In my Sparking, I read some articles (Spark has such GREAT articles!) in the Fitness category about walking - some were interviews with how Sparkers lost X amount of pounds just by walking; others were helpful hints about walking. Anyway...as usual it got me thinking about some of MY walking experiences.
Due to dealing with arthritis in the hips and knees, walking isn't my primary mode of cardio. However, when I'm on mission trips it's about the only option. Last year when I went to Pucallpa to visit Levi and his family, I was just beginning to get back on track. So when I saw that Papito had his little routine of walking back and forth in front of the "bodega" in the morning before the jungle sun grew hot, I decided to join him.
Papito was 80 years old, and he'd walk back and forth for a good 30 minutes. When I started, I was so out of shape that he put me to shame, as I had to stop after 10 or 15 minutes - granted, it was due in part to joint pains. But still! He's EIGHTY!
Papito on his "hamaca" in front of the "bodega"
But I continued to join him in the morning promenade, and we had a wonderful time talking about this and that. In due time I was not only able to do as many minutes of walking, I also put on more speed. "Like the Mormons!" he liked to joke.
And it was good that I did all that walking with him, because when I went to Lima with Levi's brother Victor to accomplish some things at the Embassy, we had to do a lot of hoofing. I popped a lot of aspirin, but I dood it!
Victor, left, and Levi
When I returned to Lima, I took advantage of anyone going to the market to get some walking. This was usually Sabina, to get fresh bread and whatever else for the day's meals.
Sabina and me
Once some of "my boys" were going to get supplies for refreshments after a service. I asked about going with them - but I didn't want to slow them down. However, they urged me to come along, they'd be happy to have me, they'd slow down if necessary, come, come, come! So I joined them and they peppered me with questions about the United States and how one says various things in English. I think I was with Ronal, Jose, Jhibson, and Tito - the same four who came to get me at the airport. (Both Tito and Ronal are doing very well in English, and Jose likes to know about the US.)
Lto R, Ronal, Jose, Jhibson, Tito playing on the luggage cart outside Jorge Chavez airport in Lima
I do get a little walk to and from school, not very far, but it's something. I think I'd enjoy it more if I had company. Last year my schedule was perfect to walk my grandkids to school and drop them off before going back to mine. And THEY can talk up a storm!
My grands Lakeiah and Kegan, Easter 2010
I'm hoping as I get the weight off and pop glucosamine (and mefloxicam as needed) I'll be able to increase my walking over summer vacation. Maybe I'll take one of the dogs with me.
I understand Cash is better on a leash. Jazz tends to pull.
Big Baby, Cash, with Abi AKA Glitterfairy77
Jazz is also an attention whore, here also with Abi
But I think the best walk to look forward to will be the one down the aisle with Levi - whenever THAT may be!