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Discipline? And a long walk.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Today I went for a long walk with my two friends who are very strong walkers. We covered a bit over six kilometers in just under ninety minutes, and a lot of the ground was quite stony. Short walks at 4 kph don’t feel very demanding, but that was tough! I’ve just taken a nap and I feel achy all over.

Our destination was a park where we met up with a young family. We spent a couple of hours strolling round the park and visiting old houses which have been moved there to make a kind of museum. It was fascinating to see old housing I’ve only seen TV.

A traditional Japanese stove.

An old country house in the park.

The older of the two friends is some years older than me and ten times as fit! She’s very disciplined about eating and very lean. She’s French, like my mother, and sticks to eating rules I was expected to follow as a child, like no snacking at all between meals. Even if you’re hungry, you wait until the next meal or “it will spoil your appetite.” My brother still says that and sticks to it.

I reveled in my freedom from the rules in adulthood and decided it was very nice to do whatever I liked, for example eating dessert before the main dish! Today I was about to nibble some nuts because I was hungry at midday. I offered her some and she said it wasn’t a good idea before mealtime. The other friend jokes that she wants to die healthy and I certainly admire both their mobility.

I have been wondering whether I’m having extra trouble getting my fitness back not only because of age but because I weigh four pounds more than my best weight from four years ago. At that time when I lost the last two pounds, I felt a sudden spurt of energy and lightness. Would I get that again if I tightened up my eating habits and dropped a few pounds?
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    Luv the pics!
    298 days ago
    My mother was a great inspiration to how to eat healthy. Now if I could just remember her rules.
    299 days ago
    I like your pictures -- sounds like a most interesting (and vigorous) walk!!

    Just a few pounds can make quite a difference for me in energy level. But: I have to decide that it's sustainable . . . in terms of both nutrition and exercise!!
    302 days ago
    That does sound like a tough walk--stony is hard!

    I didn't know your mother is French! I had always wondered about your user name. Is that perhaps your middle name? It's beautiful, and I love the meaning.

    Your friend's joke about "dying healthy" made me smile. That's a great way to put it.

    I hope you can resolve the lower-energy problem. I'm a mess myself so can't offer any suggestions, but I do admire your mother and brother's discipline. My image of the French is that they are very sane about food, so different from a lot of us in America, who grew up quite confused and let things get too complicated.
    302 days ago
    I think it would be worth a try.
    Go for it (you can always gain it back if you don't like it)
    303 days ago
    You might. Not necessarily because of the weight but because of the food choices you'd have to make to reach that weight. I know that when I am at the bottom range of my weight it's because I'm Not having those few nuts before the meal - and other little almost, but not quite, harmless indulgences.

    Trouble is - if you do it every day - is it an indulgence or a habit?

    You chose. I like the sound of being energetic.
    303 days ago
    Walking will help you drop those 4 lbs! I've never been much of a snacker! I have a very lean friend who only snacks! She never eats a real meal - just snacks all day!
    304 days ago
    I think the feeling after the 4 lb. was more a feeling of success than the actual weight loss, but if it works, enjoy it.

    As for the discipline, it's probably better if we don't eat between meals, but it's hard to accomplish.

    304 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/21/2019 5:25:01 PM
    You’ll have to blog to let us know how you feel after the four pounds drops off!
    304 days ago
    One way to find out. Drop the pounds and see how you feel.

    Your Mom's rules were like my Mom's rules. No snacks or eating after dinner and 2-3 meals a day supports me best.
    304 days ago
    only one way to find out!! emoticon
    304 days ago
    Thanks for sharing photos of traditional Japanese house. When I was in the school they took us to similar Japanese historical house on our field trip. It is very intriguing to see the le stuff and how they live back then.
    Regarding our body’s wanting gaining weight when we lose weight, I really want to find out solution for it.
    I too have same issue gaining back weight and not sure that is really something to do with mentally or physical issues!? I ponder always.

    304 days ago
    Whether or not it does boost energy (which I imagine it would!), it's good for the health overall. glad you had a nice outing w/friends. How interesting to see the old homes!

    304 days ago
    There's only one way to find out! Try it and see how you feel!
    304 days ago
    It will. Give you what you need
    304 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I am not sure that 4 lbs would give you that extra burst but it could, just because you might think it will.
    Keep up the great work of walking. Being healthy is the goal. Best of luck to you!
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