Thursday, July 10, 2014
Yesterday was an important test for me.
Despite being walker/exerciser/hiker all my long life and an adventurer to boot, I thought this part of my life was over. Three years ago life bombarded me with small shock waves for months leaving me lonely, and in pain-physically and emotionally. Steadily I have improved my ability to walk since then, but dangers imagined and real have prevented me from accomplishing what I now know, I' can do.
I had regained some of my lost balance thanks to the good Lord, and I learned to walk a good number of steps each day. I had even begun to add strengthening and toning exercises daily. Unfortunately I was ignoring the fact that I had become quite fearful of certain physical and emotional challenges. Shyness which I have always suffered from was interfering with progress in my life. I seemed to be going backwards. I told myself, "Don't worry. You're just getting older. Relax. There's nothing to prove!"
I became inconsistent and exercise effort was random. I hired a cleaning lady. T.V replaced reading. Though I walked many steps per day when I did walk, ,the perimeter of the walks was limited to neard my home. The effort was so inconsistent..
Several things happened to move me from the couch. First I adopted a four-year old male Pug/Beagal mix last November. I began walking consistently again.
Two days ago, Spark Coach Spark Guy, challenged us to face our fears. Fears, I suppose, block us from moving forward. At the same the Coaches have urged me to blog. I faithfully read a lot of blogs for ideas, but stubbornly ignored the suggestion I blog. I feared the idea of publically displaying my writing. Not good enough. Probably boring, I thought.
Somehow lightening struck yesterday. "Face your fears." A dare, I thought. I rallied. I finally understood that I wasn't writing a University paper if I wrote a blog. The important thing about blogging was to help myself. This is my second one.
Secondly, if I can take my small dog on walks which amount to 10,000 steps daily, why can't I just change my route? Yesterday I walked across town, had a healthy lunch with friends and walked back.
Yesterday was a success and so is today. I'm writing my second blog and......... I have walked a trajectory off the beaten path again today.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
Thank you Spark Coaches.