Back on 28 July, I was stung by a wasp that had nested under the pool deck stairs. It stung me on my ankle and it really did not hurt all that much so I didn’t think that anything about it. I went on with my day as normal. However, as the day progressed my foot began to swell. The next day, I woke up and it was still extremely swollen, and it is probably the worst I have ever swollen from a wasp sting. However, the doctor indicated much of this swelling was due to the location. Because it was on my ankle and that is the lowest part of the body, she stated, the swelling would probably be worse. I had swollen all the way to my knee!
This prevented me from continuing with my walking. Even though the walking can be challenging, I have really become used to it being part of my routine. With the swelling, it was hard for me to walk and I limped around when going places.
After a shot of steroid and more oral steroids, the swelling began to subside. However, I still had a significant amount of discomfort when I walked. I think the limping caused other issues with my foot. I did continue to try and walk as normal as possible. I even had a business trip to a conference which required a good bit of walking. By the end of each day, I would be in relatively significant discomfort.
After just over two weeks without walking, I decided it was time to get back at it! I decided to start out with shorter distances and then get back in the groove with the longer walks. So this week, I did get in three shorter walks. Surprisingly, after walking, my foot actually feels better. That being said, I think the best therapy will be to keep on walking and get myself back to the distances I was at just two weeks ago.
From the three charts above, you can see that each day I walked with a little bit more intensity. It felt good to get back on the treadmill. My next walks will be back at the minimum of 30 minutes then I will increase my time up to 45 minutes again while finally getting back into the two-a-day workouts!!
It has been 6 months now since I began working out on the treadmill. Back in July, I had reached a point where I was completely uncomfortable and had gained way too much weight. Stephanie had convinced me to get on the treadmill and get at it. I had been wanting to do it, but just had not started.
So, the overall results for me have been about 20 pounds of weight lost and I feel so much better. Back when I got busy with the exercise again, when I went up the stairs at work, I would be winded when I got to my destination. Now, I am back at running the stairs if I want to and I do not get winded at all. It is a great feeling.
The next steps for me are to start watching the diet again. I still do not eat as much as I used to, most of the time. However, I think I could improve in this area a bit. It would be great to get back to the weight I was four years ago.
So, I workout now Sunday to Wednesday and Friday each week. During the week my workouts are 30 minutes in duration. I control my speed and incline to get the best workout. What I have some to find is that I can now hold 25% to 35%, mostly leaning toward the 25% side of it, giving me a pretty decent workout. I usually break 700 calories and 2,000 feet of elevation. Below is the profile of my latest workout.
This workout I stayed at 3.5 mph for almost the entire workout. For my weight, I seem to have hit a point where my weight loss has started maintaining. I think this is because I have started eating a larger portions again, so I need to watch that. This workout thing makes you hungry!! However, I am currently 16 pounds below the weight I started at in July when we first started hitting the treadmill.
Today’s workout turned out pretty well. I started my longer workout which I programmed a couple of weeks ago. When I reached the first 25% incline mark, I decided to take manual control and try to maintain between 25% and 30% for the remainder of the workout. This is a 2.5 mile walk and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
From the chart below, you can see an elevation gain of 2,907 feet in just over 47 minutes. With this workout, I also added the heart rate chart. My heart rate usually remains in the peak workout zone and average 161 beats per minute.
As of this workout, I have reached a total weight loss of 17 pounds with a target of 19 to go.