Last fall, an online friend of mine told me he may be coming to Seattle to visit his daughter, and I told him I’d be happy to give him a tour while he’s here. He wants to see Pike Place Market (and the Gum Wall).
I hadn’t been to The Market for several years, so I took a little day trip to see if things had changed at all. After a couple of hours walking on the uneven concrete floors, every muscle and joint in my body ached. Especially my arthritic hip. I could barely get out of bed the next day. I ached for almost a week, and I realized I’d make a lousy tour guide if I couldn’t even walk for a couple of hours.
I decided to join the local YMCA so I could workout with their weight training machines and maybe take some exercise classes. I chatted with my doctor about what I should be careful of, and was told to start with the weights set so light, it just barely feels like lifting. And then to work up gradually and slowly to heavier weights.
So I began my three times per week workout routine. I felt like the wimp of the gym with my weights set at the lowest settings, but I didn’t want to do further damage to my hip, so I followed my doc’s instructions carefully.
Long story short, I began my fitness routine in early October, and now it’s mid-March. I’ve upped my weights to the weight level used by most of the women my age at the gym. I rarely have hip pain anymore. I’m able to walk for a mile at a time (I previously had days when I could barely walk across the living room!). And I’ve lost 30 pounds. I feel like a new woman!
Now that Spring is here, I’m going to make a trip to The Market again and see if I can endure walking there now, basically repeating the steps of that earlier painful trip. I’m excited to think that maybe I can act as a tour guide for my friend after all!
For a number of years, I’ve regularly gone up to Green River Community College to walk their trails. In all my time going there, I’ve never been able to make it all the way down the hill to the river due to severe hip and knee pain. Sunday … I walked … all the way … to the river … for the first time … EVER!
I also successfully made it back up the hill, which might be an even bigger accomplishment.
Working out at the gym and walking this winter has worked wonders on my hip. I’m sort of in shock that I finally got to see the river.
A friend of mine who’s been following my progress on Facebook told me that she now feels more motivation to follow through with PT and exercise following knee surgery. She knows how I was walking with a cane two years ago, but now I’m walking trails to the river.
It was exciting to be told I was an inspiration to someone else. Made my day.
Later, gators. 🙂