I began my 31 Day Writing Challenge when I was visiting family in Carson City, NV. During the month I walked, wrote, had friends visit me, I visited friends and enjoyed the glorious light and colors. Now at the end of the month, the colors are fading, the light is dimming and there’s a melancholy feeling in my bones. I’m not quite ready to say good-bye to October, regardless of what the calendar says. I’m not ready for the time-change tonight. I’m not ready and still, those things will happen whether I am ready or not.
Today’s walk was around a lake and through the trees. The sky was clear, blue and wide open. By the end of my walk, I had my jacket off and my t-shirt was the perfect thing for me.
Walking is really what helps to keep my spirits up when the lights go down. Movement, fresh air, scenic views or just different sights help the walk fly by.
Walking for me is like brushing my teeth or making my bed. Schedule it, do it, get it done and my day is complete.
Good night to one and all. I’ll chat with you tomorrow!
I got lucky! I learned about this 31 Day Challenge after agreeing to partner up with my sister-friend so we could hold each other accountable for taking good care of our bodies. My goal during the month of October 2015 is to walk 4 miles daily or move (ride my bike, dance, leap tall buildings, run stairs, hulu hoop, jump rope) at least an hour every day. The hour has to be intense movement – no strolling or lollygagging. Nope.
Intense. Fierce. Rewarding. Energizing. Powerful.
I’ll write about my daily endeavors so you can join in with your own activities.
Day 1 is going to be a delightful walk in the capital of Nevada, Carson City. The city is surrounded by mountains on 3 sides. It’s pretty dry here and today there’s a dark sky with the hope and promise of rain. In fact, with my little eye, I spy raindrops. Perfect for high energy 4 mile walk to begin this wonderful challenge!
If you go to this page, you can find links to hundreds of categories written by bloggers who are writing about ONE thing. Knitting, laughter, kayaking, cooking, reading, children … and on and on. It’s gonna be fun, hold on to your hat – lace up your shoes and stay
Another way to stay sane is to move. Exercise. Dance. Crawl. Jump. Run. Walk.
Finding something you love to do as a form of exercise will insure it happens more than once. Walkers find time each day to get out for their walks – and they think of it as fun, not work. That goes for anything you get excited about – cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, swimming, dancing, figure skating, running and on and on.
One friend started swimming last year. Not only is she stronger than ever, she is part of a group of swimmers who connect 2-3 times each week. The social piece of it is just as important as the endorphins that are giving her the exercise ‘high.’
People who regularly work out do so because they plan ahead. They know what time they have to get up in order to work out before the day begins, or they pack a lunch and get out of the office and into the fresh air.
Another friend rides her bike to work and is amazed at how wonderful she’s been feeling. It takes a huge effort to get up and out an hour earlier but she is so grateful for it. She is happy, feels fit and has time to herself on the trip. She is already coming up with alternative exercise as the days get shorter and colder.
Movement – in any way that feels fun to you is not only great for your body, it’s great for your head. It give you time away from the things that take you down. It gets the blood flowing and the brain cells popping (that’s a medical term) and the end result is how much better you feel after one session.
I joined an aerobics class at the YMCA when my son was just a toddler. That class not only became the highlight of my week, it also was a place to have conversations with other adults that included more than one word at a time (Hot, NO, airplane, milk…) the typical conversation for babies. The class, teacher and participants were my mainstay for years as we learned each other’s stories and became friends.
Exercise can be a walk around the block. It can be dancing in the living room. It can be taking the stairs to the top floor (just for the heck of it) and other little activities. Once you turn it into a game it really can be fun – a true way to stay sane!
As I ponder my good health, I am in awe of people who take their fitness to the next level. And I’m in awe of those who restrict calorie intake so their bodies can be in the right fat zone.
Working out is the easy part for me. I like to move my body. Restricting food is not easy for me. I know that if it’s there, in front of me, it was meant for my consumption.
And I also know that when I work with someone (a workout buddy) I am more tuned in and focused. I suppose the buddy system goes for everything – like Postaday2011. We said we’d do it and we show up and write.
I’m looking for a virtual buddy or two who wants to stay healthy, focused and challenged over the next 3 months (yes, to get us through the holidays). We’ll set our own goals then help each other attain them. And we’ll continue to blog, work, play and all the other fun things in our world.