700 Extra Steps

I lost about ten pounds in September. I didn’t gain or lose any weight in October and November, months that I usually do. But I got out of the groove over the Christmas season. I ate far too much, it was wonderful. I discovered how lovely sweet potoatoes are, made with my own two hands.

I didn’t exercise, I didn’t do Reiki energy healing, I didn’t push myself. If I didn’t feel up to it, then I didn’t walk, I didn’t move as much as I should have, I was thinking I could do whatever I wanted and not gain like the previous two months, and so I gained five pounds, yipes. I heard on the local news that average weight gain over the holidays season is two to six pounds.

I’ve been slow in starting back up again. I haven’t pushed myself each day. I have been working on losing it in fits and starts since Christmas. I have gotten back in the groove this past week. I walk 700 extra steps, every day, no matter how I feel, no matter what my body is doing or what I am dealing with.  I am working on doing it in a loving and gentle way while insisting that I do it every day.

The good news is that I have lost two-and-a-half pounds! And I’m still going strong.

I had decided that I would buy a stationary bike or something like that in the next month or so. And then a few months later perhaps an elliptical, both buying used. I found something even better fitted to me and new, and as a combination of the two machines, it will be cheaper to buy than both machines used.

It is a body max cardio dual trainer. It’s a combination stationary elliptical/bike. Here is a link to it at amazon, and there is a little video, to show you what it looks like and how it works.

I can’t do a lot of elliptical, after all I am only walking 700 extra steps a day. But I think it will be great to have, to be able to do both on the same machine. This is making me feel happier and more positive about being able to exercise more and at home, out of the cold, which will definitely help me lose weight and get in better shape and health.

16 thoughts on “700 Extra Steps

  1. That sounds great, and I’m glad you were able to find a combo machine so that it takes up less space and less $$!! It sounds like you are really motivated to follow through on your commitment to exercise. I started exercising (just 1-2 days/week) again last week. It feels good to move my body, but on the other hand, it is still very triggering, so it is a constant struggle.

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    • Hi,

      I haven’t had a machine in about five years. The recumbent bike was a bad fit for me because it caused my neck to be leaning back and caused more pain and problems. I was very upset that I had to get rid of it and didn’t have anything else for at home. I have been walking extra for over three months now and it is always good for me, though I have to deal with pain as well. I bike ride outside as much as possible, as well, but that doesn’t seem to really help in ways that walking does. I’m really excited to think that soon I will have a good bike and elliptical in one.

      I am proud of you. Way to go yourself dear. I can relate to the triggering aspects of exercise. I use music and try to occupy my mind while exercising and that helps to hold off some of the potential triggering aspects for me. Some kinds of exercise, I just can’t do, too much triggering in there, and they remind me too much of certain types of abuse. I hope that you can find some distracting things and find the things that won’t trigger you as much.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.

      Kate

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      • Hello,

        I’m happy for you that you seem to be finding the things that work for you and are most effective. After all, if something is causing more pain, it would be difficult to stick with it day after day!

        I thought of this conversations when I went to the gym last night and used an elliptical for 30 minutes. About 16 minutes into it, I started to get triggered from sweating, but I was able to use grounding techniques and stay with it…just barely. After the 30 minutes were up, my hands were shaking and I was very disturbed, but not to the point where I felt I needed to stop exercising.

        Anyway, I hope you have a great day today and that your 700 extra steps are rewarding!

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      • Hi,

        Thank you. It is an up and down thing, exercise or life or anything, but I am hanging in there.

        Had opportunities the last few days to do some gentle self-care through this process, good practice for me. I’ll put up a post in a few minutes about that.

        Wow, thirty minutes, great for you to be able to do so much. I’m glad that you were able to exercise through this. Good for you.

        I know how hard this is. Sweating, heart beating loudly, and heavy breathing have all been triggers while exercising that have really interferred with my efforts to be healthy and in shape for decades.

        I know some people who use essential oils to help with this, lavender being one of the best. I use a drop or two mixed with some hand lotion and rub it on my hands a half hour before exercising. It is relaxing and comforting. I used to take a little stuffed animal with me in my backpack and whenever I needed to be comforted I could touch it or think of it. I find a lot of comfort and connectedness now by thinking of my downtown library, a place that has a lot of meaning and emotion to me.

        Good and healing thoughts to you.

        Kate

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      • Hi Kate. I relate to you regarding the sweating and heavy breathing being triggers. I’ve often thought about trying to start swimming to get rid of the sweaty problem, but of course, wearing a bathing suit in public would be triggering too. So recently I have been exercising (on ellipticals) only when someone I know well can go with me…that seems to help a bit.

        I have also found essential oils helpful, not least of all because I am prone to olfactory flashback-y type things so disrupting that by using essential oils has been helpful. I’m a big fan of citrus so I have grapefruit and orange scents, and I put a drop directly on my hand when I need olfactory grounding stuff.

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      • Hi,

        I have thought that same thing about swimming as well. I found pools way too cold for me to even do some walking in the shallow end. Having someone with you, that is great. I exercise outside on my bike with a dog. That takes a lot of focus, because she is not completely trained. I also bike alone and can go a lot faster when alone and get a better workout that way, though I only bike like that when I am going somewhere for an errand.

        Citrus essential oils are great. I’m glad that you have found something that works good for you. Great job.

        I can’t use them in the evening, though, or I will be wide awake all night. For me frankinscence and lavender work good, as they are more calming for me and I tend to be hyperalert and need a lot of calming and citrus is too exciting for me. I like to use bergamot to wake up, it is another citrus, and I like the way it works for me, though I haven’t used it in a while.

        Good and healing thoughts to you.

        Kate

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    • Hi Grannie,

      Thank you. This is how I started out a few years ago as well. I think I am doing a good job and want to keep going. Really excited about getting a new machine.

      Good and healing thoughts to you.

      Kate

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