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First of all I want to say Thank You for all your comments and thoughts (on the blog and in emails) about my last post.  There are times when I think out loud and forget others can hear and am surprised when I receive so much support from you.  I really appreciated them – Thank you.

Walking is back on the agenda again – well it never really left just didn’t get done all that frequently over the hot months – and knowing I always feel so much better after some time in the outdoors I ‘diarised’ (does anyone actually use that word??) / wrote ‘walk” with a big question mark on todays date on the calendar, thinking if I plant the seed maybe the deed will get done lol.

Also knowing I could change my mind at the drop of hat I had to move on out of the house as soon as the thought of ‘maybe having a coffee before the walk’ came into my mind.   It’s not that I don’t wan’t to walk it’s just that ……..well sometimes I get sidetracked and it never happens.

I remember years ago I picked up a book at the local library called ‘Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking’ and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I know it was very easy to read and talked about all sorts of things to do with walking, health and exercise.

Each ‘chapter’ was in several parts, not too long and easy to digest ranging from healthy reasons for walking, walking for weight loss, walking in different weather conditions.  I recall it mentioing strength training for walkers and an 8 week plan for achieving that first 5km walk/fun run. There was also a fun chapter on ‘Pole Walking’ – sometimes called Nordic Walking.

What reminded me of this book was finding this little piece in amongst some ‘saved word docs’.  I had copied it at the time I read the book (noting the name of the book for future reference) and when I saw it again this afternoon I laughed as it certainly describes me and my attitudes (good and bad) to a tee.  Maybe I’ll check it out of the library again for a refresher course lol

A WALKERS ATTITUDE

I woke up early today, excited about the day ahead. My health and well being are important and it is my job to decide to take care of myself. Its up to me to find the time, the place and the reasons to go for a walk.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy, or ……
I can be thankful that my skin will be blessed with moisture.

Today I can feel sad that I have so many other things to do, or……….
I can be happy that I’ll have so much more energy to do them when I’m done walking

Today I can grumble over the temperature, or…
I can be thrilled that I’ve got the right clothes to deal with it.

Today I can whine because I have to find the time to walk, or….
I can shout for joy that my body is able to keep pace with my spirit

Today I can mourn my lack of walking partners, or…
I can revel in my quiet time alone.

What my health and fitness will be like is, in great measure, up to me. I get to choose my level of well being. I get to lay the plans for a daily walk.

Have a great walk today…unless you have other plans.

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