A Little at a Time, Great Spans are Crossed
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The other day a fellow Sparkie called me a "Trojan" (I think she meant "Amazon" but I got a giggle out of it anyway!)....People on my forum tell me to ease up and not to be so hard on my body. I've been exercising more....pushing myself especially in the cardio area....and I'm so happy that I can report noticeable improvement in this area. The other day, to take advantage of a streak of beautiful weather...not typical for November in these mountains....I decided to go for a walk. I called a friend to come over and join me and we set out. My plan was to repeat the track I'd been following to go to a nearby lake and back...about 2.8 miles round trip...but up some pretty steep inclines along the way.
When I'd last done this route, it was challenging. I could manage it; JUST. When I got home, dragging myself up the last steep grade to the welcome sight of my house, I would be soaked with perspiration and breathing very very hard. And I had not walked outside for quite a while, due to the fact that the combination of woodsmoke and cold temps are lethal on my asthma. So as we set out yesterday, I was a little worried about how I'd fare.
I have been now walking off the pounds with my best friend (snort) Leslie S. and her walk aerobic videos to maintain my cardio fitness since the weather changed...and I must hand it to you Leslie...There's something to what you've been doing to my body. BEcause I walked like a MACHINE. ...easily, talking as we walked...got there stopped for a second or two on the dock and then came right back (before when I did it, I had to rest at least 15 minutes at the lake before returning)....And I climbed the largest hill, breathing hard, but did not have to stop midway or at the top like I always had before.
I made it the rest of the way home EASILY , with nary a drop of perspiration and with not really any faster rate of respiration. I felt let down that we were home so soon, because honestly, I could ''ve turned around and done the walk again without hesitation. At the time I noted all this happily...but did not stop to really applaud myself. I was told last April that I would never be able to walk even a hundred yards without a respiratory problem...That exercise was then and always would be, out of the question for me.
And I ignored it.
You see, I'd had ENOUGH of being in the hospital for two weeks out of every four. I had enough of gaspiing to breathe simply because I stood up and took a few steps. I was overweight, yes...even obese according to the charts...but it was not so much the weight doing this to me as it was the disease itself. But as I thought about it...I thought, if I consistently place a heavy demand on my lung capacity, it is BOUND to stretch out and increase. Now that may not be a medical realiity...but for me, it worked.
The first day I walked...I got out of my door, down the deck stairs...and about 50 yards down our driveway....and dropped to my knees struggling to regain my breath. So the next day, I tried it again. This time I made it to the half way point of our next door neighbor's property. And the next day, I got one house further down the road....and thus it continued...until I was pushing myself to the the aforementioned two plus miles.
And now, thanks to good old Leslie (who STILL annoys the $#%% out of me!), I can do walk aerobics :2 miles in 30 minutes...EASILY. Today my plan is to try the three mile walk.
think I can do it??
BEtcha I can!