Live Smurf Walking ON TREADMILL

I think this video of my inaugural walk on the treadmill after two plus years away says it all.



I hear crying is very aerobic.

Y'all, if you can, go take a race walk around your kitchen and yell, "YAHOO!" on my behalf. I just can't put into words what this means to me. After extensive foot reconstruction and two years of pain with every step, THIS is what I've been working toward.

I ended up walking for 18:17 which my treadmill said was one mile. Our treadmill doesn't measure quite right but since it's the only measure I have, I'm going with that. And I didn't use an I-Pod or a movie or any other distraction. I just walked along, beaming. I swear, I lit up the whole freaking basement with my smile.

I'm feeling very lucky and so grateful for my good doctors.

Comments

ccr in MA said…
Has anyone ever sounded so happy to be walking on a treadmill?

Congratulations!
Karen ~ said…
I'm crying with you!!!!! HOORAY!!!!
hokgardner said…
How wonderful! Congratulations.
annabanana said…
Wow....just wow!!!

Thank you for sharing the joy and beauty and giving me gratitude for mobility. YOU ROCK GIRL!!!!

Barb-I have a NIKE+ ipod thing that will track your mileage and Lance Armstrong will congratulate you on your milestones. It's yours if you want it, I got a garmin so it's sitting around. You don't need special shoes or anything. Email me if you'd like it! (you need an ipod or nano for it to work, tho')
Vicki said…
Woohoo, Barb!! How wonderful for you! This is just so awesome!
absolutelytrue said…
Thanks for the aerobics... now I have tears streaming down my face too.

You GO GIRL!

While I can't be joyful about walking on a treadmill, I'm so happy that you can.

This is really awesome and I'm so happy for you.
Miriam said…
WOW! You go girl! I am so happy for you!
Ann in NJ said…
Wow! Who would have thought a mile could be so far to come???!!!
Lynn said…
So happy for you. And nice to hear your voice.
Mokihana said…
I loved it, and am doing the happy dance for you! I am crying with you too... the joy in your voice is contagious!!
K said…
Congrats! I am so happy that you are finally happy. We often take for granted things we can do and never realize what we owuld be missing if we couldn't. I hope that makes sense. Point being, I think I will go and get on my exercise machine now.
Damsel said…
Barb!!! I got all choked up listening to you, especially there at the end... I can't personally imagine what you've been going through, but thank you for taking us on the journey with you. I'm so PROUD of you and so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!
Candi said…
YAY YOU!!!!

Barb - I am so happy for you!

I was going to say that it is the little things that make life joyful, but dude, being able to walk without pain is not a little thing. You go!
Heidi Malott said…
Congratulations Barb! I choked up also. What a long journey. Just think, spring is almost here and you'll be able to get outside and WALK!!
Sue said…
Awwwww, Barb! YAY! I'm so happy for you. Seriously. So happy. :>
Becca said…
yay yay yay!~!!!!
LaDonna said…
I'm at work so I can't do the power-walk in my kitchen but....

YAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Daisy said…
Congratulations Barb! Sharing your joy!
Barbara Cooper on Vancouver Island,BC
blogging as Daisy
Katie said…
Smurfette rocks the treadmill! :) Barb, I am so in awe right now! Congrats friend.