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Have I Been Sick?

Walking with Nordic Sticks in the winter time just seems to make more sense, and I feel now more comfortable when I walk in my park. 

The park has always been there, I just never had a use for it. As a matter of fact, it takes me less than two minutes to reach the entry of the park by foot. It is just one street over from where we live, it is nestled in between the backyards of houses that face each other. The neighbors across the street from us can enter the park through their backyard gate. How much more convenient can it get?

The walkway around is exactly 2.2 miles from start to finish -the perfect distance for me. Every morning, when the weather is on my side, I stop there on my way to work. I park the car, grab the Nordic walking sticks and off I go. 

Right when the sun comes up, I am on my way to get part of my daily exercise routine in. I love this time of the day. It's just me and my thoughts, and I have to admit, I like getting a peek into other peoples homes as well. It's a bonus I enjoy!

By now I know who is an early bird, and I have gotten to know many of them. Dogs are guarding their yards -some still bark at me. Most of them have given up, they know me by now. "That's the weird lady with her funny sticks who bothers us every morning," they seem to think, and while I can't prove it, I assume dogs can shake their heads as well.

Right at the curve, when I change direction on my way back, there is the house, where my new friend lives. I met him this summer when I started walking with my hiking sticks.

One day I could hear him walk behind me, and a short time later, he walked beside me, like it would be the most natural thing in the world. He didn't ask too many questions, just wanted to know my name -after he introduced himself, and then he talked about his family and everything that was important to him.

My new friend is 5 years old and has been my neighbor since the day he was born -I just didn't know.  

At the beginning he only joined me for a few minutes, then he was forced to turn around by MOM'S ORDER -knowing he would be in trouble if he would go any further. Now his family got to know me and he is allowed to walk with me -if he feels like it. 

"Why do you walk with this sticks?" he asked me a while back. 

"I am trying to get healthy," I heard myself say and he thought about it for a short time. "Have you been sick?" he asked me and I didn't know what to say.

Have I been sick? Is obesity a kind of an illness, just like any other addiction or obsession?

I believe I have been sick, and I am not talking about my autoimmune disorders. Being overweight by 140+ lbs is not normal and it is definitely not healthy. Having lost so much weight, I can feel the difference within me, that's something that can't be seen or measured. 

I am not walking for weight loss, I am walking for health. I walk with these damn sticks, to get myself back in the shape I should be in.

I am walking to keep my aching bones moving. I am walking because moving is part of my new lifestyle. I don't always like it, to be honest on some days I hate it with gusto, but just like the dishes in the evening, there is just no way around it. It needs to get done!

Maintaining my weight in the future, won't be possible without exercise, I have accepted this as a fact. 

I will enjoy my park in the future. I am glad it's there!

121 lbs lost - Only 19 lbs to go!

Christmas is coming too fast. Can time slow down, please!

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11 commentaires:

carolynsutton6 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I've likened the way I used to think about Food in the past is one to a bad boyfriend/husband/partner: Lopsided, controlling. I also 100% agree with thinking my past self was sick and sugar addicted (I hate flinging around the term addiction willy nilly, but the way I was thinking of food was definitely NOT normal).

I love your blogs so much and look forward to them each week - they make my day :)
Hyacinth_Hippo a écrit il y a 5 mois:
your walking partner sounds adorable.
musicsax a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Food is an addiction - I hate it when the food is in control of me instead of the other way around !
SassyCookieMe a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Loved your blog, you have made a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and made real changes in your life. For me it the decision to make the real changed needed was life or death, and I don't ever want to go back to the sad, obese unhappy person that I had became over the years. A major health scare made me take a real hard look at my diet and life style. although at this time I am struggling to lose the last 30 pounds that will get me to my goal, I cannot give up hope. Reading your blogs and posts has so often given me the boast I need to keep on track. Thank You for sharing your insights and adventures with us.
PAnn1 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
A friend here on MFP talked to me years ago about walking sticks. I have to admit it took me years to buy and try them. I used them this Fall, but still need to get my lengths correct for me. Once I get to AZ for the winter I will give them a try again. I, like you, know I will need a healthy diet as well as exercise. Just a part of a healthy life, they go hand in hand...and like you my S.P. I wish time would slow down as well. Have a wonderful Christmas!
manderson27 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I love my walking sticks. My physio suggested them to help me move with my Arthritis. First I felt stupid but now I see people with them everywhere. You are doing an amazing job, walking is so good for you mentally and physically. Using the sticks actually helps you go further and burn more calories because you are using your arms a bit more. I also find them so useful on rougher terrain to help keep my balance and give me confidence going up and down slopes. Keep walking and enjoy your park. This was a lovely blog.
kdbulger a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I love that you have a little friend on your park walks. How wonderful! Kids ask the best questions and they can really make you think.
lorrainequiche59 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Thumbs UP!!
motivatedmartha a écrit il y a 5 mois:
I used walking poles to help me increase my activity for a couple of years. Helping carry my weight allowed me to walk further and reduced the pain in hips and knees. They were also brilliant for when the ground is muddy and wet as, since breaking my wrist a while back, I am wary of falling. The good news is - I now only use them when hiking over slippery ground - since losing the weight, and doing Pilates and other flexibility and strength training I can now walk a good while pain free. I too accept that keeping active will be pivotal in maintaining my weight loss. 19 lbs is so close - congratulations X
solieco1 a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Have you ever read "The Little Prince"? You're friend's insightful question reminds me of it.
momopick a écrit il y a 5 mois:
Children always leave us words because they see things for what they are. I follow you, I like walking with sticks too and I use them a lot in the mountain. Have a great day, friend.

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