Besides setting up a financial goal for myself, I have been thinking of other goals to keep my sanity in place. One such goal is having a healthy body. in fact due to continuous commuting between home and office in a cramped cab coupled with my long sitting hours in front of computer screen, I developed frequent pain in my neck and lower back areas. In June July timeframe, I started getting cramps in my neck and had to go thru MRI. in MRI scan it came out that a few of my backbone’s cartilages have started to deteriorate chronically and hence my back and neck problems. Even thou I am not in favour of taking pain relieving medicines but at that time, I had to take those to get myself back on my feet. Doctor gave me medicines for 3 weeks and also suggested some frikkin Ozone injection. and I was like… O..Z..O..N..E..????
That incident gave me a jolt about the misconception I was carrying about the health of my body. I realized that its high time now and I must do something. Over next few days I did an analysis of my daily routing to track what all factors were causing my problems, I found out that
1. I get pain when I sit for long hours
2. I get pain if I keep my neck down for a long time
3. I get pain when I keep my neck stretched on one side for long.
4. When I walk, I feel relaxed and my pain eases.
Sooo.. I stopped taking medicines after a week of starting them and instead Rxed taking a walk. I asked my cab to drop my about 2 km from my home and 1 km from my workplace. So i started clocking around 10-15 km of walk in a week… I started taking frequent breaks from my sitting posture. I started walking briskly and corrected my sitting and sleeping posture.
During July August and september timeframe I started clocking around 30-35 km of walk per week. The frequency of walk was little abrupt due to frequent rains and water logging.
In October end, I tried jogging for the first time on the last saturday of the month. i was in so much josh 🙂 and ended up spoiling my weekend. Wasn’t able to move and all my body parts were making their presence felt in their own sweet way. But I didn’t stop and Went again for jogging the next weekend – the weekend of Diwali.. Now.. my ankle started hurting so bad that i had to limp back from the park.
I realize that it was cuz of my old sports shoes. One side of my left sport shoe developed a crack and while jogging i was carefully making subconscious efforts to keep the crack from opening wider. It might have caused a unbalacing effect on my ankle i guess..
That weekend I surfed net to find out an economic and reliable pair of sports shoes but darn lol… any pair of these branded sports shoes were over Rs 2000. Huge amount :). I already have had back experience with Rs700 sports shoes. Those were SPORTs shoes for just namesake… but the build quality and material was just too bad for running. I didn’t want state of the art running shoes just a reliable shoe that I can run on and on and run..
After searching for about 3 weeks finally I gave up my search and focussed back on my ripped up sport shoes. The crack was really big. so I purchased a Rs 20 Quick fix and shoved the whole tube in that crack and Voila!! the crack was sealed :). I tried stretching shoes a few times and found that it could just work.
Went for jogging happily. Put up my cellphone’s earphones, selected one of my favourite song for running, selected the perfect starting point for jogging and started jogging, 1-2-1-2 🙂
before the song could finish… the shoe gave up…. and when I came back .. the shoe was in worst situation than I began with… lol 🙂
My jogging plan was about to go down the drain when my mom suggested if I wanna try “mochi” instead of doing my own experimentation 😛 . on Saturday I took my sick shoe to Doc Mochi… and gave him 5 rs extra to make my shoe bullet proof.. lol… Excited by the extra tip he has sewed my shoe at all the places where needle can be inserted lol 😛
I further paid him Rs 10 to polish my sports shoe black so that black thread was not visible…. and then came home with a brand new pair of shoes well.. almost and oh with a new greyish white spotty shade.. 🙂
So yesterday, I put an alarm for 6 :00 as its dark at that time 😛 perfect time to test my shoe… and guess what… it worked… i jogged and jogged… in mud, on pavement, on grass and it didn’t show any sign of giving up… that extra investment of Rs 10 + 5 paid up :). Now i got a perfect running shoe for Rs 15. Only thing now I have to buy is a black cherry liquid polish and my white sports shoe will remain shining and black for ever hehe 🙂 so hey!!!!…i started jogging !!!!!!!