Monday, May 21, 2012
Chicago Curvy Girls
Part of my recovery is several small walks a day. It's partly to promote recovery, partly to keep blood clots from forming, and partly to keep my muscle tone from atrophying (is that a word?). I'm supposed to get 10,000 steps a day. My recover is actually going fantastic. My nutritionist and surgeon said that one week out from surgery I was where most patients are a month out. That said, I have some good days, and some bad days in terms of motivation. I get bored with walking. I loved it while my Mom was here post-op, as we had fun together. Walking by myself, however, is not my idea of fun. I guess that's partly why I like group classes so much. I also really miss working hard at my spinning and boot camp classes. But I'm not willing to jeopardize my recovery by doing more than I'm currently allowed to do...which is only walking for exercise. I looked online for some walking groups, and imagine my surprise (and joy) to find a meetup group called Chicago Curvy Girls. It's a meetup group for plus size women to do all sorts of healthy activities, including one or two walks a week. There is something scheduled almost every day, as there are two or three women who work on planning activities. Tonight I joined a group of women for an hour walk in Peterson Park near my house. It was a blast. That park has some forest preserve, and we got to see several deer, as well as an old tuberculosis clinic. And the best part? My pedometer count for the day is now over 15000. Woo hoo!!