Need Your Perspective, I'm Obsessed!
Friday, January 07, 2011
Do you know people who wear Halloween costumes and you cannot tell who is underneath all that? Those are the ones I love, and over the years I have fooled many. While I still wear that type (see my photos for my recent witch costume) I am now instantly recognizable by some for the following reason.
I limp when I walk. Yesterday, I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in about 4 months. She asked why my limping was so much worse. She completely took me off guard. I didn’t think it was bad, in fact, I’ve been convinced that when walking the track, I do not have a limp, I become a fluid walker (my term for normal people walk). However, many times I am a person who likes to mental my way thru pain and sickness.
Two examples come immediately to mind. I decided there was no such thing as High Altitude Sickness, (even tho I knew I had Motion Sickness) so when I visited a friend in Colorado I did my regular swim work-out even tho she suggested I might want to take it easy. I made it to her car before the nausea I was feeling became Exorcist-like vomiting. I was out of it for 1.5 days. All I could do was sleep and vomit. (nice houseguest, eh?) As a student of the school of hard knocks, guess what, it really does exist!
Now for the more pertinent example. Not quite 10 yrs ago I was trying to become a competitive race-walker and was up to 8-9 miles a workout when I ignored pain. Finally one day I was crying while training and I thot it was nuts to continue. I went to the Dr. and it turns out (like my Dad) I had (have) no cartilage in my left knee and ½ is gone in the right.
For a short time I had to use a walker, ugh! And after that I used a cane. At one check-up my doctor wanted me to walk without the cane! That was scary because I developed a dependence (I was actually afraid to walk without it). I gradually worked up to zero days a week of cane use, woohoo! (My friend even asked me where my cane was, she noticed I wasn’t using it).
I always read that the best and cheapest way to lose weight is to walk. I figured that being disabled that didn’t include me. About a year ago they gave out pedometers at work, so I got one and started checking my daily steps. Shortly thereafter, the pedometer fell off and I lost interest. Got another one, and that fell off and got lost in June 10 while on vacation. I was disappointed since I was at an amusement park and really wondered how much one walks at those places. I immediately got another one when I returned and have had this third pedometer & tracked my steps ever since.
I have a goal with Spark people to step 8K a day, BUT This November, at work we had a walking (step) challenge, which I joined (after all I don’t need my cane anymore). Over the 30-day challenge, I worked up to a consistent 15K steps a day, every day. I turned movement (8K steps) into a cardio exercise by walking on the track, or at various odd “tracks” each and every day thinking its just walking. I have been obsessed, I refused to go to bed until I got my steps in. A couple of “evenings” I was walking my neighborhood at 1:30am!!!
Four days ago, my steps (or cardio walking as it has turned into) has turned into PAIN, where I feel like I can’t continue. I’ve pushed thru this, ignoring my pain. I have dropped to around 10-12K steps a day, and even took two-day breaks over these last two vacation weeks. All this info was to get to this point where I can get your feedback. Do I need to stop trying to do this 7 days a week? Should I go back to 8K 5x a week? Please let me know what sounds non-obsessive for step/walking. TIA! -Sharon
I really really don't want to stop the walking. Tonight I did the "walk around the 50 meter pool, track" and the pain I've had for the last 4 days in my hips came back. However, the last two laps I walked, I realized I was hunched over, so I stood up straight and the pain went away!