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My first walk.... I cried.

SERIOUSFATCHAT
SERIOUSFATCHAT2020 May

So today I went for a walk. It’s my first in a very long time. I walked 0.6 of a mile. I’m actually quite proud of that. I couldn’t do any more because I was in so much pain and I got really upset halfway out of pure frustration. I wanted to get to the end of the field, but I just couldn’t do it. I think I’ve finally realized how bad it really is. My goal is to do a little bit more of the field each time. 😅

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BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator

That's the perfect way to do it. You'll soon be sending us a photo from the other end of the field :) Just please, please, please, eat enough, and of the right stuff :)

SERIOUSFATCHAT
SERIOUSFATCHAT2020 May
in reply to BridgeGirl

I took the advice... I had my smoothie, but I also had some scrambled egg 🙂

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to SERIOUSFATCHAT

Good on you :) Stick with it, come here every day and use the Diary. If you ever want a general natter, there's Nutty Natterings, also in Pinned Posts :)

Plofty
Plofty2020 January
in reply to BridgeGirl

Brilliant well done take it easy you will achieve your goal don't be too hard on yourself take care. Paul

Lytham
LythamSuper Host 3st 7lbs

WHOOP WHOOP ! Well done for giving it a go! :-) x

I'm crying too! So proud of you.

You live in a beautiful part of the country - and that dog needs to run! - so I hope you begin to enjoy it more.

Hooch53
Hooch532020 May

You will get there

moreless
morelessAdministrator

Woohoo, go you!!! Fab result! :)

IndigoBlue61
IndigoBlue61Administrator

I’ve been there and got the Tee Shirt . . . Arthritis exacerbated by obesity in my case. I’m a massive fan of walking poles . . . I can go much further and for longer which has to be a good thing 😊

I was also advised that 3x10 minutes is as good as one 30 minute walk

Very well done!!! Remember lost of little steps will build up to a big difference 😊👏👍

SERIOUSFATCHAT
SERIOUSFATCHAT2020 May
in reply to IndigoBlue61

Walking poles! Never thought of that, only trouble is I think I’d be too embarrassed and paranoid to use them! Not because I think they’re embarrassing but because id think people would be staring and looking at me judging me. Thinking, she isn’t old enough to have those, she’s just fat. Etc etc. I’m such a worrier I overthink everything! May I ask how much you weighed to get arthritis? And how this was diagnosed? And thank you 🙂

I think you misunderstand. Walking poles are like ski poles, and used by serious walkers. I see them carried by otherwise fit looking older people with backpacks doing long walks striding along the Thames path, and by almost everyone walking the Appalachian trail (a long and serious walk across a mountain range) in Georgia when I visited it 10 years ago. No one is going to judge you.

Anyway, it looks from you picture, like very few people will see you at first. And any way, f' them! Do what you need to do.

IndigoBlue61
IndigoBlue61Administrator
in reply to SERIOUSFATCHAT

I understand totally about the poles, but I see lots of people out walking with them and they look more ‘Sporty‘ than ‘Invalid‘

My health was seriously affected by a road accident many years ago, weight gain led to chronic arthritis in my hips, knees, ankles and arms, (injured side due to damage, non-injured side due to limp and over compensating). I had an ankle fusion last year after a long wait, and Had to lose weight to ensure long term viability. Here’s part of that story healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh....

tubby54
tubby54Host
in reply to SERIOUSFATCHAT

Hi SFC, using walking poles apart from being a valid aid,is also a sport. "Nordic Walking". When I was relearning how to walk I used the poles and for the early days a personal trainer.

Lots of people,young and older use them. There's no need to go bonkers, go gently, baby steps!

Well done for your 1st walk.

Lavender54
Lavender5410 kg
in reply to SERIOUSFATCHAT

Nordic Walking is actually a sport and are poles to assist one to walk, especially long distance.

However, having said that, anyone can use them, but you do need to follow the instructions on how to use them. I use them all the time and they're brilliant, not for me, as a sport though, just walking the dogs, they really help with walking and getting into the rhythm. Heaps of people , of all age groups use them, in all different places - railway stations, city pavements, promenades, so noone is going to judge you. Give them a try.

Well done you on your first walk. Yay.

tubby54
tubby54Host
in reply to Lavender54

Snap.............

Sewnknit
Sewnknit3st 7lbs

What a wicked place to walk - go you!

Caroline62
Caroline62Ambassador

That looks a lovely place for walking well done . Slow and steady you will get there. 😊😊

lucigret
lucigretAdministrator

Well done 👏🏻👏🏻 You have literally taken the first step now to your weight loss journey. What a lovely walk and a very happy dog :) I'm looking forward to seeing the photo that shows you made it to the end of that path. Doesn't matter how long it takes :)

I think poles look sporty, same as IndigoBlue and they are really helpful. I understand why you feel 'everybody is staring' , but this is something that we need to help you to change. If people stare, try to just smile and carry on. Shame on them if they are being judgemental, but it might just be that actually they admire you for getting out there and giving it a go. If they're people you don't know, chances are you will never meet them again. You are not defined by your weight, please be kind to your self and think about all your good qualities.

Here is a poem I shared here some time ago, I hope you like it,

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

Thehappyman
Thehappyman2020 April

that field looks a bit daunting to me, very long and no benchs to sit on. 🙂

CouchCake
CouchCake2020 May

The first bit of exercise is always the hardest! I hope that now you’re home you feel proud of the fact that you got out there and you did it - no matter how hard it was for you physically or emotionally. And I hope that it’ll give you the courage you need to keep at it! Great job - you’ve got this, you really have! Baby steps.

Bee-bop
Bee-bopWork in Progress

Hi Seriousfatchat,

That is great, seriously great! You attempted it, you got out there and you did it! A little bit more of the field each times sounds a good focus.

I hear what you're saying about the walking poles. I felt like that with my wheelchair, I only use it when I have to so felt people would judge me because I can walk at other times, somehow people would think I was making it up. I got over this by getting my son to go with me at night, less people about until I got my confidence. Be kind to yourself, I have been so disappointed when I haven't been able to walk but, it doesn't help. Look at this as the new you! And keep your focus, a bit more field each time, you can do this👍

Leeleepuss
Leeleepuss1 stone

Fantastic, great effort! You must feel so proud that you did it. What beautiful surroundings to inspire you 😁

StillConcerned
StillConcernedAmbassador

God bless you!

Cat33
Cat337lbs

I'm so glad you got to do your walk and I can imagine how emotional you feel

Build it up each time you have done great

Take care x

emilyb95
emilyb951 stone

Well done! You should be really proud of yourself, you’ll be the other side of that field before you know it!

Tonkabella
Tonkabella1 stone

Absolutely Brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You got this with your sensible attitude of a little bit further everytime you walk that field, even if it’s only a yard more, it’s a yard more than the last time you walked it. We’ll all be at the end of that field when you get there waiting to applaud you. 😊

gman1961
gman1961Working at it

Hi SERIOUSFATCHAT,

Thats your starting point ,you will build on that .You are not alone , thanks for posting

,Lovely photo.

Gary

Ceridavis72
Ceridavis722020 May

Good for you :)

moreless
morelessAdministrator
in reply to Ceridavis72

Hi and welcome, Ceridavis72 :)

All of the information you need about the forum can be found in Pinned Posts healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... and I hope you'll be joining all the Events, Challenges and Clubs that we run, especially a weigh-in and the daily diary.

We've found active participation to be key to successful weight loss and, of course, it's a good way to get to know people, find inspiration and share support and encouragement.

Wishing you all the best :)

Sammy-Lou
Sammy-Lou2019 November

Well done seriousfatchat! This may sound daft but this works for me with exercise- I write a journal . At the end of the week I add up what I’ve done and try to improve on it. I do mine with my running you can do yours with your walking? You have a lovely dog for company too . Good luck.

SERIOUSFATCHAT
SERIOUSFATCHAT2020 May
in reply to Sammy-Lou

That’s a really great idea, I may start that!

Curiousity
Curiousity2020 March

Well done, you should be proud of yourself.

Jpu1966
Jpu19662020 May

Hi SFC. The distance you have done is incredible..well done to you. Its very hard as you are in pain . I'm so pleased you have gone out there and done it.

..keep doing it

It would be fantastic to get to the end of the field .what a goal. Don't be dissapointed if you don't go further every time ..sometimes the same distance is good enough for the first few times.

Be proud of yourself ..your out there changing your life . We look forward to seeing your journey. 👏👏👏👏

SuzieMac
SuzieMac2019 November

You’ve done the hardest bit and you deserve to be proud of yourself. One day at a time 👍🙏🏻👣

You are so brave. Well done. Both frustration and pain can be debilitating. Beautiful area to walk. Keep going but by bit and enjoy every minute of it.

Well done!

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to UniversalMother

Hello and welcome to the forum, UniversalMother :)

You'll find all our activities in Pinned Posts so have a browse here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... I recommend joining a weekly weigh in and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans.

Active participation will give a boost to your own efforts so I hope we'll see you joining in around the forum :)

kittenfluff
kittenfluff2020 April

Oh so well done, I also know that frustration, is it because of your weight or medical problems. Determination is a wonderful thing, keep going, you have inspired me. X

SERIOUSFATCHAT
SERIOUSFATCHAT2020 May
in reply to kittenfluff

Hi Kitten, it’s because of my weight, I’m 30st and struggle a lot! How about you?! X

kittenfluff
kittenfluff2020 April
in reply to SERIOUSFATCHAT

Medical and being overweight is not helping, my goal is 11 stones, my weight is 16. 1..

You are amazing, where do yo live? I walk or I used to walk a field very similar to your picture.

Blackcat66
Blackcat66Restart May 2020

What a beautiful walk! You did brilliantly. Don't push too hard- maybe the same again for the next walk - and gain some confidence in what you can do before you increase the distance. You are so much more than you think you are, and I bet your dog loved that you were out there with it.

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Blackcat66

Hello and welcome back to the forum, Blackcat66 :)

You'll find all our activities in Pinned Posts so have a browse here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... I recommend joining a weekly weigh in and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans.

Active participation will give a boost to your own efforts so I hope we'll see you joining in around the forum

Reving
Reving2020 May

Well done you deserve to be proud of yourself. Eggs are good I had two poached eggs on one slice of wholemeal seeded Tesco Batch loaf for breakfast yesterday. The bread is really good and gives me the fibre I need to.

Go you ! I hope you had a nice rest afterwards. If you are going to walk again, do it in easy, manageable stages. Followed by a nice long rest afterwards.

That looks like a nice walk on a nice day with your lovely little dog.

Lerwick1
Lerwick11 stone

Well done. You are a hero. I have just returned from a walk in very similar countryside to your photo. I had a bit of vertigo to contend with but no pain. It takes real courage to push through pain like that. You have a good goal: little by little.

KtBooAkAMrPsWife
KtBooAkAMrPsWife2020 January

You are amazing - You don't always have to push yourself beyond limits. You do you xx

Rekharajani
Rekharajani2020 May

Well done. Increase small steps each day

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Rekharajani

Hello and welcome to the forum, Rekharajani :)

You'll find all our activities in Pinned Posts so have a browse here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... I recommend joining a weekly weigh in and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans.

Active participation will give a boost to your own efforts so I hope we'll see you joining in around the forum :)

Keto4Me
Keto4Me2019 September

What beautiful scenery and all that fresh air! Well done for your walk, I too know how daunting these things can be. Looks like your got your dose of Vit D also. Keep up the great work.

BlueMole
BlueMole2020 May

As everyone else has said - well done! You've done the hardest part, you've started. Not saying that it's going to be easy from now on, there will be other days of frustration and tears. However, the further into your journey you go, these days will become less frequent and the triumphant days more so.

I understand your feeling of embarrassment with regard to people looking at you but, you know what? If they are being critical or snide, it's they who have a problem, not you. I am 67 and didn't take up running until I was 60. I went out under the cover of darkness thinking that everyone would be staring at an old, overweight biddy. Bit by bit, almost without me noticing, I gained confidence. Then, one day I found myself near to a busy road junction, kitted up in running gear, doing a few stretches whilst I waited for a gap in the traffic and I realised I didn't give a damn who saw me or what they thought. In reality, probably no one noticed me.

So, get some poles, read up how to use them and blow anyone who dares to criticise. What is more important, your health or the opinion of a few dead beats?

Sorry for the long post 😂, but I am so wishing you a healthier life x

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to BlueMole

Hello and welcome to the forum, BlueMole :)

That's a very encouraging reply :)

You'll find all our activities in Pinned Posts so have a browse here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... I recommend joining a weekly weigh in and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans.

Active participation will give a boost to your own efforts so I hope we'll see you joining in around the forum

Hesma
Hesma2020 May

Well done you 👏👏👏

BridgeGirl
BridgeGirlAdministrator
in reply to Hesma

Hello and welcome to the forum, Hesma :)

You'll find all our activities in Pinned Posts so have a browse here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... I recommend joining a weekly weigh in and using the Daily Diary, where members share their meal plans.

Active participation will give a boost to your own efforts so I hope we'll see you joining in around the forum :)

Craftyperson
Craftyperson1st 7lbs

Well done and yes best not to push it and go backwards and getting to end of field eventually a good incentive. Looks like a lovely place to go similar to somewhere used to walk Archie......I suppose now can drive to places I can go again but then again dog walk here great especially no one else here.

That is one huge field - but you will get there . . . and back. A little bit more each day. And the poles - I use them all the time when I go walking. They just help me if I am going over uneven ground or on the ups and downs. They just help keep you a bit more stable and it helps with my old knees. Well done!!

Well done ! My Dad always had the saying ' The longest journey begins with but a single step ' which can be applied to a lot of situations . You have more than made the start . I remember my first walk out after an op . The air felt weird . I felt wobbly and challenged but I felt so great afterwards .It is a personal achievement . Feel rightly proud of yourself .

Sullom100
Sullom100Restart March 2019

Count your steps out 😊count your steps back sounds daft but not always the same 😊try to add two more each walk, that’s an attainable goal, put your daily achievement on a calendar so you can see your going forward, it’s harder some days than others, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do those two extra steps but make sure you do them tomorrow 😊

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