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While Walking

Okay, just one foot in front of the other, no problem, I’ve got this. There’s a pain in my ankle…nothing serious, keep going…This hill wasn’t this steep the other day…was it? Why is my breathing so loud? Gee, my knee hurts a bit. Maybe just a short walk today and then I can go and do something else. There’s some washing that needs to be done and I could do with a coffee….I’ll just walk up to the next street and then I’ll turn around.

Hmm…I could just walk a few more streets up, I’m past that hill. Yes, just a few more…oh wait, I have the ipod! Great, some music! Let’s see….yep, there it is. Workout music. Perfect. Swinging my arms, feeling good, this is easy.

Far out this hill is tough! What was I thinking?! Just keep moving, just keep moving, you can do it, just get to the top…..ahhhh…made it! Music pounding, cars travelling by, sweat on my forehead, feeling the burn in my legs and the newly familiar strength in my abdomen. It’s okay, almost time to turn around….won’t be long….here it is!

I could just keep going….after all, I’ve come this far, and I feel pretty warmed up now…..walking, walking, past the turn-around point and onward. Head up, listening to the beat, speeding my steps to match it. Legs moving elastically, arms pumping.

Moving, moving…another hill…slower but still moving up. Keep going, keep going….

Almost home, just another km or so to go now….I love this music! Singing along, arms moving in unsubtle drumming rhythms, joining in as I walk. Arms up, dance-walking now, bouncing along on the homeward stretch. I could do this all day!! Another hill? No problem!! I love walking! Maybe I could just go around the block before I go home? Looking at the clock. No, better not but wow, this feels amazing!!!

Checking my phone to see how far I went today. 6km…air punching!

Letting myself into the house…..stretching, drinking water, showering, getting dressed, relaxing.

 

Zoodles and The 9km Walk

Such a beautiful day today. Another one.

I had a meeting this morning at 8.30am but from 10am I was free to walk, so after collecting water and an ipod from home, I went down to the Marina and started the waterfront walk.

Some days were just made for gratitude and this was one of them. A proliferation of birds of all kinds called to each other, in languages I don’t speak. I smiled at a hundred people along the way, dressed in so many different ways, with so many different destinations and conversations.

The undulating blue-silver of the sea threw up wavelets along the breakwall and for a moment I saw two dolphins, swimming lazily together, lifting themselves out of the water in a sudden fluid leap and it made my heart lift with them so that I stood for a moment, looking around for someone to share it with. An old man and his wife had seen it too and we smiled hugely at each other, then walked by.

Trying to get a photo of the dolphins as they rose from the water. Not quite quick enough :-)

Trying to get a photo of the dolphins as they rose from the water. Not quite quick enough 🙂

I meant to do the same 6km walk I’d done with my family on the weekend but as I approached that halfway mark, I suddenly wanted to do more. Knew I could do more.

In retrospect, perhaps I should have changed out of my long black pants and long-sleeved top, worn for the morning’s meeting. It was hot out there today. I was carrying two bottles of water though and there are water bubblers along the way, so all was well.

My legs felt elastic, moving, moving, moving, along the undulating paths. Weaving in and out of trees, never losing sight of the sea. It was joyous and I laughed.

When I described it to Andy later, he remarked that I might have looked a bit crazed but I prefer to think that anyone seeing me would have recognised the pure light of joy in my eyes. 🙂

It’s weigh-in day tomorrow but whatever the results, this week I have triumphed. I’ve pushed myself to walk further than before and I’ve eaten beautiful, fresh, wholesome foods. My body feels as though it belongs to me again, perhaps for the first time since I had children.

It’s hard to explain, because I’m really just at the beginning of this journey still but there’s been a fundamental shift this week. Something has changed. There’s no doubt that there’ll be more times of self-doubt or hormonal despond but for right now, I know that success is inevitable. I heard that phrase on one of the 12WBT videos and it hit me squarely. I’ll use it often.

So I walked and by the time I returned to my car, I’d done 9km. Both hands shot into the air in a silent air-punch of achievement. I stretched, got back into the car and drove home for lunch

Left over crunchy salad with tuna and a dollop of cottage cheese, followed by a cup of fruit salad. Then tonight’s dinner was oodles of zoodles, cooked with bacon and mushrooms, onion, garlic, chilli, zucchini, egg and a tablespoon of greek yoghurt. Just. So. Good!

I was a bit worried about rest days, that maybe it’d be harder, or that I’d feel less motivated, that my foray into the land of cake and no exercise might have sapped my will.                                                                                                 (I can get more dramatic than that if you give me a minute..)

I think making the decision last night, to be excited to move again today was a good one. This morning I had to take the car in for a service. I dropped it off, made sure they had my phone number and started to walk. I love how versatile walking is, as an exercise. It requires no special equipment, apart from my shoes and it doesn’t need a track, or a gym, or anything really. It’s just one foot in front of the other, again and again and again, and the distance just rolls out behind me.

Later, I watched a Michelle Bridges 12WBT video, the latest in the course, where she talks about motivation being far less important than consistency. That sometimes ‘Just fricking do it’ (her words, I’m not as polite) is the key. I’ve found myself really responding to this stuff. I like the idea of having all the emotion and worry taken out of exercise and diet. Just keep moving works well for me.

By the time they called me to say that the car was ready, I was almost back at the garage, with 6km behind me and a definite sense of achievement.

Just keep moving, just keep moving... :-)

Just keep moving, just keep moving… 🙂

I know that walking isn’t the only exercise there is, and that eventually, as I lose weight and feel fitter, I’ll want to try other things again too but for now, it’s pretty much perfect. I finish with a sore, weary body and a renewed enthusiasm to eat healthily and have regular sleep.

Still, I’m looking forward to the time that all the school swimming carnivals are done, so I can use the pool again….

 

Almost raining, grey day, waves reaching the shore and almost wetting our feet (again). The sand shifting under my feet so that I puff and pant, trying to keep talking. The way back is easier this time and our laughter comes in short bursts, whipped away to sea almost as soon as it leaves our mouths.

Home then, buying grapes on the way and picking, washing, bagging.

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Then, exercise done, lunch and a visit with my awesome friend….Yay 🙂

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