Walking to a Transplant

I weigh 121 kg, or 266 lbs.

I have never had an issue with body image. That has just not ever been something that bothered me. What does bother me is the fact that my Nephrologist, my Nurse Practitioner, and my Nutritionist all tell me that I have to lose weight to get on the transplant list yet no one knows how much weight I am suppose to lose.

I don’t have very many options when it comes to exercise because I have a couple of herniated discs in my lower lumbar. The option that I do have that seems the lowest impact is, you guessed it, walking!

I have had this idea for a while now but I didn’t really think about it until two years ago when I saw a flyer for the local annual Kidney Walk.

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I’ve walked in the Kidney Walk for the last two years but outside of that I haven’t really done much walking for exercise. I tried to start walking for exercise last year but I didn’t really get that far. This year I have decided the use the motto “Walk or Die!” Yup, that’s right, I am going that extreme. I have been on dialysis for almost three years now and I am still not on the transplant list due to my own laziness. Well that stops right here and now.

You can follow my progress over at my RunKeeper Profile

The goal is rather simple, I plan on walking and losing weight until I feel like I have gone far enough. I think that 218 lbs is a good weight for me and at a pound a week it’s going to take over a year.

I will post weekly updates about my progress and my thoughts on things.

What are you doing to get in better health or on the transplant list?

Just remember…..

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Keep being Awesome!,
Chris

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One Response to “Walking to a Transplant”

  1. Giulia says:

    With herniated disks, you can also exercise in a swimming pool. Water takes away the weight on your disks and you burn more calories by swimming than with walking. Resistance with water increases the effort you produce.
    Aquagym can be a good option for herniated disks.
    If you like biking, aquabiking can be an option too if a pool proposes it and you can afford it.

    Good luck, I had to stop dancing because of injured knees. It sucks because I love ballroom dancing !

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