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I walked 1.3 miles!!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

I can imagine a lot of members looking at the heading of this blog and thinking “so what!!”
Well – if you indulge me for a moment I will explain why this is momentous.

In 2010 I was using a mobility scooter – I could only walk a few steps and I had little mobility or stamina. I was working on it – using chair exercises and had lost a number pounds.

I eventually got myself to a reasonable level of fitness by July 2011 (for a person in my situation) though I still have severe walking problems, caused by severe osteoarthritis in both knees to the extent that they are both bone on bone and have collapsed inward causing me to lose 2” off my height. However by this time I was using a combination of Curves and Chair Exercise

I then had cataracts removed from both eyes – and because of complications could not exercise for 5 months and then I was unable to go back to Curves owing to family commitments. Although I was moving, doing normal household chores, I had lost a lot of the strength I had worked so hard to gain. Then I heard that my Chair Exercise Team Co-leader – Millymouse1 - from the other side of Australia was coming to Brisbane for a few days and I decided to get down to Brisbane to meet her.

Sounds simple (240miles down the road only) – but for me to get to Brisbane – I had to leave home by 4.15am (having got up at 3.00am) drive to town, get a bus for 1hr then the train for 4 hrs getting to Brisbane at 10.00am. I would spend the day with her then do the same trip home (in reverse) getting home at 10.30pm. That in itself is a long trip and exhausting.

So I returned to Curves and together with Chair Exercises I worked my butt off – wanting to lose a bit of weight and gain every ounce of strength I could – I had 3 ˝ months to do this before the meeting.

About 2 weeks ago I knew I wasn’t going to make it!! Even though I had worked consistently – my weight hadn’t dropped – and from the walking I was doing around the shops – my stamina hadn’t improved. Depressing!! All that effort and nothing to show – why bother?!! Maybe it was time to give up – to accept that I was as good as I was going to be, I had come a long way before and held that loss – and that my age was against me – after all I am happy, and look ok, compared with before I lost the weight – I just wanted that “little extra”. I wanted to lose a bit more, look a bit better, be more ”normal” for this special day.

How many of us go through these feelings – and how many actually do give up!!

Read on – THIS is why you shouldn’t ever give up!!

Anyway we had thought that we might spend the day at a huge parklands in Brisbane – this would mean a long walk –lugging baggage with us – as I had 2 bags with things I was giving her to go back with her and she had a bag and a computer also – on what could be a hot day. I decided to take my walker – that in itself was an admission of defeat as I had been so proud to be able to walk without it a couple of years ago – a decision that incidentally caused tears from me since I saw it as regression. I hadn’t even been using a cane on recent shopping trips.

Yesterday we met up – and decided to go to another parklands nearer to the station – Roma Street Parklands – and what an amazing day we had and I was so glad I had the walker!!
The trip down, though long was as good as it could be. We met up – and piled all the bags on the walker – and headed to the Parklands. The picture isn’t so good but you get the idea of the luggage we had – Woohoo for the walker!!

First stop was a cup of coffee at the café by the entrance to the park.
Roma Street parkland is in the centre of Brisbane – and is on 3 levels having been built on the side of the hill.
Anyway when we were sitting talking at a BBQ table outside – we realized we had a visitor

Humm!! He was big enough to be able to give a sharp nip should he have wanted – but they were used to people – and wanted crumbs – not people!! We saw a number of them in the park through the day.

Then we decided to have a look about – we decided to go up first so that it would be downhill back. The paths were all suitable for the walker – so we headed towards where we thought we might get a bit of a view to photograph but without a lot of hope as we were in the centre of Brisbane – but we wanted a photo for a friend.

Then we turned a corner and ahead of us was this amazing vista – flowers everywhere – with a stream running through – incredible!!

So we took photos and videos and wandered – and wandered – after about an hour and a half I was feeling a bit leg weary but sad to have to stop – I was still pushing the luggage – up and down along winding paths – but the flowers were so beautiful – it was so peaceful, very few people and there were lots of shaded seats where we had a short break every now and then.

In another blog I will post more videos I took of the views and flowers.
By about 1.30pm I was definitely running out of energy – so we headed back to the café – there was only the one in the parkland area – and had a late lunch – a wonderful Chicken Caesar Salad and a pot of good old reviving English Breakfast Tea!!
More chat – then it was time to head back to the station and for me to get my train and for Millymouse1 to head back for her bus.

I arrived home at about 10.30pm – after a long, tiring journey that was as good as it could be – just looooooooong!!

The next morning I logged my FitBit in – and I had walked 1.3miles – I looked – then checked it again – and looked again – yes – me who has NEVER in my life liked walking , who thought she was getting nowhere fast with all the exercise – had had enough strength in my legs to walk 1.3miles and still smile – no pain – no soreness and to go shopping the next morning!!

I never in my wildest dreams could have thought I could walk 1 mile even – ok – it wasn’t solid walking and it was “assisted” in that I had the walker (heavily loaded – no sitting on that for a rest – more like strength training!!) and it wasn’t hard, fast walking for exercise, though it was up and down, not flat – but it was still me walking on my own two feet!!

Moral – Never, ever give up – never ever doubt that, if you are doing the work, eating the right foods, making the effort, even though you don’t feel different, your body isn’t improving – inside changes are happening and muscles are strengthening. You just can’t see it until you actually put it to the test and then you realize – all the effort and hard work really pays off!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GSPEIRS 11/5/2012 1:47AM

    Very inspiring!
Thanks for sharing

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PAULA3420 10/28/2012 6:12PM

Thank you for your inspiration. I felt as though I was reading my own thoughts from the last year. I moved into the mountains and on my first day out hiking when I returned home my left knee dislocated and I fell. Then, I needed to use crutches to walk and eventually graduated to a cane. Prior to these events I had lost weight and was able to walk just about 2 miles. Today, I am still using a cane, and can only walk 1 mile without taking a break. After reading your blog, I feel encouraged and confident that it is worth the effort. I am very much inspired by you. emoticon and emoticon for all you do as our Team Leader. emoticon Paula

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LZIKES 10/13/2012 7:04PM

  What an inspiration you are!

I'm also recovering from major surgery. I've been on the walker and now am using a cane. It seems like it takes so long to improve.

Keep it up!

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DRAMAGIRL32 10/12/2012 1:24PM

    Congratulations! Success is all relative. The day you described was a huge success (as was the work you did leading up to it) and what a beautiful experience. Plus you got to prove to yourself what you're capable of which I imagine must be quite motivating.

I had major surgery a couple months ago. I remember the first time I attempted a walk. I only walked around the block. I was worried I might have trouble getting back home, but slow and steady I did it.

It's good to celebrate the successes along the journey and use them to fuel us going forward. This is a terrific experience to share with everyone!

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LLBLOVER 10/12/2012 10:33AM

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome!! Thank you for the inspiration!!


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KALISWALKER 10/11/2012 12:32AM

    Emma I love your blog, it's so inspiring. I will remember this always!


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MARIEMPG 10/10/2012 9:45AM

    emoticon Keep it up!!!

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XMASMOUSE 10/9/2012 2:27PM

    All I can say is Wow! And Congratulations on your accomplishment!!!

I'm so glad you shared this, as I read it today I have been feeling like I should just give up and accept what is. It has been such a struggle and it seems like so little accomplishment. I noticed I have been drifting away from sparkpeople, yet again, because I feel I put out so much effort and just don't get anywhere. Like you I struggle with the pain of walking, standing, etc and sometimes even the chair exercises are difficult because the pain level is so much. I feel like I should do more, yet it seems I suffer because of pushing myself to do what I can and then some. You have given me hope. Thank you.

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IFEOMA4 10/9/2012 2:09AM

  You have come so far. emoticon

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CMWARDRN 10/6/2012 1:58PM

  Thank you for sharing. And, yes I have felt that way many times. I miss my body when it could run 4 miles. I miss being able to eat more because I was active. Being obese is painful emotionall, spiritually and physically. I find hope when SP share the difficult times as well as the celebrations. I NEED those blogs to give me HOPE. emoticon emoticon

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TYEDYEGRANNY 10/6/2012 3:10AM

  Thank you so very much for sharing your victory. Along with inspiration, you have given me a solid dose of hope. Thank you and congratulations for reaching such. an important milestone. I think that sometimes it is easy to not realize how far forward we have come, at least that is how it is for me. Some days I get one of those moments of, 'WOW Look at what I did, or I try on something that has been boxed in my closet for when I lose enough weight to fit into it and if I were physically capable, I would jump up and down clapping my hands because I find that I missed the chance to wear something because I have lost enough that what was too small for me is now baggy. These little things are milestones that give us the inspiration, motivation and hope to not give up. WELL done.

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KKARENKM 10/5/2012 9:09PM

    thanks for the inspiration

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CHRISTINASP 10/5/2012 3:47PM

    A great post. Thank you for sharing! Needed to hear this today, I think!

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WRITEROFWORDS 10/5/2012 12:04PM

    Wow. We are so much greater than we think we are.

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SBNORMAL 10/5/2012 5:22AM

  Wow. One point three w
ith a walker is amazing! You have overcome!

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APRIL103 10/4/2012 11:06PM

  Everything about this post is amazing!

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SAS202554 10/4/2012 4:54PM

  Thanks for sharing with us the lovely day that you had and the rewards you had for not giving up.

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VK2ZT14 10/4/2012 4:12PM

    emmabe, the fact that you walked 1.3 miles with the walker is FANTASTIC. the walker isn't doing it all for you. so, you did fantastic by accomplishing that. continue with the excellent work.

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FIRECOM 10/3/2012 11:24AM

    Winston Churchill gave a simple very short speech to his nation early in WWII.

He said, "never give up. Never Give Up, NEVER GIVE UP." And they didnt. Congrats to you.

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/3/2012 7:59AM


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_CYNDY55_ 10/3/2012 12:31AM

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ELSCO55 10/2/2012 10:47PM

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FITWITHIN 10/2/2012 8:52PM

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LAURENSX 10/2/2012 5:53PM

  Such an encouraging post! Keep up the great work! This is hard, but giving up is harder! So proud of you! Thanks for sharing because you just encouraged a whole lot of people!

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BETHYSTAN 10/2/2012 4:01PM

    I struggle with walking too. Being over 400lbs for the past few years has severely limited how far I can walk. I am now walking everyday and just signed up for a 5k that is held in May 2013. Thanks for inspiring me to keep going!

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4RASCALS 10/2/2012 1:32PM

    emoticon I guess we never know what we can do until we try. You should be very proud of yourself. What an accomplishment. Love the pictures, what a wonderful
place to walk around and enjoy nature & the company of a good friend.
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ORODEO73 10/2/2012 1:02PM

    This is absolutely awesome. Keep up the good work!!!!!

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MYLAUREN2 10/2/2012 1:00PM

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GODSBEST 10/2/2012 12:59PM

    Yeah to you for not giving up.

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HFAYE81 10/2/2012 12:50PM

    So happy for you!!! You did it, you are amazing!!! emoticon

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ALADY2BE 10/2/2012 12:41PM

    Thanks so much for sharing one of the best testimonies I've read. The human spirit knows only the limits we place upon it. And we shouldn't place any. I will work harder and smarter because of you. Thanks again. emoticon

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AMYTRIPP 10/2/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon Wonderful!!!

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ANNE007 10/2/2012 12:01PM

    Excellent! You should be very proud of your efforts and especially that you didn't give up. Congratulations!

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NEWSPARKDEBBIE 10/2/2012 11:58AM

    WAY TO GO!
And this is perfect timing...... I had been trying to encourage myself to start walking again. Since they put me on the diabetic meds my light headed spells hit with little or no warning so I have been terrified to venture out. I fear that I will hit the ground and thats the last thing I need or want......
Your awesome my friend!

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HIGHWAY91 10/2/2012 11:24AM

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing!

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LADYCALICO 10/2/2012 10:33AM

    Those non-scale victories is what this struggle is all about--congratulations on one of the biggest NSV's I've ever read about on SP.

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JANEGIBE 10/2/2012 10:27AM

    Hey.. I am so Proud to say God Bless all your efforts..It makes me see My journey will not be as hard I think it is going to be..What a Tremendous effort you have been through to get where you are.. I Praise God you have been faithful and that He will Bless you till your cup overflows.. In Christ Love Jane

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TURTLETRACK 10/2/2012 10:07AM

  You did well and with the walker you can keep on moving and getting even stronger.
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DENRNAJ 10/2/2012 9:27AM

    I'm inspired! emoticon

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PEANIGHT 10/2/2012 9:21AM

    I very much needed to hear what you just told us in your blog. Thank you. You had a wonderful outing and great things resulted along with it. emoticon emoticon

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THEIS58 10/2/2012 9:07AM

    Love it

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SPRINGBREEZI 10/2/2012 9:07AM

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing your discoveries with us all and adding pictures. Not giving up on seeing your friend (bet you tried to talk yourself out of it many times) gave you a memorable day and milestone. Pushing all that baggage should give you strength training to add to your Fitbit day. Keep getting stronger!

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FITMARY 10/2/2012 8:52AM

    I love this blog! Thanks so much for posting. It's just the boost I needed!

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BESSHAILE 10/2/2012 7:04AM

    What a triumph! This is the best story to start my day with! Thank you.

Remember your own words, now - never, ever give up!

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MARYBETH4884 10/2/2012 6:40AM

    It is amazing what we can do when we are focused being with friends and not the exercise! So glad for your experience!

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SHOTGUNSALLY 10/2/2012 5:59AM

    emoticon What a wonderful & inspiring time you had! Thanks for sharing it with all of us! **Many Blessings**

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