Fifteen days ago, my life once again, changed for the better. How much better you may ponder? Bunches and bunches better. I am still shocked as to how much better God has allowed me to be this content. And in more ways than one.
But what I wasn’t expecting was …. this nugget: Being able to bounce back after standing on my feet 8 hours a day, every day, for five straight days.
Remember when I was 130 pounds bigger? I barely could walk a block without being out of breath and winded. Side pain would occur. My back would ache and oh my gosh, my legs and feet. Ached for a day or two.
Even when the weight started to come off… and I built up my speed for walking and then even standing…. and remember me talking about my wonky left ankle???
A year ago this month, I took up a part-time gig at a local convenience store a few blocks from my apartment complex. I would work 4 or 5 hour shifts with it all being on my feet. Yes I purchased new Asics and at times would wear my very cushioned Crocs … I did a lot of bending and walking and standing and lifting… and I’d always go home sore to the core … and the next day, I’d be limping … again because of my wonky left ankle that was whacked off when I was three.
So when I was offered my position 16 days ago… they told me what I’d be doing and yes I would be standing majority of my 8 hour shift. Yes, I could sit when there was nothing to do but …. I really wanted to work there so I said yes.
And I took it one day at a time. Literally. For my feet and my legs. One day at a time.
I also prayed a lot about what was ahead of me. I ordered a new pair of gel Asics. I bought comfortable thin black socks and bought black pants (part of my new uniform) … And then I performed the exercises above. Before going to sleep… sometimes during sleep.. and when I woke up.
I also did the exercises more so on my wonky left ankle and leg, in my car, on my way to work. While I am standing at my said computer, on the job, I do the exercises. And when I do find the time to sit down. More feet aerobics.
I contacted one of my favorite PA-C’s … and told her the ditty… and she just said (1) get good shoes; and (2) take Tylenol.
On top of the foot exercises, I am popping a few generic Tylenol throughout my 8-shifts … and drum roll….
I HAVE HAD ZERO ANKLE/FOOT PAIN and NO LEFT LEG numbness or sharp pains in 15 days. At. All.
Not only am I totally thrilled by this but I find it to be an actual miracle from God.
HE knew I have always wanted a fun safe place to work. And I got that fifteen days ago. I also have not stopped exercising since I got the lap band surgery done in June 2012. At. All. HE knows I talk to him daily and pray several times a day.
At times, my left foot feels tight but I pamper it by taking baths and doing the stretches above. And walking on it with proper shoes. I am also very thankful for my wonderful support team of friends and acquaintances on my lap band journey. A year ago, I would never have lasted 15 days on my feet, or even 10, or 5 days in a row.
I can feel myself getting stronger every day.