One of the things I had to give up when my back and my feet became too painful to support me adequately, was walking just because I enjoy walking. In fact, I had really started to hate walking, and how it made me feel.
There’s nothing enjoyable in the pain that radiated out of my feet and across my lower back after walking a half mile just to get to BART as I headed into the office, never mind how much worse it was after the half mile to the office, or the return trip at the end of a long day.
It was one of the driving factors in helping me make the decision to have the gastric bypass surgery, which happened a week ago yesterday. They encourage you pretty quickly to get up and moving after the surgery, and in the week that I’ve been home, I’ve been focusing pretty strongly on building my stamina back up by taking multiple short walks each day.
The first day, I got from my house to the corner, about 6 houses away. The next day, I added a few houses on the other end. Yesterday I made it around the block for the first time, a distance of approximately seven tenths of a mile. Today, I ventured to the Starbucks just past the street I would turn up to go around the block, then I finished the block.
It feels good to be walking again. I won’t say I am pain free, my feet are throbbing a bit right now and my back is letting me know it felt that walk, but each step moves me in the right direction, and while I feel ridiculously fatter than I have in a while, I’ve actually lost a decent amount of weight being only a week out from surgery.
One foot in front of the other, as they say. Happy Wednesday, Readers!