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Tricking Me Into Moving

Monday, August 26, 2013


Saturday I was scheduled to walk/run about 4 miles. I made myself get my workout clothes on. Still, I didn't get going. I made excuses, I distracted myself.

Then, when I finally went to leave, I realized I'd waited until far too late to make my usual stomping grounds.

Now what? I had my clothes on, and I HATE taking exercise clothes back off if I haven't gotten them nasty sweaty from working out.

I went outside for a few minutes to take the temperature. I walked my doggies a few feet down the driveway. Then I went down the driveway by myself, and noticed that once again, the clouds were beautiful! I realized it was gosh darn near sunset, so Me and I struck a deal....I ran back up my hilly driveway, and got my camera and my interval timer. I told myself if I ran just a few intervals out here, where I live, I could stop and take pictures when the sun started setting.

It worked! I ran some intervals. All the way up four hills, all the way back down, then up some more hills. The sun and the clouds started putting on a show, and I got some EXTRAORDINARY pictures! And I had to run back and forth a bit to get them, too.

By time it was getting near dark, I'd burned off 424 calories. I don't think I went 4 miles, like I was scheduled to do, but I got at least 2, I ran some hills, and I took one more step towards creating the habit of moving again.

BTW, some of you who are connected to me on Facebook or Instagram may know that I've been spending a lot of time over the past few years trying to get halfway decent at photography. I have a particular affinity for clouds and sunsets. I'm in the process of writing a book of essays about having ADHD called Head In the Clouds, which I'm hoping will also have pictures of the clouds and sunsets I've been taking.

If you're interested in seeing (and maybe even LIKING) the Facebook page of cloud/sunset/sunrise pics I've started, you can go here:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAROLISCIOUS 8/27/2013 9:12PM

    Have you tried any of the running aps like cardio trainer or runkeeper? I love that they track distance for you and give you audio distance updates at intervals that you determine in the settings. Really cool! And so are your pics. I'm glad you found the motivation to get out there!

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KELPIE57 8/27/2013 11:23AM


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KAYOTIC 8/27/2013 9:47AM

    Way to get yourself going! And beautiful clouds were your reward!

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BILL60 8/27/2013 9:10AM

    Very nice!!

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PHEBESS 8/26/2013 10:51PM

    Wonderful compromise - and you got some great photos out of it!

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ILOVEROSES 8/26/2013 9:03PM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing! emoticon on getting your run!

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HEALTHY4ME 8/26/2013 5:30PM

    Glad you got out and awesome skies...

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    Beautiful pictures!!! Good for you for getting out there!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/26/2013 2:11PM

    nice pictures!
Glad you got a good run in as well.

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