Progress starts with a single step… or rather 974 in this case!

Having come off steroids almost two weeks ago my weight has finally stabilised. So instead of gaining weight every single day, regardless of what I ate, I am at last starting to see no gain.

Now I need to turn it around and take back off the huge amount of steroid weight that I gained. I have an intake for a rehabiltation program in the new year that will help a lot. It’s designed to help me identify an exercise program that is safe for my body as well as help improve my breathing, while under the supervision of medical professionals.

In the interim I have been using the Wii and trying to build up enough stamina to being able to walk again. After a week or two of step aerobics on the Wii and walking round my own back yard I decided that it was time to venture a little further afield.

What really helped, and gave me the impetus for doing so, was a new medication that I use before exercise and helps stabilise my breathing for a little while.

So I’ve started walking again. Three days ago I managed just under 1/2 mile, or 974 steps! Yesterday, and today, I doubled it and made a full mile.

My dogs are thoroughly enjoying it. It’s a lot more interesting to get out and walk than just explore the same backyard over and over again. Or to run on a doggy treadmill.

Hopefully, with time I’ll get back to walking somewhere that actually has an incline to it and a much greater distance. I used to walk closer to 10 miles a day just in normal life, and would add an extra hour or two at least once a week.

Right now I have to time my walk to avoid people as much as possible and the smoke from my neighbour’s wood fire. Much as I usually love the smell, right now it causes breathing issues so I have to get out for my walk before they light it for the day.

It’s not that I don’t like people. Having been housebound for months I actually quite enjoy seeing people that are not doctors! For an introvert it’s quite an odd feeling.

However, I still don’t have much of a voice, hearing takes me a lot of effort and simply I don’t have the energy or stamina to stop and chat with somebody as well as to make my walk.

So far I’ve been able to time it well. I’m sure that I won’t manage it every time. so I’ve been thinking about how to manage it if I do come across somebody that wants to chat.

Maybe I should print up some little cards that explain my situation?

That seems kind of weird though!

Hopefully, I’ll see my reactivity and breathing issues improve before I reach one thousand miles! But like Confucius said,

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”




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