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.