I did it! It was raining, my son had an appointment across town, I had paperwork to do. And I walked Anyway! Even if I got soaked. Even if my back tightened up about 1/2 way through the walk. Even if I felt as if I couldn’t take another step 1/2 block from home. Even if I had a meeting that night that I had to prepare for. I walked! 1.18 miles in my neighborhood which included a 559 foot change in elevation on the last .18 of the walk. I was soaking wet, and I needed help getting up my stairs. My dear boy gave me a back massage so I could move again. I did pretty well at the beginning of the walk, about 26 min/mile, but boy that back stretch! There were some irises that were blooming and some pale pink tulips too. So I stopped to take a picture, but it didn’t help me loosen up. I found some retaining walls to sit in for a couple of minutes then continued on. It was really really hard. The challenge will be tomorrow. Can I do this 2 days in a row? I have reset the goal for 90 miles by June 4. I am not Amanda–running for miles and eating special foods. I am Rebecca, and I am walking and pushing myself to be better and feel better. I don’t think my weight will drop the 2 pounds/week they say it does when you walk.
I hate it when I’m told, “if you walk such and such amount of time, the weight just melts off.” If that were true, there’d be a trail of grease behind me and I’d have serious laundry challenges. I don’t measure my success in this walking program by the amount of change in my weight. I measure the progress by how long I can walk. I want to get back to the point where I could do a lap around Walnut Creek (3 miles). Once I do that, I will endeavor to cut my time down bit by bit. I hope that this tightening up will eventually go away so that it won’t matter what kind of terrain I’m walking. I am doing a mild stretch before starting. My stride is off. I am extending my leg and pulling my body over my front foot instead of changing my weight forward and catching myself with my front foot. I believe that’s why hills are so painful. It’s hard to fall uphill!