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Walking in public. Some triumph and some failure


Have been trying to walk more to lose weight to help with my bad back. It's been really hard because my lower back and calves have been hurting really bad sometimes after only 3-5 minutes of walking. Most days I've had to do a bunch of little walks to get my 30 minutes of walking in because I can't stand more than 5-10 minutes of walking with the pain.

The failure is yesterday, I didn't walk at two different short nature trails because I saw people were already there and it made me anxious. Almost completely wasted gas because I was too anxious to walk anyplace. Had to do some grocery shopping though and forced myself to do a short walk in the walmart/home depot parking lot. I was less anxious doing this because I figured people wouldn't notice me much with the other shoppers.

For the triumphs I got in almost 3 hours of walking this week despite the pain. Also I forced myself to walk around the neighborhood a lot of times and even down a country road one day. Was anxious about being seen by people and self-conscious about people seeing me having difficulty walking. Also I did my last two days of physical therapy this week, so I had that exercise in addition. The physical therapy didn't do much for me, but I'll have to keep trying.
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Biking puts much less strain on your legs.
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Thanks everyone, might consider a bike when I lose some more weight
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Thanks everyone, might consider a bike when I lose some more weight
I was "obese" according to BMI and did just fine on a bike.
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Good work! It's really good you made yourself do somethings despite the anxiety, really strong will power to overcome it. You said you forced yourself, which indicates courage to do what you want. A positive step indeed.
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I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but don't force yourself too much. You'll just end up overdoing it getting yourself injured and/or overly exhausted. That's not to say that you shouldn't force yourself, but remember listen to your body once in a while.

Remember that your diet is the most important part of losing weight. If you eat less calories than you need to maintain your weight then you'll lose weight regardless of what you're doing, but exercise will certainly speed up the process (and it's also good for your body).

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I was "obese" according to BMI and did just fine on a bike.
Well you shouldn't focus on BMI as it's not really a valid way to measure if you're obese or not, it's only good for statistical purposes. People have different body types and different muscle to fat ratio which isn't accounted for with BMI. That you were obese according to BMI doesn't really mean you were anywhere near his current health situation.

Edit: Forgot to congratulate you on your steps towards better health; both physically and emotionally. Well done! You're one step closer.
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Great to see you're making steps forward! Good luck to you.

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