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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In my Sparking, I read some articles (Spark has such GREAT articles!) in the Fitness category about walking - some were interviews with how Sparkers lost X amount of pounds just by walking; others were helpful hints about walking. usual it got me thinking about some of MY walking experiences.

Due to dealing with arthritis in the hips and knees, walking isn't my primary mode of cardio. However, when I'm on mission trips it's about the only option. Last year when I went to Pucallpa to visit Levi and his family, I was just beginning to get back on track. So when I saw that Papito had his little routine of walking back and forth in front of the "bodega" in the morning before the jungle sun grew hot, I decided to join him.

Papito was 80 years old, and he'd walk back and forth for a good 30 minutes. When I started, I was so out of shape that he put me to shame, as I had to stop after 10 or 15 minutes - granted, it was due in part to joint pains. But still! He's EIGHTY!

Papito on his "hamaca" in front of the "bodega"

But I continued to join him in the morning promenade, and we had a wonderful time talking about this and that. In due time I was not only able to do as many minutes of walking, I also put on more speed. "Like the Mormons!" he liked to joke.
And it was good that I did all that walking with him, because when I went to Lima with Levi's brother Victor to accomplish some things at the Embassy, we had to do a lot of hoofing. I popped a lot of aspirin, but I dood it!

Victor, left, and Levi

When I returned to Lima, I took advantage of anyone going to the market to get some walking. This was usually Sabina, to get fresh bread and whatever else for the day's meals.

Sabina and me

Once some of "my boys" were going to get supplies for refreshments after a service. I asked about going with them - but I didn't want to slow them down. However, they urged me to come along, they'd be happy to have me, they'd slow down if necessary, come, come, come! So I joined them and they peppered me with questions about the United States and how one says various things in English. I think I was with Ronal, Jose, Jhibson, and Tito - the same four who came to get me at the airport. (Both Tito and Ronal are doing very well in English, and Jose likes to know about the US.)

Lto R, Ronal, Jose, Jhibson, Tito playing on the luggage cart outside Jorge Chavez airport in Lima

I do get a little walk to and from school, not very far, but it's something. I think I'd enjoy it more if I had company. Last year my schedule was perfect to walk my grandkids to school and drop them off before going back to mine. And THEY can talk up a storm!

My grands Lakeiah and Kegan, Easter 2010

I'm hoping as I get the weight off and pop glucosamine (and mefloxicam as needed) I'll be able to increase my walking over summer vacation. Maybe I'll take one of the dogs with me.
I understand Cash is better on a leash. Jazz tends to pull.

Big Baby, Cash, with Abi AKA Glitterfairy77

Jazz is also an attention whore, here also with Abi

But I think the best walk to look forward to will be the one down the aisle with Levi - whenever THAT may be! emoticon

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    Walking is my very favorite form of exercise. I enjoyed this blog very much. Your love for Christ is an encouragement to me.
    1829 days ago
    our daily walk....walking the talk.....walking by faith not by sight........gotta do it every day. and yes- the more we move the easier those muscles (heart and lungs included ) respond... unfortunately the joints of these earthly bodies aren't always so resilient. I find when I walk, I meditate. It is calming for me. When I ache, I have a gel with diclofenac,and menthol that works well. sometimes I need something stronger like a 222- Rev 22:2 that is..Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for healing and the restoration of the nations
    whether we walk or run- this week that verse has been on my mind a lot- Lord heal us and may the day of Sheli's walk down the aisle be soon!

    1830 days ago
    BTW: Remember, Jesus walked where He went.
    Glad you stick with it despite the arthritis.
    1830 days ago
    Happy Wednesday Shel!

    Beautiful Pictures and Beautiful Family! emoticon

    I'm sure you will walk down the aisle at the Appointed time! emoticon Were you in Peru? My Pastor went there to preach for a week last August. Pastor George Pearsons. We are part of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, although he went with an older Brother in Christ. Thanks for sharing part of your life and THANK YOU for adding me as a friend!!! YES we are Sisters already!!!
    Many Blessings!
    1830 days ago
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