After we spoke yesterday, I walked around the lake behind our house and made more progress than I imagined was possible.
To put this in context, let me give you some background. The lake is about 1.9 miles in circumference. My typical pattern for getting around the lake during the first week of exercise therapy was as follows:
INTERVAL 1 — Start from our front door and walk 6 minutes. Stop at bench #1. Rest 5 minutes.
INTERVAL 2 — Walk 7 minutes. Stop at East Bridge. Rest 6 minutes.
INTERVAL 3 — Walk 8 minutes. Stop at Bench #3. Rest 6 minutes.
INTERVAL 4 — Walk 7 minutes. Stop at West Bridge overlook. Rest 5 minutes.
INTERVAL 5 — Walk 4 minutes. Stop at Falls overlook. Rest 5 minutes.
INTERVAL 6 — Walk 8 minutes, back to our front door.
YESTERDAY, HERE IS HOW IT WENT:
INTERVAL 1 — Walk 13 minutes from front door to East Bridge. Rest 6 minutes.
Distance = 0.6 Miles
INTERVAL 2 — Walk 18 minutes non-stop to West Bridge overlook. Rest 6 minutes.
INTERVAL 3 — Walk 9 minutes to bench on a dock. Rest 5 minutes.
INTERVAL 4 — Walk 3 minutes from dock to our front door.
TOTAL ELAPSED TIME = 1 hour
TOTAL MINUTES WALKED = 43 minutes
TOTAL RESTING MINUTES = 17 minutes
TOTAL DISTANCE AROUND THE LAKE, about 1.9 miles.
Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled about my progress. I plan to be absolutely diligent with the exercising, and to lose more weight.