"shadows of a walk"
Walking has to be the cheapest, safest, easiest form of physical exercise out there. It is a great way to start a fitness program without actually paying gym fees or going to a gym, can be done with family, friends, kids on bikes or strollers, etc. Did I mention it was free? It is, unless you feel the urge to purchase cute walking outfits and cool walking shoes; which is not such a bad idea. Still cheaper then gym fees.
Since I moved I have taken up walking with my toddler in the stroller and my young peanut on her bike. My walks become runs every now and again when the peanut decides to go far ahead of me and I have to catch up. Try doing that uphill with a 30 lb kid in the stroller! Ouch on the bum and legs is what you'll be saying.
I have to admit though, that this walking thing is really giving me some great quality time with the kids and often with myself. I love to listen to music and when I'm at home I can't always turn up the radio and forget the world because inevitably, the moment I do, someone wants to have a conversation with me and if I say not now then I'm being mean. I know, I'm a terrible mom for desiring to sing out loud! Ugh!!
Anyway, because I love my music and don't mind the walks I find myself looking forward to walking everyday and when I don't or can't I look longingly at the street in front of my house and wish I was there and not here sitting on my ever expanding behind, reading or writing or waiting for the nap to be over. OK my behind is not expanding because I was fortunate enough to get my mother's genes which dictate that I gain weight from the waist up - oh yeah that's always fun. I do have some control over that now that I've started my push up challenge and will soon add the sit up challenge to the mix. That's right, got to nip it in the butt or is it bud? Hmmm - American idioms get me every time. I should just stay away from them.
So, I have the whole food thing under control, again - yay for me!! Until I start spinning (hopefully soon) I am walking and doing push ups with the kids. The changes I'm making are having a positive impact on my body and mind. Physically I feel more energized, mentally I feel rested. And with my last semester just getting started, I need all the physical and mental energy I can get!
Small steps for big changes... this is how we do it!!