I took Cloe and Chester for individual walks yesterday and great googly! I had to lay down afterwards. Cloe's walk consisted of 3/4 of a block before she refused to go any further so we turned around and came home. (Not sure what that was about but ok.) Then I took Chester for a walk and only went about 3 1/2 blocks one way....and short blocks at that. I was headed towards husband's niece A's place. I managed to make it but had to sit down I was in so much pain. My lower back was killing me and I had pain going down my hips/thighs on both legs. Now....I KNOW I'm out of shape and I HAVE put on a lot of weight recently. Between the quitting smoking and not being on my thyroid medication for a couple of months (yeah yeah, I know) I've puffed up a bit but OMG! It wasn't that I was out of breath because I really wasn't....it was just the pain. My lower back felt like someone had ahold inside and was just gripping as hard as they could. The pain in my legs....I know some of it was from lack of use but not all. The weird thing is a week or two ago, I landed a temp job working with the Surveyor's office. They were doing some digs and I stood in the middle of the road holding one of those stop/slow signs. I didn't feel like going dancing afterwards but I didn't feel that bad at all. Today I met A, her boyfriend and their baby at Walmart and gave them a ride home. I did walk around the store though and started getting the same pains but it didn't get that bad as long as I had a cart to push (or lean on just a bit). However, carrying the baby in one arm and pushing the cart with the other didn't work so well after a couple of minutes either and the pain would start. I also have problems standing at the sink for very long before I have to stretch or sit down. Granted, I AM short but I still have to lean a bit to do the dishes and things. As I said, I know I'm really out of shape and all but wow....this just seems a bit off. I want to try walking a bit each day and see if that helps build up tolerance but any other ideas? Maybe I'm just paranoid, I don't know. It just seems like a lot of people around me lately have been diagnosis'd with arthritis in their spines so maybe that has me worried and I just need to quit thinking about it and get off my hiney. Thoughts?