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Made myself walk today .....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My DH got up early and went for a walk this morning so that when I got up at 7ish it was to a quiet house. I got the coffee brewing and sat down and started on a nice sudoku puzzle. Then a leisurely coffee which led to my leisurely breadkfast of cereal and orange juice. I finished my food tracking for yesterday and spun the wheel for my login points. (Drat, I missed the 100 Goodie points!) Read a chapter of the book I had started yesterday; next thing I knew DH was back and I was left contemplating that I needed to get some exercise under my own belt. Really not wise to sit around reading or I'll be regretting my indolence later!

Alright grab the exercise clothes and find some shoes, maybe a walk around the loop (four connecting roads make a nice 2 km walk in our rural neighbourhood). Really didn't feel like it but off I scooted. I had left my good runners at my daughter's in Vancouver when I was there last month so my old ones were feeling a bit stiff. But not too bad, no major aches or pains.

I headed up the hill and took the left at the top of the hill - got halfway up and noticed the orchardist up at the next corner had his gate open and was on his tractor mowing. Hmmm! Where is the guard dog? I'm a real coward and break out in goosebumps and get real nervous around animals running loose. He's probably tied but on second thought maybe I'll change direction. Made the about face and started back down the road. Took the right turn and walked down past our place and got a good stride going again. Down past the mailbox I went. There was a dead little quail in the middle of the road which was a real shame. Saw many deerand the usual local traffic. The weather was perfect; thank goodness it has cooled down from the mid 90's of the previous couple weeks.

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Made the right turn at the North Fork road and again at the Museum road. The truck I presumed to be a cement truck seemed now to be more like a 'honey wagon' as there was a faint aroma in the air that made me wrinkle my nose (kind of like Samantha on Bewitched). Gee, I loved that show. I still often think how nice it would be just to be able to twitch my nose and do my housework, for example. Anyway, I digress!

We all know walking is good for us and now I remind myself that this is part of my improvement plan to help deal with my asthsma and my atrial fib. I have to keep pushing myself to make it easier for my heart and lungs to function as well as they can. The alternative is not good! Right! I've now fully bought into my walk and see it's now time to do another about face and retrace my steps home if I don't want to get up to the orchard and run into the guard dog. Sigh!

The rest of the walk was pleasant and I reached home in good order. The doe at the top of the driveway shied off and ran away as I scuffed my shoes in the gravel to appear meaner than I really am! (Still got the goosebumps.) I didn't see the fawns around which was good as Mom will act protective on occasion. We have a little family of deer that seeks haven in our acreage and munches on my plantings. (We have a policy of live and let live and no fences. I no longer plant things just for their enjoyment, lol.)

In the carport I did the requisite stretching and a basic Tai Chi routine for good measure.

So I seem to have expended a lot of words describing how I had to MAKE myself get out the door, but I'm sitting here now so glad I did. I can record my time and effort and pat myself on the back for today.

What strategy shall I employ tomorrow?? Oh yeah, it's my Thursday Ladies golf day. I'll look forward to that! No need to employ any stategy tomorrow. Heh, heh, heh!

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    You are an inspiration to me! You have afib and still have an active lifestyle. I have afib, am very overweight, and have arthritis. I'm having a hard time motivating myself to start, but I know if I don't, I'll just end up not being able to do anything. I'm going to try to start out slow and exercise (walk or exercise bike) 10 minutes per day and work up from there. It's people like you that give me the realization that it can be done. I just have to do it! Thanks!
    2045 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Keep it up!
    2065 days ago
    You are so good at describing your experiences. Glad you got out there and got the walk in and so hope you have a terrific golf round tomorrow. emoticon
    2069 days ago
    Enjoy your golf. My mom used to play a lot. Golf was something I did with my father and fter he died it wasn't the same so I haven't played in years. Aren't walks terrific? i enjoyed your description of yours.
    2069 days ago
    Funny! :) Enjoy your golf tomorrow.
    2069 days ago
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