Monday, July 16, 2012

Why I Walk



When I left my job about one year ago, the first thing I started to do was walk at least five times a week. I was determined to get healthier and reduce my stress. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 and something needed to change in my life. (that subject is a blog for another day :) Exercise is key to maintaining good blood sugar levels, along with diet. So, I began walking almost daily with this cutie.

Walking is such a great stress reducer. You are in the fresh air and the sunshine. You can see the change in the seasons and notice the little things like flowers and the birds. I walk in all four seasons. I love the changing colors of the leaves in the fall and the cold on my face and the crunch of the snow under my feet in the winter. I love the new growth in the woods in the spring and the beautiful flowers in my neighborhood in the summer. Luckily I am able to change my route daily because my neighborhood consists of miles of paths through the woods.

As time went on the stress melted away and I started to feel more fit. I was able to lose that last 5 pounds that is always so stubborn. Walking became the highlight of my day - I looked forward to it and missed it when I couldn't for some reason. It became time to spend on me. Just what I needed to get to that simple life I am looking for :)

16 comments:

  1. It's amazing how much a little walking can do for you.

    I love taking some "me time" and taking a walk - sometimes you need that time just to catch a breath!

    Glad your walks are helping with stress/weight/etc!

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    1. It does help you catch a breath! Enjoy your walks too :)

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  2. Hi Vicki!
    Saw you stopped by Simply Sweet Sunday to follow - hope you were able to look around : )
    Hope you visit again and leave a comment to let me know how you are doing! Keep up the good work with those walks :)
    I'm your newest follower!
    Katherine
    http://simplysweetsunday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! I will read and comment :)

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  3. I love this post. I love to walk too.Thanks for linking up to my party.=)

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    1. Thanks for reading ! Hope you will follow me :)

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  4. one of my favorite things is taking afternoon walks!

    come say a quick hi at nichollvincent.blogspot.com :)

    have a wonderful day!

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    1. Enjoy your walks! I followed your blog :-)

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  5. That really is a cute walking partner! Thanks for joining Flock Together yesterday. I am now your happy GFC follower!

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  6. Thanks for reading! She is my incentive to get out, even if the weather is bad :-)

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  7. I keep trying to talk myself into getting out there and walking. I really NEED to, but with knees that semi-regularly snap out of place, a back mangled in a car accident a bazillion years ago, and one foot that always likes to swell up for no particular reason, I keep putting it off out of a fear of getting myself "stuck" somewhere. If often joke about snagging a shopping cart from somewhere so I can lean on it and walk when my back won't let me stand up straight - and use it in place of a walker if I pop a knee out of place... or have someone roll me home if I walk to far to make it back LOL. If I could just do it long enough for it to catch on as a habit! Just pop on the iPod and go!! I live in a beautiful area with walking trails all over the place, so there really isn't much excuse![#TALU]

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  8. Great post, Vicki, and thanks for the inspiration.

    Thanks, also, for linking up with the TALU!

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  9. Ok, you got me. Leashing the dog up right now! Thanks for the reminder. (Visiting from TALU)

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  10. I need a dog! Yours is a cutie. And I love that path. We don't have any sidewalks and there isn't much variation so I get bored with walking outside. With the pollen now I have to go to the gym anyway. ~TALU

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  11. Cute dog! Your walking path looks lovely!

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  12. I love going for long walks, too! Your dog is adorable!!

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