Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It's been raining all day. When I got home from work, I REALLY didn't feel like hitting the road for a walk. My legs were still aching from my walk/jog and bike riding the past few days.
What did I do?
I walked in the front door, stopped in the bathroom, put on my exercise clothes, and hit the road. I only sat down long enough to put my shoes on.
The first mile of my walk, I started out thinking about how much I didn't want to be out there in the rain and how much my legs were going to hurt when I was finished.
Then, part of a familiar little rhyme started to tickle my memory. I got a couple of lines, but couldn't quite remember the rest. It was my old Marching Mantra. The lines I could remember kept running through my mind. I started concentrating on them and trying to remember the whole thing. I focused my mind like a laser and by the end of the first mile I had it!
My Marching Mantra pulled me through the last 2 miles even though my legs were aching and I wanted to go home. I just kept repeating it to myself, over and over, sometimes in my mind, sometimes out loud (I can't imagine what the neighbors were thinking about the crazy lady out walking in the rain and talking to herself! Wait! Yes, I can and I don't blame them!)
Over and over, the words tumbled through my mind and out of my mouth.
One foot in front of the other, over and over, in time to my mantra. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower; but always in rhythm. I went as fast or slow as my body would allow, but I went with the flow dictated by my body and my breathing.
And before I knew it, I was walking up to my front door. I was hot and my fat cells were crying out in full chorus (sounded like the Hallelujah Chorus to my ears.) My legs were tired and my feet felt like lead. My left hip is killing me.
But I did what I needed to do and it was worth it. I am proud of myself.
Here's my Marching Mantra (reprised from my last appearance here on SP):
I am healthy!
I am STRONG!
I'll be at goal,
It won't take long!
I am happy!
I am fit!
I'm a WINNER!
I DON'T QUIT!!!!!
If you think it will help you, feel free to borrow my Marching Mantra. Then, we can march our way to health and fitness together!
Note to self: Go out and buy new walking shoes asap.