Astounded to Learn that Walking Soothes My Soul

Let me begin with the assertion that I am not an outdoorsy kind of person.  Unless of course, the “outdoors” to which you’re referring involves a beach in Hawaii, a good book and an unimpeded view of the hot local hanging ten on a gnarly wave.  Nor am I, by any stretch of the imagination, an active kind of person.  In high school, I opted to take Air Force J.R.O.T.C. instead of gym to avoid the certainty that my grade in gym would affect my G.P.A. in much the same way that the iceberg affected the Titanic.  More recently, when consulting with my doctor on my quest to lose weight, he suggested that I walk for exercise.  When I told him that I don’t like walking, he said, “Trust me.  You’ll learn to like it.”  Jerk.  I hate it when he’s right.

So, I bought decent shoes and began walking.  At first it was just up the street and back.  That’s all I could handle.  But ever so slowly, I began to walk faster and for a longer period of time.  It was fantastic.  No children.  No housework.  No deadlines.  No stress.  Just me and the outdoors.

Then I got this crazy thought – maybe I could get better results in less time by sprinkling an easy jog here and there in my walk.  I bought cheap running shoes and gave the Couch to 5K plan a try only to discover that I can run for a minute or so without dying.  I also learned the importance of a really good jogging bra, but that’s another story.

Now, when I go for a walk or a run, it has almost become of form of meditation for me.  It is impossible for me to not be in the moment and while my body does it’s thing, my mind is free to wander where it will.  Inspiration has quietly become my companion on many occasions and I’ve started to truly notice my surroundings in a completely new way.

I want to share with you a few of the things I’ve seen just in my own neighborhood.

 

If you are suffering from the same “Ziggy Syndrome” (too short for your weight) as I was, take my doctor’s advice: “Trust me.  You’ll learn to like it.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going for a walk.

6 thoughts on “Astounded to Learn that Walking Soothes My Soul

  1. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Oh, I love walking. I don’t see the point in running. Walking lets you enjoy the scenery so much better. Plus, you spot the money people have dropped on the ground.

    • totallytawn, ali'i wahine says:

      The one thing running has over walking in my book is speed. I like to go fast. And if you go fast enough, everything else slows down. Therefore, running adds fractions of microseconds to my allotment of misplaced loose change hunting time. Awesome!

  2. pegoleg says:

    Good for you for getting going – you’re inspiring (while perspiring)! It may not be a lack of bra you’re feeling, but that camera bouncing around your neck while you run. Love the Ziggy Syndrome idea – makes being vertically challenged sound fun.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I love to walk. I even have a treadmill for those nasty days when I can’t get outside. But lately, I’ve gotten away from it. A very timely post, indeed. Just the kick in the pants I needed to get back to it! Thanks, Tawn!

  4. totallytawn, ali'i wahine says:

    Anytime, Cheryl! I have a treadmill, but I don’t use it like I used to. I get bored really fast and need something to focus on while I’m on the contraption. So, when I do use it, I have my headphones on to keep pace to some music and the television on, muted and closed captioning enabled so that I have something to watch. It’s usually too much hassle, so I go back upstairs for a chocolate martini instead.

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