Yesterday, Mr Self Care and I got out of bed early to take a 6 mile walk in the park. I got my exercise clothes on, washed my face and quickly jumped on the scale.
Much to may dismay...the scale did not budge. I expected that after walking 42 miles over the last week, I would see a loss of at least 2lbs. This seemed like a conservative estimate too. I took a moment and composed myself, but for the first lap of our walk I was troubled: What do I have to do to lose 2lbs? (For crying out loud??????)
My answer came- like most answers do- while walking it out.
This walking program I started two weeks ago has been so good for me in so many ways. I took a moment to think about the benefits I was already enjoying...
- I am proud to say that I have walked approximately 90 miles in two weeks. This is -based on my previous sendentary lifestyle- a whopping 500% increase in activity for me.
- Mr Self Care and I are spending quality time together for at least 2 hours every evening. Talking, holding hands, and just plain enjoying each other's company.
- My body aches all over, but it is a "good pain" - the kind that comes when you know you have had a good work out!
- I am in the park, breathing fresh air, enjoying sunshine (when it shows itself) and nature.
- I have been spending extra time sorting out thoughts and feelings and coming up with some very good solutions and ideas in the process.
- We have become a bit more aware of our community. Early weekend mornings, there are several fishing guide companies that launch from the boat launch behind our home (didn't know that!). Also, I am so to touched by the family time spent in the park.
Perhaps the most important shift, however, is the one I am making in my way of thinking: Do not get so focused on a particular destination that you overlook the other benefits your journey is providing.
Take Good Care!