Day 49: The Long Road
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I went to the Doctor yesterday and a few amazing things happened. First, I had to walk there and back. I imagine some people reading this walk further to get to their mailbox everyday. But I had to stop three times along the way. The first time I did I was only two houses away from my own. I felt horrible! I was out of breath, my legs hurt and all of this made me stop and wonder. How did I let myself fall so far? When I first moved to Ireland the idea of walking a mile was one to fill me with dread. But I slowly worked my way up to walking several miles without complaint. And then the back pain came. I was always careful, never really pushed myself. So slowly I could do less and less. How did I let myself fall so far? The answer is, I didn't! I stopped and reminded myself that I am dealing with a chest infection. I have swollen feet and legs from my medicine, my breathing even while sitting can be a bit heavy. Ok, so yes, I am heavier than I was, possibly the heaviest I've ever been. But I'm not as unhealthy as I try to convince myself that I am.
So while I was there I weighed myself, just to be sure of where I'm at. I figured with all the swelling I've been doing I would have gained weight. But I haven't! I am now officially 10 pounds down from my start!!! I can only imagine how much that will change when the swelling goes down too.
My doctor is super supportive of me losing weight as well. And is going to recommend me to a local weight loss program lead by a doctor as soon as I'm over my chest infection which could take up to 4 or 5 weeks.
All in all yesterday went really well. And even though I'm still on bed rest, have a secondary infection I'm feeling better about things.
Its going to be a long road to being fit, but I'm taking it one day at a time.