I have been taking it very easy on the walking this past week, focusing on paying attention to my joints, especially my hip. Standing doesn't seem to bother it. Puttering around doesn't seem to bother it. But walking at any speed does bother it. So I've just been giving it a rest. Some days I don't walk at all, some only a half mile or a mile. Today I actually did 2 miles. My hip is better. Whether it's giving it a chance to rest, or learning to walk on it better, or perhaps a combination of the two. Two miles today and no "crunch crunch", just an occasional pop. I stopped using the cane for the most part, but carry it with me and use it as I walk over speed bumps. Mostly it is a reminder for me to walk SLOW, and if I find myself walking too fast I'll slow down and use the cane to reestablish a slower pace. With the slower pace my knee hasn't snapped, cracked, or popped.
I expect my weight loss will be less than it has been, come weigh-in day, but I don't mind. It's all about better health and I have to learn to live within my limitations.
I have an old jacket that was given to me by a good friend way back in 1993 or 1994. It hasn't fit me in a long, long time. By the late 90's I was no longer able to squeeze into it. It has a lot of sentimental value so I've refused to part with it. I've rescued it from bags of stuff my ex-wife was going to donate to charity. I've rescued it from off the floor where my new wife put it for the dog to sleep on. It is old, tattered, and needs a lot of work. Recently I pulled it out of the closet and tried it on. IT FITS!!! I'm going to clean it and take it to be repaired. I'm so glad I saved it all these years!
So when I went over to my brothers house I had him dig out yet another coat I gave him a long time ago. It's a very nice leather coat I bought for myself back around 1990. Cost me $450!! It hasn't fit in years either, which is why I gave it to him. I tried it on, and IT FIT!! So he puts it back on the hanger and hands it to me. He wanted to give it back. I didn't know what to say, but I didn't take it. Truth is, I didn't want it. It immediately made me think of something I read recently. Thirty-Nine Reasons Why I Am A Vegetarian
written in 1903 by the Rev. Henry S. Clubb. In it he says:
14. The consumption of flesh as food has, like the use of tobacco and alcoholic liquors, a tendency to deaden the moral and intellectual faculties so as to blind the perceptions to the danger of the practice.
15. The only way to obtain a clear perception and an unbiassed judgment on the subject is to abstain long enough to get clear of this blinding influence. "If any man will do his will he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God." (John 7:17.)
16. Those only who have personally abstained from the flesh of animals for a considerable period can render an intelligent judgment on the subject.
I have seen several references here from people who stopped eating meat for health reasons... and then over time became vegan for ethical reasons. That falls right in line with what the Reverend said over 100 years ago! And I believe that the longer I abstain from animal flesh the more turned off I am by it. I did not want that coat which I paid so much money for all those years ago, because I was turned off by the fact an animal had to die to make it. It appears I'm walking down that path to becoming vegan.