Monday, July 9, 2012

There May be Slow Talking but This is Slow Walking

I am back on the walking trail.

It feels good to say that.  I have missed my morning excursions. 

I have to warm up before I hit the trail.  This is not as much fun as it sounds and I know it doesn't sound like fun.  Now I roll out of bed and start stretching.  After being sidelined with the ITB problem, I am not interested in doing it again.  So on the floor I go stretching away.

Actually, I am pretty impressed that I can get down on the floor (and I don't fall to get there) and get back up.  That could be an Olympic sport. 

I started on the trail yesterday.  I have listened to the PT and was only going to walk for 20 minutes.  It was a beautiful day.  Mostly because it wasn't 105 degrees.  It was in the upper 60's and there was a nice breeze off the lake.  It felt good.  I was stupid. (quit with the "again")  I walked for 35 minutes.  Not the best way to start back.  It felt great most of the time.  I was glad when it was over and I was back at the car stretching.  AGAIN.  (catch the theme here?) 

My knee seems to think it is a shark.  WHAT?  One of the times I took my Mom to the Emergency Room, (she was probably 90 at the time) the doctor told me that old people are like sharks - if they stop moving they die.  Nice, huh?  Anyway, he was probably right and I feel that way about my knee.  If I keep moving, it feels better. 

Maybe I need to use one of those treadmill desks. 

I really get in trouble when I stop and sit and work at my desk.  If I don't pay attention to the time, I have a hard time moving when I get up.  I am going to have to put a timer on my desk to remind myself to get up and move every 20 minutes or so.  Then again, I would have to remember to set the timer. Problems, problems....

Anyway, back to the walk.  It was good yesterday and today I was careful and only walked the 20 minutes.  It is still good but it is hard to stop when I know that a month ago I was going much further. 

Have I told you that I am the SLOWEST person out there?  It would be humorous if it weren't so sad.  Yes, every old lady out there walks faster than I do.  It doesn't matter - I am out moving and that is what counts. I try to convince myself that I get to enjoy the walk more because I see so much more of it than they do but I know better.

So if I can be the slowest one out there and I still want to go, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE?  Come on, join me.  Go for a walk.  You really never know what you will see.  Yesterday, I saw the man who takes his dog out in a baby carriage.  Really.  He doesn't look crazy or anything.  He just walks along like it is normal.  Think of the new conversations that you can have that start with "You should have seen what I saw on my walk today..." 

I have to go.  It is time to move again.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I have to make myself get up from my desk and move around also. I've been known to jog in place, while waiting for the copier to finish...

  2. "old people are like sharks - if they stop moving they die." I am going to needle point that and hang it on the wall...No, I will just watercolor, draw, or by whatever art form I finally choose, make copies and hang them on every available surface through out the house! (Needlepointing is almost like not moving since it would take me months to complete. :o) Then I think we should celebrate a " Sacrificial Recliner" bonfire on the vernal equinox, March 20th. What a good time to start anew! Once I plop down in the it takes and Earthquake to get me out of a recliner. As a matter of fact, I happened to end up bouncing across the room during the east coast earthquake in August of 2011. (We lived about 1 mile from the epicenter). LOL Example: Got out of bed this morning went straight to the LR into the recliner. That was three and a half hours ago! And I have not even had my coffee yet. I would have to get up and walk 15 feet to the coffee pot to that. I am sorry, I tend to get started on a train of thought and never know were it will end. But i Love your Blog. My husband started on Insulin and has gained weight and don't know what to do and how to cook and need H-E-L-P!!!! Thanks!!

  3. Hey Jennlala so nice to hear from you! That recliner sounds pretty good and I could sit there for hours too! My Dad has one and he sleeps in it at this point. But if we burned them, where would we sit?
    If you have read the other posts you will know that I cannot cook either. I am back to trying new recipes and will be trying to post a new one every other week. Since I con't cook, they are disasters sometimes.... But I don't share those. One of my absolute favorite recipes is Provolone Ziti Bake. Partially because it is SO easy to make and partially because the serving size is pretty big. It is really filling. Serving size is usually the problem, at least for me! The link to the recipe is

    Also, you might want to talk to his doctor. Some of the insulin products have a weight loss drug in with the insulin. As I recall, they told us that MOST people will gain weight when the insulin is working because ... I should remember but I don't. I do remember the doctor telling us that though. So I don't think your husband is unusual.
    Thanks for the comment!