Darqstar (darqstar) wrote,
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Gah!

I've been trying to keep my walking progress out of this journal, but sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself. And, this isn't really like my walking journal Which I'm trying to just keep as a straight record of progress. This is more of a gripe.

But still... I'll

Try to do a little research on walking and you might as well forget it. Or, better yet, bang your head against the wall, it will serve the same purpose.

Several sites will tell you that you absolutely have to walk every single day. If you must skip a day, well, that's okay... if you're doing it to recover from something, but a person who's really commited to walking will walk every day. They even give you charts to tell you how much you should be walking and suggest if you're so lazy that you must take a day off (and you can almost hear them in the background going, "Spoiled little baby! She think's she's walking, but in truth, she's just a poser. If she really was serious, that day off would never happen! She'd walk with pnemonia and never look back!") that you do something else instead to replace walking, such as an hour of aerobics or something.

Yet, if you go to other sites, they tell you that when you're starting, you should never walk more than 3-5 days a week, and seem to hint what's best is 3-4 days. In other words, walk a day, skip a day. That seems reasonable to me... especially since the sites that say that seem to be written more from a medical standpoint. "Most footdoctors agree!"

I've been walking 3-5 days a week, trying to walk on days I don't work. It does seem to work out to every other day, with the occational two days in a row. (Vacation was different... it was a walking disaster as many of you know.) I've noticed progress. When I first started hitting the park near our house, it was a real struggle to do more than three full laps and maybe one or two "half laps" (The park bends upon itself partway, so you can skip part of it if you want... it's not really half a lap or a quarter lap, it's more of 1/3...) I remember being so happy the day my body said "Aw, do the fourth lap, you can handle it!"

The last two times I walked, I did five and six laps. Close to or over 6 thousand steps. So, like I said, I see progress. And I want to continue. I would really love to walk on days I do work, but there is a little problem in that by the time I get out, this time of the year, it is dark. And, walking in this city when it's dark is generally a bad idea.

Yes, I wouldn't mind at all if I lost some weight doing this. I didn't start it specifically to lose weight, I started it more to get off my lazy ass. I mean, I look at my landlady, who's a larger woman than I am, but she's in terrific shape. She walks everywhere. I thought if I could be half way as fit as she is, I'm doing great. Really, I was becoming a total slug, sitting on my ass like it was my only hobby in life. Walking gets me out, walking keeps me active. And, it gives me an excuse to listen to music and chuck peanuts at squirrels. (Haven't hit one yet...but hope springs eternal!)

But gesh, I just don't know if I'm doing things right or fooling myself. I've been walking over a month. Do I think I've lost weight? I don't know, I don't weigh myself. My work pants feel a little loser, but they never were tight. My jeans? Maybe. It's hard to tell with them, because sometimes they seem so lose that I don't even unsnap or unzip them to take them off. Other times they feel tight. My walking jeans I don't wash as often as I do my "regular" jeans, so that makes a difference too. (No, I'm not a filthy slob, but I am sensitive to most fabric softeners, so I rarely use them. Ever try to walk in a pair of freshly laundered jeans that have been dried without a fabric softener? Yeah, it sucks ass. So, I do admit, I don't wash my walking jeans regularly. But, I also don't wear them anyplace but walking, so even if they are ripe, at least I'm not inflicting them on others...) I don't really care too much if I've lost weight. I'm pretty sure I haven't gained weight on vacation, which is good enough for me to start with, cause I ate like a pig on vacation.

Gah... I don't know what to think. Am I doing okay, walking 3 - 4 times a week, from 40 minutes to an hour, generally putting in 2-3 miles at a stretch? (That's the goal at least... I've only started reaching the 2-3 miles this week, I admit) or am I fooling myself and have to find a way to start walking every day?

Yeah, I suppose I could wake up ealier in the morning and walk, but I hate walking when I first wake up. And, with my insomniac problems, waking up at 5:00 a.m. just ain't gonna happen.

I hate that days are so short. If I get out of work early, I might be able to squeeze off half an hour or so, but lately, they've been playing a game at work of, "Let's keep Darqstar here till the last dog is hung!" I wouldn't mind that, if we were half way busy, but it seems like the lunch rush ends and I'm given one or two tables for a couple hours, which makes me absolutely no money at all. Seems dumb to stand around for nothing.

No, I don't expect answers. I just wish all these "walking experts" would get together and agree on something. If every single site said I had to walk every day, I'd see what I could do to up the times. But some do, some don't. LIke I said, some sites even suggest it's dangerous to walk every day, because it doesn't give your body a chance to heal. I can see that...

Until I remember that there are lots of people who do walk every day, not for fitness, but because they have no other form of transportation.

I know what my husband would say (If he were awake right now...) he'd say, "Who gives a fuck? Don't worry about it, the important thing is that you're walking regularly. No law says you have to walk 7 days a week, or even five if it's impossible. And the days you do work, you're on your feet the whole time and walking around there. It's not like you sit on your ass all day."

Then I remember that there are people who do work at desk jobs who find the time to work out every day.

I suppose I should just tell myself that until the days get longer, walking 3-5 (average 4) times a week is just fine. I can worry about increasing the number of times when it does start getting lighter outside.

I'm worried about winter too. They tell you that you should layer up and strip down as you warm up. Makes perfect sense, but what do you do with the clothes you were wearing? I could leave them on a park bench, but there is no garentee someone won't grab them, or toss them out when I'm out of sight. Right now it's easy. Wear my hooded sweatshirt and a long sleeved shirt. Take off hooded sweatshirt when I get warm and tie it around my waist. That will be harder when it gets colder and I add another layer to the mix.

Yes, I know, I'm rambling for no good reason.
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