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Forgive a Regret & Write About It

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I have my fair share of regrets but I must admit that I haven't held onto them. Life is about moving forward and not dwelling in the past. But, this is part of the BLC Weekend Challenge so I will put down one of my biggest regrets.

My biggest regret is that I stopped exercising when I got married. Before DH and I married, I weighed 130 pounds and to maintain that weight, I walked everywhere. I lived out in the country where a bus only went by our house once every 2 hours and once every 4 hours on holidays and Sunday so if you didn't feel like waiting for the bus, you walked.

The furthest I ever walked was 7.5 miles, which seemed like a lot especially given the fact that it was a hot July day. But, my best friend's boyfriend lived in Binbrook and she wanted to go to his house so my dad dropped us (her, me and her sister) off about half way there from our house and we headed off. It took us most of the day to get there as it was dusk when we arrived.

We (a different we) walked/hitchhiked 10.5 miles to Gage Park in Hamilton one summer night just for something to do. But, since there were 5 of us, rides were few and far between so there was a lot of walking. We had more luck getting rides home.

So, you see, walking was no big deal to me. But, when I got married, we ended up driving everywhere and hence no exercise.

I always tell my nieces and nephews to stay active no matter what and maybe that way, they won't gain as much weight as I did.
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  • _LINDA
    Sometimes circumstances can be a good thing -I must walk every where I go as I don't drive and buses are infrequent. But today living out in the boonies would be very inconvenient -nothing much to do except walk around the roads would get very boring very quickly (my sister's farm is 30 miles from town so her kids could only play around the farm yard -they used to be outside a lot, but now its computers and texting) Your solution of keeping your exercise interesting by trying a multitude of DVD's is the best for someone in isolation.
    I gained my weight when I lost the ability to move in a major flare up affecting almost all my joints except my hips. I lost it, but gained it slowly back again. But now I have learned to track and count calories I have no excuse for ever regaining the weight again. Even through surgeries I have kept it off and that is thanks to Sparkpeople!!
    Spark On!
    1943 days ago
    Good job! You are changing things up for yourself now.
    1944 days ago
    Now that it's out there..............no more regrets. You are doing an amazing job!!!

    1944 days ago
    Hello Gorgeous! I love that times were safe enough for you to hitchike. Think if your young family members did that these day.... no way! Too many cuckoos out there to even risk it!

    I used to be nice and pick up hitchhikers, so if I had been in another country in my past, I would have given you and your 4 friends a ride but only if I saw you walking that pattern several times a week. I only picked up people that I saw were"repetitive walkers" because I figured they had a job or something to be at and were least likely to hack me to small bits and steal my 1974 Corvette Stingray. I never picked up anyone else in any of my other cars! Funny how that works.

    But congratualtions of embracing your inner teen and getting back out there and walking again!

    Hugs and Love, Ang
    1944 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Oh so true. Great blog. I used to walk a lot, still try to but having the car and living in my new neighborhood it just isn't as convenient. Maybe come spring I'll do more.

    Hope all is going well for you at work with the training and project and the new BLC round. Sure miss you Warriors!!!
    1944 days ago
    Where we live can have such a huge impact on how we live our lives. I think one of the best investments a community can have on our health and well-being is to plan the growth of the community and position homes and businesses in such a way that fosters walking, riding bikes and getting out and MOVING our bodies! Trails, parks and just PLANNING where homes & businesses are situated can make a tremendous difference in how people choose to spend their time.

    Not that it takes us off the hook for our choices...kudos to YOU for turning your life around and choosing to follow the way of the SPARK! :-)

    1944 days ago
  • MYRTLE811
    I remember when I started walking again; I walked in a park and actually sat down every time I reached a park bench. Now I'm walking three or four miles a day and it does make a difference, not only for weight loss, but also for how you feel afterward.
    I like your thinking about the walking again and hope you are taking it one step at a time, one mile at a time. You will do it.
    1944 days ago
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