So, this weekend I did some serious ass-kicking! I’ve found a place to walk that’s not too far from my house, quiet and safe. Now, this might sound creepy – but it’s a graveyard. My Papa, Nana and my uncle are all buried there, so it’s someplace I’ve certainly been before. I’ve never walked there- until recently. It’s so peaceful! (Um, no pun intended!). The rows are wide enough for a car to pass you without pushing you onto the grass (I think it’s sacrilegious to walk on graves!) and it’s nice and quiet. I racked up 6 miles of walking total this long weekend – a feat I am very proud of! 🙂
As a constant multi-tasker I brought my headphones and iPod – armed with 3 new playlists just in case I got bored. The funny thing was- I didn’t even notice what I was listening to! I was so engrossed with admiring the gravestones or the sunshine or the tips of the trees about to turn orange for the fall….I didn’t even realize I had tuned out the music! These walks are also one of the only times during the day where I’m not talking. I am a serious chatterbox – sometimes exhausting the people around me. 🙂 But, in the graveyard I find myself calm and chill. I don’t have a crazy inner monologue running. I’m not playing out my weekly to-do list or thinking about fun events coming up. I just walk.
A friend of mine who is a long-distance runner said while he runs he clears his head – and expends all his pent up energy into the workout. It totally makes sense to me now!
The weather in New England is fickle – but I hope to have another 2-3 months of these lovely outside walks before I have to find a treadmill. The fresh air, and calmness are good for my butt – and my mind! Alternatives to the treadmill would be mall-walking…but I’m not sure I want to get up so early to get my exercise in. Walking in the snow/ice is definitely a non-option – I get sick way to easily, and I’m prone to spraining my ankles at least once a winter on ice, LOL.
One more observation I made about walking daily – I’m less likely to eat anything bad for me once I’ve exercised (or knowing I have to!). Why waste calories on something I don’t want – and don’t need when I know how many laps of the grave I’ll have to do just to compensate for it?! It’s a win-win situation. I also enjoy seeing how many steps I can rack up on my pedometer. I’m more likely to keep going if I only have .75 of a mile, and I set out to go a mile, etc. So, that $25 gadget was a great invention!
On the minus side, I had 2 migraines over the weekend, and one last week. I’m annoyed that I keep getting them – and they can’t be narrowed down to a root cause like I can usually do with hives. I’m blaming the change in season – air pressure etc. Hopefully once fall kicks in I’ll be migraine-free!
This week I am giving myself another fitness challenge besides walking….weeding through my DVDs. I have close to 50 exercise tapes, it’s insane. I’m going to watch them – try them (if I’ve never tried them) and put them into categories: Now, Future, Never. The “Never” DVDs will be given away – to readers on here if anyone is interested! I’d much rather see them go to a loving home where they won’t collect dust! 🙂