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:
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):
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
No show (read 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.
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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