Walking Into My Well-Being
It’s Tuesday, October 17, 2017, and I’m still on it, fully committed to changing my schedule so that I can improve my well-being. If you’re a bit puzzled or even clueless to what exactly I’m talking about, take a look at my blog from yesterday, when I realized that I gained 35 lbs.
Early this morning I went for my walk. I live in a subdivision with a challenging, hilly landscape, making a walk somewhat tricky. My house is located in a cul-de-sac, and there are not many options when I leave—it’s always to the right and down a steep hill. And I always dread the fact that I’ll have to climb this hill on my way back from the walk.
This morning it was in the low 70’s with light clouds. The air was fresh, almost crisp. I looked around, wondering what happened to the fall this year. Why wasn’t it here yet? Hmmm… I looked closer at the trees, noting that nothing has yet to resemble fall foliage. I mean, what else are you going to do on a walk, other than try to distract yourself from the chore of exercising? Most of the leaves were still green, and only a small number of trees were somewhat bare. Apparently, I’m spending too much time in front of the computer; otherwise, I would have noticed this before, and now it’s mid-October.
As I progressed I started feeling the stress on my hips—that’s what happens when people are overweight. Next, came the pain. I slowed down a bit, mentally slapping myself for the bad shape I was in—it’s totally my fault. Once I reached the top of the hill and started to walk on a level surface, the stress on my hips decreased and the pain subsided. I accelerated my pace. It didn’t take much to increase my heart rate. Clearly the situation is more severe than what I realized. Shame on me, I thought.
I checked the time. It had been 15 minutes since I started walking. I turned around, thinking about the return trip back home—especially that hill at the end.
I couldn’t wait to get back and share with you that I did it! I was eager to get back to my computer to check who joined my Facebook group and check if there is anyone out there who was ready to share their experience from their walk today or needed support, or a push.
Now, a half an hour later, I’m still feeling the walk. Yes, it was not easy, but I feel great and am so proud of what I already achieved. As much as a 30 minute walk sounds insignificant, it’s huge for me, because what I did today is way more than what I did yesterday.
What’s next? A healthy breakfast, more writing, and later on, another walk.
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More to walk and more on this soon,