From Wheelchair to 1 Mile Walker :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Yesterday was a momentous day for me. I have come so far. Severe arthritis and obesity had robbed me of my mobility. I was reduced to rolling my way down halls, through airports, and hospitals unable to walk more than a few short steps.
I had total knee replacement in both knees a year and a half apart. I lay in ICU with kidney failure and other complications. I was 328 pounds. I had a bleak future.
That was then. Yesterday - 8 months after starting my journey here at Sparkpeople - I walked a mile. I walked it in 21 minutes! No cane, no limp, head up and a big smile on my face.
I've lost 58.4 pounds so far. Just that loss has changed my life. You can't do it overnight, but you CAN do it. It takes consistency. You must persevere. Soon a 1 pound or 1/2 pound loss adds up. Soon you move from 1 minute of exercise to 45 minutes of exercise. You start small and work your way up.
If I can do this, you can do this. I'm 55 years old but I feel as if I've got a future again. Come join me on the journey, won't you? Let's do this!