As I have probably mentioned multiple times before, exercise is really hard for me. It’s not something I enjoy, and before I started low carbing in January, I had reached an all-time low for physical fitness. Walking a short block had me out of breath. It also caused a lot of pain in my hips and back, and that made me scared to start exercising again.
However, in June, I realized that losing 40 lbs. had helped get me to a point where I knew I was capable of doing some moderate exercise. I had grand plans to walk at the park this summer. But as usual, those never quite materialized. For the first half of the summer, it was lack of time. When I finally found I had the time in August, it was HOT. Colorado summers are pretty bearable, but this was one of the hottest Augusts on record. I’m not a big fan of heat, and unfortunately, I let it keep me indoors.
So finally, when the kids started school, I thought that this would be a good time. I’m taking on more work from home, and I knew I would need to carefully schedule my days to fit it all in. I decided I would start scheduling exercise into my day, too, and I set the date to begin for 8/29, when my work schedule for the fall would begin.
Monday morning, I woke up and I put in an exercise video I bought several years ago and never even unwrapped. It was a Latin dance video that seemed fun. Let’s just say that things did not go well. And that Maggie most definitely did not inherit a dance gene from me. 😉 After 15 minutes, I tired of feeling stupid and quit for the day. My goal right now is only 20 minute sessions, so I felt like it was a good start.
I took Tuesday off, and I spent the day trying to figure out what I could do today that I would like better. Then it occurred to me that today was a late start at school, and I would need to take the kids in. (Nate usually does mornings, and I pick up after school.) Typically, I would drive. It’s not quite a 1/2 mile, and I know that’s pathetic, but…well, see above. I was really, really out of shape for a very long time. Today, however, I decided to take the plunge and walk them in.
I almost didn’t. I still have this huge mental block about exercise, and I was genuinely scared that I couldn’t do it. That’s why I’ve continued to drive to school. And then I remembered that this weekend, we went to the new Ikea in town. It’s been open a month, but it’s still a zoo, and I’m pretty sure we walked a 1/2 mile to the entrance and then back to our car. I figured if I could do that, I could handle this.
And I did! I will admit to having major second thoughts when I walked outside and realized that it was much hotter than I had anticipated. But the kids were really excited, so I plowed forward. And in the end, it wasn’t too bad. My legs were a little wobbly by the time I got home, but a lot of that was just from the heat. (C’mon, fall!)
The biggest problem is shoes. I got some Easy Spirits last year that are clog style and have a strap at the heel but the sole of a tennis shoe. I figured they’d be fine for light exercise. And they probably are. But they were slipping all over, and the bottoms of my feet got very sore because of it. I suppose it could be the socks, too. And that’s the tough part – how will I know what works for me if I don’t get to take a decent walk to try them out? These seemed perfectly fine the first time I tried them on; I didn’t know the problems I would have until I walked a longer distance. In any case, I don’t have much of a discretionary budget right now anyway for buying a pricey pair of shoes. So I’m trying to figure out how to work around this issue, because having shoes and/or socks that hurt my feet really is an impediment to exercising.
Overall, though, it felt very good. I walked pretty close to a mile at a slow-moderate pace (I’d guess it was close to a 20-minute mile – hard to say exactly though, since I had to walk into the school and get Gus signed in smack dab in the middle of it), and I wasn’t heaving and out of breath. My backs and hips didn’t hurt like they used to. My only complaints were the heat (fixed by fall) and my feet (fixed with new shoes and/or socks eventually). It was a step I’ve been scared to take for a long time, but I took it today, and that gives me the courage to take more.