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The Suburbanite
  • Out of My Mature Mind, New Year’s resolutions time, again

  • It is the New Year and the most popular resolutions are, losing weight, eating healthy and exercising more. Many of us make one or more of these resolutions and are committed… for the first week. It is said we are to walk 10,000 steps a day. Have you tried it?

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  • It is the New Year and the most popular resolutions are, losing weight, eating healthy and exercising more. Many of us make one or more of these resolutions and are committed… for the first week. It is said we are to walk 10,000 steps a day. Have you tried it?
    I basically sit at a desk all day and work, even though I get up often for water and uhh visits to the facility, the pedometer does not register 10,000 steps by the end of the day or even close.  I try to walk and make up the unused steps but found walking a mile outside is not enough to do the job.
    I have thought about the fact that maybe the pedometer is just off but, probably not. I have tried everything including marching around the living room at 11:59 p.m. trying to get the last thousand steps in before the end of the day. It just seems to be out of reach to me.
    It is dangerous to go outside and walk in the cold weather and who had time? For me, I work all day and some of the evening and then it is dark and I just want to put on warm PJ's and curl up on the couch.
    Last year I put my best foot forward and decided to team up with a couple of friends to exercise. One lives close by and the other about 25 minutes away. We would walk, track our progress and email each other as to what we did. Sometimes we would get together, go out to dinner (first mistake) and then go walk. Until… one day I got a call.
    While I was out doing an interview for a story my neighbor called me about 10 times. The phone was in the car, unusual for me. I always have my phone close by. It might be silenced but at least I could watch for calls. When I got to the car I saw that her daughter had also called multiple times. She lives in Columbus so I figured something must be wrong.
    I called my neighbor only to find she had been bucked off her treadmill and was laid out on the basement floor unable to get up. It truly was a “help, I have fallen and I can't get up” situation.
    When I arrived, I could not help her sit up let alone get her up the steps so I called 911 and off to the hospital we went. It was a couple of weeks before she could walk across the room without the walker or crutches and then it was very limited.
    So there went the exercise program for last year. Not her fault, I did not have the gumption to walk on my own.
    Page 2 of 2 - They say you are supposed to get back up on the horse but who could blame her that she did not want to get back on the source of the accident. However, if she had not been talking on the phone maybe she would not have been thrown off. See, her foot caught on the part of the “mill” that does not move. Sometimes it is just best if we do not try to do more than one thing at a time.
    We can laugh about it now and actually she has braved the treadmill since but only for a few minutes at a time and without the phone in her hand.
    Sure exercise is good for us. We are to eat right and exercise to stay healthy but, we need to be cautious, these bones are not getting any younger.
    I still made a resolution, once again, this year to eat better and exercise more. So far so good, I am not sure how long it will last but I am going to give it a try.
    I guess the experts are correct when they say the older you get the harder it is to lose weight and exercise… and the more expensive it is when the medical bills begin to come in.
    Just to let you know, I am up to 2,000 steps today and it is only 4 p.m.

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