Small Pleasures

Tuesday I got tired of feeling stiff each time I got up from my desk.  I started an experiement: even if I’m just getting up to get coffee/tea or go to the bathroom, I “take the long way”.  I walk through more of the office than strictly necessary, then downstairs a flight and back up.

I don’t feel stiff after doing this, and also more awake.

Why is this a victory?  Because ever since I messed up my knee, walking downstairs has been a lot harder and more painful than walking upstairs.  Even when I’d built back up to walking upstairs with both legs, I’d still often only use the “good” leg to go downstairs.  At the office I had months of walking upstairs and taking the elevator down.

Now I’ve built enough strength and control that an extra trip down or two doesn’t bother me.  It’s a small pleasure, but I’m savoring it.   :)







5 responses to “Small Pleasures”

  1. Deeleigh Avatar

    Yay! Regaining functionality = a very good feeling.

    1. living400lbs Avatar

      Yes! Yay for leg lifts! :)

  2. Piffle Avatar

    Glad to hear it!

  3. Lori Avatar

    I feel ya. I am regaining function in my left shoulder. Slow, slow, slow and painful, but I can now raise my arm to shoulder height.

    1. living400lbs Avatar


      A lot of my caution is that I messed up my knee by —wait for it — exercising. I want to get stronger and faster and build endurance, but without re-injuring myself.

      Of course, most of what I did in physical therapy to get rid of the knee pain was strength training targeted at my quadriceps. ;)

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