Oh boy, I really didn't want to walk today - I woke up with such a stiff and sore back I couldn't even stand up straight without putting on a back support. Even anti inflammatories didn't work! But I couldn't get the thought of "if you don't use it, you lose it" out of my head, so I bit the bullet and went out. I couldn't find the energy to get the speed up to brisk walk, so I did a slow 3500 steps and felt I'd really achieved something when I got back! And best of all, I'm still in pain, but no worse than it started out - it actually may be a little relieved!
Really didn't want to walk today!: Oh boy, I... - Active 10
I will Rfc! I have to go to a meeting tomorrow so I'll have an enforced car day - probably a good idea!
You're right there runswithdogs! I do like to get out if I can - it does wonders for my mood, especially when I'm frustrated with my back and feeling sorry for myself!!!
Hello suryakaizen - haven't heard from you in ages! I do hope you're well and feeling healthy. Thanks for the healing, I really appreciate it! Look after yourself too
Yes, it’s s long while since I visited HU. My work is mainly evaluating NGOs, and developing fundraising proposals for them. I’ve been traveling from February till yesterday (with a few days in between spent at home). The arthritis does bother me when I’ve been sitting too long in a car travelling to and from some village, or sitting for long spells interviewing people. But then, I am also meeting so many interesting people. Also people who have problems bigger than mine! In Delhi, I went to one of the largest slum resettlement colonies Bawana - 50,000 small plots of 18’x12’. Here domestic and construction workers have built tiny houses. No running water, no transport facilities, really bad roads, no proper street lighting... having to travel 20-30 kms to work - walk, bus, walk, work 10 hours and the return..,how do these women keep up their spirit? I felt very humbled!
Argh Suryakaizen I think we're sisters! I spent about 40 years in Africa, teaching in the bush. The villages were bad, but the squatter camps were horrific. Sounds like the same conditions in Bawana. I often wondered how I'd cope in the situation those people were in - and I came up short. The most amazing thing for me was the amount of laughter I encountered and the strong sense of community in the camps. It was a lesson - those with next to nothing were so willing to share what little they had. You're so right - humbled is the overwhelming emotion.
you make me feel embarassed at my (mostly to myself ) moaning. As you say it is use it or lose it... Today (broken ankle recovery 17 weeks on) I walked 3.5 miles, (by far longest walk since injury) slowly over country lanes and footpaths. For me walking slowly is very, very frustrating....I want to jump and if not run at least walk quickly. The experience is not teaching me patience ( too late to teach an old dog new tricks) but it is teaching me to appreciate mobility and health and makes me very much more understanding of those whose mobility problens are more serious than mine.
Hey ekomspots - I'm of that old dog generation too! And I too am still learning to have patience - and especially acceptance! We should start a club!
Oh dear, I'm afraid I'm a total technophobe so I count my steps in my head! It's not such a big deal, as I only walk three routes! I've counted each one a few times just in case I made a mistake, so now I know how many without counting!
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