It's been a while since I updated, but I wanted to say that I'm still following my prescribed diet. My losses have really slacked (only about 10 lbs in the last 3 months) but I attribute that largely to the fact that first I stopped being to walk without assistance (crutches) and then to the surgery I had to have to finally repair my leg (yay!). I had to have, among other things, a core about the size of my pinkie drilled across my tibia (the big bone that makes up our shins). I have to be careful still not to give myself a fracture as I heal. I spent 2 weeks non-weight bearing after the surgery, but I can happily report I'm back in the walking boot and starting to get some steps in everyday. I can even walk around my house without the boot if I'm careful, and once some skin issues at the surgery sites heal, I'll be back in the pool after 3+ months!
Since I'm not really able to walk around outside comfortably yet, I thought a virtual journey could be a lot of fun -- especially because I can do that from the safety of the boot or inside my house. I decided to choose a journey I'd like to do "for real" in a couple months as I work my way up to it.
I have chosen to "walk" from the St. Louis Art Museum to the Gateway Arch at a distance of 6.7 miles (10.78 km) one-way. Over the next four days, I plan to walk virtually there and back (13.4 miles). I don't actually know my stride length but assuming that my stride is a little under average for a woman (because I'm so short), it should take me about 18,000 steps. (I do have a Fitbit that counts steps and distance, so ultimately I'll go by what it counts for me.) But assuming that I need to take about 18,000 steps to get there and back, that's an average of only 4,500 steps per day.
Why so few steps when the "recommended" is 10,000? Well, I know that since I've been "back on my feet" my highest day has been 3,100 steps. I need to take it slow and careful. So, 4,500 will be pushing myself and really making an effort but at what I feel should be a safe pace. I think an extra 1,300 steps per day is a "healthy" push that isn't likely to cause me a setback. If it does prove to be too much too soon, I'll add an extra day or half day to my virtual journey. But, for now, this seems like a good starting place.
Curious to make up your own virtual journey? Here are two tools I used to get started:
-- Google Maps! (Of course) https://www.google.com
-- Steps to Miles Calculator http://shannonmiller.com/tools
I'll keep you updated as I walk! I can't wait to set off on my journey.