Wednesday, 16 July 2008

walk / don't walk

The left foot feeling a lot better today, it was the right foot that is now giving me grieve. I went to see my doctor to get a new prescription since my tablets were about to run out and to hear the result of last week's X-ray of my right foot. According to the X-ray I have what is called a 'heel spur' on my heel bone. This is not the cause, but the effect of an inflammation caused by being overweight and walking too much.

The doctor said that the cure was not to put any weight on the foot for about two years… Wow, that's going to help loosing weight and getting around town. I asked for other options. He said too see a podiatrist (NL: podotherapeut). There is a possibility they can solve the problem with a custom-made silicon insole.

So I planned a date to see the podiatrist. You can schedule a date online and the earliest opening they had was August 26. Until that day I have to be a bit more careful in how long and how far I walk. A good alternative for walking is going to a gym for fitness training. At work we have a deal with the University of Amsterdam where employees can make use of the UvA sports facilities as if we were UvA employees. This can save a lot of money. I looked up the opening hours of the nearest UvA gym and found out they were closed until August 10… Obviously you're not supposed to get either sick or healthy in the holiday period.

The net result of this whole scenario is that I'll be loosing weight slower than before which gives the diabetes a better chance of wreaking havoc on my body. Great. Just when I was getting into the walk and loose weight groove I've got to stop. I just hope my weight won't yoyo up again. I'd hate to go through the whole thing again.

5 comments:

Vincent said...

35 seconds today. The scroll button is smaller, I can tell you took down the amount of blogs to show (on purpose or not).

Say, have you considered cycling? Bicycles ain't too expensive and if you get a nice one with 3 or so gears you could take small rides along the Amstel. You'll still exercise and see more as a bonus.

We used to park our bicycles in a stalling in the hood.

Alternatively you can also get a home trainer.

Kees said...

Load time is probably due to flickr content. I show seven items on the blog's frontpage. With the last two items having none or only one picture the flickr items are reduced a lot, which equals faster loading.

I've been thinking of a home trainer, but wanted to try different ones out in the gym first. The gym is closed...

Gerrit said...

You'd be surprised how easy they are to find second hand (home trainers), most recycle shops have them.
Another option is swimming, if you don't hate chloride and/or swimming pools in general.

Vincent said...

Good point G, second hand ones available everywhere. You do want to try them out though. The one Nicole and I bought had a bad click sound in it which was annoying as hell. The ones you find in the gym will be professional ones and most likely above budget.

What about the bicycle option?

Kees said...

I hate bicycles...