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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Walking with my Pedometer

This is the longest I've ever gone without posting on this blog.  What's up with that?  Life?  Been busy keeping up Bridge and Beyond, kick starting the Traveling Suitcase for up coming April A-Z Blog Challenge and this one has just gone silent.  I've not been knitting much either, and typically blog about knitting.

These are the wild shoes I got primarily for work to help diminish the swelling I have in my knee, thanks to Arthritis.  They're very supportive.  Got fitted at a running store, Front Runner which was suggested by my physical therapist.  He thought better shoes would be helpful.

Because these puppies were rather expensive, I've been reluctant to wear them anywhere but to work......until lately.  I'm not as active as I used to be.  Aside from gaining a few LB's, my cholesterol has jumped and one of the best ways to bring it down is exercise.  Sooooooo me and my Mizuno's (shoes), and my Feetures (socks) have been putting in some miles.  I LOVE these socks.  There is no seam to rub, they're very stretchy and almost massage your feet while walking and or at work.  They fit so well, there's no extra fabric to cause problems either.

I've had more pedometers then I can count, and they just don't last... so loaded an app on my phone called Pedometer Master.  There's a free version (the one I'm using) and one you have to pay for that does more.  I have a windows phone and there aren't nearly as many apps to choose from.  Hubby like's one on his Droid phone called Cardio Trainer that really does a-lot.

Todays stats:
Distanc:  2.48 miles
Duration: 41 min 38 seconds
Steps: 7,138
Average speed 3.57mph
Calories burned: 162

Wow, not many calories burned, but from what I've read the way to burn more calories is walk faster.  Maybe I'll work up to that?  I don't like to overdo, then the knee hurts and swells.  Arthritis doesn't do well when you over do, but it also doesn't do well when you sit.  The balance of it, apparently is the key.  I'm looking for the key.

I'm also not totally convinced I've got my stride correctly measured and will re-do it a couple of times to see how that goes.  Currently my stride is listed as 22 inches.


  1. Hi Sandy,
    I must confess, I haven't noticed you haven't been here for awhile, because I've been absent, too....not enough bandwidth with my new internet carrier to do much with the internet. Glad to learn about your shoes socks and pedometer app. I've wondered about those pedometer apps, so I'll have to try yours. Sounds like a good one. I've had problems with plantar faciitus (sp?) for about 5 years....walking, running, tread mills, just about everything was impossible to do. Heck, I needed my sons to help me walk down the isle of my daughter's wedding 3 years ago. The weight just kept coming on, nothing much to do about it out here in the country. This past few months, I finally got the inflammation under control, and I'm walking pain-free again...It's W O N D E R F U L!!!! Since then, I started walking again, and dropped 10 pounds just walking a mile a day. Then the snows came, and the walking stopped, but now that good weather is here, I'm at it again. Hope to get back up to 2.5 miles 2x a day.

    Like you said, a great pair of shoes really helps more than many people know. I suffered way too long until I found a couple of doctors and a good shoe store to help me heal myself. Since I lived on the eastside of town, my podiatrist sent me to Footworks in Pickerington. They are a treasure-trove of knowledge, and put me into a pair of properly fitted (I had been wearing 1.5 sizes too small) and supported athletic shoes and are generous with their advice on helping heal foot problems. Between my shoes, and an athletic trainer's advice on exercises and icing methods, I'm finally walking again. I'll have to add your other two blogs to my reader, Sandy, so I can keep up to day with you. Take care.

  2. Welcome back Sandy! I was wondering where you were. Kudos to you to walking & finding the right shoes for you. I, too, have put on weight & have I cholesterol & due to bunion surgery that rendered me unable to gain my balance..... haven't been able to walk like I used to. I have been taking Krill Oil capsules 1000 units once a day. I don't know if it's lowered my cholesterol or not, but it's helped my osteoarthritis tremendously. SAS shoes are terrific too.

    Again....welcome back. You've been missed.


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