Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In My Shoes

Walking in the late afternoon

In a day or two it will be six months since I started walking (briskly, without fail, and for a minimum number of minutes) four times a week, and usually more often. At first I worried about rain keeping me indoors; never happened, as we didn't have a full day of rain even once this summer.

Now I wonder how I'll cope when the wind combines with low temperatures this winter, but think I may well get out there and walk no matter what. Why? Because my body has begun to insist. It has begun to love pushing itself up to speed, breathing deeply of the clean fresh air, coming back tired and sweaty. It feels good. When a day or two of walking gets missed due to distraction or migraine or travel, my body is delighted to get back out there again.


  1. How I envy you---my body does not seem to need the time I make it spend on the elliptical cross-trainer. Maybe I should try the outdoors thing, but I've yet to see one of those cross-trainers outdoors.

  2. I admire your tenacity.
    I'm very good at starting these regimes.
    Not so good at keeping them up.

  3. I'm no good at keeping up healthy regimens that require self-discipline either, Maggie. Never have been.
    It's fear that worked. Want to prevent heart problems? Then get in shape.
    That's what the doctor said, and after an hour in the hospital for tests, and worrying about the results, and half-panicky *just because I was in a hospital* I was ready to take his advice.


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