Today I walked 5 miles in 51 minutes! I just kept pushing my speed, and WOW! I was really making tracks!
I have finally gotten guilty enough to get back on the program. I was not logging all my food, exercise or much of anything else these past couple weeks. I rarely went outside to walk, using the excuse of rain and/or wind. SO WHAT???!!!
It's not like I will melt in the rain, or blow away with the wind. I am made of much sturdier stuff than that. Some of my "sturdier" jiggles. In the wrong places. Not good. Not good at all.
It all happened today like this: My friend Shirley (lovescamping) wrote a beautiful blog. She talked about her son and she decorating the Food Bank for the holidays, and how her son is making her a live wreath out of the excess Christmas branches from their tree.
I thought to myself "and just what am I doing sitting in the house, denying my need of exercise?". Emphasis on the I.
I got on the scale, and have gained 1/4 pound. NOT GOOD! I lost 43 pounds with WW, stopped doing the program, and gained 41 of those pounds right back. So, 1/4 pound may not sound like much, and is easy to dismiss with a shrug and "oh well", but in my case, 1/4 pound increase quickly becomes 41 pound increase.
That's right. Even a miniscule number like 1/4 counts! And it is too easy to let it grow into 41.
Try walking 1/4 mile as fast as you can, and you will see how important 1/4 of anything really IS!
On with my shoes, grab the pedometer and timer, jacket and gloves, and off to walk I go. I decide to see how fast I can walk before I have to stop.
Up knolls and down, step after step, I speed along. I am amazed as to just how fast I can go! This Spark Thing, as I call it, really pays off!
I had no idea that when I timidly agreed to a mile a day in September challenge that it would lead to this kind of ability and happiness.
I really love walking now. It has become a personal challenge for myself. I feel invigorated when I walk, and Winsten sometimes sits down and waits for me to come back because he is tired. No THAT impresses me!
Winsten, as most of you know, is a Golden Retriever. He is five years old now, and just beginning to settle into life.
, which means he has slowed down to a speed of Mach 1.
I must admit here that he was outside before me for about a half hour, so he did get in some kind of workout before I showed up on the scene. He found me at my first mile lap, and was happy to go along with me until the last mile.
HA! I finally showed HIM a thing or two! This old broad could keep going, even after HE got tired.
Let me tell you about that last mile. It is the first time I have walked that fast, and the first time I did 5 miles on my "exercise" walk. I say that because I believe have walked 5 miles before.......in malls and such. Those walks don't count for me, though, because I was STROLLING, not WALKING.
I am zinging right along, and then look at the pedometer. Holy Cats! I have already done 4 miles! I can stop now............uh, wait a minute. Ms. Smarmy shows up!
"OK Cuddlethighs! Why not try one more mile, or are you going to quit NOW?"
I press my lips together so as not to use the language that comes to mind every time SHE enters the picture, and feel my feet stomp for about four steps.
I am stomping on her words, but nevertheless, I am still moving.
The stomp soon turns back into steps, because I am facing the hill again. I feel my calves stretching to keep up, and my butt is announcing that perhaps I am doing a bit too much. The jiggle in them is getting a bit tight. That's a GOOD thing!
I bravely face the hill, one step at a time, one breath at a time, and before I know it, I am at the top, doing the big loop!
It's all downhill from here, and I am actually beginning to play with the idea of going another mile.
Then I remember tomorrow is another day, and I will no doubt feel the workout today. I choose to end the walk with my stretches after the five miles, look at the timer and almost fall over.
THANK YOU, Sparkies, for nudging me along. THANK YOU, for all the encouragement and laughter you have given me. THANK YOU for being on this journey together!
Here's to all of you:
I am WOMAN! HEAR ME ROAR!
Now I will have a small piece of fruitcake. Huh? Who's there?? Who is telling me that I don't need the fruit cake, and that Special K will fill me up just as much without all the fat?
My Goodness! It is ALL OF YOU!
Thanks, I needed that.
CUDDLETHIGHS??? Not today!