After my cardiologist yelled* at me, back in late November, about gaining instead of losing excess weight, I have ramped up my exercise. I’ve worked up to the ability to walk three miles without feeling terrible afterward. In fact, I can walk a lot longer as evidenced by the 7.5 mile trek I took with my sister a couple of weekends ago. When that little junket was complete, my feet hurt so badly in the evening, I thought I would never walk again. However, a new pair of walking shoes has remedied that issue. When shoes wear out, you really do feel it.
Now, for the past couple of days, I’ve had a painful sensation in my lower back. It is more pronounced when I am sitting than standing, so I suppose I need to keep moving. But, it feels as if I jumped out of a high window, landed on my heels, and jarred my back. I just wish it would go away, because I want to be rewarded for improving my health, not punished! I suppose, I am just getting older and experiencing some wear and tear.
On the positive side, though, I have met my first goal of 5% weight loss. I am losing pounds very, very slowly, may about 1/2 pound per week, but as long as it is consistent, I am happy with that. I looked back at my history, and I am now only 2 pounds heavier than when my mother first received her cancer diagnosis that scrambled all of our world, greatly. I think when I hit that benchmark, then I can look forward to the next goal of getting into one of my evening gowns. I have three evening gowns that I absolutely love, each one size bigger than the previous! So, if I can get back into those, one at a time, over the rest of this year, I’ll be ecstatic when the time comes to really wear one again.
Happy trails, y’all. Now that the weather is warmer, I will see you outside.
*Actually, he didn’t yell at me; he was fussing at me. But, he’s from Georgia (Eastern European State, not Eastern Atlantic State), so he has this terrifying sounding accent. “Zhou MUST NOT Gain Ze Weight!!!” He can say “Good Morning,” and it sounds malicious. But, he is a very nice and professional man, or I wouldn’t continue to go to his practice.