The answer is it takes as long as it takes. What's the alternative? Giving up and being in pain anyway because your body just isn't strong enough to drag you around.
Patience and gentleness. That's really your answer.
I just had a breakthrough today. I have chronic pain and an old ankle injury, so after two weeks of dedicated walking my body is angry with me. I took yesterday off to let it rest. But that meant today was crucial. I had to get out there for my walk. I just had no motivation to go. I didn't believe, not one bit, that there truly was a benefit to my continuing to exercise, only because it didn't FEEL like I was making progress. It seemed clear that, once again, my body wouldn't let me succeed, no matter how much I wanted to get fit and lighten its load.
This is a pattern for me. I recognized this as a familiar script running through my head, so to get OUT of my head, I went a-Googling and found an article on WebMD all about fitness walking. I read that even 3 days a week of 30 minutes' walking broken into 10 minute increments has significant benefits. learned tips for posture and stride, reminded myself that every little bit counts. Even if I went out there, walked a slow mile and called it a day, I would be doing my body a favor.
So I went. And wouldn't you know, all those tips helped tremendously. Resting yesterday must've helped tremendously. The padding in my shoe and brace around my ankle helped too. I just felt great out there today. Strong and tall, with smaller more deliberate strides. I wasn't overexerting, and I was able to keep my core tight. I didn't stop until I felt tired...80 minutes and 4.5 miles later. That's twice what I painfully pounded out on Monday.
So hang in there. Listen to your body. Build a better relationship with it. Rub the hurty parts with tiger balm. Take a day off now and then to let it heal. Give it food and water and rest so it will work more efficiently. Reinvent how you treat it. Be infinitely patient and gentle and kind, like it's a butterfly with a damaged wing.
(Now if only I can remember that when I need it!)
| current weight: 262.5