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Update and... A Virtual Journey!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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! emoticon emoticon

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)
-- Steps to Miles Calculator

I'll keep you updated as I walk! I can't wait to set off on my journey. emoticon
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    Very Cool idea...I love it! Glad the surgery went well and that you are still on plan. Definitely take it slow and easy, you do not want to delay the healing process. How far are you into your Missouri journey? I have no idea of where I'd want to walk to but I'm thinking about it now!
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