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She Slogs No More

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some of you will remember that I recently blogged about my slogging (well, that rhymes, too—LOL). This was a new form of exercise for me started because I’m easily bored and need to find something new to do fairly frequently. Well…I tried jogging, only it was verrry slooow and resembled a stumbling bumble more than anything else. I kind of liked it and even signed up for the SP 5K Beginning Runners challenge. It was great the first couple weeks. My Team and I decided “slogging” was an appropriate term. emoticon

The down side of all this is that I’ve had both hips replaced several years ago and one of the contraindications for activity after is no running. I justified what I was doing by saying that I was now carrying around 25% less of me and I wasn’t really running…just sort of slogging along. However, after asking the orthopedist again and doing plenty of reading, I have decided to hang up my slogging shoes. I wasn’t having and pain or other issues, but the bottom line is that this kind of activity could very well lead to more rapid deterioration of the joints and a need for another replacement earlier than the typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Obviously, I don’t want to put myself in that group any sooner than necessary, so…

I slog no more! I am trying something else, though. The interval type training of the SP 5K Beginning Runner’s challenge was great and I plan to incorporate that into my walking routine. I will do my usual walking and insert minutes of much more rapid walking followed by my normal pace. In fact, I did it this morning and found that I covered the same amount of ground in the same time as when I was slogging, and I could feel the extra energy it was taking to accomplish this. I’ve decided that common sense must prevail. Obviously, we all make our own decisions for what is right for us, but this is what I’m choosing to do for now. I’m going to be looking for other ideas for exercise, though—I don’t want to lose what muscle mass I do have!!
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  • v BJAVIER1
    I admire you for trusting your own instincts. Hope you find a program that works for you....at least your feet are moving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1425 days ago
  • v CJMOK1121
    Jeanie: So sorry you had to quit sloging, but I know you made the right choice, Hip replacements are not fun as you know well. I know you will find what right for you.

    HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK.
    1426 days ago
  • v SUZRAI
    Many people would avoid looking into details if it was something they wanted to do so I commend you for doing further investigation!

    1432 days ago
  • v TXMEMAW6
    What a wise decision. No use taking chances and having to pay for it later. At least you're still able to walk and it seems you're doing plenty of that. Way to go!!! So proud of you and your accomplishments. Keep up the great work!!
    Hugz,
    Sharon
    1433 days ago
  • v MASTERPIECE8
    Great decision. It's wonderful that you found another outlet for your fast moving feet.

    Barb
    1433 days ago
  • v AMARILYNH
    Smart decision!! I think pretty much all the research will support your decision - but I also can pretty well imagine that this wasn't an easy decision!! emoticon
    1433 days ago
  • v JAOTAO
    Sounds very wise, Jeannie. As you know i had 2 hips replaced as well, and that would be my concern as well that they would deteriorate faster. Anyway, walking lets you enjoy the scenery more, right!?! Have fun in your 'new' exercise program!
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    1433 days ago
  • v RUFFIT
    Good for you!! I walk every day too. I even walk hills backwards to work the outer thighs. I also change-it-up often to not get bored. Meaning I take a different route often. Have fun!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon
    1433 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2012 10:06:20 AM
  • v VTMAID
    Jeannie--that sounds like a very smart decision on your part. I am glad you did the research and checked with your doctor. You have probably saved yourself some pain and surgery in the future.
    I am so proud of you, though, for finding an alternative to slogging right away! Good for you!
    Love,
    Karen emoticon
    1433 days ago
  • v SANDYW1945
    Jeannie, best not to "slog" then. If you injured yourself, you wouldn't be able to exercise at all. You are doing what is best.

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    Sandy
    1433 days ago
  • v BELDONDOG1
    Jeannie, smart choice! You have done so well, you don't need to hurt yourself and not be able to do anything. So, now you are going to walk and walk faster, right. I think we should call "Woggling". Hey, makes sense to me, but just remember who I am. lol
    The best of luck my dear friend! Noel
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    1433 days ago
  • v CHERIRIDDELL
    I feel your pain Jeannie I have just had cortisone shot into my hips and jogging slogging anything but walking is on my forbidden list too.I tried pushing the envelope and doing things I wasn't supposed to and telling the specialist "But I did it and didn't fall on my face" and he said "Young lady ,I can call you that because you are 20 years younger than the average patient we see with hips so badly damaged ,you can go ahead and end up crippled or you can listen and we will be able to replace the hips and make you walk until you are 75 instead of retiring you to a chair at 65 " So I listened .
    1433 days ago
  • v EATVEGAN
    Very wise choices. I've heard fast walking uses more muscles, as well. I don't know if you belong to a gym, but I wonder if running on an elliptical machine would be allowed as they are supposed to be easier on joints. I haven't tried one. AND I'm not ready for running, yet. emoticon
    1434 days ago
  • v IMAYARNIE
    What a smart lady you are, Jeannie! What you're doing is perfect exercise. Walking is much more gentle on your body and when you speed up/slow down at different times, you surprise your body. It's supposed to work well. I'm glad you looking into the "slogging" and found out you were heading for trouble. Like you said, you don't want to get there any sooner than necessary.

    Keep going! You're doing and AMAZING job! emoticon emoticon
    1434 days ago
  • v ADRIENALINE
    Sounds great. Walking works!!
    1434 days ago
  • v KADYSMOM11
    well Miss ex slogger....good luck with the 5K but be safe! emoticon
    1434 days ago
  • v GINGER_BEAR
    Always a wise idea to evaluate . Your walking program sound good. You are doing GREAT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1434 days ago
  • v KIMPY225
    I am glad you decided not to continue with this - if we push too hard, we won't be able to do Anything!

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    1434 days ago
  • v JILL313
    I think you are wise and using preventive type medicine to stop Slogging now. You've proved you can do it and I'm very proud of You. In the second South Beach Lifestyle book the Cardiologist author wrote quite a few chapters on how great interval training is. You get more bang for your buck this way and you're ahead of just doing regular exercise. I need to incorporate that into my exercise plan. I should re-read those chapters but it did leave a good impression on me and plan to start doing it that way myself. Keep up the good moving more emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Enjoy your day. I'm so glad your Life has settled down for you as well as your Sis & Mom.


    Love You,

    Jill
    1434 days ago
  • v TXGRANDMA
    That is great Jeanne! Of course the slogging is not worth breaking down and quickly wearing out your hip joints, so you are doing the smart thing!

    The fast walking interspersed with your normal pace sounds interesting! I may try that too. Good that you did some research on the hip replacements and found that info out, before any damage was done...........

    You go, my friend~ emoticon
    1434 days ago
  • v ESILBO
    JEANIE YOU ARE RIGHT TO CHOSE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU. IT SOUNDS INTERESTING, I MIGHT GO LOOK AT IT. I ALSO GET BORED VERY FAST.
    I HAVE A WATCH THAT CALCULATES EVERYTHING ON IT. I BOUGHT IT LAST YEAR AND I GOT IT OUT ON THE WEEK END. I TRY TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, ALL I COULD FIGURE RIGHT NOW IS THE CHRONO AND PULSE BUT I STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO READ IT...LOL
    I HOPE THIS NEW WAY OF WALKING IS WORKING FOR YOU AND WORKS MARVELS.
    LOVE YOU
    LISE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon WHO KNOWS,THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.
    1434 days ago
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