Reached a milestone
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
I just updated my walkingog fir yesterday.
I have reached a milestone, yes I celebrate those 100 mile marks on my walk around the center of the Earth. I started my walking on July 24th, 2011.
I goggled it back then and it said it was 24,901.45 miles. So yesterday's total brought it to 13,102.22 miles. Woohoo! I celebrate those miles. I feel every one of them 🤣
When I started I also started my very first virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail because I thought it'd be fun to see where I got. I never thought I'd finish it. Yet here I am on my 6th virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail. I'm at milepost 2020.62 ot of 2202 (mileage from walking4fun.com).
My miles to date for 2021 are 294.76. Not where I want to be but it is what it is. In years past I would feel like a failure but I realized it doesn't matter right now. What matters is I am still walking. My body is doing its best each day. I've faced many challenges especially the last 3 years but I'm still putting forth the effort to walk. I never ever figured I'd be over halfway around the center of the Earth either but I'm past that. So that just blows my mind that I've accomplished that.
Usually I set a ridiculous goal every year for my walking. I didn't the past couple of years because of all that's happened. I didn't this year. I'm just walking to see where life takes me now. I'm trying to allow my body to continue to heal and work on more than walking. That's why I joined Planet Fitness and have started working out. I'm getting strength training and doing the the ascent training machine and treadmill.
For those who have wondered about the ascent training machine. My Samsung Health app tracks it as an elliptical. What it is is a seated trainer. It works both your arms and legs. I can feel it all over my body. It has a quick start program and specialized programs to really up your workout. There are different levels which increase the intensity and your ascent. As you.pedal you are ascending upward in elevation. Several years ago when I had originally joined I did a vary of the workouts after I got used to the machine. It really made a difference. My late brother could tell a difference. Then I was in 2 different auto accidents in 2019 which ended my workouts and I canceled my membership per doctor's orders. So my son and I rejoined last month. We're both going slow and steady. This week will be the second week of 3x weekly workouts if all goes according to plan.
Remember the most important thing is that you show up and do your best everyday. This is especially important when you have multiple chronic health issues or a disability..Don't obsess over a set number. Set a goal or multiple goals. Work towards it. Show up everyday and do your best. Don't push yourself beyond your ability and set yourself back. I tell myself I will go a certain amount of time on the ascent training machine and treadmill. When I reach that. I reassess how I'm feeling and add another say 5 minutes.if I'm having a good day, I may end up doubling my original goal. Other days, I may need to stop before that original goal due to pain issues. That's okay. You don't push yourself to ear it takes 4 to 7 days to recover especially if you have health issues.
When I originally started in 2011, I pushed myself to the point I barely made it back up the steps and in the house with my walking. I did that every single day. No rest days. All I dud was hurt myself.
I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, right knee hyperextends, left knee has 2 screws, bone spurs on back, right kneecap and all over both feet, asthma, and the list goes on. I'm still recovering from total exhaustion that hit just a few days before Thanksgiving. I was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. I was in such pain, I had trouble walking. Plus I have migraines and bad allergies. I'm going to be 67 in September. My body has been through a lot over the years. Lots of falls, 4 auto accidents, 2 traumatic brain injuries plus multiple concussions and generally just abused my my self destructive tendency. I didn't care for years. Now I'm trying to get my body healthier. It's never too late to start over. I'm constantly reassessing how I'm doing. Tweaking things multiple times a month. The path to success is not always a straight line. It can have so many twists and turns, detours, stops and restarts that you lose count. The important thing is you are worth the effort. You are a valuable person. You are loved. You are appreciated. You might not hear those words but believe me someone out there looks up to you. You give them strength to get through the day. They are rooting for you just like I am rooting for you. I am a survivor. I want to enjoy my life now. Tomorrow's never promised so start today. This minute is a good starting point. Or a good reset point. Show up every day, put one foit in front of another. Keep tracking your food and exercise. I have so many spiral notebooks stashed all over of walking logs. Everyday I log in the steps, miles, exercise minutes and tracks current walks. I track my walk around the center of the Earth, my current Appalachian Trail walk, my current walking4fun.com walk and my miles walked this current year. It feels good to see progress. I'm thinking of pulling out another notebook for my workouts at Planet Fitness and doing a tracker. Right now, it's all on my cellphone notes.
Set your short term goals, medium term and long term goals. Then go crazy like I did with my walk around the Earth goal. Who knows what you can accomplish! Keep me posted on your progress.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your thoughts and comments. Sending you much love and hugs ❤