I want to show you a photograph of a special place.
It's a place we have been visiting for many years. It's in a beautiful part of the country, and I love it there. This year our visit was life changing.
The road you can see is hilly, but because it is high in the mountains there is no traffic, unless you count the sheep, that is. When we first visited I could walk the roads with no problem. This year every step was an effort. Every foot fall made me realise more and more that I needed to do something about my situation. It was the day after we returned home that I joined Spark.
I blogged on the first day, but there wasn't much to it. On the second day I admitted to standing on the scales, and used a tape measure. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
However, it was a full week before I mentioned exercise
It was quite a positive post, but it was hiding the fact that I had basically been dragged around walking much faster than I ought to have been and was in agony after each and every walk. I had invested in a pedometer and each step it counted was almost displayed in blood
Although I loved WHERE we were walking, I hated DOING the walking.
Three months! That's all it's been so far. NOW, I LOVE WALKING! Let me tell you about today...
I'm committed to walking with both groups in the 12 Weeks to Walking Team. Today I hit upon a plan. I went to the Nature Reserve, walked around the lake pacing myself and did two walks in one! This is how it went
5 mins warm up, 5 mins intense, 5 mins cool down.
That brought me to here. I was feeling fine so I just continued with another 5 mins walking to prepare for the next stage. Off I went: 5 mins warm up, 10 mins walking and 5 mins cool down. No sitting down for me
Such a beautiful day for a walk - or for fishing...
So now I just continued walking until I got home. No more photographs, but I saw plenty as I walked. But the BEST WAS STILL TO COME.
Three months ago I couldn't walk this far. Three months ago I couldn't even be dragged around this distance. Now I can walk around it - the whole two and three-quarter miles! Now I can enjoy the walk, and I even have enough breath to say 'hello' to passing strangers and occasionally to pass more than just the time of day. Best of all? TODAY I DID IT A WHOLE 4 MINUTES FASTER THAN I DID IT LAST TIME!
So here's the last photograph for today.
The view across the lake as I made my way home - the colour is from a wildflower called Rosebay Willowherb. It's an odd plant, it grows anywhere - along the rail line, in cracks on houses, bridges and walls, and is often solitary and regarded as a weed. Just look at that display, though. Colour in profusion. I woke this morning with a quotation running through my head
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller)
We are like that Rosebay Willowherb. Together we can take over the world, one step at a time. Let's all walk together - three months is all it takes. Fancy joining us in the 12 weeks team? teams.sparkpeople.com/12
Onwards and upwards!