Thursday, August 29, 2013
When I passed 300 days of walking my mother took me for a massage. Up until then I never had a massage and I am grateful to her for celebrating my success. Now it's coming up on September 16th. On September 16th I will have walked outside for at least a mile every day for an entire year straight. That's right: I walked through two blizzards, rain, ice and now this horrific heat to keep a promise to myself. No missed days. Fought through the times I didn't want to do it. I absolutely will make one year of solid commitment a reality in two weeks!
I took the 16th and 17th off so I may celebrate over a nice long weekend my one year accomplishment. I am a little perplexed on what to do though. I am in school at the moment (oh yeah, did I mention during this year my batteries are recharged to start the process of applying for medical school again :) ) so skipping town is not an option. Because I am in school again cash is a little tight so a huge shopping spree is out of the question (other than new walking shoes! - that must happen!). What to do then?
The other thing I must consider is adding to my challenge. I lost 25 pounds this past year. Granted I am thrilled to lose that much weight but my goal was 55 pounds. I need to make other lasting commitments like my walking challenge to tip the scale in my favor. I've already decided to increase the distance I walk considerably but I really want to build on nutrition and other lifestyle changes to amplify weight loss. Need to decide on that too.
This is the first time in too many years that the feeling of well being lives and breathes in my daily life. This is the first time I feel comfortable in my own skin, as I am, regardless of size or personal accomplishments. Sure, there's moments of self-pity and low self-worth but in all reality my walks increased my likelihood of positively effecting change in other areas of my life. I am still learning Mandarin (despite it taking forever to learn). I still volunteer. My job is the perfect launch pad for any career choice moving forward. I am taking upper level biology courses to prepare me for the MCAT and medical school. On top of all this I managed to lose almost half of my weight loss goal. Yes, I'd say my little daily walks are quite the effective influence on my life and I hope to never stop!