Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jell-O Legs

Yesterday, a coworker and I walked up and down the stairs twice in our 5-story building since it was raining outside. That means I walked up and down 10 stories! Wow! Considering I haven't had much physical activity in the last, oh, I don't know... several YEARS, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. When we finished, I walked back to my desk and sat down for 30-40 minutes. When I tried to stand up to get some water, I fell right back down in my chair. My legs were Jello! I was finally able to get on my feet, but when I started walking I looked like and felt like a toddler taking their first few steps. My knees were locked in fear if I bent them I wouldn't be able to straighten back up and my back was rigid so that I wouldn't lean too far one way or the other. If I got slightly off balance, I knew I was going fall over. I'm not joking. My cube-mates were laughing at me because I looked so ridiculous. I was able to get some water and make it back to my desk without falling, thankfully.

Yesterday, I counted my calories and consumed +/- 1200. Although it wasn't a totally healthy 1200, I was proud that I was conscious of what I was eating/drinking. Small steps....

We walked the stairs again today even though the sky was clear and the sun was out. I think I'm getting yet another sinus infection, so we stayed inside. Normally, I would cancel the walking/exercise all together because I'm not feeling great, but this time I put my foot down and said, "No excuses!" And guess what?! Even though my calves and thighs were still burning from yesterday and I couldn't breathe through my nose, I did it! I DID IT! I was still huffing and puffing while walking, but my recovery time afterwards was only about 30 minutes instead of 45! (It's a bit sad considering we were only walking for about 10 minutes max). But, it's a start!

So far, so good on the calories today. I need to figure out easy lunches/snacks to bring to work. Thanks for all of your support!!!


  1. Brad (Your chubby hubby)March 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Good job babe! One day at a time :)

  2. Easy, semi healthy snacks: pretzels, 90 cal granola bars, apples, rice cakes, almonds. I have to keep snacks around at all times. You're doing great Ash....1 day at a time. - Jill

  3. Dude, I'm doing Weight Watchers -- which I think is easier than counting calories. You are awesome though, I know how hard it is and I've been technically obese longer than you. It CAN be done! and YOU are doing it! YAY!