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One step at a time … or twenty?

Monday, December 17, 2012

There comes a point in time when the rewards for exercising really start to pay off.

So far, I’ve seen rewards here and there, but some of them stand out a little more than the others.

Last night I felt like I was rewarded in spades for working out regularly for the past three months or so.

Because of my weight and the weakness of my muscles, I’ve had to descend flights of stairs in a rather awkward fashion – sideways, one foot, then the other foot on the same stair, and repeating this process until I slowly make it down to the bottom of the stairs.

I hated this because I never wanted to be seen descending a staircase in this fashion. I could only imagine what other people would think if they saw me.

Occasionally I would try to descend a staircase as if it weren’t a problem for me if someone was on the staircase with me in a public place. I didn’t want to look weird. I was still more awkward than I should have been doing that and I knew I was risking injury because it was hard on my body and sometimes my tendons would pay the price.

Last night, half way down a two level flight of stairs I realized that I was stronger than I have been in a long time and should try descending the stairs straight forward, one foot on one stair and then the other foot on the next stair below it.

It was amazing! I was strong enough to do it and I realized then that my days of awkward stair descents are probably over.

This is a whole new level of freedom and I’m enjoying it.

First came the ability to stand while I dressed and now I can descend stairs normally.

I don’t know what’s next, but I’m looking forward to finding out.

I’m already contemplating new ways to challenge my body through exercise. I realize the more I challenge it, the better I will get at just about everything.

In the meantime, I’m going to practice going up and down stairs just because I can.

Who’d ever think I’d be thankful for a staircase? Not this elevator-loving girl! I guess things change, and that’s for sure!
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