Thursday, May 20, 2010
All Things Are Possible!
Well, this morning was my second day of going for walks for fitness! I am usually NOT a morning person at all, I had been using my exercise bike for years now, usually in the evening for a half hour work out. But evil sciatica hit me a few weeks ago and it seems that the incumbent bike irritates that area. And I am pretty much terrified of getting it again, so I thought I should lay off the bike for a while!
But...I need very badly to exercise, I need to lose weight and get my cholesterol down, and...I am not getting any younger, so miraculously, and I don't use that term lightly, yesterday I awoke, showered, got dressed and headed out into the historical district which starts a block away. The walk was very refreshing, it was still cool, the birds were chirping and flitting around the trees and shrubs, it was shady, and such pretty houses to look at. There are little hilly parts too which make me work harder and I also need that challenge.
A neighbor even offered to walk with me sometimes, telling me that she lost 40 pounds during a summer of early morning walking and that inspired me some more. I don't mind walking alone at all though, it is a good time to pray, meditate, sing songs in my head and think about the day.
And, early last evening my daughter and Rachel wanted to walk/jog and I went with them for about another half hour, but they are young, so alas, I walked back before they were through. But, I was happy to have put in an hour of vigorous walking all together and it made me want to do it again this morning!
Now, for all my fellow "seasoned" ladies out there who know what hot flashes are, you also know that this seems like a rather dumb time of the year to start this routine. I am hoping that early enough in the morning will be tolerable for me, but I can always do some exercise videos at home. ( I have a bunch of them) But, I definitely felt like it was a better workout to walk out in the real world, so... I would appreciate any prayers for me to continue along these lines! Thanks guys!