I am doing everything right and after the cortisone in my hips I might get to walk again ! After 9 operations on my legs I am putting off the hip replacements but if it is not to much of an imposition I might get you to tell me about them as I know they are a couple of years in my future.
    1490 days ago
  • RETURNTOTHIN
    HOW EXCITING... ONEDERLAND THIS WEEK! BEFORE I KNOW IT, I'LL HAVE TO TRY SLOGGING ON MY TREADMILL.....

    I'M SO SO SO SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU! emoticon
    1492 days ago
  • MASTERPIECE8
    Absolutely wonderful. I'm so proud of you. You have accomplished so much and are an inspiration to me. SLOG on!

    Barb

    1499 days ago
  • REACHING4HOME
    I LOVE THE TERM "SLOGGING". I THINK, SINCE I DO SWIMMING MOTIONS WITH MY WEIGHTS, I WILL CALL THAT SWEIGHTS! SOUNDS COOL, HUH? LOL
    ERIN
    1500 days ago
  • GRNDMOM43
    emoticon my friend! You are such an inspiration. The thing about you is that you don't think of all the things you do as exercise. emoticon I wonder if one SLOG step for every hundred others would qualify? Enjoy!
    1501 days ago
  • JILL313
    Well Sweet Spark Sis, I'd join you but don't we live over 2,000 miles away--LOL! It would be fun to SLOG with a Buddy--is Richard up to the Challenge now? You've come such a long way Jeannie in a relatively short amount of time. I am so proud of your determination and grit to get the job done. You do it even when you don't feel like it--I really admire that about you. You already look great and are just a pound shy of Onederland. I bet next week you will be in Magic Onederland and I'll probably hear you shouting, I did it, over 2,000 miles away) that I DID IT! Your adding quality years to your life--I'm so happy for you.

    Hugs & Love,

    Jill
    1501 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    way to slog! I find that jogging is so hard on my joints, ankles and knees so good for you that you are finding a way to slowly jog. emoticon
    1501 days ago
  • EATVEGAN
    This is very inspiring. I'd like to be able to cycle, but there are bike paths on some streets and not on others. And there's a lot of traffic. So I'm doing other, less fun, stuff. emoticon
    Janet
    1501 days ago
  • TORTILLAFLATS
    SLOG on sister! who cares what it looks like What matters is how it will change how you look. You are truely inspiring. If only I lived out away from everyone....lol can't you just see it now me and my walker doing the SLOG

    Love you Jeannie,

    Hugs, Gail
    1501 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
    Great explanation, Jeanne! Ha Ha! I can just see you in my mind's eye! I don't think they make sports bras for bellies, emoticon

    So proud of you, hearing your progress on the exercise. I am afraid that I kind of have your attitude toward exercise just for exercise' sake but do enjoy actually going out and doing something constructive.

    You are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1501 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon on keeping up that "E" word thingy that I know you don't like one bit emoticon SLOG on sister YOU are soooooo motivating emoticon emoticon I'm afraid that if I tried that I'd give myself a black eye emoticon no wait... two black eyes emoticon

    emoticon Linda

    P.S... so interesting, spell check didn't try to fix the word SLOG, so it MUST be a real word emoticon
    1501 days ago
  • JAOTAO
    That is quite an accomplishment! Good for you. Now you need some really nice SLOGGING clothes to go with your program! emoticon
    1501 days ago
  • SANDYW1945
    Hooray for you! Great job. I like the part were you don't want anyone to see you. What a hoot! Just what I try to do. Now I want to try to find a place to "SLOG"

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    1501 days ago
  • SUZRAI
    I love it!
    Bored? with exercise???? LOL you can probably tell from the wierd positions I try to describe that i do in the pool that I am easily distracted. You have creatively "mixed it up" and I am so very proud of you!
    Hugs,
    Suz emoticon
    1501 days ago
  • VTMAID
    I am so proud of you!!! I really admire your stick-to-it attitude. I was good for 176 days and stopped and you have been going the whole time before and after I stopped! That is absolutely terrific!
    Love
    Karen
    1501 days ago
  • BELDONDOG1
    For someone who used to think that the "e" word was a curse word, you've made great strides. Maybe I should rephrase that. You've made great smaller SLOGGING steps!
    Where are the next summer Olympics going to be held? You Go Girl!! I'm very proud of you, as we all are. I loved Gayle's comment about her whole body needs restraints. lol Kudos to you, my dear Jeannie! (hugs) Noel
    1501 days ago
  • THESLIMMERME1
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1502 days ago
  • KADYSMOM11
    LOL your boobs and belly need restraint? my WHOLE body does! emoticon
    Good for you Jeannie! emoticon Keep up the good work! amazing at 69! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1502 days ago
  • GINGER_BEAR
    emoticon Keep SLOGGING girlfriend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1502 days ago
  • ESILBO
    OMG I HAVE TO GO BACK READING THE GROUP S EXCHANGE EVERYDAY.
    I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE SLOGGING.
    WOW, WOW, WOW...I AM SO EXCITED, YOU WOULD THINK IT WAS ME. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.
    YOU ARE PUSHING ME GIRL, I JUST CAME BACK FROM THE POOL AFTER READING YOU ON MY BLOG.
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WHATS NEXT, ROLLER BLADE WITH ME...LOL
    LOVE YOU
    LISE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1502 days ago
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