That Which I CAN Do

Like everybody else on this weight loss journey (and therefore on someone’s waiting list!) I get a little impatient and anxious sometimes. Can’t this go any faster? Does every appointment have to be for ANOTHER two weeks out?! But I’m not crazy: I recognize that since I made this decision on April 26 to pursue gastric surgery, that truthfully a lot has already happened. I am probably looking at surgery as early as the first week in August, so honestly I have nothing to complain about. I have much to be grateful for, and I know that it would be in my own best interests to make this a productive waiting period.

I decided that one of the things I CAN do is to go ahead and begin implementing some of the lifestyle changes that will be necessary after the surgery: like commitment to physical activity instead of the sedentary lifestyle that I have been living. I am happy to say that I am about a week and a half into a daily walking regimen. Hurray for me! The first day I went out to the par course I felt like crap! I could not BELIEVE how much more out of shape I have gotten in just the past year. One time around the little circle [about the same size as a standard track] and I was tired and heaving. ME, a person who used to do 2 to 3 MILES a day in the gym on the elliptical machines.

Sure, I was happy that I’d finally stopped merely thinking about exercise and actually done something…but at the same time I felt as miserable internally as I did externally. It took me about 6 or 7 minutes to do what just a year ago I could do in about 4 or 5 minutes. Oh well, I decided that I would simply agree with myself to do a little more every day until I have built back up to my former ability. Each day that I have gone–and yes, I missed a day or two in between–I have added another time around.

Saturday I went to a real track at a nearby university and did a mile in about 25 minutes. Don’t worry, I realize that’s nowhere near my goal of 15 minutes per mile. But hey, I was celebrating that I finally did a mile again after such a long time of not doing anything. And then something amazing happened this morning. I got out of my car at 7:06 and walked 5 times around the par course like it was nothing! I felt great. Then I looked at my cell phone. It was 7:29. WHAT??? That was the way I USED to walk.

Well, I have built up my speed. Next goal short term goal: build up my distance until I am back to doing at least 2 miles per day. Long term goal: Jogging 5 miles per day.                                         AA walking_cropped


11 thoughts on “That Which I CAN Do

    • I know, right! Today I’m in pain, paying for all that quick trotting. But I’ve got my head up. If it’s not raining, I’ll be back out tomorrow…

  1. Good for you!!!! The body is truly amazing at how well it bounces back. It really doesn’t take long to be able to do a little more, a little more, a little more. Kudos!

    • You are soooo right! I just hope I can keep this momentum up. I’ve been known to let things like rain (or even too much sun) easily deter me from getting out there. Thanks for the support.

  2. My big pre-surgery change was decreasing my soda intake. Phew that was a hard one. I’m not sure how this whole exercise thing is going to work out for me since I am currently nursing a broken foot and plantar faciitis. Bleh.

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