Usually when I get home from work it’s already dark. So my nightly walk is usually one fraught with the dangers of tripping over cracks in the pavement & knife wielding murderers jumping out of the bushes to attack me. Ok slight exaggeration on that last one but my mind does have a tendency to think the worst when it’s dark & I’m out walking by myself.
Anyway tonight I got home from work early, it was still light so I decided to walk a different route, one that I don’t usually go because its isolated & always really dark. And I’m so glad I did because after a day stuck in a fluorescent lit office I stumbled across this:
And it may not seem like much, I mean it’s just some trees & a water feature, but to me it was so much more than that. Because if I wasn’t putting in the effort to lose weight & get fitter , I wouldn’t have been out walking & therefore I would never have seen it.
And I guess what it comes down to is that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life missing out on the little things like this because I’m too busy sitting in front of the tv stuffing my face with junk food.
So yesterday was my rest day & I have to admit that it was kind of strange not doing any form of exercise.
I thought about doing something, even just going for a leisurely walk, but I know if I did that once I was out walking there would be nothing leisurely about it. I’d end up pushing myself to go further & faster & that would totally defeat the purpose of having a day off.
And we all need rest days. This is something I only just realised. Every other time I have tried to lose weight & get fitter I would go hell for leather & make myself workout everyday only to burn out after a few weeks.
So I have incorporated two rest days into my current routine, Thursdays & Sundays. Mainly because I need to take a breather, some time to rest & recuperate. Because I know my body, & I know that the second it starts feeling overworked its going to be all like screw this I’m giving up.
Here I was thinking that I wasn’t doing enough by just walking, that if I was to see any results I actually need to be out there jogging or running or sprinting like I’m being chased by an axe wielding psychopath with a penchant for exceptionally tall overweight women.
And I am so glad that I found this, not just because it’s a great way of highlighting the benefits of walking, but also because I no longer feel so bad about the fact that my body is not quite ready for running.
So apparently it takes 21 days to change/form/make/break a habit. Why 21 & not 52 or 8 or 213? Well your guess is as good as mine.
I googled the subject earlier, got totally bamboozled by all the conflicting information & gave up after 21 minutes, that’s right people it only took minutes not days to break out of the habit of googling how long it takes to break out of a habit, well look at me being the high achiever.
But it did get me thinking, when it comes to habits is 21 days really enough? I’m pretty sure I could not eat chocolate for 21 days & still end up wanting to eat copious amounts of it on day 22.
So I thought I would test the theory & have decided for the next 21 days i’m going to walk at least 5km each day, starting today (or tonight) of course, because when it comes to exercise & working out there is no such thing as starting tomorrow.
Benefits of walking whilst wearing that outfit? None!!
So turns out this walking around my new neighbourhood as a form of exercise isn’t that bad after all.
8 nights in a row so far & i’m actually finding myself sitting here at work right now looking forward to getting home to go for a walk, awesome huh!!
And apart from feeling slightly better fitness wise (even with this awful cold I have), i’ve come across a bunch of different cafe’s to try out on weekends, a church that has yoga classes, a studio that has pottery classes & some really cool shops I can’t wait to visit when they are open.
Oh & then there’s also the “free” flowers hehe: