Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Walking is highly underrated

I went for a walk last night. A real honest-to-goodness walk, outside, in the fresh air. I haven't done that for weeks. Usually if I walk it's during lunch at work with a coworker. I don't consider it real exercise, more of a mental break to get away from the office for an hour.

Last night it was 67 degrees, and clear skies. I'd skip the gym yesterday morning for the first time in several days. I couldn't remember my last day off without looking at my exercise log - it was last Wednesday. I'd convinced myself I needed a break from the gym so I asked my husband to walk with me on the trail where I bike at least a couple times a week.

It was strange to walk on this trail. I saw so many things that normally I never even notice. There were all kinds of flowers and especially flowering trees along the trail that I'd never seen before. There were several lilac bushes and some sort of tall bush that had big blooms of white fluffy flowers. I rode my bike on this trail last weekend and it was like a different trail last night. I'm always so focused on keeping up my heart rate, pushing myself as hard as can, that I've been missing a lot of cool things.

We also saw a lot of these little guys, the Washington state bird, yellow goldfinches. I forgot my camera so I didn't get any pictures.

We decided as long as the weather holds out we're going to start walking at least a couple times a week. I forgot how fun it is to just enjoy yourself and not be so focused on keep my heart rate up, burn lots of calories, feel the pain. It was nice to just enjoy the outdoors and talk.

Tomorrow I leave for Fairbanks to visit family. Woohoo! I probably won't be posting much while I'm gone. I'll be in Fairbanks for a week and then back home for a week.

I also purchased the Geneen's Roth new book, the one I slammed a couple days ago. There's probably something in there to help me, plus I need something to read on the plane. I'm going to try and keep a good attitude about it, even though what I heard from the interview with Oprah sounded kind of silly to me. I can certainly use all the help I can get when it comes to my issues with food so it's worth a try.

Have a great week!


Roxie said...

I find a walk through nature to be a contemplative, almost meditative experience. It touches an internal spiritual chord that goes a long way in calming my internal savage beast. It's not just about the calorie burn; walking out-of-doors is wonderful on a variety of fronts.

Have a wonderful Alaska vacation. Enjoy your time with your sister. Alaska, now I bet there are some great/gorgeous/beautiful walks to be had up there!

Debbie said...

I love walking and I miss it very much. Walking in Mississippi is hard in the summer time when it gets into the three digit temps. I look forward to starting back in September though. Enjoy your vacation and let me know how the book is.

Carrieheff said...

You are so lucky to have such great weather to walk in at night. Usually it's still in the high 80's here and too hot to walk.

I watched the whole show last night and the first half is much better than the last half. I'm going to start the book too. If you really get into it, Oprah has a chapter by chapter study guide type thing that is a 15 week program that goes with the book. I won't do that until I'm a few chapters in and finding out if I'm really getting anything out of it.

Have a great trip!

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

Have a wonderful vacation! I look forward to hearing what you think about the book.

M Pax said...

Have a fun trip! I rediscovered the joy of just walking while on my trip. Easy exercise to get in no matter where you go. Feet are easy to pack. :D

Anonymous said...

Have a good trip! I love your before and after photos: they are a real encouragement to me! Blessings!

Grace said...

Walking is my exercise of choice. We have a lot of trail parks around the Redmond/Bellevue/Kirkland area. They are very wooded and shady, so you can walk there even when it's really hot. I did a 2.5 mile walk yesterday that felt really good.

I am reading Geneen Roth's book right now...I've read all her books and I don't think it is her best, but you're right there's always something to be learned. I have even signed up for her seminar that will be here on October 8 & 9. I don't know if they have any spots still open, but I'd love to meet you if you could go too. :)

Hope you are having a great time in Alaska. It must be light almost 24 hours a day now!

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CertifiablyFit said...

I love taking walks in the evening after dinner. I find it a great way to unwind from the day. Sure I get my sweat on riding my bike most days but the walk is less about burning calories and more about enjoying the simple things in life.

Found your blog from one of my newest followers. Glad I wondered over here. If you get a chance swing by my blog and say hello.

Looking forward to seeing what you think of the book.

bbubblyb said...

I love walking it really does refresh me. HOpe you had a wonderful vacation with family.