Monday, February 11, 2008

Taking Action - Yay Me!

I'd rather wear out than rust out.
~ George Whitefield

I did it! I walked for 30 minutes today!

Now this may not seem much to brag about to some of you, but for me, it's HUGE. I've been a major couch potato for many, many months now, and could almost feel things rusting inside me. I know I may even be sore tomorrow: it's been that long.

I think our bodies are like automobiles in so many ways. We need quality fuel (AKA healthy food) to keep us going... routine maintenance so individual parts will stay in top running order. We also require regular use, to keep everything free from corrosion.

The simple exercise of walking is so good for the machine we call our body. It keeps our joints lubricated, our bones strong, our muscles limber. The heart starts pumping like a finely tuned engine. Walking also lifts our spirits and helps keep depression in check. And the best news is that it doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment. I know all this, yet here I've been sitting for over a year.

Fighting against the inertia that's been my best friend lately is an incredible challenge. But I keep remembering how good it used to feel to walk every day; to tackle and conquer the huge hill behind my house; to go out in the sun and the rain, enjoying the feel of the weather on my very strong (and dare I say it - sexy?) legs.

I want that all again.

So I'm writing today to remember how good I feel at this moment and how proud I am of myself. I'm also very grateful to Rosemary for going with me this morning.

Hip, hip hurrah -- I'm on my way!


Until next time...

11 comments:

Grumpy Chair said...

Yay to you for walking 30 minutes!

Isn't it weird how soon we forget how great exercise makes us feel afterwards? Both on emotional and physical levels.

Smart to write down how great it made you feel. The next time you don't want to, you can refer back to your post.

Scale Junkie said...

YAY!! I think 30 minutes is fantastic!!!! I'm so proud of you! I feel so much better since I started walking daily, it really does make all the difference.

Great advice from Grumpy Chair about looking back at this post if you ever feel like skipping your walk

LawRAW's Blawg said...

Pattie, I am so proud of you. Your walking efforts epitomize the concept of 'baby steps'. I am on an elevated health regime and I think of doing it one small step at a time. I know you are smiling today - do it again tomorrow!!

Hanlie said...

Yay you! I'm so proud of you! Keep it up!

Bev said...

Way to go on your walk!! ; )

Lora said...

Good for you! Walking is such an easy, inexpensive and (dare I say it) relaxing form of exercise. I find it destressing - just being alone with my thoughts with no interuptions. I can't wait for the warm weather to return so I can get at it again.

Lynn said...

Good job! walking is good exercise and can be a lot of fun with a good walking partner. My DH and I walk about 2 miles every other day now...

And honestly, I haven't felt better in a long time (well, not today. Today I have some stomach virus, yuck! but in general, walking has helped me feel better, and stronger, than I thought I could be.) Keep it up!

Cammy said...

Ya gotta start somewhere, and thsi looks like a great one! Yaaay for you!

HappyBlogChick said...

Woo hoo, 30 minutes of walking is great!

Way to fight the inertia. That inertia is a bear, but you're winning the fight now. Keep up the good work.

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

Way to go! You really do have a great attitude, it's obviously working. Keep up the good work.

Carol said...

Starting a walking regiment is a great idea and so good for you too. I also started one and I'm doing great. You'll notice some good changes in your body - be sure to jot them all down for all to see.

Good luck to you and keep it up.