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Just take three months


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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
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However, it was a full week before I mentioned exercise

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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 emoticon 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 emoticon



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
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Onwards and upwards!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IMLOCOLINDA 9/4/2013 10:19PM

    I didn't get my usual notice of this blog yesterday although did see it streaming by in the huddle and blogs column on the right. It IS so amazing to look back and think it's been only 3 months...think of how many miles you will be able to go by the end of the year...like over 1000 miles is 3 a day!! What an accomplishment. As usual you inspire and motivate the rest of us.

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POUTINGPEGGY 9/4/2013 5:49PM

    Only just saw this blog too. I thought you were going to Kent but it doesn't look like Kent. Very beautiful though. Ahh it is Kent. As you say a lot can happen in three weeks.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 9/4/2013 8:47AM

    A wonderful analogy and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing your walk. And your motivation. CONGRATULATIONS on putting in all that hard work to get where you are now! Did it ever cross you mind 3 months ago that you would've made this much progress already and leading others in a team to walk? Way to go.
~Teresa

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THIN133 9/4/2013 8:45AM

    Once again, I didn't get your blog yesterday ... emoticon

But on a happier note... I'm catching up on it now emoticon

The photos are beautiful ! Congratulations on your progress with your walking & healthy life ! That is awesome ! Keep up this incredible journey ! Thank you for sharing !
Have a lovely day ! emoticon

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RITAROSE 9/4/2013 7:16AM

  What a very inspiring story Sassy! Thank you for sharing your journey so far! I LOVED the scenery too! Where in the UK do you live? I am struggling with the food plan, but was faithful to record it yesterday even though it was not all good! The beginning of the food plan is always the most challenging for me! I am loving your team and loving being active on a team again!!! Everyone is so inspiring!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CBLENS 9/4/2013 6:53AM

    beautiful pics

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SWEETNEEY 9/4/2013 6:04AM

    Nature is beautiful & poetic

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PROUD-GRANDMA 9/4/2013 1:46AM

    It's a wonderful transformation!

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JAKENELL 9/3/2013 10:39PM

    Thanks for a much needed dose of motivation and inspiration!
Sheila

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/3/2013 7:11PM

    emoticon emoticon Walking is definitely taking you places!

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OBX-CC 9/3/2013 6:50PM

  beautiful peaceful

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LEXONE 9/3/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon emoticon and what a beautiful place..love your pictures.

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HARROWJET 9/3/2013 4:49PM

    Your pictures are lovely. Your blog is very inspiring. emoticon

Judy emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/3/2013 4:26PM

    CONGRATS on your wonderful progress .... 3 months emoticon
and going strong

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KBLASEN 9/3/2013 3:22PM

    Very nice! Isn't it amazing how well our bodies respond to exercise and how quickly we improve?

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SEAJESS 9/3/2013 2:38PM

    Gorgeous photos and even more gorgeous thinking.

emoticon for being an emoticon emoticon . You inspire me. emoticon emoticon and most importantly, emoticon .

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SHELLYED 9/3/2013 2:26PM

    What an AWESOME entry! I love this! Major, major congrats to you, such wonderful progress and you have to feel SPECTACULAR! Very beautiful walk you have - thanks so much for sharing the pictures, they really take me there, they make me want to BE there. : )

So very happy for you! (giving you a HEARTY High-Five!) : ) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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