One of my good SparkFriends posted a blog a while ago suggesting that we go back & re-read some of our blogs from when we first started with Spark (which was just over a year ago for me) I thought it was good advice & I did. Since then I've been trying to figure out what is different & why - even though I'm 30 pounds lighter I'm really struggling to have the motivation I need to exercise. My main (or only) form of exercise is walking and I have a little park that I love to walk in. You can see it on my SparkPage - isn't it pretty & serene? So . . . why don't I walk anymore? ? ? I can use the excuse that it is unusually hot in NC already but it was hot in August last year & I still found time to walk so that's not it. It had to be something else.
I asked for a kick in the butt to get my motivation back & got a couple of responses - one with a cyber kick & one with a map to get me back on track. The map gave me the idea to get back to walking in my pretty neighborhood so I didn't have the excuse of having to drive somewhere so that's just what I did tonight. I have one route that I've been walking that is just about a mile & pretty level (or as level as it gets in NC) but since I had my and my "map" I branched out a little further & up a few hills and took the time to enjoy the scenery around me. I wasn't out to break any speed walking records - I was just out for a walk . I watched the squirrels running back & forth across the road, stopped for just a second to pet the gorgeous dog that was out for a walk with his owner, and waved & chatted with the other walkers I met along the way. I ENJOYED my walk and was very pleasantly surprised when I got home to find that I had walked 2.5 miles in 44 minutes. Instead of putting the PRESSURE on myself to walk faster or farther I need to get back to enjoying the PLEASURE of walking - not just for the exercise, but for the stress reliever that I used it for when I first started on this journey. I may not always be able to walk 2.5 miles but that that's OK. IS something that I enjoy doing - I just need to do it to remember that