My darling Amy-Jean,
I want to say thank you because it was your idea to go for a walk before your birthday dinner celebration last evening. As you already know, I have not been out walking in quite sometime and to be perfectly honest, I have NO idea how long it's been. Oh sure, I have been walking in the house, and "Yes" while wearing my head weights.
Anyway, when you suggested getting together on Monday after work for dinner, I was thrilled. I thought it a WONDERFUL idea. I must admit though that I was quite skeptical about going for the walk when you suggested it on Sunday, but hey, it was your birthday, right, so what was I going to say? No, I'm not up to it? Of course not. "Sure, Amy-Jean, sounds great to me." Although I was NOT lying through my teeth, I honestly didn't know how well I'd do, and was fearful of walking outside again.
As I told you, I usually prefer walking in neighborhoods rather than around a boring track, so when you mentioned walking the bike trail, I was thinking, "BORING". That's why I took it upon myself to map out a walking route. I was only going to do one but decided to do the second one just to give us a choice. Heck, I thought that 1.93 miles and 1.82 miles were going to be as much as i dared take on. But, nope it wasn't, YOU really wanted to walk the trail AND when you told me you wanted to walk 2 1/2 miles, I thought I would choke. "Oh crapola", I thought to myself, there is NO WAY I'll be able to walk that far.
By the time we reached mile one, as you know, I was really quite exhausted, but we had almost reached our turn-around point. As we continued, and you said, "okay, just 1/4 mile more." I thought I'm getting my strength back. Well we reached that point and I felt a bit better. That's why I told you, "let's go to the end of the bridge". It really was just a little further, but when we reached that point, I could see the stop sign ahead and thought that'd be the perfect place to turn around. I think you were really pleasantly surprised and proud of me as I pushed myself just that little bit further.
Let me tell you, Honey, I was absolutely amazed with myself as I continued, just that little bit further. Total miles walked - THREE (3), round trip. I was tired but REALLY felt GREAT!!
Upon returning to our starting point, and your favorite restaurant, I was again very proud of myself as I truly enjoyed that great salad and found that I'd eaten only two slices of your Margherita pizza. YAHOO!!!!
And thanks to yesterday, even though I really wanted to go for another walk today, I knew I had to get my lawn mowed before the rains come in tomorrow, but I was less winded and less tired than normal. As a matter of fact, I do believe I mowed that lawn with a little more spring in my step. So even though I did not get in my walk, I still got a heck of a work out as it took me exactly one hour to mow both the front & back lawns. That was still great exercise, right?
Sweetheart, yesterday may have been a celebration of the birth of you, my beautiful daughter, but YOU are the one who gave ME a tremendous gift. You gave me, YOU and also put me back on track to getting healthy. I thank you, Honey, from the bottom of my heart.
All my love, Sweetheart, I love you, my darling Amy-Jean, more than life itself.
PS. For anyone who reads & comments on this blog, I thank you for taking the time and all your loving support.
BTW folks, my beautiful daughter just turned 46 on Friday. She was born in '66 and is now 46 - I was born in '46 and will be 66 this year - weird, huh?