After 2 weeks, this is my first check-in of my from couch to walk plan. Because I am still recovering from my surgery and I cannot do much, but my walking is improving. 

It has been exactly 2 weeks since I posted Crawling My Way Back to the Fit Life. I think it is a good time to have a look at how things are evolving.

In case you did not have the chance to read the original post yet, here is my planning:

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I have been really consistent with the schedule I put together for myself*. Only tomorrow I will have my first check with the neurosurgeon. Then I will be able start dreaming with the next steps.

But for now, here is how the past 2 weeks went (print screens from RunKeeper):

May 1st

The idea was not starting on May 1st, but on the Monday afterwards. But because of the holiday, my boyfriend was home. I felt safer knowing that I could call him if I needed any help. With the speed I was walking, I could not be far after only a 5-minute walk.

My posture was bad and as the pain in my knees (mainly in the left one) got worse, it got impossible to hold my back straight. Still, I made it safe back home.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life - May 1st, 2015.

May 1st, 2015

May 4th

Another painful walk. It was the first time I was outside completely on my own and I cannot deny I was anxious. Even though I had done well the week before, I was not confident in my progress yet. In fact, things went pretty much the same as before. The journey back will be long…

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life – May 4th, 2015.

May 6th

At first, I was afraid I was not going to make it. I have had fever for some days and the night before I felt really bad. Later the same day, I even went to the doctor because I started to fear it was something related to the surgery.

Anyways, it was only 7 minutes and the weather was not that bad.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life – May 6th, 2015.

May 8th

Pain had the best of me here. It was very disappointing to notice a regression instead of a progression. Days like that are not so good for the motivation.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life – May 8th, 2015.

May 11th

This was my very first pain walk. There was no progress in terms of speed, but I was already excited for not needing to hurt on the way back.

It was good because I was already wondering if I would have to deal with that pain for long. Our body does work mysterious ways.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life – May 11th, 2015.

May 13th

I have to say. I know it has already passed, but I turned 40 on May 12th. Woohoo! Happy belated birthday to me!! (I will try not to celebrate the entire year long)

Probably because of my excitement, I started off my walk much faster than normal. I was feeling OK so I decided to go for it. The good thing is that I was able to cover a longer distance. Still, I got really tired on the way back and ended up walking slower.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life – May 13th, 2015.

May 15th

No show (read May 16th).

May 16th

Some days ago, I received a letter from my healthy insurance (one of them). I had to fill in some forms and return it to them.

On April 23rd, I also had to mail some documents and went on foot. The results were much worse than expected. ?? days later, I thought it was a good idea to compare my progress.

Again, it was a pain-free which is already a lot better than last time. I was able to walk faster as well. My steps are very small, but it is better than nothing. On the way back I stopped sometimes to rest.

Because I knew I was going to work extra hard on Saturday, I did not want to tire myself on the 15th and took an extra day on the 17th.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life - May 16th, 2015.

Crawling My Way Back To The Fit Life – May 16th, 2015.

May 17th

No show (read May 16th).

It is a slow process. In fact, much slower than I thought it would be. However, I see some small progress and that gives me hope. I am already dreaming of the next steps and putting my goals together. I found these pictures from August 2012 that got me inspired.

There is no filter and I left them so to have a good idea of how my shape really was back then. It is the direction I want to follow. Unfortunately, I will not be able to return to CrossFit right away. But there are other things I can do to slowly get in the shape again.

Have you ever follow a from couch to walk plan? Are you following any plan right now? If yes, what are your goals?


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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.